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Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Whitworth University
Job Location:
Spokane, Washington
Fine and Applied Arts Deans

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Dean of Arts and Sciences provides oversight and visionary leadership for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Department chairs and program directors within the CAS report directly to the dean of CAS. The CAS dean lends leadership to a variety of functions that, while having their center of gravity within CAS, are resources for the university as a whole, collaborating with the provost's office and deans' council in these endeavors. This is especially true of interdisciplinary endeavors and of aspects of a Whitworth education that should permeate all of the university's programs, such as providing a liberal arts education and integration of faith and learning.

The Whitworth University College of Arts and Sciences bears the primary responsibility for providing an education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and committed to the integration of faith and learning. This education seeks to develop intellectual, relational, and professional skills and to foster a faithful response to God, to cultivate individual character, to work for just relationships with others, and to demonstrate responsible care for the creation.

The college supports the general education of students for the entire undergraduate program, and offers majors in art & design, biology, chemistry, communication studies, engineering & physics, English, health sciences, history, kinesiology, math & computer science, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, theatre, theology, and world languages & cultures. In addition, the college is home to Whitworth's innovative interdisciplinary programs such as American Diversity Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, the Core Worldview Program, and the Shared Curriculum, Whitworth's general education curriculum. In Fall 2022, CAS will launch Whitworth's inaugural doctoral programs in physical therapy and occupational therapy.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Give visionary leadership to both the undergraduate and graduate programs within the
College of Arts and Sciences, fostering excellence in existing programs and identifying fruitful avenues for program growth and development. 2. Provide support and supervision for members of CAS, including direct supervision of two associate deans, department chairs, program directors, and staff, and through them, indirect supervision of faculty, professional and support staff, and graduate assistants, fostering a strong sense of collaboration. Supervise reporting staff members such as
Academic Safety/Chemical Hygiene Officer and Animal Care and Biosafety Committees. 3. Ensure excellent professional standards of practice and adherence to the university's mission within the College of Arts and Sciences. 4. Facilitate strategic planning that responds to internal and external factors affecting
Whitworth's CAS and dovetails with the university's strategic plan. 5. Provide leadership on behalf of CAS on campus, including service on the Dean's Council,
Provost's Cabinet, University Council, Department Chairs Group, and other committees as needed. 6. Oversee the daily operations of CAS, including program implementation, budgeting, and reporting, as well as new program development. 7. Consult with the Associate Provost to enable effective assessment of student learning within CAS and to enable the equipping of chairs and faculty for professional growth toward excellence. 8. Oversee recruitment and evaluation of faculty and staff in CAS. Participate in recommendation processes to the provost for hiring within CAS of regular faculty; oversee hiring processes for contingent faculty. 9. In collaboration with the Accreditation Liaison Officer oversee functions necessary to maintain national accreditation for various academic programs. 10. Establish and maintain an advisory board to support and promote the goals of CAS. 11. Actively engage in professional organizations (i.e., CCAS, CIC, ACAD, AAC&U, etc.). 12. Engage in scholarly activity and service to the university and profession as time allows. 13. Serve on the Deans' Council, Provost's Cabinet, University Council and the Academic
Leaders Council, the Administrative Leadership Group and participate in shared governance at the university. 14. Other duties as assigned.

  • Doctorate or terminal degree in a relevant field required
  • Minimum of five years related work experience required
  • Experience as faculty member through the ranks and senior faculty member
  • Tenure and promotion to the rank of Professor or at least Associate Professor plus experience
  • Record of scholarly study and high-quality peer-reviewed publicly disseminated scholarly production
  • Prior leadership experience (e.g., department chair, faculty president, assistant or associate dean, etc.)
  • Evidence of ability to establish and maintain fruitful relationships and collaborations with departments and programs across the university
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction when appropriate, work as part of a team, work collaboratively across academic and non-academic departments, and be viewed as a valuable resource across various sectors of the academic program
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with faculty, staff, students and the public
  • Demonstrated interest in developing community relationships
  • Demonstrated organizational and strategic planning skills, including the ability to manage and prioritize multiple goals and delegate effectively in order to achieve goals
  • A proven record of leadership and entrepreneurship in program development
  • Ability to provide oversight, cost containment and excellent stewardship of budgets
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A high level of personal integrity and professionalism
  • Ability to work with confidential information
  • A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning
  • Commitment to diversity and equity, as well as understanding of ways in which educators contribute in crucial ways to matters of justice and inclusion
  • Demonstrated growth in cultural competence, awareness of societal and structural inequities and proven experience in effectively establishing relationships and positive communications with students and other constituents across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, varying abilities, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, class or religious perspectives
  • A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a comprehensive
Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: A background check, sexual misconduct check and confirmation of degrees earned will be required of the successful candidate. A resume, cover letter, faith statement, and names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (
3) professional references will also be required. All Whitworth University employees are required to comply with the university's COVID-19 vaccination policy.

About Whitworth:
Founded in 1890, Whitworth has consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the West. Whitworth University has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With strong liberal arts undergraduate and graduate programs, Whitworth unites a robust commitment to
Christian mission and service, academic rigor and care for students.

Whitworth University's 200-acre campus of red-brick buildings and tall pines offers a beautiful, inviting and secure learning environment. More than $125 million in campus improvements have been made in recent years.

A community of committed Christian faculty and staff employees carries out the university's mission "to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and heart," equipping its graduates "to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity."

Our Benefits:
Whitworth University provides a robust offering of benefits and services to enhance the quality of life of its faculty and staff. Employees who are eligible for benefits may participate in health plans including medical, dental and vision; a generous retirement plan (8% employer match); life insurance and long-term disability insurance. Well-being services include spiritual enrichment, the employee assistance program, and free access to the University Recreation
Center and the Megan E. Thompson Aquatic Center. Free tuition for employees and tuition remission programs for spouses and dependents round out the offerings. Additionally,
Whitworth employees enjoy 17 paid holidays each year.

Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our Christ-centered commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.
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