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Job No. 139709

  • Job Title:
  • Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • Employer:
  • Augsburg College
  • Location:
  • Minneapolis , MN
  • Posting Date:
  • 06-Nov-2018
  • Description:
  • About Augsburg University:
    Augsburg University invites applications for a Dean of Arts & Sciences, with a proposed start date of July 1, 2019.

    Augsburg University Mission

    Augsburg University educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.

    Job Description:
    The Dean will join Augsburg at an exciting moment in our institutional history: we are asking new questions about academic structure in light of our recent transition to university status; we are holding our first year of classes in a new signature academic building--the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion; and we are currently engaged in a redesign of the general education core curriculum. Among the University's distinctive strengths is an intentionally diverse mix of students: 57% of the 2018 incoming undergraduate class were students of color, 10% self-identified as Muslim, more than 8% as LGBTQIA, and 54% were Pell eligible. Distinctions within the arts & sciences include: a vibrant theater arts and music scene, a student literary magazine, and a robust faculty-student research program. Augsburg is also recognized for being military-friendly, has earned recognition for interfaith work, supports a nationally-recognized program for students in recovery (StepUP), and offers strong support for students with disabilities. We have a rich history of leadership in experiential learning and civic engagement. We seek to develop strong intercultural skills in our students as well as in ourselves.

    The Dean will play a key role in articulating an inspiring and compelling vision for the liberal arts and sciences at Augsburg University, in alignment with Augsburg's mission, identity, and strategic plan. As an academic leader, the Dean will ensure that resources are allocated to the highest priorities in the arts & sciences division and help grow the leadership of faculty in a culture deeply committed to engaged collaboration and shared governance. Working collaboratively with the Provost, faculty, and staff, the Dean will work to develop, grow, and enhance signature programs in the liberal arts that cultivate critical and creative intelligence, capacities for collaborative problem-solving, integrative and interdisciplinary learning, and agency that prepares students not just to adapt to a changing world but to be positioned to change that world. Moreover, the Dean will model and support the University's commitment to intentional diversity and equity in hiring and reviewing faculty, and in encouraging the professional development of faculty at all stages of their career. The Dean will report directly to the Provost and serve on the Academic Affairs Leadership Team.


    A terminal degree from an accredited institution, preferably in an arts and sciences discipline.
    At least six years of significant academic leadership experience as a dean, department chair or comparable role in higher education.
    Demonstrated scholarly qualifications and experience commensurate to the rank of associate professor with tenure; demonstrated record of excellence in teaching.
    Demonstrated experience with budget management, evidence-based decision making, and strategic planning.
    Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and with advanced intercultural skills in a diverse work environment.


    Strong collaborative leadership style and practice.
    Capacity to motivate and inspire others.
    Outstanding communication skills - speaking, listening, and fostering conversations.
    Deep understanding of the history, cultures, and philosophies of higher education and contemporary trends and challenges.
    Outstanding interpersonal relations skills with diverse constituents - faculty, staff, students, institutional partners and external constituents.
    Demonstrated strength in reasoning/analysis; emotional intelligence; patience and understanding.
    Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
    Ability to work effectively in a team environment; ability to work independently with little to no supervision.
    Commitment to cultivating excellence in self and others.
  •  Contact information:
  • Augsburg College
  • Minneapolis, MN 55454
  • United States
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