San Diego State University - Dean of the College of Arts and Letters

CA, San Diego
Education - Dean/Senior Education

San Diego State University (SDSU) invites nominations and applications for its next dean of the College of Arts & Letters (CAL). Reporting to the provost and senior vice president, the dean serves as the chief academic officer of the college. The dean oversees a large and complex college that has 18 academic departments, 12 interdisciplinary programs and 23 centers and institutes. With 196 tenure-line faculty, 198 lecturers and 62 staff, CAL is the largest college at SDSU. The dean is responsible for administering a budget of approximately $42 million. The dean provides collaborative and collegial leadership for academic programs, student success, research and scholarship, external relations, and fundraising. The dean works with college stakeholders to develop and execute college priorities in line with the university’s strategic objectives.

Each year, SDSU provides approximately 35,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. The university is the oldest higher education institution in San Diego. Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university and embraces its designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution. SDSU is currently involved in university-wide strategic planning, creating an ideal time for the next CAL dean to join and align the college’s goals with the institution’s goals.

The mission of SDSU is to provide research-oriented, high-quality education for undergraduate and graduate students and to contribute to the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research and service. The university strives to impart an appreciation and broad understanding of the human experience throughout the world and the ages. This education extends to diverse cultural legacies and accomplishments in many areas, such as the arts and technology; the advancement of human thought including philosophy and science; the development of economic, political and social institutions; and the physical and biological evolution of humans and their environment. SDSU pursues its mission through its many diverse departments and interdisciplinary programs in the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the sciences and the social and behavioral sciences.

All inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 11, 2020. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae, letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this leadership profile, and names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval. Materials should be e-mailed to San Diego State University’s search consultants, Ryan Crawford and Jessica Herrington, at The consultants can be reached through the desk of Marietta DeMauro, executive search coordinator, at 630-575-6975. 

San Diego State University 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.