Dean, School of Arts and Sciences


University of Mary


Dean, School of Arts and Sciences


The University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, is seeking a visionary, seasoned, and faith-filled leader for its School of Arts and Sciences.


As the university’s largest faculty, the School of Arts and Sciences has more than 70 full-time professors teaching in 14 academic departments (offering 25 undergraduate majors, 29 minors, 11 pre-professional concentrations, and 4 graduate programs). The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Arts and Sciences, reporting directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.


The Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences assumes special responsibility for the School of Arts and Sciences’ unique mission to promote and provide an experience of liberal education throughout the university, ensuring the integration and integrity of the university’s intellectual mission and Catholic identity. As such, candidates will be invited to demonstrate a vivid sense for the transformative power of the liberal arts and a willingness to support the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary (see https://www.umary.edu/about/mission-identity).


The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Mary is grounded in St. John Henry Newman’s vision for higher education and aspires to a culture marked by charity, wisdom, humility, and moderation. Throughout the school, students participate in several unique learning opportunities. Our campus in https://www.umary.edu/academics/study-abroad/rome offers a life-changing program of study in the Eternal City. https://www.umary.edu/about/campus-facilities-locations/mary-college-asu provides unparalleled opportunities offered through a domestic exchange with the nation’s largest research university. Our https://www.umary.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/catholic-studies forms a close-knit community of faculty and students who examine the influence of faith on thought and culture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Students can take courses in our summer semester, learn from world-class visiting scholars, and go on excursions through https://www.umary.edu/academics/year-round-campus – our innovative program through which students graduate with a bachelor’s degree in 3 academic years or a master’s in four.


The successful candidate will lead a collegial community of faculty who strive to excel in teaching, are committed to supporting formation outside of the classroom, and who have active research agendas. An earned doctoral degree is required.


Knowledge, skills, and traits required for this position include the following:


• Capacity to mentor faculty

• Experience and/or education in academic leadership

• Sound prudential judgment and interpersonal acumen

• A courageous, equanimous character and a cheerful demeanor

• Active role in institutional governance, student recruitment, and fundraising

• Commitment to lifelong learning and personal development

• Collaborative management style; excellent communication skills

• Evidence of vision and leadership in academic programs

• Ability to formulate, present, and administer a budget

• Understanding of national trends and issues in higher education

• Ability to interact effectively with relevant campus constituencies


With an enrollment of more than 3800 students, the University of Mary is a private, Christian, Catholic, Benedictine university that welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. Founded in 1959 by the Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, the campus overlooks the beautiful Missouri river and is a vital part of the twin cities of Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota, a community of approximately 100,000 people, with wonderful family and parish life, friendly neighborhoods, enjoyable recreational and cultural facilities, a low crime rate, clean air, and excellent schools. As one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, Mary offers exceptional educational value as well as outstanding scholarship and financial aid opportunities. The University of Mary is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

For more information on the University of Mary, please watch a short video by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/Go37Hy6QrVs


How to Apply:


All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. To apply from our University of Mary https://universityofmary.applytojob.com/apply, scroll to the top to complete the required fields. Attach your CV and cover letter and click submit application. Additional attachments or anything larger than 5MB may be sent to mailto:employment@umary.edu.


Review of application materials will begin immediately. Position will remain open until filled. Ideal start date will be January 8, 2024, with full consideration for applicants who cannot start until summer 2024.


Equal Opportunity Employer


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