Dean of Arts & Sciences and Vice-Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs

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Classification:Dean (Academic)
Grade:Senior Administrator
Work type:Faculty Full-time, Officer/Senior Administrator, Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Southeast
School/Business unit:Juneau Campus Deans
Location: Juneau
Categories: Administrative/Personnel, Education/Instructional, Executive/Director/Management

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) seeks a dynamic academic leader who promotes student success, excellence, diversity and inclusion, pedagogical innovation and advancement to serve as our Dean of Arts & Sciences and Vice-Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs. Four departments make up this school: Business and Public Administration, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Programs are offered in both a traditional residential campus setting in Juneau and via distance education, some in partnership with UAS campuses in Ketchikan and Sitka. The ideal candidate will work collaboratively and bring a strong commitment to student success for a diverse student population. Our mission is to provide student learning opportunities enhanced by faculty scholarship, undergraduate/graduate research, community engagement, and the diverse cultures of Southeast Alaska. We value inclusivity for all students, faculty, and community members who choose one of our main campuses (Juneau, Sitka, or Ketchikan) to call home. Working in a shared governance environment, the Dean and VPRSP will provide leadership in the development, enhancement, promotion of, and support for academic programs. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with faculty, deans, directors, university leadership, and students towards continual improvement of student learning and student success. UAS encourages applications from candidates who are particularly excited about the opportunities to advance higher education in the state of Alaska and who reflect the increasing diversity of our state and region.


15%Manage the fiscal affairs of the School of Arts and Sciences including developing the annual budget.Essential
15%Supervise (e.g., recruit, select, train, schedule, and discipline) professional exempt, classified staff and faculty. Ensure assigned faculty and staff adhere to acceptable behavior and performance standards. Ensure that UA and UAS policies and procedures, and faculty collective bargaining agreements for three faculty unions, are followed. Recommend to the Provost faculty selection, retention, promotion, and the granting of tenure via the UAS Faculty Evaluation process.Essential
20%Support and advance the UAS and UA strategic plan. Foster academic partnerships. Collaborate across academic units within and outside of the University of Alaska. Partner with K-12 institutions to expand educational opportunities. Seek broad-based support from external constituencies, including fundraising and development for the School in conjunction with other UAS offices. Facilitate marketing and recruitment in cooperation with other UAS offices. Perform other duties as assigned.Essential
25%Create and maintain an engaging learning environment that fosters student success. Promote excellence. Provide leadership in the development, enhancement, promotion and support for academic programs. Work collaboratively with faculty, chairs, deans, directors, university leadership, and students towards continual improvement of student learning and student success. Oversee course scheduling and enrollment management to maximize student access. Support professional development of faculty and staff. Promote and build student achievement initiatives and instructional program innovations. Work to improve student retention. Manage School of Arts and Sciences assessment of student learning outcomes.Essential
25%Oversee and lead grants and contracts process, including research and compliance, in association with Grants and Contracts Office.Essential

Required Education & Experience

  • PhD or terminal degree appropriate to the candidate's discipline.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in progressively responsible leadership positions within higher education.
  • Fiscal and budget responsibility is required experience.

Preferred Education & Experience

  • Minimum of three years’ experience teaching in a post-secondary setting.
  • Experience to include academic managerial experience at the department level or above.
  • Experience with undergraduate research, scholarship or creative activities.
  • Experience working successfully with people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Experience with accreditation at the College and University level.
  • Experience in fundraising and securing external support.
  • Positive change management experience. 
  • Experience with interdisciplinary, culturally-informed, and place-based curriculum focused on Southeast Alaska’s indigenous cultures, languages, arts or natural environment.
  • Demonstrated success working with under-served populations.


  • Strong planning, communications, and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience with best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead faculty and academic programs.
  • Demonstrated success working collaboratively, effectively, and enthusiastically within a complex and dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated experience with providing or supporting a student-centric academic experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in program assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Ability to develop and implement student success initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing a budget.
  • Knowledge and ability to interpret and enforce rules, regulations, processes, and policies related to higher education administration including grant and sponsored program administration.
  • Demonstrated experience value of the contributions that a diverse workforce can make to the success of the organization and the students we serve.
  • Acceptance of the mission, values, goals and objectives of UAS.

This is a full-time, exempt, executive position with a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. This is an open until filled recruitment with the initial application review date taking place on November 15, 2017.

UAS is located in the beautiful coastal temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska, has approximately 3,700 students - many of whom access higher education via distance. This position is located in Juneau, the beautiful capital city of Alaska.  The UAS School of Arts & Sciences is comprised of four departments that offer a wide variety of programs and all of the UAS General Education Requirements (GERs). Learning and research take place not only in classrooms or online, but also in the rain forest, ice field, wetlands, and marine environment of Southeast Alaska. Small classes with top notch faculty lets students build relationships while pursuing their goals. Internship and practicum opportunities with the Alaska State Legislature, Perseverance Theatre, Sealaska Heritage Institute, and other organizations allow students to gain experience, knowledge and skill.

The School of Arts and Sciences supports undergraduate research and creative activities and holds an annual UAS Symposium for students to showcase their work. UAS encourages applications from candidates who are particularly excited about the opportunities to advance higher education in the state of Alaska and who reflect the increasing diversity of our state and region.

For more information about the UAS School of Arts & Sciences, go to the following site:

 As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAS is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.  All interested persons should apply online. For further assistance with the application process contact Human Resources at 907-796-6263 or email

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