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Dean of the College of Business and Economics
About the Position: Western Washington University (Western) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Business and Economics (CBE). Western seeks a Dean with a commitment to open communication and collaboration with faculty, staff, and students to develop and implement a college vision in an inclusive environment that embraces global diversity. Building on CBE’s provision of an outstanding academic experience and its central role in the local and broader community, the Dean will empower individuals and departments for innovation in a rapidly changing educational and business context.  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 the college and for its outreach efforts and fundraising campaign. As a key member of the university's central executive leadership team, the Dean works in collaboration with other executive leaders to implement the university's mission and is an active and visible leader within both the university and greater community. The planned starting date is September 1, 2014.
About the College/Department: The CBE provides high-quality programs in business and economics, focusing primarily on undergraduate instruction. There are five departments in the College: Accounting, Decision Sciences, Economics, Finance & Marketing, and Management. Degrees offered at the main campus in Bellingham include BAs in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, and Financial Economics; a BS in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management; an MBA; and a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc). The College also oversees an MBA program in Everett and, effective fall 2014, a BA in General Business in Poulsbo.  CBE faculty and students participate in various interdisciplinary programs as exemplified by a new university-wide minor in Entrepreneurship and a major in Business & Sustainability. The College expects to employ 62 tenure and tenure-track faculty in 2014-2015 at the Bellingham campus (up from the current 56), with over 95% having a research doctorate. Seventeen administrative and professional staff work for CBE. There are about 1,200 full-time students in the undergraduate program and about 80 in the Master’s programs.

CBE students develop managerial, analytical, quantitative, and communication skills, consistent with the University’s liberal arts foundation, to succeed upon graduation and beyond. The College seeks to instill a commitment to ethical behavior, an emphasis on forward-looking behavior, and an active role in the community.  Innovative teaching and outstanding research are acknowledged with financial awards and other recognition, while collaboration, collegiality, and respect pervade the life of the College. The College of Business and Economics is accredited by the AACSB International at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Additional information about CBE:  http://cbe.wwu.edu
Position Responsibilities: Western seeks a Dean who fosters innovation, collegiality, and inclusiveness and is comfortable with outreach to a globally diverse community. The Dean will collaboratively create and implement short and long-term strategic goals consistent with the CBE’s mission and vision. The Dean provides leadership for academic as well as strategic planning; budget and resource management; fundraising; program development and assessment; and 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 setting.  The Dean will support the values of a public, comprehensive, residential, student-centered, liberal-arts-driven college and university and will serve as an advocate for Western and CBE both internally and externally.
Required Qualifications:
  • A proven ability to provide leadership around a shared vision
  • An earned doctorate and scholarship/teaching records that qualify the candidate for the rank of full professor in one of the CBE departments
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equal opportunity among faculty, staff, and students
  • Demonstrated proficiency in communication and developing constructive interpersonal relationships
  • Increasingly responsible administrative experience in higher education
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting bottom-up initiatives consistent with the mission and values of the college (see http://cbe.wwu.edu/cbe/about/corevalues.shtml) and the university
  • Demonstrated success working with a shared governance model
  • Documented experience completing the AACSB accreditation process
  • Documented experience with budgeting and managing personnel
Academic Emphasis: Business and Economics
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applications should be submitted online using the University’s electronic application process at www.wwu.edu/jobs. The following information is required: 1) A cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications; 2) curriculum vita; and 3) contact information for four references.
Other Information: 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.  

Western Washington University serves the people of the State of Washington, the nation, and the world by bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities (WWU Mission Statement). The 2013 U.S. News and World Report college rankings named Western as the best public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest and third among public, master's-granting universities in the West. The Chronicle of Higher Education identifies Western as one of the nation's best college workplaces. More information about Western is available online: http://www.wwu.edu.

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 over 1,100 staff, and consists of seven colleges and the graduate school. Students of color represent more than 25 percent of Western's freshman class. The Bellingham campus overlooks Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. Bellingham, a coastal community of 81,000, is about 90 miles north of Seattle and 55 miles southeast of Vancouver, B.C.  The community is nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship.
Job Posted: 12/11/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins January 13, 2014; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 131096
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 (including pregnancy and parenting status), 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 Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA 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@wwu.edu

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