Dean of the School of Liberal Arts

Saint Mary's College of California

Dean of the School of Liberal Arts

Dean, School of Liberal Arts

Saint Mary’s College of California (SMC) seeks a new Dean of the School of Liberal Arts (SOLA). The new Dean must be an innovative, strategic, and collegial academic leader who understands the mission of Saint Mary’s College; is committed to inclusive excellence, social justice, and student success; and will be a champion for the School.

Grounded in its Lasallian, Catholic, and liberal arts heritage, Saint Mary’s College is a student-centered learning community committed to transformative, equitable, and inclusive teaching; the passionate pursuit of knowledge; and expansive access to a practical education that empowers students to make lasting change in the world. For 160 years, SMC has emphasized service, pursued justice—social, economic, and racial—and developed respectful partnerships with underserved communities.

The School of Liberal Arts is comprised of 19 academic departments and undergraduate programs, four graduate and professional programs, two academic centers, and one institute. The Dean’s Office provides support and oversight to approximately 150 faculty and staff members.

For more information about the position, institution, qualifications, and application process, please download the full position profile from the Academic Search website. Academic Search is assisting Saint Mary’s College in this search. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications (PDF preferred) should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to

Prospective candidates may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with the senior consultants leading this search: Dr. Cynthia Patterson ( or Dr. Maria Thompson ( When submitting a nomination, please include the nominee’s full name, title, position, and email address. The expected salary range is $220,000 – $240,000.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Priority consideration will be given to materials received by Monday, February 12, 2024. The College plans to complete the search process by early March 2024 with a start date of July 2024.

Additional information about the institution can be found at

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