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Marist College - Dean, School of Science

Poughkeepsie, NY

Job Description

Marist College seeks an innovative, collegial and entrepreneurial dean to lead its School of Science. The dean is the School’s chief academic and administrative officer providing overall oversight to seven academic departments: athletic training; biology; chemistry, biochemistry and physics; environmental science and policy; medical laboratory sciences; physician assistant studies; and physical therapy, Marist’s first doctoral program. The School comprises approximately 500 undergraduate and 100 graduate students, 45 full-time faculty and 50 part-time faculty. Marist delivers academic programs on its main campus in the historic Hudson River Valley of New York; a branch campus in the rich cultural center of Florence, Italy; and online.

The dean is the “face of the school” to the broader community. The ideal candidate will have experience in the academic community and will be knowledgeable about trends in higher education. He or she will also possess the vision and experience necessary to lead a talented faculty and to marshal resources to address challenges and opportunities. Proven experience in developing support and cultivating partnerships with internal and external constituencies is required. Ideal candidates will have experience working with one or more of the accrediting bodies associated with Marist’s programs: CAATE, ACS, NAACLS, ARC-PA and CAPTE. Within the School the dean manages the department chairs, program directors, assistant dean and six full-time administrators and staff members. Further, the new dean will be committed to the assessment of student learning, the fostering of a diverse and inclusive community, and the role of the liberal arts in a comprehensive institution. A terminal degree in a related field is required as well as a record of progressively increasing responsibility and demonstrated leadership.

As a member of both the Dean’s Council and the President’s Cabinet, the dean fills an important leadership position at an institution that enjoys a national reputation for teaching excellence and technological innovation. Reporting to the vice president for academic affairs/dean of faculty, the dean is responsible for developing and implementing programs that bring students and distinction to Marist; for engaging with alumni, advisory boards and other professional groups to secure grants, postgraduate placements, internship opportunities and support for academic initiatives; and for hiring and evaluating all full-time faculty in the School. The dean exercises supervisory responsibility for the School’s personnel, planning, fiscal management, project development, facilities, operations and other administrative functions.

Marist College is an independent, private institution situated on 210 acres overlooking the Hudson River midway between New York City and the state capital of Albany. It enrolls 4,900 full-time and 400 part-time undergraduates and approximately 950 graduate students. The institution also includes a riverfront estate housing the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development and a full branch campus in Florence, Italy. Marist has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, TIME, The Princeton Review’s The Best 382 Colleges and Colleges that Create Futures, and Barron’s Best Buys in College Education. The College is a pioneer in the area of online degree programs.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 1, 2018. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These three separate attachments should be sent via email to the Marist College consultants Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D. and Robert W. Luke at the email address

Marist College is strongly committed to the principle of diversity and is especially interested in receiving applications from members of ethnic and racial minority groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and persons from other under-represented groups.


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