The University of Alabama in Huntsville

DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS, HUMANITIES, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

The University of Alabama in Huntsville invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS). The Dean serves as the chief academic, administrative, and fiscal officer for the College and reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean provides leadership to advance the College’s mission and realize its strategic plan. He or she fosters outstanding teaching, student learning, and persistence to graduation; scholarly and creative works; and service to the university, the community, and the profession. The Dean is responsible for all day-to-day activities of the College, including curriculum development, faculty recruitment and evaluation, planning, and budget.

Qualifications: Candidates for the position of CAHS Dean must hold a Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree from an accredited institution, as well as academic and scholarly accomplishments meriting appointment to the rank of professor with tenure in an academic department within the College.

The CAHS Dean shall nurture a vibrant intellectual environment that encourages student and faculty success, research and creative achievement, community engagement, and collaboration. The ideal candidate will be able to

  • advance enrollment, student retention, and persistence to graduation
  • build working relationships between students, faculty, staff, alumni and other UAH colleges and divisions
  • promote excellence in teaching, learning, and student success
  • demonstrate a record of successful administrative experience and leadership in higher education that includes collaborative leadership, effective fiscal management, and development
  • display excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • champion diversity among faculty and students

College: The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS) at UAH comprises 10 departments and 75 full-time faculty. It offers undergraduate degrees in Art History, Art Studio, Communications Arts, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre, World Languages and Cultures, and Writing, along with graduate programs in English, History, Psychology, Professional Communications, and Public Affairs. CAHS plays a key role in Charger Foundations, the University’s general education curriculum, and participates in multiple interdisciplinary minors or programs, including Ancient and Medieval Studies, Game Production, Global Studies, Latin American Studies, Public History, Web Communications, and Women’s and Gender Studies. CAHS houses the Humanities Center, an NEH-funded endowment that promotes research and public discussions by funding eminent scholars, scholarly presentations, library enhancement, workshops, and faculty research and travel.

The University: UAH offers 85 degree-granting programs that meet the highest standards of excellence, including 41 bachelor’s, 29 master’s, and 15 doctoral degree programs through its seven Academic Colleges — Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; Nursing; Professional and Continuing Studies; and Science as well as the Graduate School. The UAH Honors College blends traditional emphasis on arts and sciences and critical thinking with a practical, career-oriented education. Since 2008, the University has undertaken more than $160 million in new construction. The University is implementing new strategic and campus master plans that plot a clear vision for our future. For more information on the strategic plan, visit http://www.uah.edu/president/strategic-plan. Total UAH enrollment is approximately 9,100, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. The undergraduate class is made up of 42% women and 58% men. The UAH 2017 freshman class scored an average of 27.9 on the ACT examination, the best of Alabama’s public universities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching rates UAH as a “high” research activity institution.

UAH tops many lists. It is number one in Alabama both for early career pay after graduation and for the economic outcome of its graduates. U.S. News and World Report ranks UAH as a Tier 1 university where students are “eager to enroll” and touts UAH as the number one return on investment in Alabama for both in-state and out-of-state students. UAH is ranked Alabama’s second most affordable college for incoming freshmen with financial need.

UAH is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Numerous departments and programs also hold accreditation or certification from professional associations, including the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Greater Huntsville Community: Located in the Tennessee Valley of Northern Alabama, Huntsville is the home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center where the first rockets to take Americans to the moon were designed and built. Huntsville has an international reputation as a high tech center with ties to NASA, the Army’s Redstone Arsenal, and major government and private research organizations. UAH is the anchor tenant of Cummings Research Park, the second largest university-related research park in the United States, and home to approximately 300 companies.

The population of the Huntsville metropolitan area is over 400,000 and is the fastest growing area in the state. The Huntsville community is recognized nationally for its strong economy and high levels of educational attainment, with public schools that are among the best in the nation. The Wall Street Journal named it among the nation’s “New Silicon Cities” and Southern Living referred to Huntsville as among the best college towns in the South. MoveHub recently described Huntsville as one of the 20 most “hip” cities in the U.S. We are number four on the list of cities with the lowest cost of living, one of the top seventeen most affordable U.S. cities, number twenty-seven on the list of most educated cities in America, and number three on the list of best mid-size cities to make a living in the U.S.

In addition to its diversified high-tech economy, Huntsville offers abundant outdoor activities, is rich in cultural and recreational activities and has a thriving music and arts scene. The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences plays an integral role in this cultural fabric. There are collaborative efforts with the professional symphony orchestra, a renowned community chorus, a world-class community concerts series, and several theatre and arts organizations. Within the college, there is a strong commitment to community service. Huntsville is also the home to America’s largest independent center for the arts, housed in the historic Lowe Mill. For more information on the Greater Huntsville Community, visit http://www.huntsvillealabamausa.com.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing professional experience as it relates to the requirements of the position; a current resume/curriculum vita; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five references. Please send the application to search.cahsdean@uah.edu. For additional information or questions please contact William Wilkerson, Dean of the Honors College and Chair of the Search Committee at William.wilkerson@uah.edu or Peggy Bower, Search Committee Support at bowerp@uah.edu. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 31, 2018, although applications will be received until the position is filled.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer of minorities/ females/ veterans/ disabled.

Please refer to log number: 18/19-349.

About Kysh Brown