Position as Dean of Natural and Behavioral Sciences - Christopher Newport University

Posted on 12/01/08

Christopher Newport has begun the process of searching for a new Dean of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. Since July of 2005, the PKAL planning process has greatly impacted the emergence of a research-rich learning environment at CNU, and the “kaleidoscopic” perspective was instrumental in the reform of the Liberal Learning curriculum at CNU. I believe the PKAL network is an ideal mechanism for disseminating this call for applicants. The advertisement, also available in the Chronicle of Higher Education, does not specifically mention these PKAL linkages, including the extent to which the PKAL Facilities Planning approach impacted the design for the new Integrated Sciences building that will soon be under construction. The architectural firm of Lord, Aeck, and Sargent (an important member of the PKAL Facilities list) is consulting on the project.

Further inquiries should be directed to Dr. Nicole Guajardo, chair of the Dean of NBS search committee. She may be contacted at nguajard@cnu.edu

General Announcement:

Christopher Newport University seeks a dynamic and visionary dean to lead its College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences (NBS), effective July 1, 2009. The College comprises four academic departments (ca. 75 faculty): Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science (BCES); Mathematics; Physics, Computer Science and Engineering (PCSE); and Psychology. Reporting to the Provost, the successful applicant will be committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship, will serve as a vital academic leader across the College community, and will represent the University to the public.

Primary responsibilities include working with the Chairs and individual faculty members to support and strengthen the curricula, including the Liberal Learning Core; managing a budget; evaluating faculty; promoting faculty development; assessing new and existing programs; ensuring effective class scheduling; and recruiting high-quality faculty and staff. The Dean will foster a vision of cross-disciplinary connections and integration within the College as well as within the broader University.

The University subscribes to a teacher-scholar model and has implemented a four-year Liberal Learning Core to support the liberal arts and sciences mission. The University is shifting to a nominal four/three teaching load and is growing the faculty body for this purpose. The Dean will join an effective, hard-working, and collegial administrative team and engage a faculty governance system in a spirit of transparency and dialogue. The three College Deans are supported by an Associate Dean for Liberal Learning and an Assistant to the Dean, as part of a new three-college structure.

Required qualifications and skills include an earned Ph.D. in a NBS discipline; a record of effective academic leadership as a dean, assistant dean, chair, or equivalent administrative position; a successful record of teaching, scholarly accomplishments, and grant funding, to justify appointment at the rank of Professor; and evidence that the candidate champions undergraduate research. The ability to lead the College in external funding applications for a variety of areas (pedagogical initiatives, faculty research, equipment, and undergraduate research) is an important criterion. The personal skills of the successful candidate include a strong sense of optimism in the face of day-to-day challenges, objectivity and honesty, organizational habits that model work-place behavior and a balanced view of life such as displayed by a sense of humor. CNU seeks to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, thus a candidate's membership in PBK is preferred.

The University is constructing and planning three academic buildings. The planned eighty million dollar Integrated Science Building will house the Departments of BCES and Psychology; Mathematics and PCSE will have substantial dedicated space in a neighboring new building. Both well-appointed, neo-Georgian facilities will be located on a beautiful Great Lawn in the heart of campus.

A state-supported, arts and sciences University with approximately 4800 students and 240 faculty members, CNU offers three masters-level graduate programs, including two in NBS: Environmental Science, and Applied Physics and Computer Science. The fall 2008 freshman class of approximately 1,200 students was selected from over 8,000 applicants and has an average SAT of 1180. A new Honors Program, combined with a signature Leadership Program, offer our students extraordinary opportunities to prepare for 21st century challenges and opportunities. The Dean will actively support these programs.

Located between historic Colonial Williamsburg and the ocean resort of Virginia Beach, the University has flourished under the leadership of former United States Congressman and Senator Paul Trible. Recently completed capital improvements to the inspiring 260-acre campus of nearly $500 million integrate the University's liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. These improvements include the state-of-the-art Trible Library, home to the most comprehensive maritime research collections in the world; the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world; and the Freeman Center athletic complex.

The appointment includes competitive salary and benefits. Candidates are expected to familiarize themselves with the CNU Web pages. The application consists of a letter addressing the fit between the candidate and CNU; the CV; and a list of referees that would be contacted at a later stage in the search upon notification of the candidate. Short-listed candidates will be expected to participate in a campus visit and presentation. To apply, please forward the requested application materials to:

Director of Equal Opportunity and Faculty Recruitment
Dean of the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Search Search #7315
Christopher Newport University
1 University Place
Newport News, VA 23606
Or e-mail: mlmoody@cnu.edu

Review of application begins on February 2, 2009. Applications received after February 2, 2009, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully committed to Access and Opportunity.