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Dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Position Description

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) seeks a visionary leader to fill the position of Dean.  The College of AHSS is the fourth largest of the eight colleges at NDSU and comprises the following units, department and divisions:  Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Communication; Criminal Justice and Political Science; Emergency Management; English; History, Philosophy and Religious Studies; Modern Languages; Challey School of Music and Theater Arts; Sociology and Anthropology; Visual Arts; Women and Gender Studies; and the Center for Social Research. Master's and doctoral degrees are offered in most departments. The College has approximately 1,620 undergraduate students, 240 graduate students, and 146 faculty and lecturers and is also home to the NDSU Press. 

The Dean reports to the Provost and is responsible for: administering the College and its programs; leading the faculty in planning, developing, and implementing instructional, research, service and outreach activities (consistent with NDSU's land-grant mission); enhancing relationships with internal and external constituencies; supporting the efforts of the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association; fostering participatory management and continuous improvement of programs; implementing academic policies; administering the College budget; evaluating faculty for tenure and promotion; supporting departmental initiatives for program growth and improvement; serving as a member of the Provost's council of deans; leading and mentoring the College executive council; and fostering a climate characterized by equity, diversity and inclusivity. The Dean of AHSS also serves as the Director of the NDSU Press. 

Minimum Qualifications:
1. A terminal degree from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines in the college or related field.
2. Academic achievement sufficient for tenure at the full professor level in one of the college's departments.
3. Effective written and oral communication skills.
4. Administrative experience in a role such as a Dean, Associate Dean, Department Chair or Program Director.
5. Experience overseeing and/or managing a budget.
6. Demonstrated advocacy for the general and professional roles of the arts, humanities, and social sciences with both internal and external constituencies. 
7. A record of successful administrative experience that fosters a collaborative, inclusive work environment that values diversity and integrity. 
8. Ability to interact and collaborate effectively within a diversity of colleagues and students. 

Preferred Qualifications
1. An understanding of national trends in undergraduate and graduate education.
2. Documented success in fundraising.
3. Demonstrated experience in recruitment and retention of a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students.

North Dakota State University is located in Fargo, ND, in the ever-growing Fargo-Moorhead metro area. Located about three and a half hours from Minneapolis and with a metro population of 238,000 people, Fargo-Moorhead lies along the Red River of the North. Fargo is consistently ranked on various top city lists, including a ranking of #15 on Livability's top 100 best places to live, #6 on the best college towns in America, and a top ten place to establish a home.  

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable. 

NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation's top 100 in several areas, including social sciences. NDSU is fully accredited as an institution by the Higher Learning Commission. 

Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity

NDSU is an NSF ADVANCE institution 

To apply:

Please submit cover letter, curriculum vita and one-page statement on leadership to: 
Margaret Fitzgerald, Chair, AHSS Dean Search Committee
Box 6050, Dept 2600
North Dakota State University
Fargo ND 58108-6050
or by email:

References will be requested for the finalists. The search is confidential until the finalists are identified.

Open until filled; screening will begin November 17, 2017

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College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8338 - Fax: (701) 231-1047
Campus address: Minard Hall 204
Mailing address: Dept 2300 PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND  58108-6050
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