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Seattle Pacific University seeks a Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
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Location: Seattle, Washington

The Position:
Seattle Pacific University (SPU) is searching for a Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences who can further develop the ecumenically and socially diverse vision for Christian liberal arts and who can create a comprehensive, unified identity for the College (which has operated as two separate divisions).

SPU is seeking a Dean who:
  • Embodies the role of leader, mentor, and visionary for the entire College of Arts and Sciences, with a demonstrated commitment to open, transparent, shared governance and to building upon the unit’s diverse and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students. The Dean is a collaborative leader who can direct the development, enhancement, and operationalization of its programs to educate students across liberal arts disciplines and related programs in writing, honors, and general studies. The Dean works closely with the University’s faculty and administration to define and articulate the vision for the College of Arts and Sciences and implement strategies that assure excellence and promote innovation.
  • Champions the College of the Arts and Sciences faculty, nurturing the development of a diverse faculty, many of whom are engaged in multi-dimensional teaching, rigorous scholarship, and humble service in equal regard. The Dean will play a key role in recruiting, mentoring, and retaining faculty. As a faculty advocate, the Dean will work with University leadership to provide faculty with opportunities and resources that foster their career development and support their work both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Promotes, protects, and extends a vision for Christian higher education in the arts and sciences in the 21st century. The Dean will help assure that programs are relevant and future-focused. The Dean will articulate and advance a shared vision for the College that promotes interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaborations, a culture of innovation, and service to the community, all of which are rooted in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Dean will understand the organizational aspects of a College of Arts and Sciences and be able to effectively structure programs and processes.
  • Is an innovative leader for the College of Arts and Sciences, acting as a strategic visionary thinker, leading the College to prepare students for a changing world and working from a deep understanding of the value of a Christian liberal arts foundation to future career goals and personal aspirations. The Dean will expand and develop partnerships and innovative pathways for academic programs that connect students to community organizations and opportunities. Above all, the Dean will inspire the development of distinctive programs that maximize the reputation and resources of our existing programs. The Dean serves on the University’s Academic Leadership Team and represents the College across a variety of settings, helping others to understand the distinctive value of the liberal arts and the College’s commitments to exemplary accomplishment across teaching, scholarship, and performance activities.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include dependent tuition discount, health, dental, disability, and life insurance as well as retirement programs. A moving allowance will be provided.

To Apply:
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by January 3, 2021, will be given first consideration. Please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for this position.

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It is the policy of Seattle Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its programs or activities, as required by applicable laws and regulations. As a religious educational institution affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of North America, Seattle Pacific University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees or prospective employees on the basis of religion.


Institution: Seattle Pacific University
This is a full time position

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