Dean, College of Arts & Sciences – Worldwide Campus

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide Campus invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, based in Daytona Beach, FL. The University seeks an experienced, creative leader who will advance the goals of the College. A commitment to high-quality education focused on student engagement and outstanding faculty has earned Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide the Number 1 ranking by U.S. News & World Report for online bachelor’s degrees in both 2016 and 2017.

Embry-Riddle Worldwide is part of a three campus system which includes two physical campuses, one in Daytona Beach, Florida and one in Prescott, Arizona. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a private not-for-profit institution with degrees that encompass the areas of Applied Science; Aviation; Business; Computers & Technology; Engineering; Safety, Security & Intelligence; and Space. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Embry-Riddle Worldwide offers rigorous courses taught by industry-leading experts who understand the demands of full-time work and military life because they have been there. Embry-Riddle Worldwide also offers flexible modes of learning that enable access to their courses anytime, anywhere. Throughout over 130 campuses across the globe, more than 90 of which are located on military bases, Embry-Riddle Worldwide offers 12 enrollment dates per year, and five modes of learning and course work. Embry-Riddle Worldwide is committed to a strong instructional model and growth in applied research and scholarly activities.

The Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and reports to the Chief Academic Officer of Worldwide. The Dean will lead and mentor a diversified faculty whose physical location is distributed around the world. The College of Arts & Sciences Dean will reside in Daytona Beach with an office in the Worldwide Headquarters facility.

The College provides over 2,000 sections of general education courses annually as part of every degree program at Embry-Riddle with a focus on developing students’ critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, communication, scientific literacy, cultural literacy, and lifelong personal growth skills.  The Worldwide campus has an enrollment of 22,000 full-time equivalent students. The College offers four bachelor’s degrees in Communication; Emergency Services; Homeland Security; and Interdisciplinary Studies; and two masters’ degrees in Cybersecurity Management & Policy and Human Security and Resilience with more planned for the future. The College has 36 full-time and approximately 450 part-time faculty. Departments in the College include Security and Emergency Services; English, Humanities and Communications; Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences; and Social Sciences and Economics. Courses are delivered globally online via Canvas, synchronously via EagleVision to both home and classrooms, face-to-face at 130 locations, and in blended format.

As the senior academic officer of the college, the Dean shall be responsible for the effective leadership, administrative oversight, resource allocation and management (including fiscal/budgetary issues and workload), the delivery of instructional programs, oversight of scholarly activities and service, and liaising with Worldwide Campus administration. The Dean is also responsible for communicating the vision and goals of the College to internal and external constituencies. The Dean shall be responsible for the administration and efficient conduct of the educational program and scholarly activities of the college and for integrating the plans of the college with those of the University. The Dean shall enforce the policies and regulations adopted by the Board of Trustees, the Office of the President, the Worldwide Campus Chancellor, and the Worldwide Campus Chief Academic Officer. The Dean may be asked to travel internationally on University business.

Required qualifications: An earned terminal degree from a recognized, accredited university; significant administrative experience such as dean, associate dean, department chair, program director or equivalent position; academic credentials commensurate with the rank of tenured associate professor in the College or equivalent industry experience; demonstrated success in promoting diversity; successful relationship building experience; demonstrated strong communication skills; a proven track record of high regard for faculty and a leadership style that ensures the development of a high performing, cohesive, collegial faculty; successful budget management skills; and experience in hiring, developing and evaluating personnel in a higher education institution. 

Preferred qualifications: Significant experience includes academic credentials commensurate with the rank of tenured full professor in the College; experience in growing and promoting research within a traditionally teaching-focused institution; curriculum development experience; fund raising experience; administrative experience in managing graduate and undergraduate programs; experience and familiarity with distributed learning models; a high level of competency with technology; a record of innovative problem solving and outcomes driven leadership; and a track record of collaborative relationships both internal and external to the University.

The review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Nominations, inquiries, requests for the detailed position profile, and application material, including a letter of interest and curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for five professional references should be forwarded in confidence to:

Steve Leo, Partner

Vicki Henderson, Senior Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP


Embry-Riddle University is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for qualified individuals. The university does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.