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Institution: Northern Arizona University

Position: Dean, College of Arts and Letters

General Information:

Northern Arizona University (NAU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, College of Arts and Letters. We seek dynamic, creative and strategic leadership for the College, recently formed by joining the humanities departments with the fine and performing arts. The Deanís leadership will further the integration of these programs into a collaborative and energetic enterprise supporting the universityís vision of student engagement with faculty and the community. The College of Arts and Letters is one of six academic colleges at Northern Arizona University, and has over 200 faculty and staff. The college provides instruction in core subjects through the departments of English; History; Humanities, Arts, and Religion; Modern Languages; Philosophy; Theatre; the School of Art; and the School of Music. The college also administers numerous interdisciplinary programs and centers devoted to research and outreach to the community (see our website,

The college has over 1500 undergraduate and nearly 300 graduate majors, as well as a strong service mission in NAUís liberal studies and other curricular programs. We offer 46 undergraduate majors, masterís degrees in 17 areas and two Ph.D. programs (History and Applied Linguistics). We have strong teacher preparation degree, post-degree and masterís programs across the disciplines. We are strongly committed to fostering scholarship and creative activity. We also participate widely in NAUís statewide delivery of instruction at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean provides college leadership for instructional, budgetary, personnel, research and curricular matters and is responsible for university procedures and policies at the college level. The Dean is actively engaged in development and fundraising, and in furthering partnerships with community and arts organizations. The Dean is also responsible for the oversight and management of public performance and exhibition facilities.


We seek an innovative, visionary and creative academic leader of integrity. The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate or terminal degree in a discipline within the collegeís areas of responsibility, and an academic record commensurate with appointment as Full Professor with tenure. S/he will possess a minimum of three years of administrative experience and a successful academic/scholarly/creative activity record of accomplishment.

Qualifications Desired:

The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge of and/or experience in many of the following areas:

- Leadership and administrative responsibility for academic programs, faculty, staff, students, and facilities in one or more of the disciplines represented in the college

- Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, budgeting and personnel management

- Leadership, creativity, and ability in fund raising and advancement activities and in generating extramural funding for instructional, research, and public service programs

- Experience with promoting diversity and a demonstrated commitment to working effectively in a multicultural environment

- Demonstrable understanding of the complexities of representing the interests of both the arts and humanities

- Commitment to the importance of recruiting, teaching, advising, and retaining students

- Commitment to promoting and supporting the scholarly and creative activities in the various disciplines of the college

- Experience with distance learning and/or the use of technology in teaching and program delivery

- Demonstrated success in fostering a collegial, collaborative environment with students, staff, faculty, administrators, and the community

Salary Range: unspecified

Items to Send:

Interested parties should send a letter of application addressing required and desired qualifications, curriculum vitae, and the names/addresses/phone numbers/e-mail addresses of five professional references

Deadline: November 15, 2005


Chair, Arts and Letters Dean Search Committee
Office of the Provost
Northern Arizona University
NAU Box 4120
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4120

Other Information:

NAU is a Doctoral-Research Intensive institution with approximately 20,000 students in attendance between a residential campus in Flagstaff and more than 20 statewide sites ( Flagstaff is a culturally rich community of 53,000 in the mountains of northern Arizona with a four-season climate and numerous opportunities for year-round outdoor activities. Flagstaff is home to a wealth of institutions including the Museum of Northern Arizona, Lowell Observatory, the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and the U.S. Geological Survey Flagstaff Field Center. The university and the Flagstaff community enjoy a close and collaborative relationship, with strong support for the engagement of faculty and students with the city and surrounding region.

NAU has a diverse student, staff and faculty population. We are one of the top five non-tribal universities in the country in terms of Native American enrollment. Our representation of ethnic populations in the student body has reached 20% and is increasing. NAU is committed to providing quality education in an increasingly multi-ethnic and international community environment.

Northern Arizona University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Date Listed: 12/29/2005

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