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University of North Florida
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences has more than 335 full-time faculty and an annual budget of over $41 million, in addition to numerous accounts and endowments with the UNF Foundation.  It is home to 15 academic departments or schools: Art, Art History and Design; Biology; Chemistry; School of Communication; Criminology and Criminal Justice; English; History; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Mathematics & Statistics; School of Music; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Physics; Political Science & Public Administration; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work; and the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs.  The College is responsible for the University’s general education program and it offers a full range of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. 

The University of North Florida is seeking a Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) who can lead the College in developing and implementing a shared vision for the College that focuses on teaching excellence, research excellence, student success, and equity across the College. The Dean will engage faculty, staff, and the broader community in communicating and promoting this shared vision. The COAS Dean (position # 313970) is one of five academic deans who report directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. 

Candidates for this position must have an earned doctorate, have a record of teaching, scholarship, and service qualifying them for the rank of full professor at UNF, be eligible for tenure within one of the College’s academic departments or schools, and have at least five years of administrative experience including line authority over university faculty.


Download the University of North Florida COAS Dean Leadership Profile.

The qualified candidate will provide evidence of the following characteristics and responsibilities in his or her application:

  1. Administrative, management, and organizational skills that demonstrate collaboration with the college’s faculty and chairs, other university administrators, faculty, and staff, and a record of effective advocacy both inside and outside the university.
  2. A strong record of scholarship and commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service commensurate with the appointment to the rank of full professor.
  3. An inclusive, participative, collaborative leadership style and the ability to listen and communicate effectively to build consensus across a diverse range of constituencies.
  4. A commitment to leading the College in strategic planning, program assessment, and institutional accreditation efforts.
  5. An appreciation of the individual value, interrelationships between the types of programs, and interdisciplinary programs offered by COAS and experience advancing similar programs. An understanding of the role of interdisciplinarity programs and research.
  6. Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to resolve conflicts and issues.
  7. Consistent with UNF’s receipt of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award and the Diversity Champion award: demonstrated success in recruitment and retention of a strong and diverse student body, faculty, and staff.
  8. Successful actions and outcomes in diversity, inclusivity, and equity.
  9. Consistent with UNF’s classification as a Carnegie Community Engagement institution: experience with, and appreciate of, community engagement, outreach, and philanthropic fundraising.

Duties will include administering the College’s promotion and tenure process, fundraising, conducting personnel evaluations, budget management and oversight, strategic planning, overseeing program assessment efforts, assisting with recruitment and retention efforts, leading initiatives around student success and diversity & inclusion, and full participation with other senior administrators to advance the University. Administrative duties will be carried out in a collective bargaining environment.

For more information on the College of Arts and Sciences, visit the website:

Review of applications begins February 7th, 2022 and the position is open until filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022.

To apply for this position, a candidate must provide a letter of interest addressing the qualifications mentioned above and a curriculum vitae including the names, titles, business contact information, and email addresses of five references. The search will be assisted by Witt Kieffer Executive Search. Applications should be submitted through the candidate portal at

Questions and nominations should be directed electronically to:

Dennis M. Barden, Jessica Herrington, and Cathryn Davis
Witt Kieffer Executive Search Firm
2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523


Florida's “Sunshine Law” requires that all search committee business be open to public review.

For more information about the University of North Florida, visit our website at “UNF is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.”

Search Committee members

  • PSPA – Mike Binder
  • Philosophy – Mitch Haney
  • Art – Elizabeth Heuer
  • Chemistry – Amy Lane
  • Psychology – Juliana Leding
  • IDS – Sarah Mattice
  • English – Linda Howell
  • English – Tru Leverette
  • Communication – John Parmelee
  • Physics – Daniel Santavicca
  • CCJ – Brenda Vose
  • SAWS – Jeff Will
  • History – David Sheffler
  • Biology – Jim Gelsleichter
  • Music – Clarence Hines
  • Math – Sami Hamid
  • LLC – Clayton McCarl
  • IDS – Sarah Mattice
  • Deans Advisoy Council – Rhodes Robinson
  • Academic Affairs – Susan Perez
  • COAS Deans Office – Amanda Lovins
  • Chair – Chip Klostermeyer, Dean College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction


Questions and nominations should be sent electronically to Witt Kieffer consultants Dennis M. Barden, Jessica Herrington, and Cathryn Davis at


Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile. Applications can be submitted at the candidate portal at