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Dean, Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences
University of Akron in the Akron, Ohio
Date Posted 09/07/2020
Executive-Dean-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a list of three (3) professional references to your profile.

After submission of your application, return to the "My Activities" link and upload the required documents under the my Cover Letters and Attachments section.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications. This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. A resume will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application. Please feel free to direct any inquiries to CJ Peters, Dean and Professor of Law at For assistance with your application or attachments please call Angie Kerley in Human Resources at 330-972-6547.


The Dean of BCAS is the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of the College, reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost. The Dean has responsibility for BCAS’s instructional, research and outreach environment, including oversight of its $46.6 million budget, faculty recruitment and retention, advancement and external relations, and student academic affairs. The Dean is expected to provide vocal and visionary leadership on behalf of the College, to embrace the mission of public education in an urban environment, and to help create and implement a framework for excellence within the College that incorporates diversity at its core. This deanship is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial and dynamic leader, as BCAS seeks to grow enrollment at the same time that it undertakes efforts to improve coordination across colleges and to develop innovative curricular pathways for students with shifting career needs and goals.

Required Qualifications

Candidates much possess a doctorate in a discipline relevant to the position, currently hold the rank of tenured Professor, and have a record of scholarly achievement and academic accomplishments appropriate to the individual’s academic discipline. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of administrative and managerial experience within an academic environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include: A vision for developing a strong arts and sciences college within the context of today’s dynamic academic environment and the ability to translate that vision into action; ability to serve as a persistent champion for the college within today’s higher education landscape and to advocate for its growth; demonstrated effectiveness in relating to diverse faculty, staff, students, and external constituencies; commitment to interdisciplinary and experiential learning in the context of growing inter-collegiate, community, and international partnerships; experience with extending and applying research, educational, and practice-based knowledge to helping to solve problems and foster lifelong learning within the community; an ability to work effectively in an environment of shared governance; and success in managing organizational change in ways that are responsive to diverse constituencies and maintain practices of collaboration and collegiality.




The College, the largest at UA, enrolls roughly 3,700 undergraduates and 450 graduate students in 22 schools and departments, seven centers and institutes, and four special programs. BCAS employs approximately 284 full-time faculty and 90 staff members. The College’s educational programs span four divisions – Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. The departments, programs, research labs, and centers yield both applied and basic knowledge that provides the foundation for a strong liberal arts education for students seeking degrees both within BCAS and across The University of Akron campus. The College has been a campus leader in establishing interdisciplinary efforts, including the Integrated Bioscience Doctoral Program, the Biomimicry Research Initiative Center, and the EX[L] Center.

Application Deadline

Open until filled, however review of applicants will begin March 09, 2020.

Background Check Statement

The University of Akron is committed to providing a safe environment for all students and employees. The university endeavors to protect the health, welfare and safety of all students, employees and visitors on our campus. As such, the university will conduct a pre-employment background check for all applicants selected for employment.

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