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Dean, School of Arts, Sciences & Health
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, Oklahoma
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Date Posted 09/19/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences and Health, reports directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and serves as the senior academic leader of the unit. The programs of study within this unit are: Arts and Sciences, Culinary Arts, and Nursing. The Dean is responsible for the strategic leadership of the School's personnel, resources facilities and offerings, is a member of the University's Academic Council, and represents the School and institution amount their constituencies.


  • Provide leadership to the active engagement of School and institutional stakeholders in the ongoing evaluation of existing and potential programs and services concerning current and emerging state and national trends.

  • Ensure the appropriate specialized accreditations are achieved and/or maintained and, support institutional accreditation initiatives.

  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring, evaluation and development of faculty and academic staff vis-à-vis School and institutional policies, practices and strategic priorities.

  • Promote and advance diversity and inclusion; foster collegiality and positive morale.

  • Engage in and model entrepreneurial leadership of and support for the School's programs, services, students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders.

  • Facilitate the collaborative development and fulfillment of short- and long-term strategic priorities for the School, as well as the policies, procedures and initiatives appropriate for achieving them.

  • Advance the fiscal health of the School and its programs through a range of activities-to include effective resource utilization and pursuit of extramural resources.

  • Provide leadership to the School's student recruitment and retention efforts.

  • Ensure that accurate records are maintained relative to all School interests.

  • Monitor and provide oversight to School assets and facilities.

  • Ensure safe work and learning environments.

  • Develop and maintain robust relationships with alumni and industry representatives in related workforce disciplines and sectors.

  • Promote and support academic innovation and excellence.

  • Represent the School and University in appropriate professional and community organizations and related activities.

  • Actively encourage and engage in collaborations with internal and external entities to advance the School, OSUIT and their stakeholders.

  • Serve as an active, contributing member of the University's Academic Council, Administrative Council and other committees as assigned.

  • Balance activities, interests and obligations as a School and OSUIT leader.

  • Coordinate and communicate School activities with Academic Affairs, Fiscal Affairs, Students Services, the President's Office, Marketing & Communications, the OSU Foundation, and other units as appropriate.

  • Fulfill other responsibilities to meet the needs of the School and/or OSUIT.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Should possess the credentials necessary to qualify as a faculty member for one of the School's programs; graduate degree(s) highly preferred. Individuals with alternate combinations of credentials and/or experience may be considered.


  • A history of demonstrating ethical and professional behavior.

  • Five or more years of progressive experience in collaborative management and leadership; experience in higher education administration preferred.

  • Postsecondary teaching experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated success in collaborating with diverse constituencies.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to plan, organize and fulfill complex initiatives.

  • Knowledge of and experience in working with technology.

  • Ability to research and interpret federal, state and institutional policies.

  • Understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing higher education; comprehension of land-grant colleges and universities preferred.

  • Ability to effectively engage community and industry leaders and alumni.

  • Ability to maintain high standards of work, initiative, commitment, ethics, professional responsibility and judgment.

  • Understanding of qualitative and quantitative data analysis, budgeting and reporting.

  • Ability to work effectively with and promote diverse populations.

  • Superior interpersonal skills-including the ability to effectively recognize and resolve complex problems in a constructive manner.

Communication Skills:

  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills, exercise decorum in all interactions with stakeholders, and be able to effectively recognize and mitigate conflict.


  • Valid Oklahoma driver's license.

Working Conditions:

  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends, as needed.

  • Travel required.

  • Normal office physical environment; ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

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