Dean, College of Arts and Letters

Missouri State University, located in Springfield, Missouri, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. As chief administrative officer of the College, the Dean is expected to provide professional, intellectual and administrative leadership while helping to craft and pursue a vision consistent with the Public Affairs mission of the university. The Dean is expected to support faculty, staff, and students by promoting excellence in teaching and scholarship; encouraging faculty development; facilitating student recruitment and retention; supporting a commitment to diversity; building partnerships with external constituents and public organizations; engaging in fundraising, alumni relations and development activities; and demonstrating sound fiscal management.

Candidates must have the following:

1) A terminal degree in a discipline within the college or related field and credentials consistent with an appointment at the rank of full professor

2) Evidence of significant academic administrative experience, including but not limited to fiscal oversight, personnel management, program evaluation, and strategic planning

3) Evidence of successful leadership and communication skills

4) A demonstrated commitment to diversity

5) Experience in fundraising, alumni relations, and development activities

The College of Arts and Letters is one of seven academic colleges at Missouri State University. There are over 2,500 majors in seven departments:

  • Art and Design
  • Communication
  • English
  • Media, Journalism and Film
  • Modern and Classical Languages
  • Music
  • Theatre and Dance

The departments offer 32 baccalaureate programs and twelve Master’s programs (all including certificates). The nearly 173 full-time faculty teach a sizable number of courses in the University’s general education curriculum. Additional information may be found at

Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons while guided by three overarching and enduring commitments to student learning, inclusive excellence and institutional impact. The University's identity is distinguished by its statewide mission in public affairs, requiring a campus-wide commitment to foster competence and responsibility in the common vocation of citizenship. The academic experience is grounded in a general education curriculum which draws heavily from the liberal arts and sciences. This foundation provides the basis for mastery of disciplinary and professional studies. It also provides essential forums in which students develop the capacity to make well-informed, independent critical judgments about the cultures, values, and institutions in society.

Springfield is the third-largest city in Missouri with a metropolitan population of more than 500,000.  It is noted for its thriving economy, excellent schools, superior health care facilities, beautiful neighborhoods, active arts community, exciting entertainment scene, temperate climate, and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Located in the southwest region of the state, Springfield is surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Ozarks hills, streams, and lakes.  Springfield is ranked among the 100 Best Communities for young people, is in the top 40 cities for quality of life and is home to two top 100 integrated health systems in the nation.  For more information about the City of Springfield, please visit

To apply, provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of vision of leadership, and the names and contact information for three professional references at

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with Monday, November 26, 2018 as the date of first consideration.

Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/minority/female/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity employer and institution. We encourage applications from all interested minorities, females, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and sexual orientation/gender identity.

            Employment will require a criminal background check at University Expense.