Dean, College of Liberal Arts / Arts and Communication

West Liberty University

West Liberty, WV

ID: 7076853
Posted: April 9, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description
A College/School Dean at West Liberty University is an administrator appointed on an annual basis by the President of the University with the assistance and recommendation of the Provost. Dean appointments include a reduced teaching load.

Newly combined College of Arts and Communication and Liberal Arts.

The college includes the departments of Humanities and Social Sciences, English and Modern Languages, Media and Visual Arts, Music and Theater, Criminal Justice/Criminology, and Social Work.

Academic disciplines in the college include visual communication design, digital media design, communications studies, journalism, public relations, broadcasting, creative arts therapy, music, theater, English, geography, history, political science, sociology, criminal justice, criminology, and social work.

Duties & Responsibilities
Deans serve at the will and pleasure of the President and report directly to the Provost. Deans must undergo annual review by the college/school faculty and annual evaluation by the Provost.

Essential Functions:

Holds the authority and responsibility for all administrative functions and supervision within their college or school
Establishes a vision for the college/school, provides effective leadership, and serves as a liaison among the faculty and other administrators
Assesses and coordinates the use of physical facilities, including equipment, supplies, and space, and report, to the appropriate university official, maintenance or service required when necessary
Develops, with faculty, Department Chair and/or Program Director input, an annual budget request to be communicated to the Provost
Coordinates budgeted expenditures, all course offerings and teaching schedules
Generates and communicates to the Provost all recommendations for hiring, retention, promotion, tenure, evaluation, sabbatical leave, or discipline of college/school faculty
Supervises any accreditation, program review, or assessment(s) required of the academic programs
Participates in due process required for faculty, students, or staff as described in current policies or procedures
Facilitates recruitment of faculty and students
Coordinates curriculum review, revision, and/or development
Ensures the accuracy of all current university catalog course and program description(s)
Conducts regular college/school meetings
Provides documents to faculty personnel files as specified by policy
Teaches a minimum of six semester hours each calendar year
Ensures fulfillment of all departmental and program functions
Participates as appropriate in college and university development efforts
Enforces the University’s policies and procedures as well as policies and procedures of the Board of Governors and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Performs duties as assigned by the Provost or President of the University

Terminal Degree in a related field is required
Work Experience:
Five+ years of recent teaching
Three+ years of academic administration experience in higher education at that level of academic department chair or higher
Additional Information
Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. This position includes a comprehensive benefit package.

West Liberty University ( is a small comprehensive institution under the auspices of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Interested applicants should submit an application letter, current curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of all transcripts, recent student evaluations (if any), examples of any scholarly work (if any) and three letters of professional references.

West Liberty University is a four-year public university and West Virginia's oldest institution under higher education. Situated on a picturesque hilltop, just 10 miles from Wheeling, WLU is a small market metro with a rich heritage. Living costs are low, cultural opportunities, and schools make it a great place to live, work and raise a family. WLU features a main campus and a nearby satellite campus, located at the Highlands Shopping Complex. Both locations are minutes from Pennsylvania and Ohio borders, offering easy access to major airports, shopping, dining and entertainment.


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