Vacancy # 14E015
Position # 1303
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) seeks an accomplished, energetic and visionary individual to lead the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The preferred start date is July 1, 2014. As the college’s senior academic leader, the dean will sustain and improve UNCW’s standing as an institution of regional and national recognition for the quality of its research and student-focused programs. The university is committed to: the central role of the liberal arts and sciences within a public comprehensive university; innovation in its operation and activities; diversity in enrollment and employment; enhancing the ties between faculty and student research, scholarship and creative activity; expanding the international character of the student body and curriculum; interdisciplinary approaches; and increasing the integration of teaching and research. Applied learning, in which students gain hands-on experience with the skills of their major field, is a longstanding hallmark of the student experience in the college and is a central element of the institution’s newly adopted Quality Enhancement Plan. As well, the college plays an important role in the delivery of the institution’s recently implemented and distinctive general education curriculum, University Studies.
UNCW, the state’s coastal university, is located in historic Wilmington, NC, a vibrant seaport community of more than 100,000 located between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Founded in 1947, UNC Wilmington is one of the fastest growing institutions in the UNC system and one of the premier comprehensive institutions in the Southeast. UNCW has 14,000 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Health & Human Services. The park-like campus is situated on 660 acres that include a rich diversity of coastal pine and natural wetlands. Located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway seven miles from central campus is UNCW’s CREST Research Park, which houses the Center for Marine Science, state-of-the-art marine research facilities that serve the scholarly and teaching interests of many UNCW faculty, staff and students. UNCW enjoys a cordial and productive relationship with the greater community of Wilmington.
Role of the Dean:
The dean provides leadership and vision for the college, which currently offers 39 undergraduate majors (10 of which can also be completed with licensure), three combined baccalaureate/master’s degree programs, 15 master’s degree programs, a Ph.D. program in marine biology, 51 disciplinary and interdisciplinary minors, two undergraduate and three graduate certificate programs, five post-baccalaureate programs, and four joint programs in engineering. The dean oversees curriculum and program development, accreditation and assessment, faculty and staff matters, budget administration, academic facilities planning and use, strategic planning for the College, and fundraising and resource development initiatives.
The College of Arts and Sciences, UNCW’s largest academic unit, employs 439 full-time and 135 part-time faculty members and 54 support staff. The college awards approximately 70% of the university’s academic credits. Three associate deans, one budget officer, three executive assistants, and a Director of Assessment currently assist the dean.
- An earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited university in one of the arts or sciences disciplines
- An academic record of achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service appropriate to appointment in a CAS academic department at the rank of full professor with tenure
- At least five years of academic administrative experience at the level of department chair or above
- Knowledge of key academic issues in the arts and sciences and the value of a liberal arts education
- Experience in curriculum development and a demonstrated appreciation for the use of innovative educational technologies in the delivery of courses and curricula
- Experience in supporting undergraduate and graduate education
- Experience in or strong knowledge of grant and contract activity
- Demonstrated ability to advocate for and balance needs of diverse programs and departments
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- An appreciation for shared governance and a consultative leadership style
- Proven success in recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and staff
- Effective budget and personnel management, particularly in times of shifting resources
- Commitment to civic engagement and substantive community partnerships
- A record of success in fundraising and advancement activities
Screening of applications will begin October 18, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. A letter of application addressing the position qualifications and describing administrative philosophy and a current curriculum vitae should be sent via the online application process available on the Web at http://consensus.uncw.edu – not e-mailed or mailed. MS Word or Adobe PDF attachments are strongly preferred. For questions regarding the online application process, contact Jennifer Coombs at 910-962-3196 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Finalists will be contacted for the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of five professional references. Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and not subject to public release.
UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.