Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
University of Oklahoma - Norman - Norman, OK

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Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
The University of Oklahoma

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Dean of the College is the chief academic officer of the largest college at the University. This individual provides leadership for all academic and research programs and has responsibility for the growth and success of the College. The Dean reports directly to the Senior Vice President & Provost of the Norman Campus. He/she is expected to work collaboratively with colleges across the University to deliver world-class general education for students, to foster and grow exemplary research programs within the College's academic departments, schools and programs, to develop innovative curricula, and to provide outstanding service to the State of Oklahoma.
The College includes nineteen academic departments, two accredited schools, eight interdisciplinary programs and four independent research units . The Dean oversees the budgets of all these departments, schools and programs, and reviews all hiring, tenure, and promotion recommendations for the Norman and Tulsa campuses. The Dean leads meetings of the faculty, college executive committee, and the College Board of Visitors. The Dean will hold a tenured academic appointment within an appropriate division in the College.
  • An earned doctorate or professional degree in a relevant field
  • A distinguished record of scholarly and/or professional accomplishments
  • Demonstrated record of strong, visionary leadership and sound fiscal management
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds, as well as local, state and national stakeholders
College: As the largest and most diverse unit at the University, the College of Arts and Sciences educates students through undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the humanities, the social sciences, the sciences, and through its professional schools and interdisciplinary programs. The College also provides a significant portion of the general education curriculum for undergraduate students enrolled in the other colleges of the University.

The College's broad mission has two primary purposes:
  • 1) to foster research or creative achievement and the generation of knowledge, and to see that the knowledge generated in the course of research and creative achievement is disseminated to students and citizens through a vibrant curriculum; and
  • 2) to help students attain an understanding of the complex world in which we live: its physical and biological structure; its political, economic, and social institutions; its intellectual and spiritual inheritance; and its philosophies and literatures.

Founded in 1890 before Oklahoma Statehood, The University of Oklahoma ( ) is the state's flagship university, with its main campus in Norman, its Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. The campus is beautifully landscaped with sculptures, trees, fountains, and flowers set around Cherokee Gothic buildings. The University is comprised of fifteen colleges and enrolls 27,000 students, including approximately 3,800 graduate students. OU is in the midst of unprecedented growth with a total endowment exceeding $1 billion. OU is classified as a Very High Research University by the Carnegie Foundation and generated over $174 million in research expenditures across all campuses in 2013. OU received the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) 2013 Outstanding Research Park Award. OU ranks first in the nation among public universities in National Merit Scholars enrolled. In the past 12 years OU has more than quadrupled the number of endowed faculty chairs and professorships.
Norman, Oklahoma: the third largest city in Oklahoma, with a population just over 100,000. Norman has the amenities of a big city combined with the charm of an affordable and friendly college town. t is located 20 miles south of Oklahoma City and the Will Rogers World Airport. The Norman Public Schools were recently named by both Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report as one of the top school districts in the country, with both of its high schools among America's top 5 percent. Money Magazine has ranked Norman as one of the Best Places to Live while and Kiplingers ranked Norman the third most affordable U.S. city to live. Norman enjoys the benefits of OU's fine arts programs, which include theatre, music, dance, opera, and art. Norman is home to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, whose collections represent over 4 billion years of natural and cultural history. The Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art located on campus, features a diverse collection of Native American art and ceramics, 20th century American painting and sculpture, and French Impressionist art, including works by Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, and Vuillard. Seventeen landmarks are listed in Norman on the National Register of Historic Places, including the University of Oklahoma's Bizzell Library. Norman turns into a sea of crimson and cream on fall Saturdays as alumni and friends gather to watch one of the most well-known college football teams in America. There are 20 other NCAA sports at the University of Oklahoma, also well supported by the community. Forbes Magazine recently named Norman as a Top College Sports Town. Norman is best known as the location of the University of Oklahoma and the National Weather Center, making it a center of culture, technology and scientific research.
Nominations and Applications: The University of Oklahoma invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, complete Curriculum Vitae, list of references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the Chair of the Search Committee, Gregg Garn, Dean, OU Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. Review of the materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. Applicants will be notified prior to the search committee soliciting letters of reference. Nominations, applications and inquiries should be directed to:
Gregg Garn, Dean, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
820 Van Vleet Oval, Collings Hall, Room 100, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019 and
ยท (405) 325-2644

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.


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