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Internal Search, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


Internal Search

The University of Memphis invites internal applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.


The Dean is the senior administrative officer of the College and reports directly to the Provost. The Dean’s responsibilities include:

  • providing leadership and advocacy for the College’s programs and faculty within the University community and the community at large
  • overseeing the development, assessment and revision of academic programs
  • enhancing the College’s reputation locally, nationally and internationally, through the support of scholarship activities
  • implementing diversity initiatives
  • effectively managing the College by working with department chairpersons
  • budgeting and resource allocation
  • supporting outreach activities that will link the University and the community
  • securing external resources to support the College’s mission


In addition to an earned doctorate in one of the fields in the College, candidates must demonstrate

  • experience in effective decision-making and problem-solving ability at the level of department chair or higher, or equivalent administrative experience
  • a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and service that is consistent with a senior-level appointment in the College
  • the ability to manage budgets and resources
  • a commitment to promoting diversity among the faculty, staff and student populations
  • effectiveness in interpersonal relations, including the ability to initiate and sustain interdisciplinary collaborations
  • a respect for a variety of cultural, global and community perspectives
  • a commitment to building community relations and securing external funds

Review of applications will begin February 14, 2014, and may continue until the position is filled. The appointment begins in summer 2014. Candidates should upload a letter of application, a curriculum vita and the names and contact information of five references to
If you wish to nominate someone for this position, please email the search committee chair, Professor Robert Hetherington

Additional information about the University of Memphis and the College of Arts and Sciences is available at


CAS Dean Search Committee 2014

Bob Hetherington, Chair

Mrs. Sandy Riggs, Chair of Arts & Sciences Community Advisory Board

K.B. Turner, Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice

Ladrica Menson-Furr, Associate Professor of English and Director of African & African-American Studies Program

Charles Lessman, Professor of Biological Sciences

Roy Van Arsdale, Professor of Earth Sciences

Dipankar Dasgupta, Professor of Computer Sciences

Aram Goudsouzian, Professor and Chair of History

Kelli O’Brien, Graduate Student

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