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Humboldt State University
  • Position Number: 2512389
  • Location: Arcata, CA
  • Position Type: Deans - Liberal Arts

Humboldt State University

Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Humboldt State University seeks a creative and inspiring Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science (CAHSS) with the energy and experience to lead the college according to the University's strategic plan. The dean will join the Humboldt community at a time when they are preparing for a California State University polytechnic designation whose academic vision is "to be a future-oriented university that focuses on academic excellence and access by providing rich hand-on learning, and developing sustainability-focused, socially and environmentally just, and workforce-ready graduates."

Designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in 2013, Humboldt State University is also a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) with a thriving community composed of 500 faculty and over 5,800 students at this northern-most campus of the 23-campus California State University system. The campus is nestled in Arcata along the redwood coast of Northern California, 275 miles north of San Francisco. Humboldt State is surrounded by one of the most beautiful natural environments in the world — with ancient redwood forests, pristine coastline, and wild rivers. Humboldt State sits in the northwestern portion of Wiyot ancestral territory, a connection it both values and honors.

Reporting to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the dean is the senior administrative officer of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and provides strategic direction, vision, and leadership for its academic departments and programs. The dean promotes excellence in curricula; teaching and learning; academic advising; scholarship and creative activities; international, regional, and interdisciplinary initiatives; professional development; staffing; and the stewardship of physical resources. The dean serves as a strong advocate for the College, both within the University and with external business and civic and academic communities.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to advocate for the arts, humanities, and social sciences; a history and commitment to shared governance and the ability to earn the trust of faculty, students, staff, and administration; evidence of their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion — such as building partnerships that foster inclusive excellence and initiatives that create pathways to access and success for underrepresented groups; and success in strategic planning, fiscal management, and personnel management.

The preferred candidate must have an earned doctorate or comparable terminal degree in one of the disciplines in the College and credentials suitable for a tenured appointment at the rank of professor within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by October 25, 2021. Candidates should provide, as two separate attachments, a curriculum vitae or resume and a letter of interest that addresses the themes in this leadership profile. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Charlene Aguilar, Ed.M., Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. and Sandra Chu

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or

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