Faculty Vacancies

Vacancy - Dean School of Applied Studies

(Recruitment Number 3230713)

Washburn University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Applied Studies (SAS).  The Dean, who reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, is the chief academic and administrative officer of SAS and works with the faculty and staff to promote excellence by providing leadership for the professions involved.  The university seeks a strategic thinker, with the experience and vision to foster collaboration with internal and external partners.

The School

The School of Applied Studies consists of over 20 professional programs in the areas of Allied Health, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, Human Services, and Social Work offering degrees ranging from Certificates and Associate Degrees through Masters level training.  The School is an evolving institution which embraces growth and entrepreneurship in the face of change.  The School is grounded in serving the community and its many constituencies through traditional face-to-face and on-line instruction resulting in students who are well prepared to successfully serve in clinical settings, internships and sophisticated work environments. 

The School of Applied Studies employs 48 full time faculty and staff, 4 part time and over 70 adjunct faculty who are practitioners in the School’s disciplines.  SAS has over 100 students in certificate programs, nearly 400 students enrolled in Associate programs, over 1,000 undergraduates and approximately 150 graduate majors.  The School of Applied Studies’ programs and departments are approved or accredited by more than a dozen Regional or National Organizations. Please see http://www.washburn.edu/academics/college-schools/applied-studies/index.html for more information.

The University

The School of Applied Studies is one of five academic units at Washburn University, a comprehensive public metropolitan university with over 7000 students located in Topeka, the state capital of Kansas.  Washburn University is currently in the midst of an exciting capital campaign as part of celebrating its 150-year history in 2015.  The University has a uniquely stable and diverse budget structure, receiving funding from city/county sales tax revenues, student tuition, the Washburn Foundation, as well as operating funds from the State of Kansas.  The institution is governed by a nine-member Board of Regents and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  Washburn University and the School of Applied Studies work closely with the Washburn Institute of Technology, an affiliated institution, to deliver stackable credentials, to 1000 Tech students in 20 program disciplines.

Located in Topeka, Kansas, the state capital and a vibrant community of over 127,500 people, Washburn University is located close to excellent mental and physical health facilities, government policy-shaping bodies, and state-wide organizations, such as the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, with which Washburn is working to create a vibrant academic program for training future employees. Advisory boards, made up of knowledgeable and experienced professionals from the surrounding community serve all SAS disciplines and are an important part of the success of the academic programs. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Dean of the School of Applied Studies sets the tone for this innovative academic unit.  By working with a strong cadre of chairs, faculty and staff the Dean leads change through a transparent model to ensure an entrepreneurial and progressive environment which results in the continuous expansion and refinement of programs to meet our community’s changing 21st Century needs. The Dean will reflect high energy, a passion for technological innovation including on-line education and the emotional intelligence to build consensus.  The Dean will be a visionary leader who can anticipate change, listen to a variety of voices in anticipating such change and empower internal experts to prepare and evolve to meet that change. 

Within the Washburn academic environment, it will be important for the next SAS Dean to:

  • Lead efforts to enhance Teaching Excellence;
  • Develop and refine an annual budget to accomplish strategic goals;
  • Redefine and develop assessment processes to evaluate strategic initiatives;
  • Support integrated interdisciplinary approaches in the SAS disciplines;
  • Build and sustain current programs while developing new ones to deliver quality graduates and;
  • Work to develop current facilities while exploring areas for expansion and improvement.

In working with the surrounding community, the Dean will:

  • Lead the development of partnerships between Washburn University, the School of Applied Studies, and the Topeka, Shawnee County and Northeast Kansas communities;
  • 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 and;
  • Foster a transparent avenue of communication with various constituencies.

Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree as well as teaching, research and scholarly activities worthy of appointment to professor; 
  • Significant experience in a higher education setting or equivalent experience;
  • A record of proven leadership and administrative experience related to the work of the School or related multidisciplinary programs;
  • Demonstrated success in working with federal, state or private grants; 
  • Experience with budget management, faculty and staff development and university and community relations. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate with a record of academic achievement within a discipline of the school;
  • Significant higher education teaching experience; 
  • Demonstrated success in working with external partners to obtain resources available for program or curriculum enhancements;
  • Successful implementation of online programs;
  • Experience in partnering with technical institutions to develop academic programs;
  • Experience with accreditation processes.

Application Procedure:  Interested individuals should forward inquiries and application materials to the School of Applied Studies Dean Search Committee, Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, 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.  Finalists for the position will be required to provide official copies of postsecondary transcripts.

To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by September 15, 2013; review of applicants will continue until a suitably qualified candidate has been selected.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The position is available immediately upon completion of the search and includes an excellent fringe benefits package.

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

To Enrich Education Through Diversity, Washburn University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Candidates from Under-Represented Groups are Encouraged to Apply.