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Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder seeks a dynamic leader to serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S). The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of A&S, who is responsible for providing thoughtful, innovative and equitable college-level leadership, vision, and planning; integrating the three A&S divisions (upon the reorganization of the College); and promoting the broad liberal arts' mission of the College. This position reports directly to the provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

The dean serves two equally important roles. First, the dean is the principal advocate for the College of Arts and Sciences both within and outside the university. Second, as a member of the provost’s campus academic leadership team, the dean works cooperatively and collaboratively with other university leaders, and campus faculty and staff to advance the goals and mission of the College of Arts & Sciences and the CU Boulder campus overall.

The dean must be committed to providing dynamic leadership that is innovative, collaborative, communicative, and transparent; valuing and encouraging the contributions of a wide variety of individuals and programs across the three divisions; and supporting the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The dean must also be committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service; recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty, students, and staff; and supporting academic freedom. The dean must be dedicated to engaging in significant fundraising. All of the dean’s activities are to be firmly grounded in CU Boulder’s shared values of integrity, respect, inclusiveness, and openness.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is the largest college on the Boulder campus, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education in the natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, bringing world-class research and scholarship to CU students, both in and out of the classroom. A&S research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems. Faculty in A&S include 5 Nobel laureates, 25 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 9 MacArthur winners, 4 National Medal of Science winners, and 1 Pulitzer Prize winner.

A&S is comprised of three divisions (natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities) which in combination have nearly 40 academic units and nearly 50 programs such as the Miramontes Arts & Sciences Program (MASP) and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival; centers such as the Center for Neuroscience; and associated institutes such as the BioFrontiers Institute. The college is home to more than 700 tenured and tenure-track faculty, approximately 1,000 non-tenure-track teaching faculty, approximately 400 university and classified staff, and more than 17,000 undergraduates and 2,280 graduate students.

A&S is part of the Boulder campus’ Division of Academic Affairs. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of only 36 U.S. public research institutions in the Association of American Universities (AAU), a group of institutions recognized as America’s leading research universities. The university has nine schools and colleges offering over 150 academic programs and enrolling 35,000 degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the world’s most innovative communities of scholars and learners, who accelerate human potential to solve the humanitarian, social and technological challenges of the 21st century. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Implement the strategic missions of the College of Arts and Sciences and the university.
  • Lead and effectively manage the implementation of the recently-established strategic reorganization plan for A&S.
  • Lead and manage college-wide programs, support services and administrative functions, including college-wide operating policies and procedures.
  • Hold primary responsibility for the overall student, faculty, and staff experience in the college.
  • Promote and foster scholarship, research, creative activity and innovation within the college and across other schools and colleges consistent with the mission of the campus.
  • Provide leadership and vision in developing and modifying A&S academic programs, curricula, services, policies and procedures, in collaboration with the divisional deans, faculty and staff to ensure academic excellence in meeting the current and future needs of the students.
  • Confer regularly with the deans of the three divisions on matters of common concern to the college including ensuring divisional programs and initiatives align with college-wide objectives; consulting regularly with deans, department chairs, faculty, and staff to plan and evaluate academic programs and services; and resolving interdivisional issues.
  • Manage all college matters not assigned to the dean of natural sciences, the dean of social sciences, and the dean of arts and humanities, and ensure objectives and matters explicitly assigned to those divisional deans are appropriately addressed.
  • Promote excellence in teaching among all instructional faculty/student teaching assistants through development activities and in collaboration with faculty/student teaching assistants.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships throughout A&S and the university as well as peers at other leading universities.
  • As a member of the provost’s leadership team, along with the deans of divisions represent the College of Arts and Sciences to university administration; participate on the Boulder campus Council of Deans, and other campus bodies, committees, or councils; and serve in collaboration with other academic deans and campus officers to define and support the mission of the campus.

  • Foster inclusion, equity, and diversity across the college.
  • Exercise direct supervisory authority over the 3 deans of divisions; senior leaders of core support functions of the college (including HR, budget, infrastructure, communications, and advancement); and associate deans for research, student success, and inclusive practice. Other supervisory authority is exercised indirectly through direct reports. 
  • Serve as the lead authority, over full and part-time faculty and staff supporting the College as a whole. 
  • In collaboration and consultation with the deans of the divisions, assess and plan for college-wide staffing needs and structures, including the annual performance process inclusive of recommending pay increases, and evaluation of faculty appointment recommendations to the provost.

  • Provide effective and efficient management and oversight of all financial resources supporting the college including the preparation of annual budgets.
  • Allocate funds to divisions in an equitable and transparent manner, to initiate, support, and promote the academic and programmatic initiatives that are consistent with the strategic direction of the college and the university.
  • Develop and implement new initiatives to generate additional revenue streams to address budget constraints.

  • Foster development activities by cultivating relationships with alumni, individual donors, foundations, and corporations; promote fundraising initiatives and proposals; work collaboratively with the other deans in the college and the Office of Advancement and its staff.

  • Represent the college externally in the areas of advancement, public relations, and student recruitment.
  • Engage in outreach activities to maintain collegial relationships with alumni and external constituencies.
  • Participate in professional service activities to maintain and improve one's professional and scholarly development.

What You Should Know

As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check pilot program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check pilot program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their current and previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information. 

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

Annual Salary Range $320,000-$400,000, plus moving allowance and signing bonus. For the joint faculty appointment, salary and start-up funds to be determined upon acceptance of the position. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution in one of the fields represented in the College.
  • 6+ years of administrative experience in a research university.
  • A proven record of administrative leadership and managerial experience.
  • A record of teaching, research, and service that meets the qualifications necessary to be tenured at the rank of Professor at a major research university.
  • Fiscal and budgetary experience.

What You Will Need

  • Outstanding academic and scholarly credentials.
  • Exceptional fundraising skills.
  • Capacity for thoughtful, innovative administrative and intellectual leadership.
  • A proven track record of collaboration and consensus building.
  • Proven skills in problem solving and effective change management.
  • Ability to serve as a passionate champion for the importance of a liberal arts education.
  • Ability to develop and support a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students.
  • Proven managerial and administrative skills.
  • Demonstrated active dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Outstanding skills in verbal, written, and interpersonal communications.
  • Ability to gain the confidence and trust of others and build partnerships to work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Aptitude to inspire teams to pursue innovative and/or non-traditional approaches.
  • Demonstrated approach to pursuing innovative solutions.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • National prominence in one’s research and scholarly field.
  • Administrative and managerial experience leading academic programs.
  • Proven record of advancing complex departments, organizations and/or institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultative leadership.
  • Proven success in fundraising.
  • Demonstrated record of public/private partnership development that advanced the academic mission or goals of a unit/college.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
  3. A short essay that addresses the following: The College of Arts & Sciences has a deep interest in strong efforts to foster and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. Please provide a 1 page statement on how your teaching, research, and/or leadership and service demonstrate an active commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Examples might include scholarly work, efforts to improve access and equity for underrepresented individuals or groups or other contributions to diverse communities.
You will not be asked to provide the names of references at this time. The search committee will request 5 references for those identified as finalists for the position. 

Please apply by November 14, 2021 for full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs

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