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Widener University, a leading metropolitan university just outside Philadelphia, seeks a creative, innovative, and collegial leader to serve as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. The dean is the chief administrative officer of the college, reports directly to the provost, serves with six other academic deans on the Provost’s Council and on the President’s Executive Team, and is the official liaison between the college’s faculty and the provost.

The college consists of three divisions—Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences—each of which is led by an associate dean who is elected by the faculty in the respective division and who reports to the dean of the college. The dean of the College of Arts & Sciences will lead a faculty comprising dedicated, passionate, and innovative teachers; nationally recognized scholars and researchers; and institutional leaders committed to faculty governance.

Widener’s commitment to academic excellence, career preparation, experiential learning, and civic engagement is reflected in its diverse array of academic programs, which range from the arts and sciences to law, nursing, engineering, business, education, physical therapy, social work, and beyond. The historic core of the university is the traditional undergraduate student population based on the Main Campus near Philadelphia. Widener has built upon this foundation a robust collection of master’s and doctoral programs—both in person and online—which address the needs of the region while also reflecting the mission of the university.

The College of Arts & Sciences provides a rigorous foundation in the liberal arts and sciences for all undergraduate programs at the university, offers more than 24 majors and 34 minors, and provides pre-professional tracks for law, health professions (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, and veterinary medicine), and physical therapy. Also offered through the college are master’s programs in criminal justice and public administration, as well as graduate certificates in non-profit leadership, urban studies, and diversity in the workplace.

For optimal consideration, applications should be submitted online to by 15 October 2017. Nominations and inquiries can be e-mailed to