Postion Description

Dean, College of Education & Health Professions

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) announces the national search for the founding Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. The successful candidate will have the rare opportunity to help establish the future course of an innovative new academic unit that is a central component of a strategic reorganization plan at a thriving metropolitan research university serving the Southeastern U.S.

UALR ( is among the most accessible and student-centered campuses in the University of Arkansas System, which includes five four-year institutions, five two-year schools, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In keeping with its longstanding urban mission, the Little Rock campus has a diverse student body and an impressive record of student success. Enrollment is 12,000+.

The new College of Education and Health Professions brings together several of UALR’s most well established and successful professional programs that are each individually accredited: Educational Leadership; Teacher Education; Audiology and Speech Pathology; Health and Human Performance and Sports Management; Nursing; CARE (Counseling, Adult & Rehabilitation Education); and the School of Social Work. By emphasizing multidisciplinary collaboration and sharing departmental strengths, the new college is poised to become a 21st century leader in opening doors to high-demand careers for graduates of all ages. Enthusiasm and support for the reorganization prevail throughout its departments and across the campus.

Candidate Attributes

The Search Advisory Committee seeks a robust pool of candidates with distinguished professional achievements, a proven capacity for intellectual leadership and building consensus, and a thorough understanding of the teaching, research and service missions. A terminal degree from an accredited institution in one of the college’s academic program areas is preferred. Other identified qualifications include:

  • Eligibility for appointment at the Professor level with tenure;
  • Transparent, collaborative leadership style and superb communication skills;
  • Experience with accreditation and licensure;
  • Experience in successfully growing a major department, school or college, including recruitment and mentoring of clinical, applied, and research faculty;
  • Experience in nurturing a variety of new delivery systems for academic instruction and continuing education, (i.e., online and distance ed programs);
  • Commitment to diversity and a record of achievement in community engagement;
  • Successful record of accomplishment in fundraising.

Opportunities and Challenges

Among the opportunities awaiting the Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions:

  • Support faculty in developing the mission and vision of the college and aligning academic programs to meet the evolving needs of the city and region;
  • Engage faculty, students, and staff in creating a dynamic, cohesive sense of community that is centered around diversity, communication, and successful student outcomes;
  • Help build structural components that will facilitate interdisciplinary and interdepartmental collaboration in curriculum, community service, and scholarly productivity;
  • Raise the state and national profile of the college as UALR continues its trajectory as one of the top metropolitan, community-engaged research universities in the 16-member Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) region;
  • Lead major fundraising efforts, with a focus on developing significant and sustained sources of private funds and building on the existing endowments;
  • Increase alumni engagement and enhance the visibility of the college on campus, in the community, the state, and the nation; and
  • Nurture existing and developing relationships with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and other partners.

Search Timeline

The Search Committee will accept applications and nominations until the on-campus interview stage. For best consideration, materials should be received before April 1, 2014. Interviews will begin later in April.

Applications should include a detailed letter of interest describing relevant leadership, research and teaching experience and interest in the position; curriculum vitae; names of five references with titles, addresses, and telephone numbers. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including name, position, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee.

Materials should be electronically submitted via MS Word or pdf to The search is assisted by John B. Hicks, Senior Consultant Academic Search, Inc. 205-345-7221

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. The person hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.