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Academic Director, College of Arts & Sciences

Washington State University, Vancouver, Vancouver, WA

Job - Education

Close Date: 01/24/2020

Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver invites applicants to apply for the position of Academic Director for the College of Arts and Sciences. The successful candidate will be tenurable in a discipline within the college, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the college and will be a member of the campus leadership team. WSU Vancouver is part of the multi-campus WSU system, which operates as a matrix organization. All campuses share a common accreditation and the R1 Carnegie Classification. Colleges and Departments may have faculty located across multiple campuses. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is headed by a Dean, located in Pullman, WA. The Academic Director for CAS reports to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs on the Vancouver campus, and works in collaboration with the Dean and department chairs within CAS. The Vancouver CAS Academic Director also oversees programs from the Murrow College of Communication and the College of Veterinary Medicine on the Vancouver campus. In addition, the Vancouver CAS Academic Director has 10% of their appointment as Associate Dean, for which portion they report to the CAS Dean.

Programs overseen by the Vancouver CAS Academic Director:
College of Arts & Sciences programs:
• B.A. in Anthropology, B.S. Biology, B.S. Earth and Environmental Science, B.S. Data Analytics, B.A. Digital Technology and Culture, B.A. English, B.A. History, B.A. Humanities, B.S. Mathematics, B.S. Psychology, B.A. Public Affairs, B.A. Social Sciences, B.A. Sociology,
• M.S. Environmental Science
• PhD students on campus from: Anthropology, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, , History, Mathematics and Statistics, Psychology, Biology and Plant Biology, Sociology
• Other disciplines: Criminal Justice; Fine Arts; Languages, Cultures and Race; Political Science

Total headcount faculty: 84; including 57 Tenure-Track
Total certified majors: 1042 undergraduate, 60 graduate
Degrees awarded in 2018-19: 427 undergraduate, 15 graduate

Murrow College of Communication:
• B.A. Integrated Strategic Communication
Total headcount faculty: 2
Total certified majors: 36 undergraduate
Degrees awarded 2018-19: 17 undergraduate

College of Veterinary Medicine programs:
• B.S. Neuroscience
• PhD students on campus from: Molecular Biosciences; Neuroscience
Total headcount faculty: 4 Tenure-Track
Total certified majors: 24 undergraduate, 4 graduate
Degrees awarded 2018-19: 17 undergraduate, 1 graduate

Context: WSU Vancouver is an inclusive, innovative, non-residential research university dedicated to offering premier undergraduate and graduate educational and research experiences. Situated on 351 scenic acres, WSU Vancouver is in the homeland of the Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. WSU Vancouver is located in Vancouver, Washington in the southwest region of Washington State. A part of the Portland, Oregon metro area, Vancouver offers a wealth of social justice, cultural and recreational interests including identity-specific community events, visual and performing arts, professional sports teams, farmers’ markets and nature trails. With a population of approximately 300,000, the Greater Vancouver area has been experiencing significant growth from an increase of diverse social identities to an expansion of the downtown waterfront community. Vancouver’s central location also facilitates access to a number of nearby attractions and metropolitan areas, including the Oregon/Washington coast, Cascade mountain range, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.

WSU Vancouver’s strategic plan includes a commitment to equity; one of our goals in that area is to increase the success of our underrepresented students, particularly Latinx, Black, Native American, Pacific Islander and underrepresented Asian student populations with a goal of closing the opportunity gap in graduation rates of these groups.

WSU Vancouver is one of four campuses that comprise Washington State University, Washington’s land-grant university and a Tier 1 research institution. As the second largest campus in the WSU system and the only public four-year educational institution in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver is an equity-minded campus that enjoys extraordinary community support and is committed to developing areas of academic and research excellence that fulfill regional needs. The campus currently offers 22 bachelor’s degrees, 9 master’s degrees, and 3 doctoral degrees with more than 100 tenure line faculty. A personal atmosphere, small classes, and interaction with world-class faculty attract 3,500 students. To learn more about the university visit

Recognized by Insight Into Diversity Magazine as a top college for diversity, WSU Vancouver commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. WSU Vancouver is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and individuals who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our strategic goal of creating an equitable and inclusive community. The state of Washington prohibits discrimination in employment based on Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, Creed, Disability, Age, Marital Status, Sexual Orientation, and honorably discharged Veteran or Military status.

The role of Academic Director is defined in Executive Policy 29, which governs the operation of the WSU multi-campus system. Academic Directors’ roles are primarily campus-based but they also participate in system-level functions, such as promotion and tenure. At the campus level, Academic Directors at WSU Vancouver represent the interests of their programs and colleges as they execute the campus mission to “advance research productivity, foster academic excellence, and engage community and organizational entities to create strategic partnerships.” Their campus-based administrative responsibilities include resource allocation and management, including fiscal/budgetary issues, space and facilities, and personnel including hiring and supervising staff; delivery of instructional programs; support of scholarly and creative activity and faculty development; outreach and advancement; and fundraising; and participation in campus leadership. All Academic Directors in Vancouver serve as members of the WSU Vancouver Academic Leadership Council and participate in campus academic planning, strategic planning, and the campus budget prioritization process.

At the system level, the CAS Academic Director serves as a liaison between campus academic programs and college and departments/schools in Pullman and other WSU campuses. The CAS Academic Director is a member of the CAS Dean’s leadership group and also attends CAS Department Chairs and Directors meetings. The CAS Academic Director participates in system-wide college functions, such as the development and implementation of college initiatives, plans, and policies; promotion and tenure; and administration of CAS programs and degrees.

Required Qualifications
• Terminal degree and tenurable in one of the CAS disciplines represented on the Vancouver campus
• Demonstrated contribution to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
• Demonstrated experience with either 1) budget or 2) personnel

Preferred Qualifications
• Tenurable at the rank of Professor
• Demonstrated Experience with the following:
- Leadership at the department, unit or college level
- Budget management in an academic context
- Personnel management involving faculty and staff
- Faculty mentorship
- Graduate student research & education
- Scheduling and course staffing
- Outreach and advancement
- Working across institutional boundaries
- Transfer programming and students
- Space and facilities

Applicants should be prepared to upload:
1. Cover letter discussing education and experience as related to the required and preferred qualifications;
2. Curriculum Vitae;
3. Statement on contributions to equity and diversity (guidelines found at upload as “other”; and
4. Names and contact information for three professional references.

Screening begins January 24, 2020 and will remain open until suitable candidates are identified. Expected start date not later than August 16, 2020. Direct inquiries to Sharon Kruse, Search Committee Chair at

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