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Founding Dean Search for College of Applied Human Sciences

West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Dean of the newly created College of Applied Human Sciences. The College of Applied Human Sciences will focus on human and youth development and is a merger of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services. The Founding Dean for this newly formed college will have an exciting opportunity to bring together the strengths and collaborations of two existing academic units to create academic programs, provide enhanced academic and career services, and build on interdisciplinary research efforts.

As the University embarks upon the process of selecting the next Dean, this site will provide timely updates and relevant information about the process. A selection of trustees, faculty, staff and alumni have been appointed to the Search Committee to help guide the process, and the national firm Greenwood / Asher & Associates, Inc. has been retained as a Deanship Transition partner to assist both the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees moving forward.

West Virginia University is committed to ensuring a highly collaborative process that is informed with input from faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community at large.

If you have questions or comments about the search, please email  jangreenwood@greenwoodsearch.com or jeanieandrews@greenwoodsearch.com

If you have any questions about the search process please contact Paul Kreider, Vice Provost and Chair of the Search Committee at  paul.kreider@mail.wvu.edu.

Search Progression

Announcement
Planning
Recruiting
Evaluation
Selection
Appointment

Announcement

  • Search announced
  • Search Committee named and charged
  • Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.  (G/A&A) selected to support the Search Committee 

Planning 

  • Search Start-up Meeting - Search Committee and G/A&A meet to discuss search process and profile
  • Feedback incorporated into position description   

Recruiting

  • Position advertisement and job description drafted and distributed
  • Requests for nominations and recommendations
  • Nominees and prospects are contacted
  • Applications received and reviewed
  • Prospect Review Meeting held - Search Committee discusses all candidates and selects leading candidates   

Evaluation

  • Round-One Interviews - Search Committee interviews leading candidates
  • Reference and background checks
  • Search Committee recommends and selects candidates for additional interviews  

Selection

  • Campus interviews
  • Selection and signing of contract
  • Transition considerations  

Appointment

  • Announce search completion and introduce hired candidate

Qualifications for Founding Dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences

West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Dean of the newly created College of Applied Human Sciences. The College of Applied Human Sciences will focus on human and youth development and is a merger of the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services. The Founding Dean for this newly formed college will have an exciting opportunity to bring together the strengths and collaborations of two existing academic units to create academic programs, provide enhanced academic and career services, and build on interdisciplinary research efforts.

The Dean is the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of the College and is a direct report to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Dean will lead and champion the College’s vision, qualities, and distinctiveness within WVU as well as to external constituencies and audiences. The Dean will be responsible for ensuring all aspects of the merger are addressed with a focus toward coalescing the faculty, staff, and students into a collegial and collaborative college while focusing on future opportunities for academic programming, research, innovation, and outreach opportunities that the newly formed college will bring forward in supporting WVU’s mission. The successful candidate must possess a terminal degree in a relevant field and have credentials meritorious for tenure and full professorial rank in the College; record of providing effective visionary leadership in an academic environment; proven executive leadership, budget management, and administrative oversight of middle level management; demonstrated and profound sense of integrity and professionalism; commitment to teaching excellence, including knowledge of student learning outcomes, assessment, curricular impact, enrollment management, and teaching in multiple modalities; record of commitment to a wide range and variety of research endeavors, with recognition and appreciation for the R1 mission; commitment to service and impact at all levels (local, state, national and global), including the oversight of service and outreach in support of the land-grant mission; demonstrated record of commitment to valuing and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion; understanding of the importance of student success, including programs and structures, both curricular as well as co-curricular, that provide critical support for a whole student experience both inside and outside the formal classroom; demonstrated abilities to lead and manage change, resolve conflict, build consensus and be able to make transparent decisions when consensus is not possible; record of securing internal and external resources, including success with philanthropic outreach and fundraising; and acumen and abilities to promote and celebrate the accomplishments of the College’s students, faculty, and staff at the local, state, and national level.

How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC is assisting West Virginia University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Greenwood/Asher and Associates. A full application package must include a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Please direct all confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications materials to:

Jan Greenwood, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Greenwood/Asher & Associates and Vice President and Managing Partner, Kelly, jangreenwood@greenwoodsearch.com

Jeanie Andrews, Senior Executive Search Consultant, jeanieandrews@greenwoodsearch.com