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Nov 8 2019

Administrative Dean, School of Liberal Arts

Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States

The Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is the chief administrator of the School, providing overall leadership to drive effective operations of the different academic disciplines. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/Provost, the primary responsibility of the Dean is to work with key campus partners including faculty and staff, to achieve the mission of the college in the areas of teaching, scholarship, student engagement, and service. The Dean is to provide innovative and results-based leadership to ensure that SLA remains firmly established among the providers of liberal arts in the region. The Dean plays a major role in developing relations with businesses, the community, government, accrediting agencies, and in seeking external support; as well as, fostering a culture and climate that promotes excellence and collegiality within the School, across campus and with external community partners.

Student success is the hallmark of Georgia Gwinnett College. Consistent with its mission and vision, GGC provides access to targeted baccalaureate- and associate-level degrees that meet the economic development needs of the growing and diverse population of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan region. It emphasizes the innovative use of technology and active-learning environments to provide its students enhanced learning experiences, practical opportunities to apply knowledge, increased scheduling flexibility, and a variety of course delivery options. GGC’s outstanding faculty and staff actively engage students in various learning environments, serve as mentors and advisors, and assist students through programs designed to enhance their academic, social, and personal development. GGC produces contributing citizens and future leaders for Georgia and the nation. Its graduates are inspired to contribute to the local, state, national, and international communities and are prepared to anticipate and respond effectively to an uncertain and changing world.

The School of Liberal Arts (SLA) offers students a robust curriculum in multiple disciplines. Students can pursue bachelor’s degrees in a variety of majors, including Cinema and Media Arts Production, Criminal Justice/Criminology, English, History, Human Development and Aging Services; Political Science; and Psychology. Each degree program includes a range of concentrations, such as cognitive/neuroscience psychology, international relations, or writing for stage and screen. The school also offers a certificate program in Latin American Studies, a Paralegal Studies certification program, and a Global Studies certification program. Teaching certificates are available for students majoring in English, History, and Political Science. Currently, 2,618 students are majoring in SLA programs.

Required Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree or earned terminal degree in a related concentration/discipline;
  • An academic record commensurate with the rank of full professor at GGC;
  • A minimum of five years of higher education administrative experience at the associate dean or equivalent level;
  • Demonstrated leadership skill, with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal, and collaborative skills;
  • Commitment to diversity, intercultural understanding, and professional development of faculty and staff;
  • A commitment to and evidence of securing external support through grants, fundraising, and development;
  • Experience with the standards identified by the State of Georgia in fields requiring adherence to licensure and/or certification endorsement;
  • Experience in budget and financial management;
  • Experience in faculty recruitment, supervision, and evaluation.

To apply: Georgia Gwinnett College is being assisted in this search by Academic Search, Inc. A full profile for the position is available under “Open Searches” at

Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by December 16, 2019. Application materials to include (1) a letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) the contact information for five references (who will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission) must be submitted electronically to: Nominators and prospective candidates also may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with Nancy D. Suttenfield or Bethany Zecher Sutton.

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and proof of eligibility will be contemporaneously required upon acceptance of an employment offer. Any resulting employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation and credit check if applicable to the position, as determined by Georgia Gwinnett College in its sole discretion. Georgia Gwinnett College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or religion. Georgia is an open records state.

Physical Requirements: Position may require local travel. Ability to lift and carry files and materials. Ability to move from one office to another office on campus. Adequate vision, hearing and manual dexterity to interact with people in person, on the phone and in writing. Applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations.


Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Administrative.

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