Grand Valley State University seeks a collaborative and institutionally minded leader with a proven record of innovation to serve as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). The CLAS Dean reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and works collaboratively with the Deans from the other seven colleges to ensure Grand Valley graduates students who are both liberally educated and professionally prepared. Established as a merging of three smaller colleges in 2004, CLAS is the largest college at the university and delivers many of the General Education requirements that embody the university’s commitment to a liberal education. CLAS is known for its strong sense of shared governance, a faculty focused on student success, and curriculum that reflects the application of the liberal arts and sciences to any profession.

This deanship is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and visionary leader, as Grand Valley seeks to expand partnerships and attract new student audiences to the institution. Thus, the successful candidate must be passionate about the role of the liberal arts and sciences in the delivery of a high-quality, 21st century education; focused on diversity and inclusion in recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff; and adept at change management and implementation.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, located on the Allendale campus is the largest college in the University with a staff of two associate deans, four assistant deans, 27 academic unit chairs and directors, and 512 tenured/tenure track, 82 visiting, and 105 affiliate faculty, and a budget of approximately $86 million. The College includes the Annis Water Resources Institute and the Regional Math and Science Center as well as over 50 degree offerings in traditional liberal arts and sciences disciplines and a number of professional and applied programs.

Grand Valley’s mission is to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. Known for increasingly innovative and outstanding teaching, recognized scholarship, significant community engagement, and excellent stewardship of its resources, the university inspires and equips students to be active life-long learners and global citizens. Grand Valley strives to be a model public university shaping leaders for success.

Grand Valley attracts more than 24,000 students with high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley is a comprehensive university serving students from all across Michigan and dozens of other states and foreign countries, offering 94 undergraduate and 42 graduate degree programs and has campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland. The university offers programming and classes from centers in Traverse City and Detroit; Grand Valley’s Annis Water Resources Institute and the Muskegon Innovation Hub are located in Muskegon. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships.

Since its founding, Grand Valley has been deeply committed to the liberal arts with professional education. Grand Valley will maintain its distinctive reputation as a large university with a small college feel where students receive personalized attention in small classes as well as customized convenient academic and career services. Additional details of the Grand Valley Strategic Planning, Assessment and Accreditation process can be found on the Strategic Plan, Assessment & Accreditation website.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See Affirmative Action/ Equal Employment Opportunity website.

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