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Dean of Fairhaven College
About the Position: Western Washington University (Western) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Western seeks innovative, effective candidates with a commitment to communication and collaboration and who will work with the faculty, staff, and students to develop its visions for the future of the college. As the chief academic and executive officer of Fairhaven College, the Dean reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and is responsible for providing academic leadership and administrative management for all programs within Fairhaven and for the College’s outreach efforts and fund-raising campaign. As a key member of the University’s central executive leadership team, the Dean will work in collaboration with other executive officers to implement the university’s mission and will be an active and visible leader both within the university and greater community. It is anticipated that the Dean will assume office before September 2013.
About the College/Department: Fairhaven College is a small, innovative, student-centered undergraduate liberal arts college within a larger public university. Established in 1967, Fairhaven was one of the nation’s first colleges to employ student-designed majors, interdisciplinary study, and a non-graded environment. Seventy percent of Fairhaven students design and write their own interdisciplinary majors, while others complete standard University majors.  Fairhaven classes are small (12 to 20 students), and often employ an interdisciplinary approach. Most classes are seminar style, with students encouraged to find their voices in class discussions. Students also commonly pursue independent research and creative work. Fairhaven develops good writers; most classes require rigorous and varied writing assignments rather than tests.   Fairhaven students complete narrative self-evaluations after each course, to which faculty respond with their evaluations of student work. 

The themes of justice, cultural diversity, and social and environmental responsibility are woven throughout the College’s curriculum and Fairhaven houses several special programs, including the American Cultural Studies Program, the Center for Law, Diversity, and Justice, and the Upside-Down Program, which allows students with Associate technical degrees to complete their baccalaureate by taking college core courses. A professional level audio recording studio provides the backbone for a new “Audio Technology, Music & Society” minor. Fairhaven also administers the “Outback Farm,” a student-run organic farm on the WWU campus. “The World Issues Forum,” created in response to the 9/11 crisis, is a popular global issues course centered on public lectures by speakers from throughout the world.

Fairhaven has sixteen tenured or tenure-track faculty, four senior instructors, and about nine adjunct faculty.  Faculty engage in original research and creative activity in areas such as international human rights; music and theatre performance and production; American slavery;  American ethnic studies, film, and asylum studies; cross-cultural psychology; Mayan agriculture and culture; civil rights in Whatcom County; visual arts exhibits; the history and power of the dramatic form; political economy of international conflicts; public health in sub-Saharan Africa; federal Indian law and tribal court development; poetry; pedagogical methods; non-western forms of healing; 19th century mountaineering; and Pacific Northwest marine bird ecology.

More information about Fairhaven College is available at: http://www.wwu.edu/fairhaven/
Position Responsibilities: Western seeks a Dean who has experience as a visionary leader with keen insight and a track record of inspiring others and fostering innovation. The Dean should have the experience and professional qualifications necessary to support teamwork, set high standards, and collaboratively craft a long-term strategy for Fairhaven College. The Dean will understand and support the values of a public, comprehensive, residential campus; recognize the critical role of faculty and staff in the life of the university; support intense student involvement in College governance; participate in and foster collaboration and provide leadership in an inclusive climate; and serve as an advocate for Western and Fairhaven College both internally and externally.  The Dean of Fairhaven College advises students and has the opportunity to teach.

The Dean provides leadership for academic as well as strategic planning, budget and resource management, advancement and fundraising, program assessment, faculty appointment, development and evaluation. The Dean is expected to promote professional development of faculty and staff and carry out faculty evaluation and tenure and promotion policies in a collective bargaining environment. The Dean will collaboratively implement the mission, vision and strategic plan for Fairhaven College. Western seeks a Dean who is intellectually daring with an open, flexible and collegial style and who is committed to inclusiveness and cultural pluralism.
Required Qualifications:
  • A PhD or appropriate terminal degree and a record of scholarship and quality teaching sufficient to qualify for the rank of full professor
  • Significant administrative experience that includes planning, budget and resource management, and organizational stewardship
  • A proven commitment to creative, innovative and experiential educational environments and programs, and student-centered and collaborative learning
  • Demonstrated leadership style that promotes equity, facilitates collaboration and promotes fair, direct and honest consideration of others
  • Demonstrated proficiency in personnel management, successful interpersonal communication, and effective decision making
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and social justice and a proven ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with interdisciplinary teaching and programs and with fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, especially in the areas of recruitment and retention
  • A demonstrated commitment to shared governance with faculty, staff and students
  • A successful record of securing external funding, including grants and gifts
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in below and submit your application via WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). The following information is required: 1) A cover letter; 2) curriculum vita; 3) a 2-3 page statement of leadership and educational philosophies; 4) and contact information for four references. All applications, nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential. Application review will begin on December 31, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

All applications, nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential. For further information, potential applicants should contact Bev Jones, Assistant to the Provost, by email: Bev.Jones@wwu.edu.
Other Information: Western Washington University is a comprehensive state university that enrolls nearly 15,000 undergraduates, post baccalaureate and graduate students, employs over 600 FTE faculty, and consists of seven colleges and the graduate school. Spectacularly located, the Bellingham campus overlooks the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands. Bellingham, a coastal community of 81,000, about 90 miles north of Seattle and 55 miles south of Vancouver, B.C., is nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship.

The 2013 U.S. News and World Reportcollege rankings named Western as the highest-ranking, public master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest and third among top public master’s-granting universities in the West. A recent large-scale study found agreement that Western is a university known for academic excellence; a passion for learning and exploration; personal engagement in education; collaboration between students and faculty; a welcoming and supportive community; and the development of leaders and global citizens. Western has been identified by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the nation’s best college workplaces.   More information about Western is available online: http://www.wwu.edu.
Job Posted: 11/26/2012
Closing Date: 4/1/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins December 31, 2012; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 120937
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); EOO.

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