Taylor University is seeking applications and nominations of
distinctive candidates for the Academic Dean of the School of Natural and
Applied Sciences (SNAS).
This position begins in June 2018. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and
Personal commitment to
Christ as Savior and Lord. Christ-centered, vibrant faith.Passion for mission and educational
philosophy of Taylor University.Genuine
affirmation of the Taylor University Life Together Covenant.An earned doctorate in a discipline within the
School of Natural and Applied Sciences (SNAS) or a related field is preferred.
Sufficient experience within the academy commensurate with an appointment to
the faculty as a full professor is required.A record of successful teaching, scholarship, service experience, and grant
proposal writing. A vision for natural and applied sciences as an integral part
of Christian liberal arts that includes balancing the value of liberal
learning, marketplace expectations and institutional stewardship.A deep understanding of current issues in
higher education and STEM best practices coupled with strong leadership and
abilities to advocate for SNAS programs and personnel to internal and external
audiences with an irenic spirit.Collaborative
leadership style with experience successfully managing complex personnel
issues, budgets, major initiatives and diverse teams of faculty, staff and
students.A proven record of
increasingly responsible and successful leadership roles in one or more
institutions of like size and complexity.Excellent interpersonal skills as well as written and oral communication
skills.Commitment to the development of
a diverse, multicultural community.Commitment
to continuous improvement in teaching/learning, scholarship (Boyer model),
skill in building trust through proactive, two way communication.
The dean is the School’s
chief academic and administrative officer and exercises supervisory
responsibility for its personnel, planning, fiscal management, project
development, facilities, operations, assessment and other administrative
duties. This 12 month administrative position reports to the provost. The dean
serves as a member of the Deans’ Council, University Assessment Council, Curriculum
Management Committee, and provost designee on administrative and governance
The dean is responsible for
overseeing vision cultivation, faculty development, department chair activities,
budget and resources management, curriculum currency and creativity, program
assessment, and effective SNAS communication among University constituents. The
dean is expected to participate in fundraising activities, alumni relation
events, admissions and retention initiatives; facilitate faculty grant proposal
writing/funding procurement; explore and develop new programs in STEM and
health related fields; and work collaboratively within the School and across
School of Natural and Applied Sciences offers BA and BS degrees with 28 majors
and concentrations serving approximately 650 undergraduate students. Currently the School consists of 43 full-time
distinguished faculty in the departments of Biology, Chemistry and
Biochemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Environmental Science, Public
Health and Sustainable Development, Kinesiology, Physics and Engineering, and
Mathematics. The School is responsible for the newly developed Health Science
major with dual degree programs in Nursing. The
School also supports a vibrant undergraduate research program, an annual
science seminar, and the Center for Missions Computing. SNAS programs have recently
sponsored international experiences with students in Ecuador, Korea, Thailand,
Namibia, and Belize.
The school office and most departments are located
in the Euler Science Complex, a 127,000 square foot LEED Gold certified
building constructed in 2012 including best practice teaching labs, research
spaces, and collaborative interaction spaces.The Department of Environmental Science, Public Health, and Sustainable
Development is located in the Randall Environmental Studies Center. Kinesiology
is located in the Eichling Aquatics Wing of the Kesler Student Activities
University is an evangelical, independent, non-denominational Christian liberal
arts university in which all programs are shaped by a biblical, Christian
worldview and the integration of faith, learning and living within a community
of intentional Christian nurture and relationships.
is distinctive in its commitment to both spiritual and intellectual development.
Academic pursuits at Taylor are rigorous, demanding imagination, dedication and
integrity from both students and faculty. As a Christian institution, Taylor
University has highly capable, supportive faculty who recognize that all truth
has its source in God. Taylor University carries out its mission and purposes
primarily by offering undergraduate programs in its residential campus setting.
The University also offers focused graduate programs that expand and complement
curricular and institutional strengths.
University is located in the pastoral, small town environment of Upland,
Indiana, 70 miles north of Indianapolis and 50 miles south of Fort Wayne. The
proximity to metropolitan areas provides numerous benefits, including access to
specialized healthcare and cultural and entertainment opportunities including
music, theater, art, professional athletics and commerce.
Please apply through the
link provided on Taylor University Human Resources website (www.taylor.edu/about/ services/human-resources/). A detailed position and institution profile
is also available on the same website. Inquiries and nominations should be
addressed to Dr. Dan Hammond, chair of the SNAS Dean Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. All materials will remain confidential. Women
and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Taylor
University complies with federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination.
Evaluation of applications begins immediately and will continue until the
position is filled.