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Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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In addition to the required documents, a complete application should include • a letter of application indicating your interest and relevant qualifications for the position • names and contact information, including email addresses and telephone numbers of five references • at OTHER attach an unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcript • at OTHER 2 attach any other documents you feel would be of benefit to your application

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Position Details

Title Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Appointment Status Tenure Track
Department IU South Bend College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Position Summary

Indiana University South Bend invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As the largest of the five regional campuses of Indiana University, the campus currently enrolls 7,500 students and employs over 250 full-time faculty. IU South Bend is comprised of six academic units: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Raclin School of the Arts, the Leighton School of Business and Economics, the School of Education, the Dwyer College of Health Sciences, and the Schurz Library. IU South Bend serves the urban, suburban, and rural communities of North Central Indiana and southwestern Michigan, along with approximately 300 international students representing 60 countries. Approximately 50% of the student body is first generation and 24% come from ethnic and racial minority groups. The majority of students live off-campus and in recent years have enrolled at IU South Bend straight out of high school and in full-time study.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest of the academic units at IU South Bend. It offers 27 baccalaureate degrees, four master degrees, and numerous certificates and minors. The College also provides the bulk of the courses in the campus wide General Education Program. The College is home to the following departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Criminal Justice, English, History, Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy, Physics & Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology, and World Language Studies. It also supports three interdisciplinary degree programs in Women’s and Gender Studies, Sustainability Studies, and General Studies. In addition, the College houses three Centers that integrate community engagement with academic study – the Civil Rights Heritage Center, the Center for a Sustainable Future, and the American Democracy Project.

The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be an engaged and dynamic leader who understands the increasing complexities of higher education and embraces the importance of working collaboratively with the administration, faculty, and staff to ensure that the mission of the College and University is achieved. The Dean will also work collaboratively with the larger IU network of regional campuses and central administration to advance the commitment to student success. The Dean, as chief academic officer of the College, will take a leading role in supporting the teaching/learning, research, and service priorities of the College. The Dean will promote a climate, both in the College and on campus, of valuing excellent teaching, engaged scholarship, effective citizenship, and respect for diversity. As a member of the Academic Cabinet, the Dean reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

This tenured 12 month appointment begins on July 1, 2018. The salary is competitive and the benefits package is attractive. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. In order to ensure full consideration of your application, please submit your credentials by December 15, 2017.


Indiana University South Bend’s 2014–2020 strategic plan includes a commitment to advance diversity and open-mindedness and to create a civil, welcoming, and caring culture for all. Of over 7,500 students, 24% self-identify as minorities. The population of Hispanic students has exceeded 10% and IU South Bend has seen significant increases in the admission of African American students. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates who have mentored minorities or other underrepresented groups are encouraged to highlight such efforts in the application.
Additional information about IU South Bend can be found at www.iusb.edu.

Basic Qualifications

The successful candidate must have a doctorate and an overall record of distinguished teaching, research, and administrative accomplishments for appointment as full professor in a discipline represented in the College.

In addition, other qualifications include:

• A demonstrated commitment and effort to promote student success and retention
• A record of progressive administrative responsibility in program development and management, budgeting, and shared governance
• A record of experience at faculty recruitment, support, and evaluation including tenure and promotion
• A minimum of three years of experience at the level of department chair or equivalent
• Evidence of strong communication and leadership skills
• A commitment to an open and supportive environment that fosters excellence in teaching, research, and service
• Ability to articulate and promote internally and externally the value of liberal arts education in the 21st century
• Energy and enthusiasm for developing and strengthening relationships within the college, the university, the community, and among alumni
• A commitment to the values of diversity, open dialogue, and community engagement

Department Contact for Questions

Contact Linda Chen at lchen@iusb.edu

Additional Qualifications
Salary and Rank Competitive
Special Instructions

In addition to the required documents, a complete application should include

• a letter of application indicating your interest and relevant qualifications for the position
• names and contact information, including email addresses and telephone numbers of five references
• at OTHER attach an unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcript
• at OTHER 2 attach any other documents you feel would be of benefit to your application

For Best Consideration Date 12/15/2017
Expected Start Date 07/01/2018
OAA # SB-2017019

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Personal Contact: At Professional Meeting or Conference
    • Personal Contact: Direct Contact by Search Committee
    • Personal Contact: Referred by colleague or advisor
    • Announcement: Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Announcement: IU Bulletin for Academic Appointees
    • Announcement: Other Journal or Magazine
    • Announcement: Other Website

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application
  3. Other
  4. List Of References
Optional Documents
  1. Other 2