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Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA)

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: September 7, 2019

Job Description:


Open date: September 3rd, 2019
Next review date: Friday, Nov 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. Final date: Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California, Merced (UC Merced) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts (SSHA). This is a senior administrative position that reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

Position Overview:
The Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts (SSHA) reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost and is the chief officer of the School, serving as its executive head, representative, and administrator. The Dean will provide intellectual and academic leadership in the instructional and research missions of SSHA, overseeing all the faculty and staff through a period of growth for the School as well as for the institution. The dean will engage the faculty and provide the strategic vision for the School in addition to managing the academic leadership and operations of the School. Because of UC Merced s size and the highly interdisciplinary nature of the University, a close working relationship among Deans is also crucial, as it is with other senior leadership on campus. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership skills in a full range of activities associated with the academic and research missions of the School. The Dean will oversee the hiring, promotion, and retention of faculty and staff, guide the development and oversight of undergraduate and graduate curriculum and degree programs, oversee all School resources, and work with campus administration and the Academic Senate on campus-wide decisions and policy.

This position is a full-time, year-round (1.0 FTE) position.


Establish a vision and strategy for the School (20%)

The next Dean of SSHA will be a critical player in working towards a strategic vision and goals for the School and working to promote that vision. Working with stakeholders, the Dean will seek to understand the nature of the School, what it does well, and what can be improved. The Dean will work with the faculty to consider the aspirations for the School, and to build upon its strengths to create and execute a vision for its future. The Dean will lead the creation of a strategy to drive the development and ever-increasing success of School that engages and excites faculty around a shared vision and shared sense of mission. The School s future focus will be determined in part by current strengths, as well as by opportunities for growth and expansion into new areas. The Dean will make strategic choices and invest in the future of the School in thoughtful and impactful ways that bring faculty together and enhance the academic future of SSHA.

Recruit, retain, and support talented faculty (16%)

As a young university, UC Merced has an unusual faculty profile, with more assistant professors than associates, and more associates than full. As SSHA continues to hire over the next few years, this profile will change slowly. In addition to supporting the hiring of skillful new faculty, the Dean will work to promote structures and programs that aid and develop existing faculty, supporting the excellent faculty already in place at SSHA to maintain and grow their successes. The Dean will foster mentoring and training, particularly for junior faculty, and provide professional development opportunities. Along with seeking individual achievement, the Dean will help to bring people together to achieve excellence across the School and across the University, promoting increased focus on interdisciplinary work as well as fostering continued excellence in disciplinary research.

The Dean will be attentive to diversity as part of all work related to recruiting, retaining, and supporting faculty and staff, embracing the culture of inclusivity and the commitment to diversity that is critical to the fabric of UC Merced. Above all, the Dean will pursue a culture of professionalism, serving as a strong and dependable leader of people.

Enhance the academic profile and scholarly impact of the School (16%)

The Dean will be tasked with leading the growth of the School s scholarship portfolio and will work to build faculty engagement in research and scholarly activity. At the University level, the Dean will play a lead role in advocating for and supporting additional investment in the scholarly activities of the School. In addition, incumbent will work to further expand existing research programs to strengthen scholarly opportunities for faculty. The Dean will also be responsible for ensuring SSHA has the appropriate infrastructure through which its students, faculty, and staff can excel at attracting national recognition for its scholarly impact. This will include encouraging and aiding faculty to seek additional external funding and resources to support their work.

Manage the academic enterprise (16%)

As UC Merced and SSHA grow, careful attention must be paid to implementing the appropriate administrative infrastructure to support the ongoing growth of the enterprise, all while maintaining and fostering a common vision and shared values. Clear communication between the Dean, staff, and faculty is essential for the development and maintenance of central standards to ensure a common experience across the School. During this period of growth and evolution, particular attention to staff development will be crucial. Many staff members have been with SSHA since its early years and that dedication and commitment must be harnessed to ensure they are stewards of the School through this period of growth and change. As the campus matures and the SSHA structure grows more textured and complex, the Dean must work with the staff to position them for success in this new environment. Ultimately, UC Merced seeks a Dean with the capacity to manage a wide range of responsibilities and constituencies and to ensure vigorous execution of the strategic priorities of the university.

The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. You have the right to an equal employment opportunity.
For more information about your rights, see the EEO is the Law Supplement.
The University of California, Merced is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.
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