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Auburn University
College of Human Sciences
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Posted: 12/3/2018

Dean, College of Human Sciences

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Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Auburn University in their search for the Dean of the College of Human Sciences (CHS). 

The Dean is the College’s chief academic and administrative officer and provides the vision and leadership to enrich the College’s excellence in teaching, research, service, outreach, and diversity. The Dean is also an Associate Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, college liaison to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Academic Administrator of the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, and the Executive Director of the Hunger Solutions Institute. The position reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The ideal candidate:

  • Has a vision for CHS’s future

  • Can lead faculty and staff in creating and achieving common goals

  • Has a solid record of innovative program development and enhancement

  • Is skilled at balancing operational and financial requirements

  • Has teaching, scholarly research, and administrative abilities

  • Shows history of community involvement

  • Is strong in cultivating business, alumni, and external foundation partnerships for program funding

  • Has proven success in assessing academic programs and their impact

The successful candidate has the quantifiable ability to:

  • Lead a growing organization and build consensus among various stakeholders

  • Foster excellence in research, scholarship, and outreach

  • Promote student achievement and advancement

  • Enhance external, corporate and alumni relations

  • Assertively fundraise

  • Effectively represent the College to outside constituencies (alumni, business and community)

  • Develop a strategic plan for a research focused College

  • Coordinate multiple discipline programs

Qualifications and experience

Candidates must:

  • Be a tenured full professor

  • Have an earned doctorate or commensurate credential

  • Show academic and/or professional accomplishments meriting a full professor tenured appointment

  • Be experienced in administration, fiscal management, strategic planning, faculty/staff development

  • Fundraising experience is highly desired

  • Understand the RCM budgeting system and other models used in higher education

About the University

Auburn University is a premier public land-grant institution organized into 12 academic colleges and schools. It is ranked 52nd among public universities in the U.S. News and World 2019 Report. For 2018, 24,628 undergraduates, 5,812 graduate, and professional students are enrolled. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and community engagement, its positive work environment, flourishing student life programs, and beautiful campus.

Auburn maintains high research activity levels and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs.  Additional information

About the College

The College of Human Sciences prepares students to be change makers through the pursuit of professional excellence, an awareness of their role as global citizens and the power of philanthropy. Over 1,300 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students are enrolled in three departments (Consumer and Design Sciences, Human Development and Family Studies, and Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management). CHS has six Bachelor of Science programs (with a seventh to be added pending approval by ACHE in December) and Master of Science and Ph.D. programs in all academic departments.

Focused on human health and well-being, CHS promotes living well by pursuing sustainable solutions to the world’s grand challenges, and everyday life problems. Spanning the arts and sciences, CHS’s rigorous nationally recognized academic programs produce leading-edge research and outreach, engage students using state-of-the-art teaching practices, and promote social responsibility.

Within CHS are the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, the Hunger Solutions Institute, the Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research, the Marriage and Family Therapy Center, and the Auburn University/Harris Early Learning Centers. The centers are national and international models of best practice, creating important real-world venues for applied learning and research. In addition, a gift has been given for a state-of-the-art Culinary Science Center that will offer students unique opportunities for hands-on learning by the best in the industry.

The College is also a campus leader in international engagement with an Office of Global Education overseeing an undergraduate global studies curriculum and a broad array of study abroad opportunities with over 30 percent participation by current CHS graduates. Additional information

About the Community

Auburn is a thriving community recognized as one of America’s best small towns with a moderate climate and easy access to major cities or beach and mountain recreation. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama corridor, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus area has a 500,000+ population, excellent public school systems, and regional medical centers.

The community has a high-level of social civic engagement stressing inclusiveness. It has many art festivals, farmers markets, museums and bi-weekly concerts. Dance, theater and music programs and performances are ubiquitous. The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art houses Picassos and Renoirs among others. The area has an active restaurant scene with award winning restaurants throughout the neighborhoods. The centrally located Donald E. Davis Arboretum is perfect for a midday escape. Auburn also has five golf courses and over 16 local parks. The largest is Chewacla State Park, a 696-acre park 30+ miles of biking and hiking trails. Additional information

Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. Please do not email applications. To be viewed by the firm, you must apply directly. 

Inquiries, referrals and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to: Jennifer Muller, Academic Career & Executive Search at or call 860-740-2600. Review of candidates will begin on January 31, 2019, and will continue until a qualified candidate is appointed.

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with education and experience.

~Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer~