Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, CUNY Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY)
February 9, 2019
Post date: January 14, 2019

Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Job ID: 20025
Location: Brooklyn College
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Brooklyn College, a vibrant senior college of the City University of New York, invites applications for the position of Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Founded in 1930 on a beautiful 35-acre campus, Brooklyn College is one of 25 higher educational institutions of the City University of New York (CUNY), the largest urban university system in the nation. The College enrolls approximately 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students and includes 524 full-time faculty members. Students benefit from a broad set of curricular offerings across five schools: Business; Education; Humanities and Social Sciences; Natural and Behavioral Sciences; and Visual, Media and Performing Arts.  

Grounded in its mission, Brooklyn College provides a transformative education to students from all backgrounds. Educating immigrant and first-generation students and improving the communities the College serves are among the core values of the institution. Rigorous academic programs across the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies prepare students to become creative problem-solvers and leaders in their chosen fields. Brooklyn College has been nationally-recognized for its ability to act as an engine of social mobility. In 2017, it was ranked 8th nationally among four-year public institutions for student mobility.  The quality of its academic programs, and the outstanding scholarly and creative contributions of its faculty and alumni further distinguish Brooklyn College.

We seek a dynamic advocate for the Humanities and Social Sciences with a history of innovative program development and collaborative academic leadership. The School of Humanities of Social Sciences includes 152 full-time faculty in 12 academic departments, eight interdisciplinary programs, and three centers.  It educates students to be leaders of character, wisdom, and influence in an interdependent, global society through high quality humanities and social science programs. The School’s curricula offer students engagement with faculty in research, place-based learning, and creative and experiential learning opportunities. 

Working collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff, the Dean will shape the academic and intellectual identities of the school to meet the needs of today’s students and faculty in our rapidly changing world. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School. The Dean sets the standard for intellectual engagement and accomplishment; provides strategic vision and operational leadership based on best practices; vigorously promotes diversity, inclusion, and collaboration in all of the School’s practices and programs; builds community across faculty, staff, and students; ensures students are served by academic programs of the highest quality and effectiveness; oversees systems and processes that ensure academic integrity and rigor, including program assessment, program review, departmental planning, and accreditation activities; advances improvements in faculty life; promotes and supports faculty scholarship and grant-seeking pre-and post-tenure; encourages experimentation in pedagogy and programming, and oversees processes for faculty hiring and retention. The Dean conducts third-year review of all new faculty.  

As part of the Provost’s Academic Cabinet, the Dean manages the implementation of the college’s strategic plan on the school level in close collaboration with all members of the academic leadership team. She/he oversees the work of the Chairs and the academic departments. The Dean works with the vice presidents, deans, senior administrators, and staff across the College to conduct day-to-day operations, improve student success, and advance the work of the School.

The Dean formulates fundraising priorities for the School in collaboration with the Provost, faculty, and the Academic Cabinet. She/he works in partnership with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and the larger development team to help create materials that advance the case for funding and engages in fundraising activities to achieve support. The Dean is a member of the college-wide Policy Council and the Provost’s Academic Cabinet.

This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan.  All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.
-    A PhD in a relevant discipline 
-    Deep understanding and appreciation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
-    Extensive knowledge of best practices in higher education administration  
-    A record of outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service
-    Academic leadership experience at the chair level or above 
-    Budget management experience
-    Experience in innovative program development
-    Potential to fundraise effectively
-    Demonstrated commitments to diversity and inclusion
-    Demonstrated ability to identify, address and diffuse conflict and problem-solve effectively
-    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
-    Knowledge of assessment and accreditation 
-    Demonstrated commitments to team-building and team work 
-    Collaborative management style
-    Strong work ethic and orientation to academic service

Preferred Qualifications
-    Progressive experience in academic administration at a mid-size public institution
-    Interest in shared leadership 
-    Experience in grant writing 
-    Successful record of innovative program development

Salary commensurate with education and experience.
CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development.  We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off.  Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

Application Instructions 

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Applicants should upload one paginated PDF document that includes the following three components:
-    a cover letter that discusses the candidate’s qualifications and interest in the position;
-    an up-to-date curriculum vitae
-    The names and contact information for five professional references; references will not be contacted without consultation with finalists.

February 9, 2019

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