Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

Eastern Connecticut State University

Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

  • Institution: Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Institution Type: Four-Year/Advanced Degree (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Location: Windham, CT US
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Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

  • Eastern Connecticut State University | Windham, CT US
  • Hourglass IconDeadline: February 18, 2022
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Job TitleDean of the School of Arts & Sciences

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Executive

Salary Range -

Location Windham, CT US

Deadline February 18, 2022

Contact Information

Contact Name Amanda Irwin

Department Provost's Office


Phone -

Job Description

Eastern Connecticut State University, Connecticut’s only public liberal arts institution, seeks an innovative and collaborative leader who will bring scholarly and administrative skills to the role of Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. The Dean will have the opportunity to lead a talented group of faculty in Eastern’s most diverse school in terms of the breadth of disciplines represented. Eastern has just over 4,000 undergraduate students and about 200 graduate students across seven professional graduate programs. The Dean will supervise the Associate Dean, the academic department chairs, and fourteen other full-time support and technical staff. The Dean manages a significant budget and provides leadership to the School of 145 full-time, tenure/tenure-track faculty and a comparable amount of part-time faculty.

The Dean will be a champion of the liberal arts, leading the faculty in developing a compelling vision for what it means to provide a public liberal arts education in disciplines ranging from Data Science to Music. The Dean must provide active leadership for the School’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and promote an environment that advances inclusive excellence and actively opposes discrimination and intolerance.  The Dean will work with the campus community to sustain a learning environment that recognizes the value of a liberal arts education and the value of a transformative education for Eastern’s diverse student body. The Dean will also maintain a quality assurance system for continuous program improvements.

About Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern Connecticut State University was founded in 1889 as the Willimantic Normal School. The name was changed to Willimantic State College in 1959, Eastern Connecticut State College in 1966, and Eastern Connecticut State University in 1983. In 1998, the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University System approved changing Eastern’s mission to be a public liberal arts institution and the University joined the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges in 2004.

While Eastern’s definition of what it means to be a public liberal arts institution will continue to evolve, that identity has become fully accepted both within the university community and throughout the state and region. As the mission statement notes, Eastern Connecticut State University engages students from diverse backgrounds in a transformative, liberal arts learning experience that provides knowledge and skills to lead enriching, purposeful lives.

Eastern makes its home in historic Willimantic in the rural northeast region of the state. Former home to the American Thread Company, at one time the largest thread manufacturer in the world, today’s Willimantic features cultural diversity, unique community events, Victorian homes and other interesting sights and sounds. Eastern is surrounded by the wooded hills and pastures of Connecticut’s “Quiet Corner,” a piece of rural New England full of traditions and natural beauty. At the same time, Eastern is a day trip away from Vermont’s ski slopes, Cape Cod’s beaches, and both New York City and Boston.

Professional Qualifications and Experience

Ø  Earned terminal degree in an academic discipline appropriate to the School of Arts & Sciences.

Ø  A distinguished record of teaching, peer-reviewed scholarship or creative activity, and service to an institution of higher education.

Ø  Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and experience with programs and pathways to support historically underrepresented groups.

Ø  A demonstrated history of open, collaborative, and collegial leadership style that demonstrates a commitment to shared governance and the ability to earn the trust of faculty, students, staff, and administrators.

Ø  Ability to work collaboratively with academic departments and faculty to ensure academic programs are innovative, current, and relevant.

Ø  Experience developing professional graduate programs that serve recent graduates and working adults.

Ø  A record of progressively substantial and successful experience in academic administration including but not limited to budgeting, strategic planning, and personnel management.

Ø  Evidence of an ability to balance multiple competing demands and priorities and a strong track record of problem solving and proactively addressing challenges.

Ø  Evidence of a commitment to the liberal arts and the ability to articulate its value.

Application Process:

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. For a full description of the position, please visit Applications should include a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for five professional references. References will not be contacted without the approval of the candidate. Nominations, inquiries, and application materials should be forwarded to Amanda Irwin, Administrative Assistant to the Provost, at:

For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by the January 17, 2022 priority deadline.

Eastern Connecticut State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: LaMar Coleman, Vice President for Equity and Diversity, 860-465-5112,

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