Dean, College of Arts and Science (CAS)


Marywood University (, a comprehensive Catholic University founded in 1915 and sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Science (CAS).  Reporting to the Provost, the new Dean will serve as the primary academic officer and advocate for the College and establish and oversee strategic leadership, in collaboration with others. The Dean will join the Dean of the College of Health & Human Services and the Dean of the College of Professional Studies to provide a cohesive vision for all areas of the University’s academic activities.


The co-educational University with over 2,500 students sits on a 115-acre campus in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Marywood integrates an enduring liberal arts tradition and professional disciplines to create a comprehensive learning experience through its undergraduate and graduate programs.  In support of the Mission, Goals, and Core Values of Marywood University, the College of Arts and Sciences aspires to foster in its students a conscious understanding of the complexities, enduring themes, and problems that are central to human experience. The College’s programs focus on educating students to research critically, evaluate, and produce creatively.  The areas of study within the College of Arts & Sciences are: Art; Communication Arts; English; Foreign Languages; Mathematics and Computer Science, Music, Theatre, and Dance; Philosophy; Religious Studies; Science; and Social Sciences.


The Dean of Arts & Sciences is the administrative leader of the College whose work includes close interaction with other Deans and the University leadership for purposes of planning, budgeting, and outreach; as well as with departments, programs, and faculty within their college to assure effective academic programming, robust faculty development, and persistent student support.


The Dean is a member of the Academic Council and Deans’ Council, has representation on the university budget committee, plays an active role in the annual budget planning process, and maintains a close working partnership with advancement, marketing and communications, and admissions and recruitment offices and is an integral part of the university’s function from strategic planning to daily operations. The Dean is tasked with representing their departments’ and programs’ interests as they relate to the university’s strategic plan and direction, and with communicating, aligning, and enacting the university’s mission, goals, and directives at the department and program level. The dean is essential to the visioning process necessary for the success of the University.


While the following details are not meant to be exhaustive, they are exemplary of the role the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences will play in the life and growth of the University.



The Dean will engage in dialog with their departments and programs regarding unit-level strategic goals and direction, provide insight into past, present, and future issues related to CAS, and bring insight and knowledge to the senior planning levels to help shape the university’s mission, goals, and direction. The Dean communicates and is empowered to carry out the university’s strategies at the college or school, department, and program level.



The Dean of CAS will collaborate with university advancement in their outreach to potential donors: this may include the planning and implementation of university fundraising strategies, capital campaigns, and assisting in the identification and cultivation of potential donors to provide the knowledge and link between a donor’s interests and the college, department, program, and faculty initiatives.



The Dean plays an important role in assisting with setting budget priorities for the University and for their college, school, and programs, such as the funding of faculty and staff positions, support for tenure-track faculty, space expansion or renovation, and equipment purchases. The Dean also helps their College understand the link between performance and budget priorities, provide oversight and review of unit budgets, understanding institutional priorities, and are good fiscal stewards of institutional funds.



The Dean will collaborate with the admissions / recruitment / retention offices to assist with the planning and forecasting process and develop strategies and target goals for the College and school programs. The Dean is part of a comprehensive campus-wide recruitment and retention strategy that engages all units at the university in recruitment and retention efforts; this is integrated throughout the cycles. The Dean is responsible for ensuring that effective strategies are carried out at the college, school, and program level.



The Dean works with the marketing and communication team to develop effective strategies for promoting and marketing programs within the college or school. The Dean CAS is uniquely qualified to assure that strategies for promoting and marketing the academic programs align with admission strategies and the overall university mission.



The Dean will represent, advocate for, and promote the College of Arts & Sciences within the University and to the general public. The Dean will promote all aspects of teaching and scholarly activity; guide and mentor tenure-track faculty; supervise all faculty and staff; manage faculty, staff, and student issues; provide general oversight of the CAS; monitor course scheduling and enrollment management; direct and participate in faculty search processes; develop external funding for program support; oversee relevant accreditation processes; and administer college and school budgets.



  • A strong commitment to the mission and values of Marywood University

  • A terminal degree that is in a discipline within the College, from an accredited University or College

  • A minimum of three years of recent experience in departmental or university-level academic leadership role

  • A minimum of five years of teaching experience in higher education

  • A faculty rank of at least the level of Associate Professor


Marywood University is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt-Fennell. Application materials should be submitted to Cheryl Hyatt at, please specify the search in the subject line. Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé, and contact information for five professional references. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted prior to January 20, 2020 to receive full consideration.


Marywood University is committed to being an equitable and inclusive workplace, and we encourage applicants who share our vision to apply.

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