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Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

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If you need assistance in applying, please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128.

Posting Information

Posting Information

Position Number 415010
Requisition Number F268
Job Title Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Department University Provost
College Liberal Arts
University Expectations

Excellence in teaching, research/creative activities, and service is expected for all positions. MTSU seeks candidates committed to using integrative technologies in teaching.

Job Description

Middle Tennessee State University is seeking a creative and dynamic individual to lead the College of Liberal Arts and invites applications for the position of Dean. Historic Murfreesboro, Tennessee, one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the state, is located 35 miles south of Nashville. MTSU currently enrolls approximately 22,000 students.

Position available as early as January 1, 2018. Tenure upon appointment possible.

Responsibilities of the position include:
- Serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the college concerning MTSU and MTSU Board of Trustees policies, curriculum for undergraduate, masters, and PhD programs;
- Lead the development of plans and continuous improvement processes for the College of Liberal Arts which is comprised of eleven (11) diverse academic departments;
- Maintain accreditation for all accreditable programs in the college;
- Provide leadership for chairs/directors, faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students;
- Responsible for increasing the college focus on and success in research and creative activity;
- Provide leadership for two PhD programs in the college;
- Responsible for maintaining relationships with the external arts, business, and professional community and encouraging their involvement and support; and
- Responsible for the development efforts of the college.

Required Education

Terminal degree in a represented discipline of the College

Required Related Experience

- Three years administrative experience in higher education at the level of chair or above in a supervisory capacity;
- Research and teaching accomplishments sufficient to merit rank of professor and eligibility to be tenured in one of the departments of the College;
- An ongoing commitment to support excellence in teaching, externally funded research and creative activity, service programs, and scholarly inquiry as evidenced by a distinguished record of discipline-related and administrative accomplishments;
- A combination of leadership and communication skills that provide for an effective and articulate spokesperson for programs and activities of the departments/schools in the College, and interpersonal skills that foster and facilitate team and consensus building among faculty and departments;
- A vision for and demonstrated ability to aggressively pursue partnerships with external constituencies that will forge connections between regional needs and areas of competitive advantage of the University as outlined in the Academic Master Plan (AMP);
- Position MTSU to become a leader in the arts and cutting-edge research in the liberal arts;
- Proven ability to marshal internal and external resources and to organize faculty and external constituencies to pursue robust visions rooted in national initiatives and consistent with emerging needs and trends in higher education;
- Past accomplishments should be such as to establish knowledge of global changes in liberal arts and ability to inspire excellence among the faculty of the college.

Required License/Registration/Certification
Other Desirable
Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and MTSU provides a generous employees benefits package that includes the following:

  • Health, dental, vision and life insurance as well as several other optional benefit plans
  • Retirement savings programs that include your choice of two plans as well as three deferred compensation savings plans
  • An Employee Assistance Program
  • Educational Assistance Programs
  • Sick leave
Job Open Date 09/13/2017
Job Review Date for Optimal Consideration 10/22/2017
Is this position Grant Funded? No
Special Instructions to Applicants

If you need assistance in applying, please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128.

Additional Information

If selected for interview, applicants should request official transcripts (not issued to student) of all college degrees be sent directly to Dr. Philip Phillips, Box 0267 prior to the interview.

Likewise, you will be required to provide names and contact information for three recommenders (external to MTSU) during your application to the posting. If you are approved for the candidate pool, our online hiring system will automatically generate solicitation for these letters using contact information you provided. The letters should be returned via the link provided in the solicitation of the recommendation and must be current and specific to the job posting. Letters of recommendation may not be provided from a general dossier.

Applications received by posted Review Date will receive full consideration. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Employment Information

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Job Category Faculty - Tenure Track
Job Type Full Time
Academic Resources

Reference Letters

Reference Letters

Accept References Yes
Minimum Requests 3
Maximum Requests 5
Last Day a Reference Provider Can Submit Reference 06/30/2018
Special Instructions to Reference Provider

Recommendation letters should be submitted via a uniquely assigned link and per the instructions included in the solicitation letter that will be automatically generated if/when the recommendations are required. Generic letters stored on a third party site will not be accepted.

Letters may be addressed to:
Dr. Philip Phillips
Search Committee Chair
Middle Tennessee State University

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a sexual offender or violent sexual offender as defined by T.C.A. 40-39-202?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • MTSU Jobs
    • State Office of Employment Services
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Friend/Employee
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research/Creative Activities
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Other Document 2