Dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa’s College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences seeks applications for its next Dean, starting in July 2024. The Dean provides leadership to advance an innovative and forward-looking vision, mission and goals of the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences (CHAS) that anticipates and responds to changes in higher education; responsible for all aspects of administration of the College; provides oversight and effective management of budgets and staff that will make the college sustainable; effectively communicates and develops strong collaborative relationships within the college, the University, and the external community that advance student learning and success; advances the College’s central role in the strategic goals of the University; creates and maintains a welcoming and productive environment for faculty, staff and students; collaborates with Enrollment Management, Admissions, and University Relations to lead proactive and strategic recruiting efforts for the College in alignment with the University; oversees hiring, promotion, and evaluation of CHAS faculty; fosters the professional growth and development of all CHAS department heads, directors, and staff; facilitates the integration of appropriate and emerging technology (including AI) in accord with current or future industry standards; works in partnership with the University’s academic leadership; coordinates fundraising efforts in conjunction with the UNI Foundation; serves on the Deans Council; works collaboratively with the deans of the academic colleges, departmental faculty, and the community to advance an innovative curriculum for students; evaluates current curriculum and builds innovative programs in alignment with accreditation practices, industry trends, educational needs, and workforce demands; and works closely with faculty senates and student leaders to shape the future of CHAS.

Come join a dynamic and dedicated team that cares about students and each other, and where your ideas are welcomed. The University of Northern Iowa is proud of its history and has adaptively developed outstanding new programs to meet the needs of its students and community. The university also boasts of recent growth to over 9,000 students, who have access to world-class faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university. Explore Cedar Falls and the adjoining community of Waterloo and discover the low cost of living in an “Iowa nice,” low-crime community with a small-college atmosphere on a beautiful park-like campus. UNI also has been consistently recognized as one of the “Best Midwest Universities” by U.S. News & World Report. We hope you will be interested in finding out more about our campus and why you belong here. For more information, visit

The successful candidate must hold an earned doctorate in a discipline appropriate to the College. Required qualifications include demonstrated record of effective teaching, scholarship and professional activity that would merit appointment with tenure at the rank of full professor within one of the departments in the College; demonstrated successful administrative experience in the following areas: budgetary planning and fiscal management; and experience hiring, evaluating and recruiting faculty and staff.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience building and leading faculty and staff in: developing and leading an innovative vision for 21st century curriculum that advances the whole student for success; leading academic and administrative quality improvement initiatives; recruiting and retaining students; offering faculty development opportunities; participatory decision-making attracting and generating external sources of funding; and working in a shared governance environment.

Applications received by Monday, February 1, 2024 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to John Vallentine at 319-273-2519 or Pre-employment background checks required.

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

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