Gardner-Webb University maintains a policy of non-discrimination. No aspect of employment will be influenced by race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, genetic information, age, or any other basis prohibited by statute.

Gardner-Webb University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity within its faculty, staff, and students.

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Gardner-Webb University seeks a dynamic academic leader to serve as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Dean must understand and demonstrate a commitment to the mission and vision of the university and be prepared to work effectively with the faculty of a vibrant, teaching-focused private Christian university. The Dean reports to the Provost and plays a significant role in determining and implementing the university’s strategic priorities, providing leadership to the academic program, fostering faculty and staff development, and supporting engaged student-learning.

The responsibilities of the position are varied and call for strategic and energetic leadership. The successful candidate will be one who is committed to the importance and vitality of the liberal arts in undergraduate education; has the ability to inspire and engage professional educators in finding ways to improve the quality of the student academic experience; demonstrates outstanding planning, organizational and administrative skills; shows an openness to new ideas and innovative programming; and demonstrates exceptional communication skills, tact and diplomacy.

Qualifications include an earned doctorate in an academic discipline offered at Gardner-Webb University and sufficient academic and scholarly achievement to be eligible for an appointment as a faculty member. Additionally, candidates must possess a significant record of successful leadership experience as a senior university administrator, experience with academic budgets and management of personnel.

Specific Duties:

  • Supervises chairs of departments and directors of academic support programs under the Dean’s supervision
  • Oversees teaching schedules, faculty loads, release time, and other related academic matters
  • Interviews and hires prospective faculty members based on recommendations from search committees and approval by the President and the Provost
  • Evaluates faculty performance yearly
  • Participates in the President’s Academic Council meetings, representing academic departments and support programs
  • Approves budgets for academic departments and support programs
  • Chairs regular meetings of the Council of Arts and Sciences (chairs, directors)
  • Approves requests for professional development funding
  • Addresses complaints and resolves problems
  • Hears student academic appeals
  • Serves on committees as designated in the faculty handbook or as assigned by the Provost or President
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the President or the Provost

Gardner-Webb University is a coeducational, residential, private Christian institution with a strong emphasis in the Liberal Arts, located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina with easy access to Charlotte, Asheville, and Greenville-Spartanburg. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 3,500 students.

Gardner-Webb University maintains a policy of non-discrimination. No aspect of employment will be influenced by race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, genetic information, age, or any other basis prohibited by statute.

Gardner-Webb University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity within its faculty, staff, and students.

Application:

Candidates should complete the application using the link below and include a letter of interest, CV, transcripts, and names and contact information for at least 3 references with their application submission. Questions about application requirements should be directed to Ms. Julie Runyans, Administrative Assistant to the Provost ([email protected]). Review of applications will begin October 5, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated starting date is negotiable, with January 2, 2023 preferred. The selected candidate will have to submit for a criminal background check and drug screening, with results being received and acceptable to the University.