Dean, College of Arts and Humanities

Dean, College of Arts and Humanities

Georgia Southern University (Georgia Southern) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Dean for the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH). The University seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader and scholar who will build upon the existing strengths of the faculty and the untapped potential of the college to further advance the University's commitment to academic excellence and shared governance.

The College of Arts and Humanities
The College of Arts and Humanities is one of the eight academic colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University. The College also serves as a pillar of Georgia Southern's academic foundation by empowering faculty and students to reach their full potential through developing critical thinking, creative problem-solving, effective communication and leadership skills while addressing cross-cultural sensitivity and global awareness.

The College consists of seven academic departments, including the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, Communication Arts, English (newly formed from Literature and Writing and Linguistics), History, the Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and World Languages & Cultures. The College is also home to the Performing Arts Center, Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium, Georgia Southern Museum, Africana Studies (works closely with the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Center), Interdisciplinary Studies, the Center for Irish Research and Teaching, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Writing Center, Center for Undergraduate Research and Intellectual Opportunities (CURIO) and participates in the Ogeechee International History Film Festival. The College's programs and centers are supported by approximately 145 tenure-stream faculty, 57 lecturers and non-tenure track faculty, 39 part-time faculty, 24 staff, and 13 administrators. The College aspires to be an acknowledged leader in innovative and transformative education as demonstrated through noteworthy research and creative activities, exceptional service, and outstanding teaching in the arts and humanities.

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The University
Since 1906, the University's hallmark has been a culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes student growth and life success. Central to Georgia Southern's mission is the faculty's dedication to excellence in teaching and the development of a fertile learning environment exemplified by a free exchange of ideas, high academic expectations, and individual responsibility for academic achievement.

In 2018, Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated creating an institution that retained the Georgia Southern University name and comprises eight academic colleges on three campuses: the Statesboro Campus, the Armstrong Campus in Savannah, and the Liberty Campus in Hinesville. The University serves more than 25,000 students from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico, as well as 102 nations. Georgia Southern offers an attractive campus environment that encourages learning, discovery, and personal growth.

The University is a unit of the University System of Georgia and boasts 200-plus student organizations, outstanding Division I athletics, and state-of-the art residence halls and campus facilities.

As a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a Public Impact Research mission that focuses on community engagement, economic support, and professional development, Georgia Southern is the state's largest and most comprehensive center of higher education south of Atlanta, offering 141-degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. As the University continues to build upon the existing momentum in its research and scholarship capabilities, Georgia Southern's expert faculty can be found at the forefront of investigating, engaging, and discovering new methods for addressing many of the challenges facing the world today. In support of these efforts, the University strives to further elevate its Public Impact Research mission by partnering with industry, businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to make meaningful and sustainable differences in the local, regional, and global communities it serves. For more information about Georgia Southern, please visit .

Position Summary
Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer and spokesperson for the College of Arts and Humanities. The Dean oversees the college's academic programs and auxiliary operations. The Dean serves as an innovative leader who guide the College of Arts and Humanities in enriching the cultural life of Georgia Southern and surrounding communities by hosting guest speakers, cultural events, performances, and other educational activities in the central academic disciplines of communication, fine and performing arts, and the humanities. In addition, the Dean promotes the College's academic stature and visibility, both inside and outside the University, through interactions with local, regional, national, and worldwide constituencies to further advance the College image globally. As a dynamic, collegial, and collaborative leader, the Dean must be prepared to join an innovative and forward-looking administration dedicated to enhancing the College's current capabilities and impact within the region.

Georgia Southern seeks a Dean with exemplary academic leadership skills. The successful candidate must possess an outstanding record of scholarly achievement commensurate with appointment as full professor with tenure in one of the departments in the College or a closely related field. The candidate must also possess a strong sense of professional ethics, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and demonstrated success as an innovative administrator. For a complete description of the required and preferred qualifications, please visit .

Application Process (Search #67931)
Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A complete application consists of a cover letter addressing the qualifications and a current curriculum vitae. Other documentation may be requested. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Matthew Herrera, Associate
Refer to code "GSU-CAH" in subject line

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Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact Denise Gebara, Director of Talent Acquisition and Employment Services, at .

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