Dean of Arts and Sciences

The University of New Haven seeks a talented, creative and energetic leader to serve as dean of its College of Arts and Sciences.

The next dean is expected to be an active, engaged partner with the senior leadership team and fellow deans as the university continues to pursue strategies that strengthen its mission and ability to serve students. Candidates should understand the challenges and opportunities of liberal arts programs today and demonstrate: a commitment to academic excellence and innovation; a track record of success in building and recruiting for intellectually challenging academic programs in liberal arts and sciences; a commitment to cultivating teaching excellence in faculty; success in sponsoring and promoting student-engaged scholarship; budgetary experience; an ability to work collaboratively and collegially with diverse constituencies and across disciplinary boundaries; a commitment to campus and community engagement; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and integrity. An earned terminal degree and credentials to merit tenure are required.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier, residential, comprehensive institution focused on engaged teaching and high-impact experiential education. Under the leadership of President Steven H. Kaplan, the University of New Haven now ranks among the top universities in the Northeast and boasts nationally ranked programs in a number of fields across business, criminal justice, engineering, forensic science, and the arts and sciences. Since Dr. Kaplan was inaugurated in 2004, enrollment has grown by 45 percent to approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, hailing from 43 states and some 45 countries. Full-time undergraduate enrollment has grown by 90 percent, and first-year applications have more than tripled. During this time, the university has completed more than $250 million in construction projects and has launched more than 20 new academic programs. The university is currently engaged in a major capital campaign, the Charger Challenge, which intends to raise $100 million by the year 2020 — the university’s 100th anniversary — in order to shape its next 100 years. More information about the university can be found at

The university's 264 full-time faculty offer 80 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs (and one Ph.D. program) across five colleges - the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the Tagliatela College of Engineering, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences - and the newly formed School of Health Sciences. Reporting to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the dean of the college of arts and sciences will be responsible for leading and managing nearly 120 full-time faculty from multiple programs in the arts (including art and design, music and theater); communication, film and media studies; humanities (including English, modern languages, history and philosophy); behavioral sciences (including political science, legal studies, psychology and sociology); and mathematics and natural sciences (including biology, environmental science and marine biology; mathematics and physics). Programs in economics and chemistry are also present, and interdisciplinary collaborations are valued. The College of Arts and Sciences has well-established masters programs in community and industrial/organization psychology, cellular and molecular biology, and environmental science. New graduate programs are currently being launched in clinical mental health counseling, and in conjunction with the College of Engineering, chemistry. The dean also oversees important-co-curricular opportunities for students including the campus newspaper and radio station.

The University of New Haven is committed to diversity and inclusion in higher education. The university seeks candidates whose experiences have prepared them to contribute diversity and inclusion in the university's academic community.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, available at, as well as the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of the candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to the University of New Haven Dean of Arts and Sciences consultants Dennis Barden, Lucy Leske and Kim Brettschneider at