Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

University of South Florida

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

The University of South Florida (USF) invites inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest and applications for the position of Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The university seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader and scholar who will build upon the existing strengths of the faculty and the untapped potential of the college further to advance the University toward becoming a Top-25 public research university.

College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the colleges at the University of South Florida with a multi-site footprint that spans the University’s campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee. Supported by a budget of $115 million, the College is home to 703 full-time faculty members and 225 staff who together teach and support virtually all of USF’s undergraduate students through the University’s core curriculum. There are approximately 18,000 majors in the College, in addition to 2,000 graduate students pursuing degrees in CAS’ graduate programs.

CAS is a vibrant community of scholars and teachers with an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion and takes pride in its role as a leader in research, focusing on critical issues like sustainable human health, global change, genetic and infectious disease, civil equality, and world hunger. Through a fundamental emphasis on conducting impactful research and developing students’ capacity for critical thinking, the College strives to create future leaders, great thinkers, accomplished scholars, and global citizens prepared to face today’s and tomorrow’s complex social and scientific problems and enhance the quality of life for people everywhere. As a testament to CAS’ commitment to impactful research, faculty were awarded over $24 million in research funding during the 2022-2023 academic year.

The College is comprised of the School of Humanities, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and School of Social Sciences—housing 23 departments and 16 centers and institutes, that offer 46 undergraduate majors leading to BA or BS degrees, 36 graduate programs leading to MS or MS degrees, and 22 certificate and 21 Ph.D. degree programs. Collectively, CAS represents a significantly broad spectrum of academic disciplines. To learn more about USF’s CAS, please visit

The University of South Florida
USF is situated in the vibrant and diverse Tampa Bay region, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee serving nearly 50,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, and professional degrees. From USF’s 13 colleges, undergraduates choose from more than 200 majors, minors, and concentrations, from business and engineering to the arts and USF Health. Founded in 1956, the university has rapidly evolved into a global powerhouse that transforms lives through education, research, and innovation. In 2023, USF became the first public university in Florida in nearly 40 years to be invited to join the Association of American Universities (AAU), a prestigious group of the leading universities in the United States and Canada. Joining the AAU is a tremendous milestone for USF as it formalizes USF’s position as a leading research university.

USF scholars and researchers are at the forefront of innovation in medicine, environmental science, engineering, data science, and the arts. As a result, USF is an ever-stronger global research university that explores uncharted terrain, generates knowledge, unleashes innovation, and changes lives. With engagement in the region, the state, the nation, and across the globe, USF is making a sustained and far-reaching impact. For more information about USF, please visit

Position Summary
Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the next Dean will demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence and dedication to interdisciplinary collaboration. Core responsibilities will include providing strategic leadership across USF’s three campuses and the recruitment, development, and retention of world-class faculty and staff. The Dean will also advance the research and teaching programs in the College and steward the College’s resources. The Dean must also build strong relationships with alumni, donors, and various USF stakeholders. The Dean will also work closely with the University community and collaborate with fellow Deans on interdisciplinary programs, joint faculty appointments, strategic academic initiatives, and advancing student success.

USF seeks a Dean with exemplary academic leadership skills. The successful candidate must possess an outstanding record of scholarly achievement commensurate with appointment as full professor with tenure in one of the departments in the College or a closely related field. The candidate must also possess a strong sense of professional ethics, a commitment to inclusion, and demonstrated success as an innovative administrator.

To view the Position Profile and a full list of qualifications, please visit

Procedure for Inquiries
Every effort will be made to preserve confidentiality of information received. General expressions of interest, nominations, and inquiries should be submitted electronically in confidence to:

Procedure for Applications
The Search Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications in January and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of interest highlighting the applicant’s personal vision and relevant leadership experience. Applications are subject to the State of Florida Sunshine Laws. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted electronically to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Sal Venegas Jr., Partner
Matthew Herrera, Senior Associate

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