Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs. Founded in 1871, West Chester is a public, regional, comprehensive university and one of the fourteen campuses of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. WCU enrolls in excess of 15,000 students, is supported by 887 full and part-time faculty, and is organized into five colleges: Arts and Sciences; Business and Public Affairs; Education; Health Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts. The university is located 25 miles west of Philadelphia and strategically located in the center of the mid-Atlantic corridor between New York City and Washington, DC, with easy access to major cultural and commercial institutions and recreational activities. The university enjoys the benefits of both the rich cultural life of a major city and the charm of a small, thriving county seat.
West Chester University's College of Business and Public Affairs offers academic programs that feature small classes, excellent internship opportunities, and highly qualified faculty who are committed to teaching excellence and a wide range of research interests. The College consists of a total of 94 tenured and tenure track faculty members and 20 staff organized into ten departments: Accounting, Criminal Justice, Economics and Finance, Geography and Planning, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Undergraduate Social Work, and Graduate Social Work. The College offers 8 accredited programs to 3,212 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The School of Business is accredited by the AACSB and both the undergraduate and graduate Social Work Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Public Policy and Administration programs are currently under review for accreditation. The College of Business and Public Affairs is home to the Center for GIS and Spatial Analysis and the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Center, and also is affiliated with the Center for Social and Economic Policy Research. The College offers courses and supports programs at two off-campus locations. Graduate courses in business and public administration are held at the WCU Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is located approximately four miles from the main campus. Graduate courses in social work and criminal justice are offered at West Chester University’s new Philadelphia location in Center City Philadelphia, approximately 30 miles from the main campus.
As chief academic officer of the college, the dean provides leadership to advance the educational and scholarly missions of programs in the college and fosters an inclusive environment that encourages an academic climate that is responsive, focused, innovative, entrepreneurial and values diversity. The dean is the principal spokesperson and advocate for the College and sits on the Academic Affairs Council and President's Council to formulate and implement University policies and strategic plans. The dean is responsible for the review of curricula and programs, staffing, budgeting, oversight of all operational functions of the college, alumni cultivation, and fundraising. The dean also functions in various University-wide roles, and in the external community. The dean must be committed to collaborative, ethical leadership and skilled in human and financial resource management, as well as strategic planning. The dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The dean will possess an earned doctorate in a field that is represented in the College of Business and Public Affairs; a record of quality teaching, scholarship, and administrative experience at the college level in programs reflected in Business and Public Affairs; proven expertise and experience with specialized accreditation processes (AACSB, CSWE, NASPAA;) effective interpersonal skills, and highly proficient oral and written communication skills. Preferred qualifications include experience as a chair or program director in a large department or institution; and university level experience with budget and personnel within a collective bargaining environment. Applicants must successfully complete the interview process to be considered as a finalist.
This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. A full position profile is available at www.academic-search.com under "current searches". Nominations and inquiries may be directed, in confidence, to Jessica Kozloff at firstname.lastname@example.org. To inquire by phone, please arrange a call with Dr. Kozloff by contacting Michelle Sarver at 202-263-7478 or email@example.com. Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, and a list of professional references, and sent electronically to WCUDean@academic-search.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, to be assured consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2013.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission. The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer encouraging diversity. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
WCU offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.