College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search

About the Position

Stetson University seeks an enthusiastic and visionary leader as its next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (herein “the College”). Stetson is one of the top regional comprehensive institutions in the nation and is on a path to greater achievement and distinctiveness as a student-centered, innovative institution. Stetson has made strategic investments in academics and student success to further establish the university as an influential force in educating future leaders. The dean will join a leadership team that is defining a bold new chapter for the institution and the College will be critical in this effort. The dean will harness the disciplinary diversity of the College to establish a vision for its future direction and will advocate for the vital role of liberal arts and sciences in modern higher education.

Located in the heart of Central Florida, Stetson University was founded in 1883 by New York businessman Henry A. DeLand and later named for John B. Stetson, the nationally known hat manufacturer from Philadelphia who gave generously to advance the academic excellence of the institution. In 2018, the university enrolls 3,150 undergraduates and 1,187 graduate students among its four colleges and schools: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Law, School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson emphasizes the importance of an education grounded in liberal learning, with practical experiences infused in its programs, culture, and community. The College is a core part of the university, with over 2,000 students, 123 faculty across 19 academic departments, and several interdisciplinary programs. As the leader of the largest academic unit, the dean will have a unique opportunity to lead a broad and comprehensive organization, provide intellectual leadership to dedicated faculty and staff, and develop innovative strategies for academic programs and student engagement.

The dean will be visible and engaged in the university community and will possess a dynamic leadership style that inspires faculty, students, staff, and alumni to collaborate in the development of a shared vision for the future. Stetson seeks an accomplished scholar and administrator with a track record of success in academic administration and with an understanding of and a commitment to private higher education. 

Stetson University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. All applications, inquiries and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to the search firm.

Preferred Qualities and Characteristics

Stetson University seeks a dean with strategic leadership ability; outstanding interpersonal, negotiation, and communication skills; high energy; and a passion for liberal arts and sciences education. S/he will be a collaborator, eager to work effectively with a broad range of constituents including senior leadership, faculty, students, and staff. A terminal degree in a field related to one of the disciplines within the College from an accredited institution, and academic credentials consistent with the rank of full professor as demonstrated by a distinguished record of teaching, scholarly publications, and creative accomplishments that exhibit a commitment to academic excellence is required.

Candidates will demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • A record of academic leadership experience, including administrative experiences at the
  • department chair level or higher;
  • A commitment to shared governance, transparency in management, and data-driven decision making;
  • Experience in faculty development and a proven track record for leadership in implementing
  • academic policies, programs, and scholarly activities;
  • A record of successfully managing financial resources;
  • Enthusiasm and talent for fundraising; and
  • A vision for strategic planning and effective program assessment.

Candidates will embody the following personal characteristics:

  • A student-centered approach to education;
  • A collaborative and transparent leadership style;
  • An ability to work effectively with administration, faculty, staff, students, and other constituent groups;
  • The ability to facilitate, delegate, and build consensus; and
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, and excellent interpersonal skills. 

Candidates will embrace the following core values of the College and the university:

  • Excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the university and community;
  • Educating a racially, culturally, generationally, and economically diverse student body;
  • Recruiting and supporting a diverse faculty, staff, and administration;
  • Respect for all people, regardless of difference; and
  • A commitment to engaged university life, and fostering a deeply intertwined and caring campus
  • community.

Leadership Profile

Search Committee

Harry Price
Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Noel Painter
Co-Chair, Executive Vice President and Provost

Carol Azab
Assistant Professor of Marketing

Shawnrece Campbell
(ex-officio) Associate Professor of English; Associate Dean 

Mekaba Dorival
Student (third year), psychology major, religious studies minor

Lua Hancock
Vice President of Campus Life and Student Success

David Hill
Professor of Political Science

Sidney Johnston
Assistant Director of Grants, Sponsored Research, and Strategic Initiatives

Laurel (Laurie) Kent
Board of Trustees; CAS Board of Advisors chair

Luis Maldonado
Board of Trustees; former member of the CAS Board of Advisors

Daniel Plante
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science 

Mitchell Reddish
Professor of Religious Studies 

Page Thanasiu
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education