Dean, College of Arts and Humanities

Code: 057 Posted: 08/13/2014

Position Location: Southeastern, WI

Reporting Relationship: Provost

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

The College of Arts and Humanities is one of four colleges formed in 2012 following an academic reorganization supported by the University faculty and leadership, the University of Wisconsin System Administration and Board of Regents. The dean will set the course for this new College of Arts and Humanities as it continues to build on exceptional strengths of accomplished faculty and students. The college offers baccalaureate degrees in art and graphic design, communication, English, liberal studies, modern languages, music, theatre arts, and interdisciplinary minors in ethnic studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. The College of Arts and Humanities is located in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, a superb fine arts facility completed in September 2011. The Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and will be a key member of the Provost’s leadership team



  • Terminal degree in one of the disciplines represented within the college, or related to the humanities and fine arts

  • Academic qualifications sufficient for tenure and rank of professor in one of the college’s departments

  • Minimum of five years of academic administrative experience which includes leadership roles such as department chair, program director, assistant or associate dean, governance appointments

  • Experience managing complex budgets, disbursing University monies to various departments within the College of Arts and Humanities. Knowledge of University guidelines and local, state and federal rules and regulations.

  • Demonstrated success in receiving external funding from government, foundation, corporate or private entities

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and creative activity


  • Experience working with, and a demonstrated commitment to serving, students from diverse backgrounds, abilities, and levels of preparation

  • Demonstrated experience providing leadership in positions of increasing responsibilities

  • Management or administrative experience related to the complex facility needs of the performing and visual arts

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Planning

    1. The dean will be responsible for leading the college in implementing the university’s academic plan and will play a key role in the strategic enrollment management goals of the university and will lead the college in the recruitment, retention and graduation of students who are well-prepared for success in graduate school or professional careers.

    2. The dean will develop and support program and student assessment that is data driven and supports the academic endeavors of the college.

  2. Budget

    1. The dean will be responsible for the efficient and effective administrative and fiscal management of the college, working in a context of integrated budgeting, planning, and evidence-based decision-making.

  3. Personnel

    1. The dean will be responsible for recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse and outstanding faculty, providing appropriate support for faculty to achieve their professional development goals.

  4. Leadership

    1. Working within a framework of shared governance, the dean must have the imagination, initiative, and commitment to pursue new opportunities for the college, including the development of new undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

    2. The dean must be committed to advancing the goals and objectives of both the college and the University and fostering collaborations across the campus.

    3. The dean must have a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and learning across disciplines and colleges, with a clear vision for integrating the arts and humanities by fostering and rewarding collaborations in teaching, learning, research, scholarship and creative activity.

  5. Outreach

    1. The dean must be able to articulate to campus and external constituents the enduring value of the arts and humanities, and must be able to advocate for the needs and advance the goals of the college while working collaboratively with other leaders across campus.

    2. In collaboration with the Fine Arts Office, the Dean is responsible for administration of the annual “@ The Rita Visiting Artist” series, including scheduling artists/performers and overseeing a budget required for a successful series.

  6. Fundraising

    1. The dean will be responsible for effectively representing the College to the campus, external communities, and alumni, and will provide leadership in the pursuit of external resources to support the goals of the college.

    2. The dean will work with internal and external constituents to successfully encourage the procurement of grants.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough understanding of and commitment to the mission of a regional state institution as student-centered and engaged in the communities that we serve such as first-generation and minority students.

  • Excellent skills and aptitude in the following areas: leadership, decision making, project management, innovation, team building, conflict resolution, and diplomacy.

  • Commitment to the fundamental values of the professoriate—academic freedom, peer review and shared governance.

  • Commitment to promoting the cultural and intellectual value of the arts and humanities, and the ability to articulate to all stakeholders how the disciplines improve employability, career readiness, and global citizenship.

  • Ability to promote the best interest of the college and to ensure that the goals of the college are aligned with and supportive of UW-Parkside goals and objectives.

  • Ability to work within a strongly collaborative administrative model.

  • Ability to prepare high quality teachers in the arts and humanities who have an ability to succeed in any setting.

  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.

The University and Area

UW-Parkside is a regional comprehensive university that is committed to accessibility, academic excellence, student success, diversity, and community engagement. This beautiful campus is on 700 acres of woodland & prairie in the heart of the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor, between Racine and Kenosha and near Lake Michigan. The university enrolls approximately 5,000 students, many of whom are first- generation and nontraditional students. UW-Parkside benefits from the diversity of the communities it services in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties. Kenosha and Racine are small cities that offer tranquility and convenience. The myriad attractions of Milwaukee and Chicago are easily accessible, as is the solitude of the country. UW-Parkside is strongly committed to creating and maintaining a multicultural, pluralistic campus environment.

The tri-county region that comprises the University’s primary service area is home to an impressive array of businesses. There are more than 10,000 small businesses in the region, as well as a large number of globally-recognized employers. The college, through its active, engaged Advisory Board, enjoys a close relationship with many of these businesses. For further information regarding the University and community, please see our website at

Review of Applications

Applications received by October 5, 2014 are ensured full consideration; position is open until filled.

Application Process

Interested candidates should provide a complete application packet which include:

  • Cover letter explaining required and preferred qualifications

  • Current CV

  • Three references with contact information

  • Transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable).

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Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

Contact Information

If you have application questions, please email or call:

Andrea Worrell
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
900 Wood Road
P.O. Box 2000
Kenosha, WI 53141-2000
Office Phone: +1 262 595 2243

It is the policy of UW Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

A criminal background check and degree verification are part of the application process.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Contact Name: Andrea Worrell

Contact Phone: (262) 595-2243

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