Dean, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences




Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) seeks a dynamic, vibrant and visionary leader who will play a central role in shaping the success, growth and future as its next Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS). The dean will provide innovative, collaborative, and flexible leadership for CLASS, including the delivery, assessment, and review of all programs and courses; supervision of all division faculty and staff, budget management; and administering College policies and procedures.

The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences is the largest college at EKU and provides education in the arts, philosophy, literature, languages, and social sciences—culturally relevant fields that privilege communication and flexibility so that students are prepared to succeed in twenty-first century careers. The dean will report directly to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The dean oversees and collaborates with the associate dean, department chairs and the faculty to plan, research, build, implement, and sustain new and existing programs.

Eastern Kentucky University is a regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in Richmond, Kentucky, EKU has a distinguished record of more than a century of educational service to the Commonwealth.

Situated near the heart of the Bluegrass region, Richmond is served by a network of major highways that make EKU easily accessible from all parts of Kentucky and surrounding states. Richmond is 26 miles southeast of Lexington, Kentucky, and serves as the county seat of Madison County, and is one of the Commonwealth's fastest-growing cities, with about 33,000 residents. The community provides an excellent environment and boasts theaters, live entertainment, fine dining, cultural events, a regional shopping mall and activities, as well as many areas of historic and scenic interest.

A complete Leadership Profile may be found at: For further information about the position and the Eastern Kentucky University College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences:


Assisting the search committee will be AGB Search executive consultants Margaret Plympton, and Garry W. Owens, PhD, Potential candidates are invited to initiate a conversation about this opportunity through a preliminary email contact with either Drs. Plympton or Owens prior to submitting materials. To receive full consideration, nominations and application materials should be submitted not later than the target date of October 15, 2021.


Application materials must include: 1) a letter of interest, which responds directly to the position qualifications, Strategic Priorities as listed in the Leadership Profile, and includes your leadership philosophy statement 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references (indicate your professional relationship with each). Please include your personal email and cell phone number. All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to


Eastern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of age (40 and over), race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, ethnicity, disability, national origin, veteran status, and/or genetic information in the admission to, or participation in, any educational program or activity (e.g., athletics, academics and housing) which it conducts, or in any employment policy or practice. Any complaint arising by reason of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Office of Institutional Equity, Eastern Kentucky University, Jones Bldg. Room 416, Richmond, Kentucky 40475 (859) 622-8020, or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. 20202 1-800-421-3481(V), 1-800-877-8339 (TTY).