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Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Division of Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
McNeese State University invites qualified applicants and nominations for the position of Dean, College of Liberal Arts. This is a full-time, 12-month, unclassified administrative position. The appointment begins in July 2018.

Reporting Authority: Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management. Is appointed by the President of the University and the appointment is approved by the Board of Supervision of the University of Louisiana System.

The College: The College of Liberal Arts is composed of the departments of English and Foreign Languages, History, Mass Communication, Performing Arts, Social Sciences, and Visual Arts. Curricula leading to the Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Music Education degrees, as well as special departmental requirements, are listed under the appropriate departmental and Graduate School headings.

The University: McNeese State University, founded in 1939, has approximately 7,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. It offers graduate degrees across a range of disciplines including business, education, engineering, English, creative writing, music education, and nursing. Located in a culturally diverse area with a population of more than 180,000 (Lake Charles and suburbs), the campus encompasses over 386 acres and is conveniently located to serve students from both southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas.

Position Description and Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Shall be appointed by the President of the University and officially approved by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, Shall be responsible to the Provost.
  • Work with the appropriate constituencies to ensure accreditation standards are maintained across all College curriculum.
  • Guide the development and implementation of strategic plans for the College.
  • Implement university policies within the College and supervise development of those policies unique to the College.
  • Promote a desirable image for the College and McNeese State University and develop continuing good relations between the university and the area it serves.
  • Work with the University Foundation to develop fundraising activities for the College.
  • Maintain current records for the College.
  • Examine and analyze both the content and adequacy of the College curricula.
  • Coordinate class schedules for the College.
  • Consult with department heads on the preparation of annual budgets and consolidate departmental requests into a single budget for the college.
  • Shall be responsible for fiscal matters of the College.
  • After consulting with department heads, recommend faculty members that should be promoted, receive merit pay, be granted tenure, or be granted an official leave.
  • Oversee allotment of space and coordinates maintenance of facilities utilized by the entities within the College.
  • Teach one three-credit class during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Provost.


  • A doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution in a discipline appropriate for the college programs.
  • Administrative and teaching experience relevant to the College of Liberal Arts.
  • Teaching and scholarly experience supporting eligibility for tenure within the college,
  • Evidence of successful supervision of professionals.
  • Evidence of successful interaction with students and student organizations.
  • Proven record of innovativeness and ability to foster teamwork.
  • Commitment to fostering a student-centered learning community.
  • Ability to budget and operate within allocated resources.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Effective conflict resolution skills.
  • A record of significant scholarly activity at the university or college level.
  • Legally able to work in the United States.
  • Effective communicator in English.


April 27, 2018 no later than 12 noon.

Application Materials and Contact:

Applicants should submit: letter of application; current curriculum vita; unofficial transcripts; and the name, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address of five professional references. Please submit the required documents to:

Charles McNeely, Search Committee Co-Chair
McNeese State University
Box 92175
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Phone: (337) 475-5041
Fax: (337) 475-5063
TDD: (337) 562-4227 

Additional Information:

McNeese State University, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a public university and a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and al l supporting materials will become public record. All applicants are expected to submit complete and accurate materials as specified in the position announcement. A background check and an English Proficiency assessment will be conducted on selected finalists. We comply with Louisiana Revised Statute 49:1001, et seq, and State of Louisiana Executive Order 98-38, which provides for drug testing of employees, appointees, prospective employees, and prospective appointees. Prospective employees and employees are informed if a drug test is required.

McNeese State University is an AA/EEO/ADA employer committed to excellence through diversity.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires McNeese State University to inform applicants that the University can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and right to accept employment.

McNeese State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and all supporting materials will become public record. An executive session pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. 42:6.1(A) may be required.

Persons needing reasonable accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Equal Opportunity Office: Voice: (337) 475-5428; TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired: (337) 562-4227; Fax: (337) 475-5960; or

Instructional Faculty Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees, an official comprehensive course-by-course report and U.S. Equivalency Statement, from World Education Services. The official Credential Evaluation Report and U.S. Equivalency Statement must be submitted directly to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, Box 93220, Lake Charles, LA 70609; (337)475-5508. Simple translation of the language on foreign diplomas, transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice and will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.