Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

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Georgia State University seeks an innovative and entrepreneurial leader, visionary thinker, and strong communicator as the next dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

With more than 52,000 students from 150 countries and all U.S states and territories, Georgia State University is the largest university in the state and one of the largest in the nation. Georgia State offers more than 250 degree programs in 100 fields of study, taught by more than 1,500 faculty members who generate groundbreaking research and educate one of the most diverse student populations in the nation. For the past six years, Georgia State University has been identified as the second most innovative university in the country by the U.S. News and World Report.

Georgia State is a national model for student success. Over the past decade, the university has increased its graduation rate by 23 points, the most dramatic increase of any national university and eliminated achievement gaps. It achieves these results leveraging technology in a variety of areas, including academic support, financial support, and utilizing predictive analytics in advising. The university graduates 2,800 more students per year than just five years ago, and has reduced the time to degree by nearly a semester, saving students $18 million per year. Because of these and other results, U.S. News and World Report ranks Georgia State as the #1 public university in the United States for its commitment to undergraduate teaching. To read more about Georgia State’s commitment to student success, please review: https://success.gsu.edu/

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on the Atlanta campus. The college enrolls over 14,000 undergraduates and 1,800 graduate students, and is responsible for delivering educational offerings to over 70 percent of the institution’s student population. Students are taught by 560 full-time faculty and supported by 300 staff members. Students with majors in one of its 22 academic departments and institutes work with expert scholars in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to develop strong research communication, and critical thinking skills.

The college manages a research portfolio of over $40 million comprised of funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, and other federal, state, and private agency sources.

The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the college, responsible to the provost for oversight and quality of all the college’s academic and research programs. The dean will strategically position the college for the future and will have the creativity, talent, and energy to build on its legacy of academic excellence, and commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching.

The college plays a central role at the institution, both through its primary role in the university’s general education curriculum and in its significant contributions to Georgia State’s strategic goals in the areas of scholarship, research and creative activity, graduate education, student career preparation, and civic engagement. The dean will continue growing a culture of collaboration across the university and will be a strong advocate for the continued importance of the liberal arts. Along with the college community, the new dean will envision a bold future for Arts & Sciences. To accomplish these ambitious goals, the dean must strengthen existing revenue streams, encourage curricular innovation and collaboration, increase student enrollment, and prioritize student success.

The dean will possess administrative leadership skills, experience in implementing a strategic vision, the ability to engage with a wide variety of stakeholder groups, a record of resource and relationship building, and distinguished scholarly accomplishments, consistent with the rank of a full professor at an R1 university.  

Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Georgia State University will be assisted by Ellen Brown Landers, Jackie Zavitz, and Meghan Ashbrock of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.

Nominations and applications should be directed to: GSUArtsSciencesDean@heidrick.com

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.