Position Summary: The University of Central Arkansas (UCA; www.uca.edu) seeks a visionary, communicative, and inclusive leader to serve as the dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS; www.uca.edu/chbs/). The college consists of the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Family and Consumer Sciences, Exercise and Sport Science, Health Sciences, Military Science and Leadership, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology and Counseling, and the School of Nursing. As the leader of CHBS, the dean supports the continued excellence of its outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs, which include both traditional and online programs. With regionally and nationally recognized and accredited programs, CHBS is a primary provider of healthcare professionals for the state of Arkansas. The dean also works collaboratively and strategically with department chairs and faculty to champion the college’s interprofessional education initiatives. Such initiatives include developing and planning an interprofessional teaching center with clinical and community services that will be housed in the four-story, 80,000-square-foot Integrated Health Sciences Building, which is currently under construction. The dean works with fellow deans in shaping and leading the academic mission of the university as well as in promoting cross-college initiatives. Finally, the dean publicly represents the college, engaging in the development of academic and community partnerships and in fundraising through collaboration with the UCA Foundation.
Job Duties and Responsibilities: The dean of CHBS reports directly to the Provost and serves as the chief academic officer for the college. Job duties and responsibilities include:
- Provide leadership and vision for the college;
- Support and promote Interprofessional Education (IPE);
- Support the leadership development of chairs and professional development of faculty and staff within the college;
- Promote an inclusive, respectful, and developmental environment among faculty, staff, and students;
- Work collaboratively across the University and the community to implement and enhance academic programs, including online programs;
- Engage with alumni and cultivate donors to raise funds in support of the college’s initiatives;
- Champion faculty and student recruitment, retention, and success initiatives;
- Develop the college’s budget and effectively manage resources; and
- Provide support for the college’s assessment practices, including accreditation processes.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: To fulfill the above duties and responsibilities, candidates must possess:
- Leadership and communication skills;
- An understanding of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) IPE Core Competency Domains;
- Ability to advocate, mediate, and build consensus among team members;
- Knowledge of budget strategies and analyses;
- Strong decision-making skills with the ability to consider diverse perspectives;
- Strong strategic planning and organizational skills;
- An ability to navigate challenges and support best practices in higher education;
- An ability to promote and expand community partnerships; and
- Interprofessional relationship and networking skills.
Required Education and/or Experience: Candidates must possess an earned doctorate; a strong record of teaching, research, and service to support a tenured appointment at the rank of associate or full professor in a department within CHBS; demonstrated results in university-community relations and online education; administrative experience at the department chair level or above; experience with accreditation and graduate programs; and demonstrated commitment to diversity.
Preferred Education and/or Experience: Preferred qualifications for Candidates include a background in Interprofessional Education; a vision for an interprofessional teaching center with clinical and community services; demonstrated results in fundraising; and experience with the expansion and/or renovation of buildings/facilities.
APPLICATION: Candidates should submit a complete application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of leadership and educational philosophies, and names and contact information for three references through UCA’s online application system: https://jobs.uca.edu/.
Questions about the position may be directed to the search committee chair:
Dr. Angela Barlow c/o Office of the Provost
University of Central Arkansas
201 S. Donaghey Avenue, Wingo Hall Suite 213
Conway, AR 72035
Review of candidates will begin December 16, 2019, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020.
The University of Central Arkansas is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution dedicated to attracting and supporting a diverse student, faculty and staff population through enhanced multicultural learning environments and opportunities. In keeping with its nondiscrimination policy in employment, admissions and other functions and programs, the university considers employees and students on the basis of individual merit and will not discriminate against a person on the basis of gender, race or color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, familial status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, disability, political beliefs, intellectual perspective, genetic information, military status, or other factors irrelevant to participation in its programs.
AVID: UCA dedicates itself to Academic Vitality, Integrity, and Diversity