Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Interviews Scheduled:

Candidate materials are only available via intranet; a UW-Eau Claire username and password will be required to view these materials.

Open Forum Topic:
The Chinese character denoting "crisis" is a combination of the characters for "danger" and "opportunity." Please discuss the challenges facing a college of Arts and Sciences today, and explain how you might lead our college to maintain and enhance its excellence while creating new opportunities for students, faculty, and programs.

Manuel Avalos, Ph.D.
Dates on campus: May 6-7, 2013
Open Forum: Tuesday, May 7 at 8:30-9:20 am in Schneider Social Science 100
Cover Letter  
Please submit a feedback form no later than noon on Friday, May 10, 2013: 

David D. Bowman, Ph.D.
Dates on campus: May 8-9, 2013
Open Forum: Thursday, May 9 at 8:30-9:20 am in Schneider Social Science 100
Cover Letter 
Please submit a feedback form no later than noon on Friday, May 10, 2013:  

The Open Forums were recorded.  Dr. Avalos presentation is available now; and Dr. Bowman's presentation will be available shortly.  A UW-Eau Claire username and password will be required. 


The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. This position reports to the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual and administrative leader of the college, and the chief advocate for the mission and purpose of the college's academic programs. The Dean reports to and works in consultation with the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Dean promotes and facilitates the highest-quality in academic curriculum and academic support programs by fostering a positive and productive work environment, a spirit of collaborative leadership, and a commitment to inclusive excellence.


  • Advise the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs in matters of academic program, budget, facilities, personnel, and support services and act as a strong advocate for, and representative of, the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Lead the development, evaluation, and administration of the activities of the faculty/academic staff and of the academic programs for the college, including curriculum, instruction, advising, and scholarship.
  • Provide visionary liberal education leadership within the college, university, and broader community, including active leadership within the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative.
  • Provide vision and leadership in establishing and sustaining a Liberal Education Core that provides the foundation for a rigorous, integrated, and globally-infused undergraduate curriculum based on high-impact educational practices.
  • Promote professional development, research and other scholarly and creative activities of faculty and academic staff including undergraduate student research collaboration.
  • Develop, recommend, and administer the college budget within funding limits.
  • Lead faculty and academic staff in securing financial and non-financial support for the college working cooperatively and collaboratively with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
  • Recommend to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs all personnel matters relating to the appointments, evaluation, and promotion of faculty/academic staff, and tenure of college faculty.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with the academic deans of the other colleges.
  • Inspire creativity and flexibility within the college in response to emerging MOOC's, dual enrollment, flexible degrees, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.


  • A terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Minimum of three years successful executive/administrative experience at the level of chair of a complex department/division/school or assistant/associate dean or higher (or equivalent).
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Proven capacity as an innovative, data-driven leader and a compelling advocate for liberal education in the 21st Century.
  • Proven exceptional judgment, mature leadership style, and ability to generate excitement about the college's offerings and commitment to the University's vision.
  • Proven experience in and personal commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness among faculty, staff, and students.
  • Proven record of personal integrity and ethical management in a university context.
  • Demonstrated experience as a capable fiscal manager who can acquire internal and external financial support for the college.

Application Procedure

Materials required:

  • Letter of application
  • Vita
  • Contact information for at least three references

Application materials should be submitted electronically in pdf format.

Please follow the instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site:

If you have application questions, please email:
Ms. Sarah Forcier, Search Coordinator

To ensure full consideration, completed applications must be received by March 1, 2013. However, screening will continue until the position is filled.

The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Applicants' names are subject to public release unless confidentiality has been requested in writing. Names of all finalists must be released upon request. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment.

To learn more, visit the Web site:

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO employer dedicated to enhancing equity, diversity and inclusivity.

Posted 2/1/13