University of Houston-Clear Lake - Dean, College of Human Sciences and Humanities

TX, Houston

University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL), an institution within the University of Houston System, seeks its next Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Humanities (HSH).

University of Houston-Clear Lake has launched the careers of astronauts, scientists, educators and entrepreneurs since opening in 1974. The university offers more than 90 degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students through four academic colleges: the College of Business, College of Education, College of Human Sciences and Humanities and College of Science and Engineering. Courses are offered at university locations in Clear Lake, Pearland and the Texas Medical Center to give students access to educational and career opportunities. UHCL is home to a diverse community of over 9,000 students along with faculty and staff who are committed to student success. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, nearly 40-percent of UHCL’s students are Latinx. Campus programs and resources embrace diversity at all levels to create an enriching student experience. More than 73,000 alumni have graduated to become leaders in the fields of science, healthcare, education and business.

Located adjacent to the NASA Johnson Space Center, UHCL is situated in the heart of the area’s technology community on a 524-acre main campus. UHCL is committed to supporting fellow educational institutions as well as the region’s various commercial, engineering, computing, health care, petrochemical and aerospace industries. The university is distinguished by a strong commitment to student success, leadership development, career readiness and academic excellence. In 2017, the university welcomed its fifth president, Ira K. Blake, Ph.D. In 2020, President Blake launched UHCL’s new strategic plan: Impact 2025 and Beyond to outline the new mission, vision, values and strategic goals for the institution.

The College of Human Sciences and Humanities provides a robust liberal arts education that fosters critical thinking, creativity and exploration. The college is home to 100 of UHCL’s 247 full-time faculty. HSH faculty teach in one of five departments: Clinical, Health and Applied Sciences, Communication and Studio Arts, Liberal Arts, Psychology and Social and Cultural Studies. HSH offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in psychology, criminology, literature, art, history and more along with one of the university’s three doctoral programs, a health-sciences focused Psy.D. program. HSH also offers graduate and undergraduate degrees to incarcerated students in cooperation with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. In the spring of 2020, the College of Human Sciences and Humanities had over 2,370 students enrolled and taking courses across all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. The college also congratulated 693 total graduates during the 2020 Academic Year.

In order to lead HSH into the future, the next dean will support and implement university and college strategic planning, advance the culture of the college through supporting others, foster internal collaboration, transparency and communication, provide financial leadership while supporting institutional needs and priorities, develop external partnerships, resources and fundraising capacity and promote diversity, equity and inclusion through thought and action. In preparation for meeting these needs, the next dean will have a doctoral degree in a field housed in or related to HSH, as well as a record of achievement that justifies appointment with tenure as a full professor in one of the departments in the college. They will demonstrate academic leadership and administrative experience including budgeting and personnel management. Additionally, the next dean must be a dynamic leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, research and service, a proven track record of advancing equity in employment procedures and an unwavering support of all students and their success.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Houston – Clear Lake in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 26, 2021.

Application materials should be submitted through WittKieffer’s candidate portal by using the buttons below. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Robert Luke and Greg Duyck: UHCL-HSH@wittkieffer.com. 

The University of Houston-Clear Lake values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.