The University of Delaware seeks a visionary new Dean of its College of Arts and Sciences who will lead the College’s educational and research programs, advance academic excellence and innovation, and expand its public impact regionally, nationally and internationally.
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is the intellectual and cultural heart of the University of Delaware. CAS emphasizes both the enduring value of a liberal arts education and the importance of cultivating new knowledge and artistic representation. The faculty are dedicated scholars, scientists, artists and professionals who teach, research, mentor, and lead their fields. CAS fosters excellence in scholarship, creative work, and public service as it educates students to be thoughtful, ethical, and engaged leaders. The College prioritizes interdisciplinarity and experiential learning across our academic programs, and sees diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values, with its recruitment, retention and hiring processes designed to support these values.
The largest college at the University, CAS comprises 24 departments and more than 30 programs and centers in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. CAS serves nearly 6,000 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students, awarding more than 1,600 BA degrees and 270 graduate degrees in 2022-23. CAS faculty, comprising 600 full time tenure-track and non-tenure contract faculty are experts who are leaders in their fields, innovators in education, and noted advisors to nonprofit and governmental agencies at the local, regional, national, and international levels. CAS is guided by a commitment to shared governance, and CAS faculty serve as leaders in the University and College Faculty Senates. The staff include more than 300 individuals supporting students and academic units. CAS is also supported by an engaged and generous body of alumni, including an active Dean’s Advisory Council.
CAS is distinguished by its tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and the foundational teaching it provides to the entire University. The College offers over 90 undergraduate majors and minors, including many degrees in collaboration with the Honors College, a Secondary Education Program, a range of 4+1 programs, and a growing number of applied certificate programs. The Associate in Arts Program (AAP), which serves a diverse range of Delaware students with the support of the Delaware SEED program, is an engine for social and economic mobility, offering a two-year degree at the University’s campuses statewide and a pathway to continuing education on the Newark campus.
The ideal candidate will work to build and grow synergies throughout the College while strengthening the College’s many cross-disciplinary collaborations throughout the University, foster a supportive research environment, and ensure that the College’s strong portfolios in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences advance the college’s scholarly reputation and positively impact on the region, the state, the nation and the world.
The University of Delaware is committed to academic and inclusive excellence by building a community of faculty, staff and students who are both diverse and respectful of human differences and by promulgating a campus climate and culture that appreciates and celebrates diversity in all aspects, including diverse perspectives, race, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, and gender identity or expression.