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Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities
Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina
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Date Posted December 05, 2019
Executive-Dean-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities

at Lander University in South Carolina

Lander University, a comprehensive regional public university in South Carolina, seeks a dynamic and visionary academic leader to serve as Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. The finalist will be expected to join the University by July 1, 2020.

Complete information is available in the Search Profile at

The Opportunity

In 2016, under the leadership of its new president, Dr. Richard Cosentino, Lander University approved a new mission statement and developed a bold strategic plan entitled Launch. This bold strategy set LU on an academic and administrative course that continues to result in student success and academic growth across the entire university.

The 60 areas of study, including 16 signature academic programs in emerging and high demand fields, are attracting academically talented students from across the state and the nation. Over the past four years, freshman enrollment at Lander has increased more than 69 percent, with the 2019-20 freshman class totaling 944 students. Currently serving nearly 3,200 students, Lander is one of the fastest growing institutions of higher education in South Carolina. Future projections trend upwards to 5,000 students in the next four years, which will bring new challenges associated with the University’s physical infrastructure.

Along with its tremendous growth, Lander continues to be recognized for its quality and innovative academic programs. For 2020, U.S. News & World Report placed the University at #5 among the Top Public Schools in the South, with a ranking of No. 29 in the publication’s Regional Colleges South category. It also named Lander as one of the South’s best colleges for veterans.

In 2019, Lander became the newest member of the University Center of Greenville (UCG), a higher education collaboration of seven highly ranked South Carolina universities and colleges. Located an hour from the University’s historic campus in Greenwood, UCG’s mission is to advance access and attainment of higher education degrees for the benefit of the citizens and economic community of greater Greenville, S.C., and the region at-large.

Still in the process of finalizing its degree program offerings at UCG, Lander will begin offering courses in Fall 2020. UCG will enable Lander to expand its student capacity with undergraduate, online, and graduate programs.

College of Arts and Humanities

The College of Arts and Humanities is one of the seven academic units of the University and plays a central role in the institution’s rich and vibrant liberal arts environment. Its four departments—Art, English and Foreign Languages, Mass Communications and Media Studies, and Music— provide students with opportunities to explore their talents as musicians, visual artists, designers, and writers.

The College offers bachelor’s degrees in English (with optional concentrations in Professional Writing and Secondary Teacher Certification), Fine Art (with concentrations in 2D Studio and 3D Studio), Mass Communications and Media Studies, Music (with an optional concentration in K-12 Teacher Certification), Spanish, and Visual Art (with optional concentrations in Business, Graphic Design, and K-12 Teacher Certification).

The College has state-of-the-art facilities where students can showcase their talents and tune their abilities. The Monsanto Gallery attracts more than 500 visitors monthly to view the work of Southeastern artists and students. The Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium is a 630-seat professional-level concert venue. The XLR Lander Radio studios feature industry standard broadcasting equipment, and the LUX TV Studio is a versatile video production facility.

Students benefit from technology-infused lecture halls, recital halls, and music practice rooms. It also has a greenroom studio, audio recording booths, video editing lab, and a Mac lab — all designed to enable students to learn using the current tools of their industry so they are able to enter their careers prepared to succeed. 

Knowing the importance of writing across all disciplines, the Department of English and Foreign Languages offers a free tutorial service in its Writing Center that is available to all students.

The College regularly sponsors study tours to cultural centers like New York, London, Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam. Students in all majors can spend a semester studying at Lander’s sister campus in Great Britain.

The Position

The Dean is appointed by the President with the advice of the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs (Provost). The Dean holds faculty rank and may be tenured in accordance with University policies.

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean ensures the College’s programs promote and align with the overall strategic plan and success of the University. In coordination with the Provost, the Dean provides leadership and direction for the College’s programs and activities.

As the senior administrative officer of the College, the Dean is responsible for all functions and matters relating to the College. The Dean reports to the Provost and is a valuable member of the Provost’s leadership team.

Duties and Responsibilities

The principal functions of the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities will include:

  • Ensure the alignment of the College’s efforts with the strategic goals of the University.

  • Represent the President and Provost to the faculty and staff of the College.

  • Represent, advocate for, and mediate for the College’s faculty, students, and academic programs.

  • Lead development of new academic programs and revision of existing academic programs.

  • Promote retention, persistence, and degree completion of students of the College and University as a whole.

  • Direct continuous improvement of the College, ensuring it is an innovative unit current or ahead of national best practices.

  • Represent the College on the Provost’s Deans Council.

  • Coordinate with the Provost’s office to ensure successful accreditation.

  • Work with academic departments and the Office of the Provost on developing and implementing strategic planning goals, objectives, and action plans.

  • Represent the College and University within the community and with national, regional, and state organizations.

  • Assist the Office of University Advancement in fundraising for the College.

  • Collaborate with the Office of Admissions to set and meet goals for student enrollment, retention, and graduation.

  • Serve as a liaison to the other administrative units of the University to promote University-wide endeavors.

  • Supervise the curricula, courses, and methods of instruction, and work with faculty to improve them.

  • Appoint, mentor, and lead department chairs.

  • Oversee department chairs’ annual evaluation of faculty members.

  • Recruit faculty who will position the College for success.

  • Mentor and develop faculty, with an emphasis on ensuring faculty are prepared to achieve promotion.

  • Oversee the annual schedule of course offerings.

  • Recommend the appointment, salary, promotion, tenure, and dismissal of faculty members.

  • Oversee the budget for the College.

  • Cultivate a collegial, collaborative environment with faculty, students, staff, administrators, and the community.

  • Promote diversity and effective interaction within a multicultural environment.

  • Lead with transparency and respect, modeling professional, ethical behavior.

  • Support the teaching, research, and scholarly work of the faculty and students in the College.


An earned doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree in a discipline within the College is required. Candidate must have a minimum of 10 years of full-time college teaching experience with a record of teaching, scholarship, and service that would merit appointment to the rank of at least Associate Professor, with accomplishments meriting the rank of Professor strongly preferred.

A minimum of three years of higher education administration experience as a Dean, Associate Dean, Division Head, Department Chair, or similar administrative position that includes supervision of direct reports and evidence of strong management and innovative leadership.

Other requirements include:

  • Collegiality, a respect for shared governance, and possession of a collaborative management style

  • Superb interpersonal abilities and communication skills

  • A commitment to the needs of a multicultural faculty and student body

Additional Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience with developing and overseeing online programs, and online teaching and learning

  • Demonstrated success with program revision and development

  • Documented evidence of building positive relations with the local/regional community and alumni, including successful fundraising

Experience with writing grants and proposals

The final candidate(s) must successfully satisfy a background review, including a credit report.

Lander University

Established in 1872, Lander University is experiencing unprecedented growth. More than 91 percent of Lander’s students are South Carolina residents, with every county in the state represented.

Lander has five academic colleges - Arts & Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences, Business, Education, and Science & Mathematics; a School of Nursing; and an Honors College. Students receive an education that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional studies; brings them into frequent contact with diverse ideas and culture; and guides them in developing communication skills and the ability to work well with others.

A robust selection of pre-professional programs is offered in dentistry, law, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine.

Committed to opening the world to students, the University offers a variety of study abroad opportunities in Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and beyond. With traditional semester-, summer- and year-abroad options, students are able to learn about other cultures firsthand while earning credit for a degree and gaining valuable international experience.

The University has more than 500 full- and part-time faculty and staff. The campus is a close-knit community of professionals who work together toward the same goal of providing the best educational experience for students.

Student success is a priority at Lander. Academic support is available through peer tutoring, one-on-one mentoring, and study skills classes. Freshman transition programs assist students in navigating their acclimation to college life.

Lander’s athletic teams are continually ranked in the top 25 in the country and are highly competitive in the Peach Belt Conference and NCAA Division II. Lander student-athletes also score high in the classroom, as many are listed on the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll.

Visit Lander’s website at for additional information.

Greenwood, South Carolina

Lander University is located in Greenwood, a beautiful, thriving city nestled in South Carolina’s Upstate region. Greenwood is home to a number of regional festivals, including the nationally acclaimed Festival of Flowers and the Food Network-featured Festival of Discovery.

Exceptional dining, shopping, and cultural attractions, as well as plenty of recreational options can be found  minutes from campus. The beautiful 11,000-acre Lake Greenwood provides a wide variety of water recreation and sports.

Major cities, coastal beaches, and the mountains are easily accessible. Major metropolitan areas that are easy drives are Charlotte, N.C., Columbia, S.C., and Atlanta, Ga.

Application and Nomination Process

To Apply - Applications must include:

  1. A letter of introduction outlining the applicant’s background and qualifications for the position (This letter should specifically address the leadership attributes and professional competencies for this position.)

  2. Current curriculum vitae

  3. Full contact information, including e-mail addresses, for five professional references, with at least one of whom is a person who has been a direct report, a second who is a colleague, and a third who is an individual to whom you have reported directly

Submit application materials to  (preferably as PDFs). Review of candidate material will begin on January 15, 2020. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Submit nominations to with individual’s full contact and e-mail information.

Emily Parker Myers, CEO, and Jennifer Barfield, Senior Vice President, of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, are assisting the University with this search.

For a confidential conversation, send a request to

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting

515 Mulberry Street, Suite 200, Macon, Georgia 31201

(478) 330-6222 |

Lander University is an AA/EEO/Title IX employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or genetic information and complies with Title IX requirements. Lander University is a tobacco-free campus. Lander University will not provide sponsorship. All final candidates are subject to successfully completing background requirements. The duties and responsibilities of this position require that all applicants be subject to the customary background review, including a credit report.

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