Dean, College Liberal Arts and Sciences - Western Oregon University in Monmouth Oregon

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Western Oregon University

Monmouth, Oregon 97361

United States


Detailed Job Description

Recruitment Number: S1306

Application Deadline:  Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Western Oregon University (WOU) invites applications for the position of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  The Dean is the chief administrator of the College and oversees seven academic divisions: Business and Economics; Computer Science, Creative Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Psychology, and Social Science. The divisions are further subdivided into traditional departments with a total faculty body of approximately  200.  The College delivers about 70% of the university’s academic operations with the College of Education providing the remainder. The College offers a limited number of master’s level graduate programs. The Dean reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and interacts extensively with other university offices. The College operates in a culture of shared governance and strong support of the intrinsic value of the liberal arts.


  • The terminal degree in one’s academic discipline (PhD preferred) and academic experience commensurate with appointment as a tenured, full professor in an academic unit of the College. 
  • Demonstrated record of increasingly complex management and decision making processes involving budgeting, personnel, curriculum development, assessment, inter-disciplinary program development.
  • Possess a collegial style of engagement with faculty, students and alumni
  • Conversant with contemporary issues in higher education and experienced in engagement with external agencies and organizations. 

Preferred Start Date:  August 15, 2013

Contact Information: Questions regarding this position may be directed to Professor Sharon Oberst, search committee chair, at

For questions regarding the application process or to submit your application documents, please contact Human Resources at 503-838-8552 or

For more information regarding the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, visit our website:

The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a Criminal Background check.

Application Process

Required application materials:

  • WOU Faculty Application Form (available at
  • Letter of interest
  • Current curriculum vita
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts for highest degree
  • Names and complete contact information for five (5) references 

Submit Application Materials to:

S1306 Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Western Oregon University

Human Resources Office

345 N. Monmouth Ave

Monmouth, OR 97361                                                                                                         

-OR- e-mail as an attachment to  -OR- fax to 503-838-8144.

Western Oregon University (WOU) is a mid-sized public comprehensive university located in the Monmouth-Independence area, the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. The University serves a large number of first-generation college students. WOU has received national recognition for its commitment and success in serving students.   The campus is about 20 minutes from Salem, the state’s capital, about 75 minutes from Portland, the state’s cultural hub, and a short drive from the Oregon coast, mountains, and other scenic areas. The university is located in an increasingly diverse, bilingual, and rural area in the Willamette Valley.  Our student body of about 6000 undergraduate and 800 graduate students enjoys the vibrant and close-knit intellectual community of a leading liberal arts college.

Western Oregon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce

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Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: Competitive
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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