Academic Dean (School of Natural and Applied Sciences)

Taylor University

Upland, IN, US

Job Description

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 experience.


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 problem-solving skills. Demonstrated 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), mentoring/discipling undergraduates. Demonstrated 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 committees.

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 the University.