Dean of the School of Arts
Manhattan College seeks an experienced, innovative, and collaborative leader with the vision and skills to advance the School of Arts to new levels of academic excellence. Encompassing eleven academic departments, the School of Arts offers more than fifteen majors and minors in the humanities and social sciences—Art History, Communication, Digital Media Arts, Economics, English, Government, History, Music, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology—along with interdisciplinary programs in Catholic Studies, International Studies, Peace Studies, Environmental Studies, and Urban Studies.
Manhattan College is an independent Catholic institution of higher learning that embraces qualified men and women of all faiths, cultures, and traditions. The mission of Manhattan College is to provide a contemporary, personcentered educational experience that prepares graduates for lives of personal development, professional success, civic engagement, and service to their fellow human beings. The College pursues this mission through programs that integrate a broad liberal education with concentration in specific disciplines in the arts and sciences or with
professional preparation in business, education and engineering.
Established in 1853 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the College continues to draw its inspiration from the heritage of John Baptist de La Salle, the innovator of modern pedagogy and patron saint of teachers. Among the hallmarks of this Lasallian heritage are excellence in teaching, respect for human dignity, reflection on faith and its relation to reason, an emphasis on ethical conduct, and commitment to social justice.
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean provides leadership and support for strategic planning and policy formation, faculty development, faculty personnel matters as they relate to hiring, promotion and tenure, curriculum development strategies to enhance teaching and learning, budget, student development, academic advising, and assessment. Responsible for maintaining the School of Arts’ strong reputation, the Dean is expected to provide a broad vision for the humanities and social sciences within the context of the College’s tradition, which places special emphasis on values-based education and on learning that engages and encourages students to cross traditional boundaries, exploring connections between the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, education, and business. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D or equivalent academic credential, an outstanding record of accomplishment in teaching, research, and professional service, and will have achieved the rank of full professor. In addition, he/she will have had significant academic leadership experience with a minimum of at least four years as a department chair or higher. The successful applicant must represent the school’s academic programs effectively to the public, media, alumni/ae, donors, and the Manhattan College Board of Trustees.
Qualities of the ideal candidate include:
- An experienced academic professional with an understanding of and appreciation for the distinctive qualities of Manhattan College, particularly its Catholic Lasallian heritage, as well as contemporary issues in higher education.
- An excellent communicator and mentor who engenders trust through integrity, openness, accessibility, and transparency; a unifier who can listen well and motivate others to action.
- An administrator who has shown evidence of a strong commitment to enhancing institutional diversity.
- A “hands-on” person who possesses initiative and energy to work with colleagues in addressing school and college issues.
- A knowledgeable motivator and supporter of research, creative activity, and programs within and across academic disciplines.
- An individual who has an understanding of the importance of shared governance, collaboration, delegation, and who can model and nurture a highly effective professional environment.
- An articulate and passionate advocate on behalf of the school’s needs and aspirations, both on and off campus.
- A highly accomplished administrator with successful command of budget, management, and personnel issues.
- A loyal team member who can work effectively with chairs, Board of Advisors, other deans, and the Office of the Provost to promote school initiatives.
- An open, caring, and reflective individual who possesses a warm sense of humor.
The position is available beginning July 1, 2014. Review of applications and nominations will begin January 6, 2014 and will continue until an appointment is made. Application materials should include:
- a letter of interest that addresses specifically how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications intersect with the college’s mission, strategic priorities,
- and desired leadership qualities and expectations as described above;
- a curriculum vitae; and
- the names and addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references for future contact—please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed.
All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to
HumanResources@Manhattan.edu to the attention of Ms. Barbara Fabé, Vice President for Human Resources.