The University of North Texas invites applications and nominations for an innovative, collaborative, and visionary leader to be the next Executive Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader with the ability and vision to continue UNT’s upward trajectory by strengthening the quality and bringing increasing visibility to the outstanding academic programs in the college.

About the University

Located in Denton, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, The University of North Texas is a Carnegie Tier One Research University educating more than 38,000 students. The university has 103 bachelors, 86 master’s and 38 doctoral degree programs, 72 of which are ranked in the top 100. We are big because we understand the power of higher education to lift lives and livelihoods, creating stronger communities and contribution to a strong society.

We believe in the power of diversity and inclusion. In the Fall of 2018, the university met one of its diversity goal expanding the diversity of its student body (24% Hispanic, 14% Black, 7% Asian, 1% American Indian, 6% international and 45% Caucasian) and will be applying for Minority Serving Institution status.

UNT believes in the power of a caring and creative community, preparing students for careers in a rapidly changing world. UNT is celebrated as the state’s most creative public university, nationally recognized for its excellence in the arts.  UNT strives to be a diverse and inclusive institution creating knowledge and innovations that will shape the future, while cultivating excellence in the next generation of scholars and leaders for the global community. 

About the College

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is the largest in the university with more than 8,500 students in 22 departments, growing to more than 9,600 with the addition of the Mayborn School of Journalism effective Fall of 2019. 

In 2016, the College of Arts and Sciences was reorganized creating the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and College of Science. This reorganization allowed for a clearer focus on and mission devoted to the liberal arts, as defined in the College’s new mission statement.

“Our mission is to kindle the thirst for truth, justice, and beauty; to foster cultural literacy and scientific investigation; and to cultivate thinking, speaking, and writing abilities characterized by clear expression and logically coherent, evidence-based arguments. We see these as the values, forms of knowledge, and skills most needed by citizens of a democracy and by productive members of the global workforce.”


The final phase of the reorganization will be complete with the integration of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism. This integration is intended to allow the college to increase its recognition and quality in journalism, media and communication.

The departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) include: Departments of Aerospace Studies, Anthropology, Communication Studies, Dance and Theatre, Economics, English, Geography and the Environment, History, Integrative Studies, International Studies, Jewish and Israel Studies, LGBT Studies, Media Arts, Military Science, Oral History, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology, Spanish, Technical Communications, Women and Gender Studies, and World Languages, Literature and Cultures. To be added effective Fall of 2019 is the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism.

The College delivers academic programs and classes at the Denton campus, the new Frisco campus and online.

Today, our family of 22 academic departments and programs remains eclectic, as are the college’s alumni, who number in the tens of thousands and live throughout the United States and in many countries around the world. Our alumni have distinguished themselves in areas ranging from scientific research to politics to business and finance to the performing and media arts. We seek a future in which the achievements of our faculty and students reach ever greater heights of excellence and public recognition; in which a spirit of inclusion and mutual respect is maintained and strengthened among faculty and students with differing viewpoints and from diverse backgrounds; and in which increasing interdisciplinary collaboration opens up new opportunities for intellectual, empirical, and creative discovery.

About the Position

Reporting to the Provost of the University, the Executive Dean advances the teaching and research mission and is responsible for providing innovative, effective, dynamic and transformational leadership for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The Executive Dean is expected to lead the College in enhancing its mission of excellence in teaching, research, and service and must be able to articulate effectively the mission and vision of the College to both external and internal constituencies, manage and develop the College’s financial resources and provide shared services.

The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding capacity to provide leadership for the college’s broad spectrum of academic activities, an engaging vision for the future of the college, a demonstrated record of recruiting and retaining faculty, a commitment to the principles and practices of shared governance, a strong commitment to diversity, strong fiscal and personnel management skills, an ability to enhance research, and success in fundraising.

Additional qualifications include:  

  • Ability to meet the stands for appointment at full professor rank;
  • A terminal degree in a relevant discipline in the one of the College’s programs;
  • A record of successful senior leadership experience;
  • A record of accomplishments that demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual distinction and an appreciation of the varied disciplines and functions that compose the rich academic tapestry of the College;
  • A strong understanding of and appreciation for the arts-particularly dance, theatre, and media arts, humanities, and social sciences, and the ability to lead across a range of diverse disciplines;
  • A strong advocate for the disciplines within the College and will advocate for the importance of the College to the overall University;
  • Budget and personnel management experience necessary to administer the affairs of the College and interact effectively with other University administrative officers;
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to promoting faculty/staff/student collaboration and engagement;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and sustaining innovative programs that foster and value excellence in teaching, research, service;
  • Commitment to promoting undergraduate and graduate research;
  • A demonstrated commitment to student success and retention.
  • A belief in the promise of scale and excellence

Application Process

The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the appointment is made.

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext. 109 ||

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