Northern Arizona University seeks a Dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Northern Arizona University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). The dean will collaborate with the University academic leadership team in pursuit of a strategic agenda to build high value programming that serves diverse students through inclusive academic excellence. The dean will be a tenured professor serving as the College’s chief academic and administrative officer. Duties include overseeing academic programs, fundraising, and recruiting/retaining outstanding and diverse faculty, staff, and students. As the College’s leader, the dean is expected to collaborate across the campus and champion the College’s vision, goals, and achievements within the University and to the community at large.
Northern Arizona University seeks a dynamic administrator with proven ability to lead academic departments who embodies a philosophy that embraces the promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The successful candidate will support students of all backgrounds in the rapidly changing world of higher education, supporting NAU’s commitment to becoming the nation’s leading university serving Native Americans while maintaining a focus on the University’s Hispanic Serving Institute (HSI) status. The dean will be approachable, compassionate, supportive of the SBS team, and an inclusive decision-maker. They will be a person of integrity who listens well and communicates transparently.
The dean reports to the Executive Vice President & University Provost. The dean supervises the College leadership team of two associate deans, one assistant dean, thirteen directors and department chairs, as well as six collegewide staff.
Candidates for consideration must possess:
The desired candidate will also exhibit some combination of the following qualifications:
Leadership experience and qualities:
Administrative/management experience and skillset:
Commitment to diversity:
About the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences:
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) includes diverse academic programs living under one umbrella, each threaded together by a shared mission. This unique configuration of programs supports innovative, interdisciplinary research and provides distinctive experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. SBS engages students and faculty in educational programs, scholarship, service, and professional endeavors that promote equity, sustainability, and human well-being. Graduates are prepared with critical capacities for citizenship, leadership, and creative problem-solving to transform lives and communities.
SBS consists of the School of Communication, which houses the Communication Studies, Strategic Communication, Journalism, Visual Communication, Photography, and Creative Media and Film programs, supported by the Media Innovation Center, Visual Design Lab, and Advanced Media Lab. The College is also home to the departments of Anthropology; Applied Indigenous Studies; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Geography, Planning, and Recreation; Politics and International Affairs; Psychological Sciences; Social Work; Sociology; the Ethnic Studies Program; and the Women's and Gender Studies Program.
The College also houses two institutes, the Center for Service and Volunteerism and The Institute for Human Development, which link the University to the community with public service programs throughout Arizona, community engagement opportunities, workshops, and community-based research.
More than 200 full-time faculty members serve over 5,600 undergraduate majors plus nearly 4,000 students pursuing second majors and/or minors/certificates along with 500 graduate students through the College’s academic programs. SBS participates significantly in serving all students through NAU’s General Studies Program and interdisciplinary programs and degrees. The College also offers a PhD in Politics and International Affairs and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Health (shared with the College of Health and Human Services); 12 degrees at the master’s level, more than 30 BA, BS and BFA degrees, and numerous certificates at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. SBS is a leader at NAU in many areas, including the acquisition of external funding, and a strong commitment to online and statewide delivery of programming to rural and under-served communities, including Native American communities.
The College’s unique configuration of programs supports innovative, boundary-crossing research and hands-on experience through the Media Innovation Center, Model UN, Forensics Team, GeoDesign Studio, Speech and Debate, the Advanced Media Lab, as well as with the Child Welfare Training Project, Archaeology Field Program, and undergraduate and graduate research and internships, including Community-University Public Inquiry (CUPI). SBS faculty are dedicated to personal mentoring for students and scholarship that has a significant and positive impact on local and global communities.
Learn more about the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
About the Institution:
Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University (NAU) began as a teachers college, and its commitment to building a better tomorrow through education remains a high priority. Students, mentored by faculty members renowned in their fields, are at the center of all institutional efforts. In the classroom and online, through hands-on experiences in an unparalleled learning environment, and with the NAU community cheering them on, students discover and hone their ambitions. NAU’s academic programs, research, public service, and creative endeavors enrich lives and create opportunities in Arizona and beyond. The institution’s mission is to develop solutions to today’s challenges and drive innovation in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment.
NAU has maintained boundless growth in its student population, research, and creative scholarship agenda since its inception. Today, the institution serves almost 29,000 students through multiple offerings: the traditional college campus experience set against a remarkable landscape at the base of Flagstaff’s San Francisco Peaks; the convenience of attending classes at one of over 20 locations across the state; and an award-winning online experience with over 125 virtual programs. NAU is dedicated to upholding the same high standards of education across all locations and delivery options.
With more than 180 undergraduate,125 graduate, and 90 certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines—the arts, education, engineering, forestry, social sciences, business, and more - NAU comprises seven academic colleges plus the Honors and Graduate colleges. The institution also houses 15 Division I sports teams and consistently earns a top ten spot on the national Military Times Best for Vets list, ranking #1 in Arizona.
Additional NAU acknowledgments include:
The institution has a long history of increasing diversity and inclusion. Diversity commissions, individuals, and departments have dedicated countless hours to related education, programming, and initiatives. The formal long-term diversity strategic planning process, through which the current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) evolved, began in early 2016. The current DSP provides for immediate action and lays a strong foundation for continuing improvement and implementation over the long term. NAU is focused on a vision of becoming a True Diversity University, devoting the university’s attention and resources to initiatives for diversity, inclusion, and a culturally competent environment for all, with particular attention to underrepresented, marginalized, and underserved groups in higher education. The DSP aligns with the University Strategic Plan that, in turn, aligns with the Arizona Board of Regents Strategic Plan, “Impact Arizona.” It is intended to be a living, evolving document.
In March 2021, the institution appointed its 17th president following a national search. Dr. José Luis Cruz Rivera is dedicated to expanding access to education and improving educational outcomes for all students—especially those who have historically been underserved. NAU has received external recognition for its diversity initiatives, and the composition of NAU’s student body reflects the university’s support for historically underserved students:
Under the leadership of President Cruz Rivera, NAU recently developed a new Strategic Roadmap grounded in and informed by the principles of equitable postsecondary value.
Northern Arizona University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through 2027-2028. Some academic programs meet additional accreditation and licensure requirements for specific fields. Learn more about the NAU workplace.
A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by September 20, 2022 will be given first consideration.
As part of your application, please submit 1) a PDF version of your CV/resume; 2) a cover letter that describes both your motivation for application and how your leadership experience aligns with the key qualifications of the role; and, 3) a diversity statement (maximum two pages) that addresses the ways in which your personal and professional philosophy and related record as a leader in higher education align with the institution’s vision to become a True Diversity University: A university environment exhibiting true diversity and inclusion where there exists a wealth of individuals whose unique experiences of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual and gender identities, disability, and other perspectives are valued and woven into the fabric of the institution.
NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.
If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodations to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.