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Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Categories: North Central Region 6


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Minnesota State University - Mankato

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Position Description

The Dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences serves as the chief administrative officer for the College, reporting directly to the Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean provides vision and leadership for the College, overseeing academic program quality, research and scholarship, faculty development and achievement, department chair leadership, student learning and success, and administration of budgets, facilities, and resources. Additionally, the Dean is responsible for administration of off-campus programs, collective bargaining agreement implementation, policies and procedures, accreditations, external collaborations and partnerships, external grants and contracts, and development and fundraising for the College, in alignment with the division of Academic Affairs', University's, and System's strategic directions and goals.



Application Information

To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website or directly at: complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.--Cover Letter--Resume/Curriculum Vitae--Contact information for three (3) references--A one-page statement addressing your commitment to diversity and inclusion--A one-page statement addressing your philosophy of academic leadership--Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree

Institution Information

Minnesota State University has approximately 15,000 students.The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences includes departments of Anthropology, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Gender & Women's Studies, Geography, Government, History, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology & Corrections, and Urban & Regional Studies. In addition, the college houses the Chesley Center for Aging, Center for Economic Education, the Kessel Lecture Series, the Kessel Peace Institute, and the Organizational Effectiveness Research Group, and the Archeology, Geography, and Earth Sciences [AGES] Laboratory. The college includes approximately 125 full-time faculty and staff members and more than 2,500 students major in the college's programs. Additional information on Minnesota State University, Mankato can be found at: A virtual Mankato Historical and Architectural Tour may be found here:

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Contact Information

Matthew Cecil, Ph.D.,

Dean of College of Arts & Humanities

Minnesota State University, Mankato

226D Armstrong Hall

Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: 507-389-1713

TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711



Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a discipline within the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. (Conferred on an official transcript at the time of application.)
  • Eight (8) years of a combination of increasing and successful higher education faculty and administrative experience, achieving the level of department chair, related experience, or higher.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Record of excellent and distinctive teaching, scholarship and/or creative activity, and professional leadership and service, within a discipline represented in the College.
  • Demonstrated commitment to leading and supporting academic program quality, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote faculty growth and professional development and achievement (across all established criteria).
  • Demonstrated ability to promote student learning, engagement, and success, both undergraduate and graduate.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective relationships within the University, including faculty, department chairs, deans, staff, and other internal stakeholders across the divisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships and to develop public and private partnerships, with a variety of external stakeholders and constituencies, to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to leading and supporting academic program quality, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Ability to increase external funding, through grants, contracts, and/or gifts?.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets and develop resources (e.g., teaching, learning, technology, finances, etc.), while balancing multiple and competing demands.--Exceptional oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the social and behavioral sciences and their role in a comprehensive regional university and surrounding community.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead collaboratively, imaginatively, and courageously.
  • Knowledge of current standards and best practices in academic program design and development, policy development, curriculum implementation, and program review or accreditation, for undergraduate and graduate degree programs, certificate/certification programs, and professional development.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging student populations.
  • Ability to lead and significantly support integrated strategic and academic master planning processes for the college and university.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, develop, and/or lead a cross-functional team.
  • Experience working in a public higher education university and state system.--
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in a collective bargaining, shared governance environment.
  • Ability to engage in professional leadership and service, as a senior academic administrator, at the state, regional, national, and international levels to advance strategic directions.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.