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Dean, College of Human Sciences
Auburn University

Date Posted Dec. 3, 2018
Title Dean, College of Human Sciences
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department College of Human Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Business - General

Dean, College of Human Sciences

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Auburn University in their search for the Dean of the College of Human Sciences (CHS). 

The Dean is the College’s chief academic and administrative officer and provides the vision and leadership to enrich the College’s excellence in teaching, research, service, outreach, and diversity. The Dean is also an Associate Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, college liaison to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Academic Administrator of the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, and the Executive Director of the Hunger Solutions Institute. The position reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The ideal candidate:
Has a vision for CHS’s future
Can lead faculty and staff in creating and achieving common goals
Has a solid record of innovative program development and enhancement
Is skilled at balancing operational and financial requirements
Has teaching, scholarly research, and administrative abilities
Shows history of community involvement
Is strong in cultivating business, alumni, and external foundation partnerships for program funding
Has proven success in assessing academic programs and their impact

The successful candidate has the quantifiable ability to:
Lead a growing organization and build consensus among various stakeholders
Foster excellence in research, scholarship, and outreach
Promote student achievement and advancement
Enhance external, corporate and alumni relations
Assertively fundraise
Effectively represent the College to outside constituencies (alumni, business and community)
Develop a strategic plan for a research focused College
Coordinate multiple discipline programs

Qualifications & experience
Candidates must:
Be a tenured full professor
Have an earned doctorate or commensurate credential
Show academic and/or professional accomplishments meriting a full professor tenured appointment
Be experienced in administration, fiscal management, strategic planning, faculty/staff development
Fundraising experience is highly desired
Understand the RCM budgeting system and other models used in higher education

About the University:
Auburn University is a premier public land-grant institution organized into twelve academic colleges and schools. It is ranked 52nd among public universities in the U.S. News and World 2019 Report. For 2018, 24,628 undergraduates, 5,812 graduate, and professional students are enrolled. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and community engagement, its positive work environment, flourishing student life programs, and beautiful campus.

Auburn maintains high research activity levels and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs.
Additional information:

About the College:
The College of Human Sciences prepares students to be change makers through the pursuit of professional excellence, an awareness of their role as global citizens and the power of philanthropy. Over 1,300 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students are enrolled in three departments (Consumer and Design Sciences, Human Development and Family Studies, and Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management). CHS has six Bachelor of Science programs (with a 7th to be added pending approval by ACHE in December) and Master of Science and Ph.D. programs in all academic departments.

Focused on human health and well-being, CHS promotes living well by pursuing sustainable solutions to the world’s grand challenges, and everyday life problems. Spanning the arts and sciences, CHS’s rigorous nationally recognized academic programs produce leading-edge research and outreach, engage students using state-of-the-art teaching practices, and promote social responsibility.

Within CHS are the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, the Hunger Solutions Institute, the Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research, the Marriage and Family Therapy Center, and the Auburn University/Harris Early Learning Centers. The centers are national and international models of best practice, creating important real-world venues for applied learning and research. In addition, a gift has been given for a state-of-the-art Culinary Science Center that will offer students unique opportunities for hands-on learning by the best in the industry.

The College is also a campus leader in international engagement with an Office of Global Education overseeing an undergraduate global studies curriculum and a broad array of study abroad opportunities with over 30% participation by current CHS graduates.

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About the community:
Auburn is a thriving community recognized as one of America’s best small towns with a moderate climate and easy access to major cities or beach and mountain recreation. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama corridor, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus area has a 500,000+ population, excellent public school systems and regional medical centers.

The community has a high-level of social civic engagement stressing inclusiveness. It has many art festivals, farmers markets, museums and bi weekly concerts. Dance, theater and music programs and performances are ubiquitous. The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art houses Picassos and Renoirs among others. The area has an active restaurant scene with award winning restaurants throughout the neighborhoods. The centrally located Donald E. Davis Arboretum is perfect for a midday escape. Auburn also has five golf courses and over 16 local parks. The largest is Chewacla State Park, a 696-acre park 30+ miles of biking and hiking trails.

Auburn has a very low crime rate.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. Please do not email applications. To be viewed by the firm, you must apply directly at:

Inquiries, referrals and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to: Jennifer Muller, Academic Career & Executive Search at or call 860-740-2600.

Review of candidates will begin on January 31, 2019 and will continue until a qualified candidate is appointed.
The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with education and experience.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

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