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Dean of Health and Natural Sciences

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General Statement of Duties

The Dean will provide vision and leadership, serve as an advocate, and be the academic leader of the division of Health and Natural Sciences. The Dean, who is a 12-month excluded employee, is the chief academic and administrative officer of the division consisting of the departments of:

  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Nursing
  • Biology/Chemistry
  • Earth & Geographic Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Psychological Science

The Dean will also serve on various university committees and boards that are pertinent to the work of the division.

Supervision Received

The Dean reports to the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Supervision Exercised

The Dean supervises all personnel assigned to his/her office and, through the department chairs, assists in supervision of department personnel, as appropriate, under the various collective bargaining agreements. The Dean works closely with department chairs to shape the curriculum and strengthen teaching, scholarship and service in all programs. The Dean also works to establish partnerships with stakeholders across the University, the community and the state in advancing the mission and the strategic plan of the University.

Core Duties

  • Provides leadership for and oversees the coordination, organization, and supervision of instructional programs in the division.
  • Works with faculty to modify or develop new academic programs to meet the needs of a 21st century learner in a rapidly changing, global society.
  • Promotes interdisciplinary collaboration with programs in the other academic divisions of the University.
  • Engages in synergistic planning at the strategic and operational levels in a manner that that strengthens the effectiveness and reputation of the division.
  • Works with institutional research and assessment to initiate and oversee undergraduate and graduate program assessment and reviews.
  • Ensures that eligible programs within the division achieve and maintain appropriate accreditation/certification.
  • Works collaboratively with the division’s program leadership (department chairs, graduate program chairs and continuing education chairs and coordinators) to establish a transparent and data-driven management process that respects the institution’s commitment to shared governance.
  • Works with academic departments in the development of budgets according to the timeline of the University.
  • Reviews proposed budgets.
  • Makes strategic recommendations to the Provost.
  • Works with academic departments, the Associate VPAA and the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education in course scheduling.
  • Assures the integrity of degree and curriculum requirements of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
  • Encourages and facilitates the development of articulation agreements with partner colleges and universities.
  • Collaborates with the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education to support and strategically grow graduate degree programs, as well as strategic continuing education initiatives.
  • Works with departments in retaining the existing faculty members through the established faculty evaluation process.
  • Recruits and hires recognized and credentialed faculty committed to excellence in teaching and continuing scholarship.
  • In collaboration with Human Resources, attracts and retains a diverse faculty in a manner consistent with the policies of the University.
  • Supports and develops the faculty and staff in the division through strategic professional development opportunities (especially in the development of faculty scholarship and service), recognition of accomplishments, and active mentoring.
  • Resolves personnel issues in consultation with Human Resources.
  • Addresses any student issues/concerns related to academic programs within the division.
  • Fosters partnerships and stimulates collaboration with external stakeholders in order to facilitate, strengthen and expand public service, fieldwork and internship programs.
  • Develops and maintains a network with community and regional stakeholders including but not limited to professional associations, regional employers, government agencies and advisory boards.
  • Works collaboratively with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement in leading the division and academic units in expanding fundraising activities.
  • Provides leadership in efforts to expand scholarship and works with the Director of the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects to help increase the divisions’ ability to secure extramural funding that supports the academic and scholarly work of the faculty and students.
  • Works with Admissions and appropriate university staff for recruitment of students.
  • Leads and is accountable for the Division’s student retention and graduation efforts.
  • Manages information requests for the division in coordination with the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.
  • Assumes other duties as assigned, with or without reasonable accommodations.


  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in a field represented in the division or related field.
  • Demonstrated record of distinguished teaching, research/scholarship, and service consistent with a tenured faculty appointment in one of the division’s academic departments or a related field.
  • Demonstrated accomplishments at increasing levels of administrative responsibility.
  • The ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, students, other administrators, parents, K-12 personnel, and other external constituencies.
  • Familiarity with national, regional and professional accreditation processes.
  • Knowledge of higher education practices and trends, including but not limited to:
    • Curriculum and instruction
    • Shared governance
    • Faculty evaluation
    • Budgeting
    • Strategic planning.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in program development, review and revision.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Affirmative Action and institutional diversity.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing with diverse constituencies.
  • Personal qualities, including:
    • Integrity
    • Good judgment
    • Creativity
    • Open mindedness
    • Being an attentive listener.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience raising external funds via grants, partnerships, or cultivation of donors.
  • Enrollment management, including recruitment and retention of high-quality students.
  • Innovative and effective leadership of professional, instructional, and scholarly development for faculty and staff.
  • Leadership in developing and/or facilitating international opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Curricular development, particularly for online instruction and graduate programs.
  • Leadership and oversight of scientific facilities and resources.
  • Working with field placements and clinical training programs.
  • Experience working in a collective bargaining environment.