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College of Arts and Sciences

East Tennessee State University (ETSU), located in the beautiful Appalachian Highlands region in scenic Johnson City, Tennessee, seeks an experienced and innovative academic leader to serve as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The college serves over 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students across 22 departments and programs that offer a diverse range of high-quality programs that include world-class arts programs that are housed in the newly built and state-of-the art Martin Center for the Performing Arts, an Appalachian Studies Program, and NSF-funded science programs. The departments include: Appalachian Studies; Art and Design; Biological Sciences; Black American Studies; Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies; Chemistry; Criminal Justice and Criminology; Communication and Performance; Geosciences; History; Literature and Language; Mathematics and Statistics; Media and Communication; Medical Professions; Music; Philosophy and Humanities; Physics and Astronomy; Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Administration; Psychology; Sociology and Anthropology; Theater and Dance; and Women’s Studies.

The Dean will foster a positive, resilience-informed work environment, by promoting a culture of safety, transparency, belongingness, collaboration, and empowerment. The Dean will champion diversity and inclusion efforts, develop and execute a clear vision for the college, and will advance and implement the University’s strategic plan that includes enrollment growth, a commitment to student success, and an increased focus on research.

The Dean reports to the Provost and is responsible for providing leadership and management for the college, its academic departments, programs, and centers. The Dean will:

  • Support the mission, goals, and values of East Tennessee State University
  • Provide academic and educational leadership, management, and appropriate administrative oversight and support for all units and personnel within the college
  • Serve as the chief budgeting and operating officer for the college with overall responsibility for allocating available financial, space, and other resources to support the college mission and all other aspects of college operations
  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially as it pertains to the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students at all levels
  • Provide creative and diligent support for the University enrollment growth agenda
  • Promote and provide leadership and support for attaining and maintaining accreditation applicable to programs in the college
  • Promote and provide leadership and advocacy for all of the college’s programs and services
  • Participate in University leadership activities, in regional and state organizations or functions, and in appropriate affiliations with external and national organizations
  • Work with the academic leadership of the University to build interdisciplinary relationships and collaborative experiences for the students and faculty
  • Pursue opportunities and provide support to develop internal and external partnerships to advance college programs, services, and fundraising
  • Pursue and promote active and mutually beneficial collaboration with stakeholders and constituents, including schools and state and local governments
  • Support high impact practices, experiential learning, and innovative pedagogy

Candidates will possess an earned terminal degree in a program area represented in the college, and the credentials to merit tenure and promotion to full professor.

About the University


Founded in 1911, ETSU is a comprehensive, regional university, with total enrollments in excess of 14,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. ETSU provides a student-centered community of learning, reflecting high standards and promoting a balance of liberal arts and professional preparation, and continuous improvement.


The university conducts a wide array of educational and research programs and clinical services including a comprehensive Academic Health Sciences Center. Serving its students through 11 colleges and schools, ETSU offers 140 academic programs to choose from at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. The vision for ETSU is to provide a world-class environment to enhance student success and improve the quality of life in the region and beyond.


The University is situated in what is commonly known as the “Appalachian Highlands” region and Johnson City is ranked by Forbes as a “Best Small Place for Business and Careers” in the U.S. Surrounded by rivers, lakes, mountains, and parks, Johnson City is an outdoors enthusiast’s dream. ETSU is a sponsor of Division I athletics in the Southern Conference and a Center of Excellence in Sport Science and Coach Education. The area enjoys a moderate climate, a variety of festivals, and attractions, such as the Corazon Latino Festival, the Umoja Festival, the Blue Plum Festival, Tri Pride, and the Birthplace of County Music. The region is also home to the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, which ETSU’s storytelling program helps to support. Additional information about the university can be found at


Nomination and Application Process


The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications, (letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to March 1, 2022 to:


Porsha Williams, Vice President

Jacob Anderson, Senior Principal

Parker Executive Search

Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875

Atlanta, GA 30328

678.775.4563 || 678.775.4564 ||

ETSU is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all of our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.