Auburn University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean and Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor. The dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the college and provides vision and leadership that enhances the college’s tradition of excellence in teaching, research, service, outreach and diversity. The dean reports directly to the provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs and will be located in Auburn, Alabama
The dean will be responsible for leading the college in pursuit of the college and university’s shared values including scholarship, instruction, outreach and diversity. This individual will represent all departments, schools and the 70 programs within the college by advancing all programs, including education, and other programs inside and outside of the university. The dean must support and advocate for all students, faculty and staff while ensuring that all constituents both enhance and improve their knowledge to better serve the college and university.
Candidates must possess an earned doctorate, or commensurate credential, and academic and/or professional accomplishments that are sufficient to merit appointment with tenure at the rank of professor. The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated capacity to lead a growing organization, to build consensus among various stakeholders, to foster increased research and scholarship, to promote student advancement, to enhance external corporate and alumni relations, to assertively fundraise and to effectively represent the college to outside constituencies. Experience in administration, fiscal management, faculty/staff development and fundraising is highly desired. Knowledge of state and national accreditation standards is required. Other qualifications include the ability to lead through collaborative and shared decision making, an understanding of a professional school approach and an innate effectiveness in sustaining a strong and collegial relationship with faculty staff, students and administrators. A successful track record in budget development and strategic planning and an effective ability to balance advocacy for the college with the needs of the university community is essential to success in this position.
The candidate selected for this position must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.
Those interested may learn more about this position (and find application instructions) at the full announcement, here.