Posting Details

Posting Number A01468
Position Title Dean, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Position Number E00042
Salary for Announcement

The final salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Pay Grade
Employee Category Professional staff
Department College of LAS-Office
EClass Code Full Time Professional Staff
Position Summary

The Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will effectively utilize and leverage their experiences, knowledge and expertise to build upon the College’s mission and strategically launch it forward with an inclusive and equitable lens, and with a keen understanding of today’s social climate. The Dean oversees the overall operation of the College and will manage the professional activities of the faculty and staff, as well as provide academic leadership in creating an inclusive and equitable vision for a dynamic and entrepreneurial 21st century College. The new Dean will encourage and enhance the success of all students including (but not limited to) students of color, LBGTQIA students, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, students with disabilities, undocumented students, non-traditional students, student veterans, active military, and English-language learners.
The new Dean will oversee the following departments: Africana Studies, Art, Biology,
Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chicana/o Studies, Communication Studies, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, English, Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology, and Theater & Dance.


The Dean’s responsibilities include:
• Serving as the chief administrative and academic officer for all areas in the College.
• Representing the College and providing leadership in University-level planning, research and evaluation conversations and committees.
• Expanding and enhancing the College’s presence in the larger community via outreach, partnerships and recruiting activities.
• Growing graduate programs and expanding online programing.
• Serving as a leader in local, state, and national venues and advocating for the College’s interests and strategic goals.
• Participating actively in community meetings and other relevant statewide organizations and committees.
• Collaborating with Advancement and other personnel involved with fundraising (public and private grant writing, individual donors, corporations and foundations) to strategically develop resources for the college.
• Managing budgets and all resources responsibly and efficiently.
• Providing academic leadership in creating a vision for a dynamic College of Letters Arts and Sciences ensuring that curricula and degree programs, both undergraduate and graduate, are innovative and promote currency in their fields.
• Establishing and maintaining high academic standards that lead to the College’s sustained growth.
• Facilitating the development of and research on innovative programs and curricula.
• Providing strategic leadership to each of the department’s program reviews and accreditation.
• Serving as a direct liaison with relevant academic departments and administrative offices to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning and program development.
• Serving as part of the Provost’s senior management team.
• Providing leadership in recruiting and developing a quality faculty dedicated to teaching, scholarly activity, and service.
• Conducting performance reviews and evaluations for faculty and staff (annual, tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review as appropriate).
• Recommending faculty appointments, rank and salary to the Provost.
• Monitoring faculty and staff qualifications for employment and assignments, standards for the improvements of advisement, instruction and supervision, teaching loads, and faculty evaluation.
• Encouraging, supporting, and enhancing faculty and staff professional development.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications
• A PhD or equivalent terminal degree in an academic discipline from an accredited institution of higher education.
• A record as an accomplished administrator with progressively responsible academic administration positions in higher education.
• A record of accomplishment that would meet the Departmental standards for tenure in the candidate’s discipline. Departmental standards for tenure can be found here.

Preferred Qualifications

• A PhD or equivalent terminal degree in an academic discipline from the college.
• Previously tenured at a regionally accredited, baccalaureate-granting institution of higher education.
• Previous experience managing and defining budgets.
• Success in community partnerships leading to fundraising, public-private partnerships, and grant writing in the public and/or private sphere.
• Previous experience working with state legislators.
• Experience in urban higher education as found in a large non-residential campus.
• Experience interpreting data and using data analytics software to guide decisions.
• Record of successful development, leadership, and stewardship of an external advisory council or board.
• Experience managing faculty and staff in higher education.
• Demonstrated commitment to shared governance and a history of collaborative, inclusive, consultative, and transparent decision-making, including communicating difficult decisions respectfully.
• A record of commitment, advocacy and success in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff; infusion of diversity and inclusive teaching practices into the curriculum; promotion of a work environment that is inclusive and collegial for all faculty, staff and students) with a commitment to creating an inclusive environment and closing equity gaps for underrepresented populations.
• Demonstrated success in recruiting and advancing faculty and staff from diverse and multicultural backgrounds.
• A demonstrated record of commitment to supporting faculty research, grant proposals, professional development, and excellence in equity-minded teaching.
• A history of innovation in developing and supporting academic programs that support student success goals.
• Demonstrated ability to create and support an active, student-centered learning environment.
• A track record of academic transformation and knowledge of online teaching strategies.
• Knowledge of programs that focus on the improvement of retention and graduation rates of all MSU Denver students.
• Demonstrated ability to integrate wrap-around student support services and career preparation effectively with academic program delivery to achieve student success.
• Knowledge of practices to promote student enrollment.
• Demonstrated dedication to undergraduate teaching and learning and the mission of a public, comprehensive, regional university.

Posting date 11/10/2020
Closing date
Closing Instructions Open Until Filled
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT)
Special Instructions to Applicants

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

The search committee will begin reviewing candidates and candidate materials on January 7th 2021.

Talent Team Representative Angela Bender
Talent Team Representative E-mail

MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:
Employee Benefits Offerings

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application

Optional Documents

  1. Other Document
  2. Other Document 2

Supplemental Questions

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