Lourdes University, rooted in Catholic and Franciscan traditions, provides a values-centered education that enriches lives and advances academic excellence through the integration of the liberal arts and professional studies. In support of this mission, Lourdes University nurtures a diverse community that supports students in fulfilling their potential, commits to the engagement of faith and reason, inspired by our Catholic and Franciscan intellectual traditions, and provides a holistic, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts.

Lourdes University is seeking applications for the position of Dean of the College of Social Sciences. This is a full-time, 12-month position.  Reporting to the Provost, the successful candidate, working independently with nominal supervision, is responsible for overseeing undergraduate and graduate curricula and academic policies; hiring, development and evaluation of faculty; and creating a student-centric learning environment for the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College.  The Dean contributes to the ongoing culture of the College and University by supporting its mission and values; and works collaboratively with co-workers within the department and across the campus by maintaining a positive problem solving attitude, listening and respecting the competing demands of others and working toward the best solution for the College and University

Position responsibilities (include, but not limited to):

  • Provide leadership and management to the social science programs by:
    — Creating and maintaining a strategic plan for the college of social sciences that aligns with the University strategic plan and is future oriented;
    — Ensuring the programs maintain professional standards for licensure and accreditation;
    — Preparing all necessary program reports for accreditors, state boards and the University;
    — Attending college, regional, and national meetings that are program-related to enhance the visibility of the programs and advocate effectively for the professions
    — Developing and maintaining community and educational partnerships regionally and nationally;
    — Providing operational and management oversight of faculty workload, adjunct/ part-time faculty, and budget.
  • Ensuring quality student advisement within the college of social sciences.
  • Promoting/facilitating diversity and inclusion with faculty, staff and students.
  • Recruit and maintain qualified faculty by:
    — Developing current position descriptions and charting workload coverage
    — Mentoring faculty;
    — Providing vision for education, including an understanding of the role of information technology, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality in educating the next generation of social science professionals
    — Effectively evaluating faculty performance and conduct annual review of program faculty and staff;
    — Conducting faculty/staff program meetings.
  • Maintain optimum student standards for admission, progression, and retention within the university by:
    — Providing an active role in student recruitment and retention;
    — Working with marketing and enrollment, provides strategic input on program marketing and student admissions.
    — Oversees the enrollment goals for the College of Social Sciences.
    — Overseeing of facility agreements/contracts and documentation required for student experiences;
    — Ensures an effective student-learning environment by developing and fostering a culture of effective and respectful relationships between students, faculty, staff and administrators.
  • Performs other duties to support the University as assigned;
  • Strong grant, fiduciary and budget management skills.


Required qualifications, skills and accomplishments:

  • An earned doctorate (Ph.D., Ed.D., in discipline offered in the college preferred) from an accredited college/university;
  • At least 5 years’ experience in an academic faculty position;
  • Prior experience with accreditation;
  • Online teaching experience;
  • Technologically proficient
  • Excellent critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills
  • With an emphasis on professionalism, able to work with a wide range of people and manage an active work environment
  • Tolerates work related stress effectively and maintains self-control/professionalism;
  • Need excellent organization skills, the ability to deal with confidential data, and detailed oriented.

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