Canisius Employment Opportunities

Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

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Work type: Full-time Staff
Location: Buffalo
Categories: Administrative/Professional

Position Description

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Canisius College


I. Introduction

Founded in 1870, Canisius College is an independent, mid-sized comprehensive institution. Canisius serves nearly 3,500 students, including approximately 1,000 graduate students in its College of Arts and Sciences, Wehle School of Business, and School of Education and Human Services.  Our urban campus includes approximately 72 acres in a residential neighborhood in north central Buffalo, New York, a city rich in history, tradition and culture. Canisius has completed more than $142 million in capital construction and renovation projects, operates on an approximately $80 million annual budget and has a current endowment of $135 million.  More than 45,000 alumni have shaped the Canisius College legacy in their rich contributions locally, nationally, and internationally. Their loyalty and generosity signal the success of the College in its mission.

We seek an enthusiastic and innovative dean for the College of Arts and Sciences who will pursue academic excellence. We welcome candidates eager to collaborate with all members of the college community and to support meaningful teaching, scholarship, and service.

The Dean must have a creative spirit and passion for the liberal arts, which are the foundation of Canisius’ mission and identity as a Jesuit university.  This identity is rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition’s dialogue of faith and reason, and Jesuit humanism’s goal to educate men and women for and with others in the service of faith and the promotion of justice.  The ideal candidate will be an effective ambassador and liaison between college administration and faculty, and should nurture collegiality and collaboration among faculty members, administrators, and staff.  The Dean should promote excellence in student recruitment, learning, and support services.  Additionally, as a college leader in an urban college community, the Dean must be committed to supporting the broad values of equity and inclusion and a comprehensive range of service opportunities on and beyond the campus.

 II. Position Requirements

  1. a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in a discipline within the Arts and Sciences from an accredited university;
  2. earned tenure from an accredited university from a discipline within the Arts and Sciences;
  3. a minimum of five-years administrative experience (including program director, department chair, or higher) in higher education;
  4. a record of quality teaching experience along with scholarship and service at the level required for appointment to the rank of associate or full professor.

 III. Preferred Qualifications

  1. a knowledge of the liberal arts tradition and a commitment to strengthening major, minor, and graduate programs in the liberal arts so that they continue to be strong and viable options for students;
  2. an intellectual commitment to understanding and addressing current trends in higher education that affect all the disciplines of the Arts and Sciences;
  3. demonstrated leadership and a record of working collaboratively and building consensus  in the college and wider community;
  4. experience mentoring and evaluating faculty;
  5. experience with program assessment and regional accreditation
  6. a record of effective communication on complex issues;
  7. a record of effectively managing budgets;
  8. a commitment to promote equity and inclusion;
  9. a record of  promoting academic excellence, creating new programs and/or   revising existing curriculum;
  10. a passion for life-long learning and the ability to inspire others;
  11. honesty, integrity, and compassion;
  12. and the ability to learn about and use new technologies and management tools without allowing them to substitute for the human dynamic of personal interaction and cooperation.

 IV. Opportunities

As the leader of the largest of the three schools at Canisius, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will be instrumental in helping Canisius meet its goal of enhancing the academic profile of the college. The Dean will have experiences to enjoy a wide range of opportunities, among them to:

  1. work with a creative and passionate faculty committed to the liberal arts;
  2. lead the faculty to further academic excellence in teaching, in research opportunities, and in service to their departments, programs, and the College in general;
  3. foster faculty innovation in revising, rewriting, and fine-tuning academic programs  and the Core Curriculum;
  4. support faculty in developing new programs and academic initiatives that further the College’s mission;
  5. foster interdisciplinary learning and scholarship;
  6. encourage the broad values of equity and inclusion in the campus community, particularly in the faculty and curriculum;
  7. integrate appropriately the Catholic intellectual tradition’s dialogue of faith and reason and the Jesuit values of social justice, educating men and women for others, and cura personalis across the curriculum;
  8. support fundraising and development activities in support of College initiatives, including completion of Science Hall;
  9. develop internal and external partnerships that increase the College’s success in realizing its mission;
  10. guide the faculty in strengthening assessment to improve student learning;
  11. assist with student support systems and improve student retention; and
  12. promote service opportunities and service-learning components of academic courses.

V. Resources

The Dean has a number of resources to realize the opportunities noted above, including:

  1. a strong and committed faculty in departments representative of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences;
  2. an Associate Dean, two administrative faculty fellows, two administrative assistants, and graduate and work-study students;
  3. the Office of Service Learning that supports service-learning opportunities within the curriculum, and the Office of Campus Ministry that sponsors local, regional, and international service-immersion opportunities and spiritual retreats;
  4. on-campus services and programs, including the Office of Mission and Identity, the Griff Center for Academic Engagement, the Office of International Student Programs, the ALANA Student Center, the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office of Event Services, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation, Instructional Technology Services, and the director of Corporate and Foundation Relations;
  5. institutes, including the Institute for the Global Study of Religion, the Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships, Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies, the William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs, and Leadership, and the Institute for Autism Research;
  6. unique learning opportunities, including the All-College Honors Program, the Urban Leadership Learning Community, and the annual Ignatian Scholarship Day;
  7. existing partnerships with a number of local institutions, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, the Darwin Martin House, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo Zoo, the Buffalo Museum of Science, and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute; and
  8. the Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP), which provides funding for students to work with faculty and staff on research and other projects that enhance learning.

VI. Context

Canisius College is a Catholic, Jesuit University whose educational mission is anchored in the classical liberal arts tradition, which is reflected in the Core Curriculum (  The College has three academic divisions: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Wehle School of Business, and the School of Education and Human Services. The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences works with talented faculty with diverse interests in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences who are eager to share their expertise with their students. They continue the college’s history of excellence in education. As a Jesuit, Catholic university Canisius offers students the opportunity to learn and reflect on the Catholic intellectual tradition’s treasury of human knowledge, its concern for the ethical and moral implications in human learning and life, and its dialogues with all academic disciplines. The faculty foster the Ignatian ideals of educating the whole person and encouraging students to excel not only in their academic and intellectual pursuits, but also to cultivate their spiritual lives, moral and aesthetic sensibilities. Canisius prizes the growth of human intellect through civic engagement, service, reflection, and its Core Curriculum.  Graduates are prepared to enter their careers as successful adults aware of the complexities of responsible citizenship.


VII. Timeline 

November, 2018                                Search opens                                                 

December 28, 2018                           Applicant materials received by this date assured of receiving full consideration.

January-February, 2018                    Final candidates visit Buffalo and the campus; interview with the Search Committee and groups of   faculty, students, staff, and administrators on campus.                                             

February-March, 2018                      Search Committee presents findings to Margaret McCarthy, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs.                                                    

Summer, 2018                                   The new Dean of Arts and Sciences assumes duties.


The Office of Human Resources at Canisius College utilizes an online recruitment management system.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA in order to participate in the search process should contact the office of human resources at (716) 888-2240.

To apply, go to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Letter of interest addressing qualifications, curriculum vitae, and contact information for five references, should be received by December 28, 2018, for full consideration. Your references will receive an email from Canisius College requesting they submit their reference letter directly to Canisius College’s Human Resources Department.

Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit university, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice.  Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity.  The college is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. 



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