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Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA United States

Santa Clara University

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


Santa Clara University seeks a dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The dean will drive academic innovation, lead with strategic purpose, and create a compelling vision for all aspects of the College of Art and Sciences. This will include ensuring high-quality academic programs, enhancing teaching and research, and making certain all educational programs reflect a social consciousness grounded in the Jesuit and Catholic tradition of educating the whole person and preparing students to create a more just, humane, and sustainable world.


The dean will join Santa Clara at a pivotal time in the University's history. Santa Clara is at the final stage of Santa Clara 2020, its integrated strategic plan, and in the midst of a $1 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, Innovating with a Mission: The Campaign for Santa Clara University. As part of these efforts, the College has launched the Center for the Arts and Humanities, developed the REAL program, and opened the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building. Working together, the College and the School of Engineering will also shape future leaders in science, engineering, and mathematics to forge breakthroughs that serve our local and global communities. To support this unique convergence of STEM fields, the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation (SCDI) which is under construction will blend classrooms, laboratories, project spaces, and informal gathering spaces to create an inviting and highly flexible learning and research environment. SCDI will also provide an opportunity to reimagine existing spaces around campus to better support work across the College in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.


The incoming dean will be a visionary, engaged, and collaborative leader with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and student success. The next dean will have successful leadership experience in managing a complex academic unit including experience in budgeting and finance, curriculum review and implementation, fundraising, and building strong, collaborative and productive relationships both internally and externally. Leading candidates will be values-based leaders who are respectful of disciplinary difference. The next dean should have earned academic credentials that merit appointment as a tenured full professor, including a distinguished academic record in teaching, scholarship, and research. Finally, success in this role requires a clear understanding of, affinity for and commitment to the University's Jesuit mission and values.


The dean will have a remarkable opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across campus to foster innovative teaching and research and build industry collaborations, internship opportunities, and educational initiatives that address the needs of our students and faculty, the local community, the underserved, and the global poor.


Applications and nominations must be received by Monday, January 13, 2020 for full consideration. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application describing their interest in the position and how the candidate's professional experience has prepared them for this position and the names and contact information of five professional references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. Please submit confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search, Suzanne Teer, Alejandra Gillette-Teran, and Julia Venetos at


A comprehensive leadership profile for the role can be found at


Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.


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  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Master's Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 4 - 6 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

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