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Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Provost Wims

Worcester State University | 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01609 | | 508-929-8000

Job Description

The Dean:

1. Represents, advocates for, and mediates for the

faculty, students, and academic programs of the


2. Promotes diversity and effective interaction

within a multicultural environment

3. Cultivates a collegial, collaborative, diverse

environment with faculty, students, staff,

administrators, and the community

4. Communicates clearly and effectively, orally and

in writing, on all issues and processes among

the academic departments of the school and the

provost’s office and other administrative offices

5. Evidences a leadership style characterized by

transparency and professional integrity that

inspires cooperation, innovation, creativity, and

respect among faculty, students, administrators,

and staff

6. Works to preclude, but if necessary, to facilitate

resolution of, conflicts of all types across the


7. Participates in community outreach and

represents the school and university in national,

regional, and state organizations

8. Represents the school in the academic affairs

council and in other governance venues of the


9. Supports and seeks funding for the teaching and

pedagogical research of the faculty in the school

10. Supports and seeks funding for the research and

scholarly work of the faculty and students in the


11. Directs the performance of professional duties

of faculty and staff in the school

12. Participates in faculty evaluation decisions, in

accordance with the msca agreement:

13. Works with the academic departments and

cross-divisionally with the offices of enrollment

management to set and meet goals for student

enrollment, retention, and graduation

14. Works with the academic departments and

with the offices of assessment and planning and

the provost to establish a seamless system of

course-, program-, and school-level assessment,

using discipline-appropriate student learning

outcomes, and then to use the results of that

assessment process for the improvement of

programs in the school

15. Works with academic departments and

the office of the provost on developing

and implementing strategic planning goals,

objectives, and action plans

16. Works with the academic departments and the

provost on developing new academic programs

and revising academic existing programs


17. Oversees the reviews of the academic programs

in the school

18. Works with the academic departments on

accreditation and reaccreditation processes for

accrediting agencies

19. Is responsible for preparing and overseeing the

school’s budget

20. Works with academic departments and the

division of graduate and continuing education

on offering graduate, evening, and continuing

education programs and activities on and off


21. Administers mid-level informal student appeals

about grades and academic dishonesty

22. Assists the office of university advancement

with donor cultivation and fund-raising

23. Works with faculty and the office of grants on

developing grant proposals

24. Works with the office of the provost and the

department of information technology on

meeting the needs of faculty and students

for technological resources for teaching and

learning and for research and scholarship

25. Promotes and facilitates interdisciplinary

programming and collaboration within the

school and across the schools

26. Performs other duties as assigned by Provost

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in

a discipline in a unit within the School, and a

demonstrated record of excellence in teaching,

scholarly accomplishment, and professional activity.

A minimum of five years full-time teaching in

higher education and three to five years of higher

education management experience, preferably

at the level of department chair or above, are

also required. The ideal candidate will have

sensitivity to and experience working in a collective

bargaining environment, an appreciation of

faculty governance and evidence of commitment

to faculty input in the decision-making process,

a collaborative working style, and the ability to

work effectively with diverse constituencies. Fiscal

management experience and familiarity with

emerging technologies, distance education, and

adult learners are also necessary. Strong writing

and interpersonal communication skills and a sense

of humor are desired qualifications.

Additional Information

Official Title: Dean of the School of Humanities and

Social Sciences

Supervision Received: Reports to the Provost/

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Supervision Exercised: Department Chairs &

Directors of Centers in the School of Humanities &

Social Sciences, Staff Assistant to the Dean

General Statement Of Duties: The Dean

provides strategic leadership and serves as the

administrative officer for a diverse group of

disciplines, including Business Administration and

Economics, Communication, Criminal Justice,

English, History and Political Science, Philosophy,

Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies, Visual

and Performing Arts, and World Languages. In

addition to undergraduate programs across those

Departments, the School offers the Master of Arts

in English, History, and Spanish; and the Master of

Science in Non-Profit Management, Health Care

Administration, and Management.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must apply online at

Necessary documents for submission include a

cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of three

professional references with contact information.

Applicants must complete the National Student

Clearinghouse Authorization form or submit the

official transcript of highest degree. Interviews

will occur in the Fall of 2016 and the successful

candidate will begin as soon as practicable


All information that can be uploaded to one’s

e-account should be done so by the applicant;

information which cannot may be faxed to

508-929-8163 or emailed to jrodriguez7@worcester.

edu, or may be sent to the following address:

Director of Human Resources

Worcester State University

486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA 01602-2597

The Dean works with Departments to recruit new

faculty who are committed to teaching, service, and

scholarly activities, to revise and develop curricula

in specific majors and in support of the Liberal Arts

and Sciences (general education) curriculum; to

plan and administer the School’s budget; to increase

external grants, to strengthen and broaden alumni

and community relations, to enhance fundraising,

to advance diversity, to expand off-campus and

on-line programs, and to facilitate interdisciplinary

collaboration within the school and between

schools in the University.

Worcester State University is an Affirmative Action/

Equal Opportunity Employer which seeks to reflect

the diversity of its community

The proposed salary range for this non-tenured

track administrative position is: $120,000-140,000.

University Prospectus

WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY is a vibrant public university located

in the residential west side of Worcester, Massachusetts—the second largest

city in New England and home to 38,000 college students at more than a

dozen colleges and universities. Situated on a compact 58-acre campus, the

University offers 50 undergraduate and graduate academic programs to more

than 6,400 students annually. The Princeton Review ranks us as one of the 75

“Best Value” public colleges in the country, as well as a “Best in the Northeast”

college. Of the 13 undergraduate public universities in the Commonwealth

of Massachusetts, Worcester State University is one of only three to earn the

latter distinction, which is largely based on academic quality and student


Our tag line, “Change the way the world works,” speaks to our commitment

to graduating students who are not only prepared for work or further study,

but who also have learned how they can make a difference. With a marketing

slogan of “Academic excellence at an affordable price,” the University strives

to provide the best academic experience to students from all walks of life.

University History and Current Programs

Founded in 1874 as a teacher-training school,

Worcester State University has grown to become

a traditional liberal arts and sciences university

with programs spanning the biomedical sciences,

business, humanities, behavioral sciences, the

health professions, and, of course, education. Our

fastest growing academic program is in Criminal

Justice; our most academically competitive

programs include Nursing as well as Occupational

Therapy; the University offers interdisciplinary

programs in Urban Studies and Visual and

Performing Arts; and star faculty are evident in

departments as varied as Chemistry, English,

Mathematics, and Philosophy.

Worcester State University offers a growing

honors program and 4+1 accelerated master’s

degree options; 31 masters degrees and graduate

certificates; an intensive English language institute

and an expanding set of continuing education

programs. WSU students and faculty have access

to the Worcester-area collegiate consortium—

the Higher Education Consortium of Central

Massachusetts—which facilitates cross-registration

among 12 area institutions and encourages

academic and other collaborations among its


Academic Quality

Worcester State University’s enrollment has grown

by more than 1,000 over the past decade, while

at the same time, students’ academic quality

has improved, resulting in students with better

academic credentials.

Total faculty full-time positions have increased

9% in the last three years, and 53 tenure-track

faculty (new and replacement) have been hired,

helping us to maintain a low student-to-faculty

ratio. High-impact academic programming and

experiential learning—like study abroad, practica

and internships, and civic engagement and service

learning—are emphasized and expanding. The

University is in the midst of a self-initiated (and

state-supported) push for improved retention and

graduation rates—and is making excellent progress.

A “Succeed in Four” campaign kicked off in

2011, supported with state Department of Higher

Education Vision Project grant dollars, has led to

a 6.2 percentage point increase in our reported

graduation rate, between 2011 and 2014. With a

2008 cohort achieving a 53.1% graduation rate and

an ambitious new Enrollment Management Plan,

we are on-track to meet a state-mandated rate of

56% in 2016.

In March 2013, WSU earned renewed accreditation

for 10 years from the New England Association of

Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The accreditation

decision signaled the successful completion of a

process begun on campus more than two years

earlier, and reflected the thorough and diligent

work of the entire campus community.

Recent program accreditations have been uniformly

successful, including those for the departments

of Communications Sciences and Disorders,

Education, Nursing, and Occupational Therapy.

Additionally, new academic degree programs

have been added or are under development,

including Math for elementary education (1-6),

a Liberal Studies degree program, and a vibrant

interdisciplinary concentration in Ethnic Studies.

New Facilities and Upgrades

Building on a commitment made 15 years ago, the

Worcester State University campus is undergoing

a transformation unprecedented in its 140-year

history – one designed to promote and support

student success in the twenty-first century.

Since opening the Ghosh Science and Technology

Center in 2000—the first building dedicated to

sciences in the nine-campus state university system

--the University has embarked upon an aggressive

schedule of new construction and renovations,

adding two new residence halls, expanding an

existing one and building a parking garage. At the

same time, every existing building on campus has

undergone major renovations, with the exception of

the Gym Building, which was demolished to make

way for construction of a Wellness Center.

undergraduate students, roughly 40 percent live in

on-campus residence halls—a percentage that has

nearly doubled since 2000. The tremendous impact

this change has had on campus life has led to a

growing sense of belonging among our students and

has contributed to a significant uptick in retention.

The new 400-bed Sheehan Hall, with a $12 million

dollar, state-of-the art dining facility opened in

2014, completing the University’s transition from

a largely commuter school in 2000 (when it was

about 19 percent residential) to one that has a

significant resident student population. Of full-time


Construction of a new 101,000-square-foot Wellness

Center will be completed in Summer 2016.

The complex will be used by the entire campus

community and represents another facility aimed at

connecting students to campus.

In addition, the University’s footprint has expanded

beyond the campus to include the Worcester Center

for Crafts, where studios have been extensively

renovated for use by our students. In 2015, the

University to purchased a building and land

immediately adjacent to its campus that adds both

acreage and 40,000 square feet of classroom, office,

and meeting space.

A University in the City

The Worcester community is ideally situated in

the center of New England with easy access to the

cultural, business and natural attractions of the

region, from the Atlantic Ocean beaches to the

Green and White Mountains. Boston is about 40

miles to the east, and is accessible via commuter

train; and other major cities in the region are also

readily accessible. The city has its own airport,

and access to four other regional hubs (Boston,

Hartford, Manchester, and Providence).

The Worcester community has a rich history.

Incorporated in 1722 and named after the city

of Worcester, England, local historians claim the

American Revolution began here in 1774. John

Adams was a teacher here before returning to

Boston to practice law. Worcester became a thriving

industrial city in the mid-1800s through the early

1900s, manufacturing textiles, wire and machinery.

After a period of post-industrial decline, Worcester’s

renowned hospitals and the UMass Medical School

helped the city become a hub for biotechnology

and medical research and development, while the

dozen higher education institutions help supply the

region’s knowledge-based workforce.

The city offers a dynamic cultural scene that

includes a world-class art museum, the nation’s

second oldest continuously operating Worcester

Center for Crafts (which is officially affiliated with

WSU), an active theater scene built around the

restored Hanover Theatre, and the world’s premier

collection of early American printed materials

housed in the American Antiquarian Society.

All four of these local gems have formal active

relationships with Worcester State University that

serve the academic and cultural interests of the

University’s students and faculty.

To this capital “C” cultural strength is added the

regional diversity of Worcester County, located

in central Massachusetts where nearly 800,000

residents live, and where both urban and rural

communities are readily at hand. Within the

Worcester city of 182,000 are a rich mix of cultures

and peoples including recent immigrant populations

from Southeast Asia, Latin America, and East and

West Africa. The resulting neighborhoods and

community groups provide an active and vibrant

network of support and activity.

Students and Faculty

The Worcester State student body of 6,306 (2015), has a 16:1

student-faculty ratio. The University integrates liberal arts and

science programs with a variety of professional programs at

the Baccalaureate and Master’s levels. Seventy-eight percent

of the full-time faculty has earned a doctorate or other terminal

degree in their field.

Worcester State University’s faculty members share a deep and

genuine dedication to the process of teaching and learning.

Faculty members are active scholars in their fields, and keep

abreast of theoretical and applied developments in their

disciplines. Faculty research is a growing and significant emphasis

for the University’s faculty. Faculty-guided undergraduate student

research is also a strong characteristic of the University’s academic

life which the campus features annually through its Celebration

of Scholarship and Creativity. This year’s (2016) Spring event

included 137 poster sessions and 14 oral presentations involving

more than 250 undergraduate students. The University supports

the professional growth and development of its faculty and staff

through the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The University’s Academic Affairs division includes two schools

and the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE).

Each school—Humanities and Social Sciences, and Education,

Health and Natural Sciences—is led by a dean, as is DGCE.

In addition to Academic Affairs, there are divisions of Student

Affairs, Enrollment Management, University Advancement,

and Administration and Finance. Each division is lead by a

vice president or comparably ranked individual. The remaining

University unit is the Office of the President.

Student life at Worcester State University offers a rich array of

opportunities to augment classroom work with participation in

numerous cultural, athletic, and social events, over 40 student

clubs and organizations, 21 honor societies, and 19 varsity-level

athletic teams. The University—supported with state legislative

funding and donor support—is substantially expanding its

internships, and the institution has made study away—including

study abroad—a university priority. Partnerships in the past three

years have developed with China (two), the Czech Republic,

and Ireland, bringing the total to nearly two dozen, substantially

expanding the global reach of the campus for its students and



Total Faculty 423

Full-time 209

Part-time 214


(Entering Fall 2015)

Undergraduate 5,514

Full-time 74.6%

Part-time 25.3%

Graduate 792

MA Residents 96.4%

Female 59%

Male 41%

Minority 24.1%


The University has an “all funds”

budget exceeding $103 million

with total assets of $82.9 million.

The University is a state-supported,

public institution. For the

past two years, the University has

received significant new investment

from the Commonwealth

of Massachusetts. Massachusetts

is one of only four states where

such investments in public higher

education have increased in

recent years.

Mission Statement and Strategic Priorities

The University launched a new strategic plan

and corresponding restatement of its mission and

core values. The development of these statements

follows a highly successful NEASC re-accreditation

process completed in 2013, and involved a broad

and deep campus discussion about mission, values,

and planning.

The public college and university network in the

Commonwealth of Massachusetts is comprised of

fifteen community colleges, nine state universities—

including Worcester State—and the five campuses

of the University of Massachusetts. The system

exists to provide accessible, affordable, relevant,

and rigorous academic programs that adapt to

meet changing individual and societal needs for

education and employment. All campuses are

committed to operating effectively and efficiently in

order to maintain tuition and fees at a level as low

as possible, while providing a high-quality education

to students. The Massachusetts public universities

and colleges are committed to continuous

improvement and accountability in all aspects

of teaching and learning. The Board of Higher

Education and institutional boards of trustees

recognize their responsibilities to the taxpayers

and residents of Massachusetts in the performance

of their roles and responsibilities. Massachusetts

state universities are commemorating their 175th

anniversary; Worcester State marked its 140th

anniversary in 2014.


There are six comprehensive state universities—

Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State

University, Framingham State University, Salem

State University, Westfield State University, and

Worcester State University—and three specialized

institutions—Massachusetts College of Art and

Design, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts,

and Massachusetts Maritime Academy. All nine of

these institutions integrate liberal arts and sciences

programs with professional education, and the

three specialized colleges also focus on academic

areas identified in their name.

Each university places a special emphasis on

teaching and lifelong learning, and promotes a

campus life that fosters intellectual, social, and

ethical development. Committed to excellence in

instruction and to providing responsive, innovative,

and educational programs of high quality, they

seek to develop each student’s critical thinking,

quantitative, oral and written communications

skills, and practical appreciation of the arts,

sciences, and humanities as they affect good

citizenship and an improved quality of life. The

state universities provide a campus environment

where the ideas, values, perspectives, and

contributions of all students are respected.

Massachusetts state universities are strategically

located to facilitate access to baccalaureate and

master’s degree programs for Commonwealth

residents who meet their high standards for

admission. In recognition of their responsibilities

to Massachusetts taxpayers to manage resources

efficiently and to maintain tuition and fees at a level

as low as possible, each college has specialized and

distinctive academic foci based upon its established

strengths and regional and state needs. Each college

is a leader and resource for the community and

contributes to the region’s cultural, environmental,

and economic development.

Mission and Core Values

Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Worcester State University champions academic

excellence in a diverse, student-centered

environment that fosters scholarship, creativity,

and global awareness. A Worcester State education

equips students with knowledge and skills

necessary for lives of professional accomplishment,

engaged citizenship, and intellectual growth.


As a public institution, Worcester State University

embraces the belief that widespread access to highquality

educational opportunities is the cornerstone

of a democratic society. Members of the Worcester

State community share the following core values:

• Academic Excellence: We are committed to

providing opportunities to excel in a close-knit

learning environment characterized by distinguished

faculty, excellent teaching, and creative

linkages between classroom learning and realworld


• Engaged Citizenship: We are committed to

promoting community service, social justice, the

democratic process, environmental sustainability,

and global awareness to prepare students to be

active and informed citizens.

• Open Exchange of Ideas: We are committed

to inviting and considering the most expansive

range of perspectives in teaching and learning,

in scholarly and creative work, and in the

governance of a complex, diverse institution.

• Diversity and Inclusiveness: We are committed

to being an inclusive community in which our

diversity enhances learning for all and in which

people from all cultures and backgrounds have the

opportunity to participate fully and succeed.




Academic Program and Excellence

1. Enhance the undergraduate academic

program and expand graduate programs

in a community of learning that promotes

academic excellence and innovation

Differentiation and Impact in the

Wider World

2. Leverage WSU’s distinctive strengths, both

to enhance the University’s reputation and

to prepare students to lead, serve, and make

a difference in the world

Enrollment, Retention, and Student Success

3. Attract and enroll a diverse pool of highly

motivated students and attach institutionwide

priority to promoting their retention

and success

Community and Campus Life

4. Cultivate a vibrant campus life and

a collaborative work and learning

environment in which all members of the

WSU community feel welcomed, included,

respected, empowered, and valued

Resources, Revenues, and Organizational


5. Promote financial strength and

organizational sustainability while

continuing to secure and invest the

resources requiredto maintain WSU’s

reputation for excellence and value.

• Civility and Integrity: We are committed to

respecting the dignity of all members of our

community and to demonstrating this commitment

in our interactions, decisions, and structures.

486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01609 | | 508-929-8000

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