Dean, College of Architecture and Planning

Ball State University seeks an experienced and inspiring academic and administrative leader to serve as its next dean of the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP).

Ball State’s seven academic colleges offer about 190 undergraduate majors, 130 minors and 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate and specialist degrees. About 1,300 faculty deliver world-class instruction, pursue cutting-edge research and creative endeavors and provide exemplary service in the Colleges of Architecture and Planning; Communication, Information and Media; Fine Arts; Health; Sciences and Humanities; and Business; and in the Teachers College. The University enrolls about 22,000 students on and off campus, including more than 5,700 graduate students and has an annual operating budget of $355 million.

With Departments of Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Construction Management and Interior Design, CAP has been a consistent leader over the course of its 53-year history. Given the disciplinary breadth of CAP and the expertise of the faculty, the college is uniquely positioned to build on a successful history to enhance its support of students, alumni and the public it serves. CAP is especially poised to be a leader in addressing modern issues faced by postindustrial American cities. As a community, the college includes 64 faculty members (43 tenure track), 18 staff members, 731 undergraduate students and 142 graduate students. CAP has an annual operating budget of approximately $5.3 million.

The next dean will be a key partner to Provost Susana Rivera-Mills, who took office in July 2018. In collaboration with fellow University leaders, deans and faculty, the incoming dean will develop a unifying and shared vision for CAP, contribute to a new budgeting process and model, advance an institutional culture of diversity and inclusion, foster a culture of honesty, transparency and collaboration and bolster fundraising, alumni relations and external partnerships.

The ideal candidate will be an engaged, inspiring leader with a demonstrated commitment to Ball State’s heritage, mission and core values. The dean will advance those values by building on the University’s traditions and strengths, actively seeking consensus among all its constituencies and exercising superb management and decision-making skills. The dean will communicate effectively with both internal and external constituencies, articulating clearly and passionately Ball State’s mission and strategic aspirations. She or he will work effectively with the provost and president in pursuit of strategic initiatives that will further strengthen the University and the community. The dean will embrace the faculty’s commitment to excellence in teaching, underscored by quality scholarship and research and understand the connections between the two. The dean will strengthen and foster a vibrant and diverse community of students, faculty and staff, enhancing relationships with alumni, parents, community leaders, elected officials and friends of the University. Finally, the dean will lead by modeling character, passion, integrity and the pursuit of knowledge.

An earned terminal degree and demonstrated success in higher education administration are highly preferred. Those individuals with a master’s degree and credentials of instruction, scholarship and research excellence that merits appointment as a tenured full professor in one of the departments of the college will also be considered. For more information on this search, please visit

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 22, 2019. Candidates should provide, as four separate documents, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, a diversity statement describing ability to promote and advance inclusive excellence and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent via email to Ball State University’s consultants, Zachary Smith, PhD and Robert W. Luke at

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.