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Dean of the School of Sciences and Humanities

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Wentworth Institute of Technology
Location
Boston, MA
Closing date
Nov 27, 2021

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Dean of the School of Sciences and Humanities
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Position Title Dean of the School of Sciences and Humanities

Position Number 0297

Department Humanities & Social Sciences

Job Description Summary

Wentworth Institute of Technology invites applications for the position of Dean of the School of Sciences and Humanities with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022.

The Role: Dean, School of Sciences and Humanities

Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President, the Dean will provide leadership and creative vision for the School's programs in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. The Dean must appreciate the value of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences to the education of students in all majors. The Dean will lead initiatives that ensure the quality of existing programs while growing them where appropriate. The Dean will have the opportunity to explore the potential for new program development in the areas of pre-med, life sciences, and/or health sciences.

The appointee will be an experienced academic leader who has excelled in roles of increasing responsibility. The Dean of the School of Sciences and Humanities will collaborate with the deans and other members of the academic leadership team to guide Wentworth's strategic direction, manage academic operations efficiently, and foster student retention, progression, and graduation through targeted approaches to teaching and student support.

The Dean will lead and cultivate a body of teacher-scholars who facilitate student success through excellence in teaching, dedication to student-centered service, and commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning. The Dean will contribute to the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff, providing them with support and evaluating their professional development. The Dean will manage daily operations within the School and partner with Institutional Advancement to generate support for program, School, and university initiatives.

Recently restructured into five schools, Wentworth is rich with possibilities for strategic partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration between degree programs and across schools. The Dean should be a community-builder and changemaker skilled at bringing together faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders on campus and beyond to achieve high-impact results.

About Wentworth

Wentworth Institute of Technology (Wentworth/ WIT ) was founded in 1904 on the principles of action-based learning, dedicated to preparing graduates to meet the evolving needs of a growing economy. Today, Wentworth is an independent, co-educational, nationally ranked institution known for its co-operative education programs, offering bachelor's (24) and master's degrees (13) aligned with the needs and demands of the 21st-century workforce. WIT enrolls approximately 4,000 students, of which 3,785 are undergraduates, in five dynamic schools: Architecture and Design, Computing and Data Science, Engineering, Management, and Sciences and Humanities. The university also employs over 700 people, which includes full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

Located in the thriving city of Boston, Massachusetts, Wentworth is a school of opportunity that is deeply committed to transforming lives through the education of first-generation students, military veterans, urban youth, and women breaking barriers in technical fields. Furthermore, Wentworth enjoys excellent opportunities for community and corporate partnerships and fundraising. The Boston Globe recently called the Boston area "the Silicon Valley of biotech." The new Dean can leverage this distinctive position along with the region's prominence in healthcare and life science sectors, major cultural institutions, and Boston's commitment to being a model city for "resilience, racial equity, social justice, and social cohesion."

The School of Science and Humanities

The School of Science and Humanities is home to two undergraduate degrees in Applied Sciences and Computer Science and Society. The School is responsible for the courses offered in the general education curriculum, which includes the following areas: biology, chemistry, communication, economics, English, history, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, physics, and sociology. These areas are supported by over 30 full-time faculty and staff.

Strategic Plan

Wentworth's programs are in high demand. The institution has expanded offerings and achieved university status while updating and adding facilities. The continued successes of Wentworth alumni have enhanced the university's reputation in Boston and beyond. While many colleges and universities are struggling to identify a path forward in this shifting higher-education landscape, Wentworth is very well positioned to build on its strengths. The strategic plan developed during the summer and fall of 2019 is designed to propel the university forward, to further differentiate itself, and stand out in today's competitive higher-education market.

The plan for Wentworth's future has galvanized around four strategic focus areas:

Inclusive Excellence at Wentworth

Wentworth Institute of Technology is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all University programs and activities. The University does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants will receive consideration.

To find out more about Wentworth's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, please visit the website https://wit.edu/about/diversity. All applicants have the right to accessibility support and accommodations. To request accessibility support or accommodations, contact the Executive Director of Equity and Compliance, Catlin Wells, at wellsc1@wit.edu.

Minimum Knowledge Required Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts and practices and ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations.

Preferred Knowledge Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts and practices and ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations.

Advertised Minimum Qualifications
  • Terminal degree from an accredited institution
  • Accomplishments in teaching, scholarly/creative endeavors, and academic leadership meriting appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor
  • Demonstrated experience with campus and external collaborations
  • History of commitment to teaching informed by best practices
  • Strong evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Advertised Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience forging connections between the Humanities, Natural Sciences, and/or Social Sciences and other fields such as Engineering, Computer Science, Management, and/or Architecture and Design
  • Proven track record in curriculum design
  • Knowledge of best practices in the assessment of learning outcomes and accreditation standards (in particular, general education)
  • Experience with educational partnerships with foundations, corporations and non-profits
Salary Range
Posting Number S00660

Job Category Professional
Supplemental Questions
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  • * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Boston.com
    • Higheredjobs.com
    • Colleges of the Fenway site
    • Wentworth site
    • Studentaffairs.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Ed.
    • NE HERC
    • El Mundo
    • Sampan
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  • * Do you now or will you in the future require sponsorship to work in the United States?
    • Yes
    • No
  • * Wentworth defines inclusive excellence as "Actively and intentionally cultivating a diverse and culturally competent institution where each member has the opportunity and support to reach their full potential and make contributions to our campus community and beyond." Please provide an example of how you have exemplified inclusive excellence in an educational or professional setting.
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