Faculty Vacancies

Vacancy - Dean College of Arts and Sciences

(Recruitment Number 40713)

Washburn University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).  The Dean is the principal administrator of the College as well as the primary CAS advocate for liberal arts education.  This position reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.   

The CAS supports a culture of transparency between administration, faculty and staff to foster excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The CAS departments are organized into five academic divisions for representation and governance including Creative and Performing Arts, Humanities, Education/Kinesiology, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences/Mathematics.  The College is made up of 19 departments offering associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees.  Graduate programs include Education, Liberal Studies, and Psychology.  The College of Arts and Sciences employs 157 full time faculty, 12 part time and 158 adjunct faculty. Please see http://www.washburn.edu/academics/college-schools/arts-sciences/index.html for more information.

Washburn University is a municipally supported, state assisted university located in Topeka Kansas which is in the middle of a culturally active area.  Washburn University is comprised of five major academic units: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law, School of Business, School of Nursing and School of Applied Studies.  In addition Washburn University operates an Office of Graduate Programs and Academic Outreach which includes concurrent enrollment, on-line programs and community continuing education.  Approximately seven thousand students are enrolled in undergraduate degree programs and graduate programs at Washburn University.  Washburn University is affiliated with Washburn Institute of Technology which contains over 20 programs serving nearly 1000 students.

Washburn University offers small classrooms, active faculty involved in research, scholastic and service initiatives, and strong traditions of student focused education and faculty collegiality.  Washburn University offers a breadth of service to a wide variety of students from the certificate programs, associate, bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees. 


The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is academically and administratively responsible for the following activities:


Internal Leadership and Management

  • Advocate for the role of liberal arts education within higher education.
  • Provide strategic direction in the management and operation of the College.
  • Direct and manage an annual budget in order to accomplish strategic goals including allocations for new and recurring faculty and staff positions.
  • Sustain a collegial, transparent and productive working environment for faculty, staff, students and community constituencies. Encourage new and on-going faculty research, scholarship, and creative activities.
  • Provide a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and Diversity.
  • Work cooperatively with department chairs and the College Faculty Council to advance the goals and growth of the College.
  • Support the use of various forms of technologies and pedagogies to build, integrate and/or sustain quality face-to-face, hybrid and on-line programs.
  • Provide support in enhancing teaching excellence in various ways including faculty development and mentorship.
  • Coordinate efforts to redefine and develop assessment processes to evaluate strategic initiatives.
  • Lead efforts to provide a comprehensive, effective and assessable General Education program to all Washburn students.
  • Serve as a steward of current facilities while exploring areas for expansion and improvement.
  • Support interdisciplinary efforts within the college and between academic units.

External Leadership

  • Lead the development of partnerships between the College of Arts and Sciences at Washburn University and surrounding communities including Topeka, Shawnee County and Northeast Kansas.
  • Respond to professional needs now and in the future with input from businesses, educational institutions, and local professional organizations.
  • Work with community advisory boards to maintain and improve programs with multiple entry and exit points.


  • Earned Doctorate with a record of academic achievement in the discipline meriting appointment as a tenured professor.
  •  A record of proven work across disciplines, leadership, and administrative experience related to the work of the College or related multidisciplinary programs. Broad service experience within a university as well as to external communities. 
  • Significant experience teaching in higher education complemented by research and scholarly activities.   Demonstrated awareness of national issues associated with higher education; general education within a liberal arts tradition, excellence in teaching, scholarship and creative activity, high-impact community service models, and accreditation.
  • Experience with budget management, grants, fundraising, faculty and staff development and university and community relations.
  • Proven commitment to affirmative action and campus diversity.  

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Knowledge of administrative structures within academic units.  Experience in dealing with accreditation processes.  Successful implementation of new instructional techniques, including multimedia technologies and on-line course programs.  

Application Procedure:  Interested individuals should forward inquiries and application materials to the College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee, Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Washburn University, 1700 SW College, Topeka, KS 66621, vpaa@washburn.edu.  The applicant should include current vitae, names and e-mail information for five professional references as well as a letter outlining experience in academic administration, scholarship, teaching and research.  References will not be contacted without permission of the applicant.  Finalists for the position will be required to provide official copies of postsecondary transcripts.

To ensure full consideration, complete application documents should be received by September 15, 2013 however consideration of all applications received will be given until the position is filled.  Review of applicants will continue until a suitably qualified candidate has been selected.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  An excellent fringe benefits package is included.  The starting date is negotiable with the position becoming available January 1, 2014.  The anticipated start date is June 1, 2014.

Employment at Washburn University may be conditioned upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.