Widener University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  The Dean is the chief administrative officer of the College, reports directly to the Provost, serves with seven other deans on the Provost’s Council and on the President’s Executive Team, and is the official liaison between the College’s faculty and the Provost.


Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, Carnegie-classified doctoral university with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, rigorous academic expectations and leadership development, connects curricula to societal issues through civic engagement.  Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. The university’s robust diversity agenda embodies the values of access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation, and leadership.  The College provides the foundation in the liberal arts and sciences for all undergraduate programs at the university, offering majors and minors in 28 departments. Students in the College benefit from a student-centered approach to learning that features a variety of active learning strategies in the classroom as well as other high-impact learning practices.  The College seeks a Dean with the ability to motivate and inspire through passion, bold vision, a resourceful and entrepreneurial bent, and a commitment to collaborative decision-making. The Dean will partner with the President, the Provost, the leadership team and faculty to drive the mission, vision and strategic plan of the University. 


Located twenty minutes from Philadelphia, the nation’s sixth largest city and home to world-class art, culture, sports, entertainment, and history, Widener’s 110-acre Main Campus has benefitted from $220 million in new construction and renovations over the past 12 years. With its location in the middle of the eastern metropolitan corridor, Widener’s Main Campus is only a two-hour drive or train ride from both Washington, D.C. and New York City. For more information about the University, please visit the website at


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Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately, and nominations and expressions of interest will be welcomed until an appointment is made. The appointee is expected to take office in July 2017.  Applications received by March 15, 2017, will be assured of full consideration; these should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a statement outlining how your education and/or professional experiences, background or philosophy demonstrate your commitment to diversity and equity and the names of five professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. All submissions will be treated in confidence and should be sent electronically (MS Word format preferred).


Widener University is an equal opportunity employer.