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Dean of the Ernest C. Trefz, School of Business
Ernest C. Trefz School of Business in Bridgeport, Connecticut
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Date Posted 08/05/2019
Graduate Business School -Executive-Dean
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Dean of the School of Business is the Chief Academic Officer. The Dean of the School of Business reports directly to the Provost and works collaboratively with the Dean of the College of Engineering, Business, and Education.

The appointee will extensively interact with the College’s school directors and should have professional accomplishments or documented interests spanning at least two of them. She or he should have academic accomplishments sufficient to be appointed a full professor in the School of Business.

In conjunction with the School of Business faculty, staff and senior university administration, the Dean is responsible for the effective delivery of educational programs, increasing research, growing entrepreneurial activity, creating opportunities for students, and fostering a collaborative spirit in the School, consistent with the Mission of the University of Bridgeport and the School of Business.

The Dean provides representation and visibility in the community and leadership in identifying and hosting relevant community leaders and activities on campus.

The Dean has general administrative responsibility for the School, including its compliance with accreditation standards, community outreach, fundraising, marketing and enrollment, interdisciplinary initiatives, global outreach, and the effective management of its administrative and financial affairs.

The Dean serves at the pleasure of the President and works collaboratively within the College of Engineering, Business and Education, an integrated body formed in August 2018 by uniting the School of Engineering, School of Business and School of Education. Faculty members of these units serve as a single faculty of this College, and as members at the institutional level in the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business.

Department School of Business Reports To Provost Classification Exempt Full Time or Part Time Full Time Hours Per Week Regular or Temporary Regular Number of Months 12 Work Schedule Hours may vary due to the needs of the School and College or Department.

Position Summary Information


Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Preparation of a strategic plan for the School Business undergraduate and graduate curricula, staffing of the School with faculty whose credentials meet or exceed the standards for the professoriate, and prepare a plan for the School of Business to be admitted (after a period of planning and development) to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

  • Maintaining ACBSP accreditation. Serve as designee (or one of University’s designees) to the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) with regard to the School of Business as well as other relevant professional, state and regional accrediting and regulatory agencies.

  • Annual submission of updated strategic plan for the redevelopment of the School of Business identifying its areas of excellence and potential excellence including but not limited to programs, faculty and facilities.

  • Development of enrollment goals (three years), a resource development plan and a strategy for regional outreach.

  • Preparation of a proposed operating budget for the School of Business and monitor all financial transactions relative to the School of Business.

  • Oversee and monitor facilities and maintenance for the School of Business.

  • Recommend to the Provost hiring, reappointment, rank, promotion and tenure of School faculty and advise the Provost on termination recommendations of faculty.

  • Supervision and management of all non-faculty personnel within the School of Business.

  • Represent the School of Business on the Provost’s Council and other appropriate University committees and insure the full integration of the School of Business within the University of Bridgeport.

  • Approve and assist in developing all public relations and marketing materials relative to the School of Business as well as establish, together with the Vice President for Enrollment Management, enrollment goals and cooperate with that office in achieving them.

  • Provide leadership for the School of Business for fund-raising and grant writing in conjunction with the Office of Advancement, and represent the School of Business at professional, public relations and fund raising events.

  • Publish, as schedule permits time for research, and encourage the School of Business faculty to publish, in University, regional or professional publications as is appropriate to your discipline.

  • Serve as the Ex-officio member on all School of Business committees (except the School Personnel Committee).

  • Collaborate with the other deans and directors on shared programming, faculty, facilities and other relevant areas.

  • From time to time travel may be required, including internationally.

  • Be available for other duties as assigned by the Provost or the President.


  • Knowledge of innovation and current trends in business education

  • Knowledge of innovative curricula and instruction, including use of technology for instruction, course re-design, service learning, and study abroad

  • Knowledge of degree programs for graduate students, traditional, and non-traditional adult students

  • Ability to develop and implement successful enrollment growth strategies

  • Ability to develop financial resources through relationship-building

  • Strong participative leadership style with propensity for collaboration

  • Ability to manage available resources to achieve goals

Other Functions

Required Level and/or Type of Education

Earned Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution in a discipline represented within the College of Business • Prefer having earned at least one degree at a AACSB accredited institution

Required Years and Type of Experience

At least ten years of progressively responsible administrative experience at the university level • At least three years of significant administrative experience including direct supervision of budgetary, curriculum, and faculty management issues • Expe

Preferred Qualifications

Required Licenses/Certifications

Physical Demands

Benefits Eligible


Supervisory Responsibility



The salary is commensurate with qualifications, plus excellent benefits which can be viewed at www.bridgeport.edu.

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Close Date

Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

EEO Statement

The University of Bridgeport is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the University of Bridgeport to prohibit discrimination in admissions, educational programs and employment, and in the provision of services on the basis of legally protected class characteristics (unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification related to employment), or any other unlawful factor. Protected class characteristics include race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, creed, ancestry, workplace hazards to reproductive systems, sex (gender identity, gender expression, sexual harassment), marital status, civil union status, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, national origin, physical/mental/learning disability, veteran status and any other group protected by civil rights laws.

The University of Bridgeport complies with Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime statistics and security policies. Copies of University of Bridgeport Annual Security and Fire Report reports are available here.

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