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Dean, College of Liberal Arts
University of Central Arkansas
The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) invites applications and nominations for Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Dean represents the college publicly, provides visionary leadership, and develops and implements college plans that support and enhance UCA’s mission and strategic plan. The Dean works with a faculty whose achievements are recognized nationally and internationally.
COLLEGE: Departments within the College of Liberal Arts include English; History; Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, & Cultures; Philosophy & Religion; Political Science; and Sociology, Criminology, & Anthropology.
QUALIFICATIONS: An earned doctorate; as well as a strong record of teaching, research, scholarship, and service to support a tenured appointment at the rank of associate or full professor in a department within the College of Liberal Arts; demonstrated results in university-community relations and distance learning; administrative experience at the departmental chair level or above; experience with graduate programs; demonstrated commitment to diversity and social justice; and the ability to articulate and advocate for the value of the liberal arts.
ADDITIONAL SKILLS AND/OR PRIORITIES: The position demands demonstrated skills in communication, the ability to foster interdisciplinary programs and work, long-range planning, budgeting, fundraising, creative/innovative program development, support of service learning, and the ability to foster and support scholarly activity, including research and grant writing.
UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1907, UCA has an enrollment of approximately 11,300, of which more than 1,800 are graduate students. The university offers 92 undergraduate and 62 graduate degree and certificate programs, including seven doctoral programs. The student body consistently scores above the national average on the ACT exam. UCA is proud of its tradition of teaching excellence and its contributions in scholarship and creative activities. The campus is widely acclaimed for its beauty.
COMMUNITY: UCA is located in Conway, Arkansas, a thriving city of approximately 65,000 in central Arkansas, 30 miles northwest of Little Rock. Recently lauded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as one of America’s fastest growing cities with the least expensive cost of living, Conway is home to several major industries, two private colleges, an excellent public school system, and strong private K–12 schools. Art and cultural activities include the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Conway Symphony Orchestra, and the Conway Alliance for the Arts. Residents also have easy access to the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests and pristine wildlife areas near the Buffalo National River. Real estate is moderately priced and taxes are relatively low.
: 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. Stephen Addison
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 February 26, 2018, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018.
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