University of Minnesota Morris
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean
A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, Morris combines an intimate, student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body of nearly 1700 is supported by approximately 130 faculty members, a student/faculty ratio of 13:1. The Morris campus is the most ethnically diverse in the University of Minnesota system, with 20 percent American Indian students, 10 percent U.S. students of color, and 12 percent international students.
Morris is highly ranked by national publications – U.S. News & World Report as a top-ten public liberal arts college; Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Morris in its list of “the best” and “most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Morris students consistently win national awards – in 2017-2018, Morris was the only public baccalaureate institution among the top student Fulbright award producers – and are taught by a faculty with the highest per capita representation in the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching. The campus is also a national leader in sustainability, evidenced by receipt of the inaugural Excellence in Sustainability award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and an AASHE STARS Gold rating.
The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean (VCAA/Dean) serves as UMN Morris’s chief academic officer and dean of the faculty and is responsible for every aspect of academic and faculty affairs. The VCAA/Dean’s responsibilities include serving as a member of the University’s leadership team, as a leader of and advocate for the faculty, and as a manager of academic affairs programs. The VCAA/Dean will advance the University’s mission and goals, cultivate strong partnerships with the campus community, nurture continuous improvement, build upon existing programs designed to support faculty and ensure student success, and work collaboratively with the other members of the Chancellor’s team to coordinate campus-wide efforts and projects.
The VCAA/Dean reports directly to the Chancellor and works closely and collaboratively with the other members of the leadership team, including the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Chief Development Officer, Director of Communications and Marketing, and Senior Director of Institutional Effectiveness.
Reporting to the VCAA/Dean are the chairs of the four academic divisions: Education, Humanities, Science and Mathematics, and Social Sciences. The VCAA/Dean also helps to sustain and support innovation in interdisciplinary areas that cross the boundaries of traditional divisions. The VCAA/Dean supervises offices in support of the academic enterprise which include academic support resources (registrar, one stop, financial aid), grants development, academic success offices and programs (including disability services and advising), Center for Small Towns, Academic Center of Enrichment (study away, career services, honors program, undergraduate research), and the library.
a record of substantial administrative experience, including leadership of academic divisions, departments, or major programs, supervision and evaluation of faculty and staff, and responsibility for planning and managing budgets.
a terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution.
a level of professional achievement in teaching and scholarship commensurate with the rank of tenured full professor at UMN Morris.
a strong commitment to the values of a liberal arts education and the ability to articulate those values to both internal and external constituencies.
excellent collaborative and consensus-building skills.
A commitment to building a diverse and inclusive learning community and an understanding of the relationship between diversity, academic excellence, and our mission as a public liberal arts college.
Desired Qualities and Experiences:
Experience working at an undergraduate focused, residential, liberal arts college.
Ability to lead the faculty and advocate for their work as teachers and scholars.
Familiarity with current national issues in higher education and awareness of their implications for liberal arts colleges.
Capacity to think strategically and to work creatively.
Excellent managerial and leadership skills to recruit, support, retain, and develop faculty and staff in Academic Affairs.
Experience in program evaluation, curriculum development, and assessment of educational outcomes.
Strong analytical skills and the ability to manage complex budgets.
Superior communication skills, including the ability to listen to, consider, and incorporate the perspectives of others.
Ability to lead and collaborate in campus efforts to highlight and foster a respect for diversity in persons, ideas, and experiences.
Ability to represent campus effectively and in various capacities at the University of Minnesota System level.
An offer of employment will be made contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.
Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be considered until the position is filled. To review a full position description and to apply for this position, go to the U of M http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ and search for requisition # 328667. Please complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter, current resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three professional references.
Morris values diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. Morris is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and /or service because we believe that diversity enriches the University experience for everyone.
The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
To request disability accommodation or material in alternative formats contact:
UMN Morris Human Resources, (320)-589-6024, Room 201, Behmler Hall, Morris, MN.