Dean College of Liberal Studies
The University of Wisconsin La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Liberal Studies. The Dean is part of the leadership team and reports to the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Within a shared governance context, the Dean provides intellectual and creative leadership and coordination of academic programs in the college and works with the respective departments and programs in ongoing planning activities. Primary responsibilities include general administration of all college programs and the oversight of curricular, budgetary, program and faculty development. The Dean is responsible for providing the overall vision and leadership for the college, with a clear focus on the liberal arts, innovation, inter- and cross-disciplinary activities and general education. The successful candidate will have a strong focus on diversity and a commitment to Inclusive Excellence, as well as a commitment to UW-La Crosse's mission as a public, comprehensive university.

The successful candidate will manage a 20 million dollar budget while leading approximately 200 faculty and more than 2500 students. The College of Liberal Studies is composed of 16 departments: Art, Communication Studies, English, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Modern Languages, History, Military Science, Music, Philosophy, Political Science and Public Administration, Psychology, Student Affairs and Administration, Sociology, Archaeology and Anthropology, Theatre Arts, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and 6 programs/institutes: Environmental Studies, Institute for Latin American Studies, Institute for Social Justice, International Studies, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center and School Psychology.

Specifically, the responsibilities of the Dean include:
•Supervising all academic units of the college, including all departments and programs, both graduate and undergraduate, and non-academic support programs, as specified in and allowed for according to university policy.
•Providing leadership and oversight in planning, implementing, and assessing academic programming.
•Developing and implementing the strategic plan for the college in consultation with faculty and staff of the college, and in the context of UW-L and UW-System strategic planning efforts.
•Overseeing all aspects of the college budget, including but not limited to strategic budget planning; the distribution and reconciliation of funds allocated/awarded to departments, programs, and individuals; grants received (both internal and external); revenue-generating operations housed within the college; salaries and stipends; equipment; and partnerships with external entities.
•Fostering the development of strategic relationships between college programs and external educational and business entities, both public and private.
•Working with the UW-L Foundation, the Provost/Vice Chancellor, faculty, staff, and students to develop and maintain relationships with alumni and private and corporate sponsors to further enhance fundraising efforts in support of the college mission.
•Demonstrating a commitment to Inclusive Excellence.
•Leadership in faculty and college grant acquisition, and support of faculty scholarship, research and creative activities.
•Fostering a positive working and learning environment that supports and rewards excellence in teaching, research, and service in the college.
•Carrying out personnel actions as specified in and allowed for according to university policy for faculty, instructional academic staff, and non-instructional support staff housed within the college, including but not limited to those actions related to recruitment and hiring, renewal of probationary faculty, tenure, promotion, suspension, termination, sabbaticals, and leaves of absence.
•Representing and advocating for the College of Liberal Studies to upper administration, to the university community, and to external entities.
•Providing leadership for the college and university’s commitment to enhance diversity, equity, and work-life balance, and advancing Inclusive Excellence.
•Providing leadership in developing and carrying out effective marketing strategies and student recruitment efforts.
•Ensuring adequate and appropriately outfitted facilities to house the activities of the college, and which meet appropriate health and safety guidelines, including but not limited to instruction, research, faculty and administrative office space.
•Representing the college on internal committees, councils and boards, including but not limited to Joint Promotion Committee, Joint Planning and Budget, Deans’ Council, Provost’s council, Enrollment Management Council, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center Executive Board, and Oral History Board.
•Representing the university on UW-System committees, as appropriate.

The Dean will have an earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited university in a discipline within the college. S/he will have a strong record of progressively responsible administrative and management experience and a proven record of teaching and scholarship sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of full professor in one of the departments of the college.
In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate:
•A record of leadership resulting in continuous improvement and innovation in higher education.
•The potential to manage complex budget structures and a record of successful fiscal management.
•A commitment to ethical, honest, open, and transparent leadership practices.
•The ability to determine and effectively present relevant data to support decisions and build consensus.
•The ability to work collaboratively and effectively across disciplines and with individuals at every level of the university.
•The ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, with attention to details, deadlines and decision-making.
•A commitment to UW-La Crosse's mission as a public, comprehensive university with a history of shared governance.
•The ability to model collaborative leadership across the college and campus
•Highly developed consultative, negotiation and communication skills.
Highly desirable characteristics include the following:
•Familiarity with programmatic assessment.
•Familiarity with a variety of technologies for teaching and learning and in the many processes of a “paperless” office.
•Knowledge of and experience with international students and international programs.
•Experience with fundraising and ‘friendraising’ activities.
•Experience in strategic planning activities.

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Marcie Wycoff-Horn, Search and Screen Chair, at The first review date of applications will begin on January 22, 2015. Applying by that date will ensure full consideration. The start date for this position is July 1, 2015.

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse is a 2013 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-L is proud to be one of only 55recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,000, the university offers 85 undergraduate programs in 29 disciplines and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are nearly 419 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 87 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 69 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 51,818) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Please contact the Search and Screen Committee if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

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Lindsey Butts
University of Wisconsin La Crosse
1725 State Street 145 Graff Main Hall
La Crosse, 54601