About the Position: Western Washington University seeks an Associate Dean for the College of Business and Economics. The Associate Dean serves in a full-time administrative position, working closely with and reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Business and Economics. The Associate Dean provides leadership for the achievement of excellence in support of our innovative and collaborative AACSB International accredited college. Working with the Dean, Department Chairs and Program Directors, the Associate Dean has primary responsibility for the internal operations of the college. This position oversees strategic planning, curriculum management, policy development, and maintenance of AACSB accreditation.
The College of Business and Economics supports the University’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. As a public institution in a state where students of color make up a growing proportion of high school graduates, Western is strongly committed to effectively serving our increasingly diverse student body. We are proud that a growing number of students of color and other diverse students are making Western their school of choice, and we welcome applications from diverse candidates interested in the Associate Dean position.
About the College/Department: Few institutions of higher learning can match Western Washington University’s combination of academic excellence and extraordinary natural setting. The 15,000 student, 224-acre campus, located in Bellingham, Washington, overlooks Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands and was named one of the most beautiful coastal campuses. Bellingham lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 55 miles south of Vancouver, BC. With its year-round mild climate, recreational opportunities abound from the water to the nearby ski slopes of 10,778-foot Mount Baker and the alpine country of the Cascades.
According to the 2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings, Western is the highest ranking public, master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest and second among top public, master’s-granting universities in the West. Western Washington University is also a top producer of Fulbright Scholars; no institution of its class produced more Fulbright winners than Western in 2013.
Faculty at Western are true teacher-scholars who invest themselves in the education of their students and in the university as a whole. Western’s supportive, collaborative environment of shared governance and culture of collegiality have contributed to its being named one the best colleges in the nation to work for, by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Western experience is founded in the liberal arts with a special emphasis on environmental sustainability and the public interest. This approach drives innovation at Western. Through its many institutes, including The Institute for Energy Studies, the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership, the Border Policy Research Institute, and the IDEA (Inter-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship in Action) Institute, Western has a meaningful impact on our region and society at large. For the third straight year, Western was first in the nation among medium-sized universities sending its graduates to the Peace Corps. It is no surprise that Western has been awarded the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction and has been named an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. http://www.wwu.edu/
About the College of Business and Economics (CBE): The College of Business and Economics, an AACSB-accredited college, embodies this excellence in the public interest. The CBE Center for Economic & Financial Education, for example, provides training in financial education for elementary and secondary teachers in the neediest communities across the state. In conjunction with the Huxley School of the Environment, CBE offers a bachelor’s degree in Business & Sustainability. The Center for International Business adds a global perspective to the education of CBE graduates. Most recently, the college opened the Saturna Sustainable Investing Lab.
The College of Business and Economics houses five academic departments (Accounting, Decision Sciences, Economics, Finance & Marketing, and Management) and several interdisciplinary centers. Degrees offered at the main campus in Bellingham include BAs in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, and Financial Economics; a BS in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management; an MBA; and a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc). Students who get a B.A. in business have the opportunity to concentrate in a variety of disciplines. The College also oversees an MBA program in Everett and a BA in General Business in Poulsbo.
The College employs 66tenure and tenure-track faculty at the Bellingham campus with over 95% having a research doctorate. CBE also has a team of talented and committed NTT instructors who bring significant professional experience to our classrooms. Seventeen administrative and professional staff work for CBE. There are about 1,200 full-time students in the undergraduate program and about 80 in the Master’s programs.
CBE classes develop managerial, analytical, quantitative, and communication skills that prepare students to lead and contribute throughout their careers. The College seeks to instill a commitment to ethical behavior, an emphasis on forward-looking behavior, and an active role in the community. Innovative teaching and outstanding research are acknowledged with financial awards and other recognition, while collaboration, collegiality, and respect pervade the life of the College. The College of Business and Economics is accredited by the AACSB International at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additional information about CBE: http://cbe.wwu.edu/.
|Position Responsibilities: |
- Responsible for internal operations of the college.
- Work closely with the Dean, Department Chairs, Program Directors, Faculty Governance Committee, and staff to manage the operations of an AACSB accredited college and foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning and working environment.
- Establish and maintain effective coordination and working relationships with the standing committees for the college (e.g., Technology Committee, Scholarship Committee, Curriculum Committee, etc.).
- Serve as College liaison with regard to university offices and programs such as WWU Dean of Students, WWU Admissions Office, WWU Registrar’s Office, and WWU Graduate School.
- Serve on CBE and campus committees as appropriate (e.g., CBE Policy Council, campus task force committees, etc.).
- Advise the Dean regarding resource prioritization.
- Oversee strategic planning for the college and ensure appropriate policies are in place for implementing the strategic plan.
- Participate in strategic planning; establish and review operating priorities; develop goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
- Monitor compliance with AACSB International standards and reporting requirements
- Collaborate with the faculty, curriculum committees, and Department Chairs to ensure that undergraduate and graduate programs are in accordance with AACSB standards.
- Oversee and create engagement programs that will enhance learning opportunities for the CBE community by facilitating connections among faculty, students, and/or external constituents (e.g., industry, other universities).
- Coordinate activities and events to enable engagement opportunities (e.g., speaker series programs, student club organizations, professional development activities).
- Support the Dean with regard to new College initiatives related to teaching, research, and outreach (e.g., Continuing Education).
- Oversee marketing and communication efforts for the College.
|Required Qualifications: |
- A terminal degree in a business field or field closely related to business.
- Degree must be relevant to a faculty position within the College.
- Degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.
- Demonstrated ability and results with regard to handling administrative responsibilities in a higher education environment at the department chair level or higher
- Rank of Associate Professor or higher.
- A record of teaching, scholarship and service excellence, sufficient to qualify for tenure at the rank Associate Professor or higher in the College.
- Must qualify as a “Scholarly Academic” or “Practice Academic” under the College of Business and Economics standards and AACSB guidelines.
- Demonstrated ability to work collegially with faculty, staff, and students.
- Outstanding communication skills.
|Preferred Qualifications: |
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equal opportunity among faculty, staff, and students.
- Direct involvement with AACSB accreditation.
- Direct involvement with assessment (assurance of learning).
- Support for and commitment to shared governance.
- Experience with strategic planning.
- Demonstrated ability to build collaborative and productive relationships with operational units of the university outside the college (e.g., central university administration).
- Experience working with stakeholders who are external to the university (e.g., members of industry).
- Experience with project planning and management.
- Demonstrated ability to process information with high levels of accuracy and attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to use faculty information systems (e.g., Digital Measures, SEDONA).
|Academic Emphasis: N/A |
|Salary: Full market range for the position is $128,804 - $164,582. |
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
|Application Instructions and Requested Documents: |
Applicants must apply online via Western’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Click the "Apply Now" button to access this system.
To be considered for the position, a candidate is required to provide:
- A letter of application which clearly indicates how the candidate meets the required and the preferred qualifications.
- A detailed curriculum vita.
- The names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.
|Closing Date Notes: Application review begins January 13, 2017; position is open until filled |