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Position:  Dean of Arts and Sciences

Reports to: Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Position Summary

The Dean of Arts and Sciences is a member of the Provost’s leadership team and Deans Council and serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Arts and Sciences. The Dean serves as the intellectual leader of the School, fostering a sense of community across departments and an environment in which teaching, scholarship and creative work, and service can flourish. The Dean is responsible for the quality and stewardship of academic programs; for managing the School’s organizational structure and human and fiscal resources; and for championing opportunities for School students, faculty, and staff, both internally and externally. Working in collaboration with other Deans and senior administrators, the Dean of Arts and Sciences supports and promotes the mission and values of the University.


  • Terminal degree in the Arts and Sciences.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and academic service.
  • A successful record of academic administrative leadership experience at the departmental level or above.
  • Disposition to listen, unite, and lead the School’s diverse students, faculty, and staff.
  • Intellectual curiosity about the disciplines represented in the School and about high-impact experiential and online learning.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering inclusive excellence in curriculum design and pedagogy; in scholarship and creative endeavor; in service and community engagement; and in student outcomes.
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven experience managing personnel (ideally within a collective bargaining context).
  • Proven experience with data-driven academic program evaluation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance and collaboration across disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience with fiscal planning and budget management/analytics.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and advance a forward-looking strategic plan and vision for the School.
  2. Ensure inclusive excellence in teaching across disciplines.
  3. Recruit, retain, and graduate students in collaboration with Admissions, Student Success, and other University partners.
  4. Oversee the academic progress of students within the School.
  5. Investigate, adjudicate, and resolve student academic problems and complaints.
  6. Recruit, hire, and retain excellent teacher-scholars, department chairs, and staff.
  7. Ensure clear and fair assessment of chairs, faculty, and staff.
  8. Support faculty, chair, and program development and innovation in a manner consistent with the University mission and values.
  9. Develop and oversee the School curriculum to meet the needs of students and the University.
  10. Regularly review, assess, and improve programs within the School.
  11. Manage human and financial resources to achieve the goals of the School and the University.
  12. Advocate on behalf of the School’s students, faculty, and staff internally and externally.
  13. Develop relationships leading to co-ops, internships, and other partnerships with entities throughout the region.
  14. Collaborate with other Deans and University administrators to explore and support interdisciplinary partnerships.
  15. Represent the School at the University, among alumni, in the community, and at national and international meetings.
  16. Develop and enhance fundraising relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  17. Advise the Provost and other senior leadership on University policies and procedures.

Point Park University

Founded in 1960, Point Park is a dynamic, urban university with a strong liberal arts tradition. Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Point Park enrolls more than 4,200 full- and part-time students in approximately 100 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs. Our students represent 49 states and 37 countries. We educate students in a diverse, urban environment and prepare graduates to apply knowledge to achieve their goals, advance their professions, and serve their communities.

Application Procedure:

For priority consideration, please apply by October 15, 2021.

Qualified applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and at least three references to: (preferred) or mail to:  

Point Park University
Human Resources Office
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When responding via email please reference – DEAN, ARTS and SCIENCES - in the subject line.

Please submit documents in Rich Text (.txt) Word document (.doc) or Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf).

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  Due to the high volume of resumes received, Point Park University will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of your resume. If we determine that your skills and experience match the position requirements, we will contact you to discuss the opportunity further. If you do not hear from us, we encourage you to revisit our website at for the status of the position and future opportunities. 

Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.