University of Southern Indiana
College of Liberal Arts
College of Liberal Arts Dean Search

University of Southern Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana (USI) is a comprehensive public university, classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an engaged university for both Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships. Founded in 1965, USI offers 70 undergraduate majors, 10 master's programs, and one doctoral program. USI is located in Evansville, Indiana and enrolls 9,030 students from 90 Indiana counties, 36 states, and 69 nations. Additionally, more than 15,000 individuals are served annually in continuing education courses, noncredit workshops, conferences, and seminars. The well-maintained campus consists of 1,400 acres and state-of the arts facilities and is easily accessible to Indianapolis, IN, St. Louis, MO, Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY. The University is a competitive member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 15 varsity intercollegiate men's and women's sports. In 2010 and 2014, USI Men's Baseball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship.

College of Liberal Arts
The College of Liberal Arts enrolls over 2000 undergraduate and graduate students and has over 230 full and part time faculty.  The College offers 30 major areas of study within eleven academic departments: Art; Communications; English; History; Performing Arts; Philosophy; Political Science & Public Administration; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies; Social Work; and World Languages and Cultures. The College has six graduate programs including Communication; English; Liberal Studies; Public Administration; Second Language Acquisition, Policy, and Culture; and Social Work with four academic centers in Communal Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Justice Education, and the Scripps Howard Center for Media Studies. The McCutchan Art Center and Pace Galleries are located in the Liberal Arts Center. In addition, the University recently opened its new Performance Center. The new Dean will have an opportunity for transformative leadership of a college developing distinctive, robust, and cutting edge programs that will support its mission and attract and retain high ability students and faculty with diverse interests and backgrounds.  

The Position
The Dean reports directly to the Provost and serves as the chief academic officer of the College. The Dean provides intellectual and administrative leadership and guides the College in its commitment to innovative and relevant education for students. Specifically the Dean’s responsibilities include consulting with and empowering faculty to develop general education, discipline-specific, and interdisciplinary programs; maintaining high standards of teaching, research, and service; administering the College's budget; identifying and seeking external resources; recruiting faculty; taking a leading role in faculty personnel matters, including tenure, promotion, and reappointment; and advocating for the College at the University level as well as in the larger community. The Dean must understand the challenges of higher education and demonstrate a willingness to guide the College of Liberal Arts to be a leader in innovation.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate or terminal degree with qualifications necessary for appointment to Full Professor within the College.  Successful applicants must have a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship and an administrative record that demonstrates the following: innovative and effective leadership in higher education; a collegial administrative style that promotes respect and collaboration; an ability to foster strong connections between internal and external constituencies; and experience in supporting, and developing a diverse community of students, staff, and faculty in a complex university setting.

To Apply
Applications received before October 30, 2015 will be given best consideration. 

Interested candidates must submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and telephone numbers of five references.

Application material should be submitted to the following e-mail address LADean.Search@usi.eduQuestions should be sent by email to Dr. Ann White, Chair of the Search Committee at

To Nominate
Individuals wishing to nominate candidates for the position should submit a letter of nomination including the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee.

Nominations should be submitted to the following e-mail address LADean.Search@usi.eduQuestions should be sent by email to Dr. Ann White, Chair of the Search Committee at

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