Dean of the School of Social Sciences

  • Sonoma State University
  • Rohnert Park, California, USA
Full Time Academia Education

Job Description

Sonoma State University

Search for the Dean of the School of Social Sciences

Rohnert Park, California

Sonoma State University (Sonoma State), a comprehensive residential public institution in Sonoma County, California, seeks a visionary and collaborative leader to serve as Dean of the School of Social Sciences (SSS or the School). This is a distinctive opportunity to provide essential leadership at one of California’s most sought after institutions, unique in its liberal arts and sciences mission and located in the economically booming San Francisco North Bay Area amidst the natural beauty of Sonoma County. The Dean, working with various stakeholders and constituents, will have the opportunity to shape and execute the vision for SSS’s next chapter of growth aligned with a new University strategic plan, Strategic Plan 2025, with four priorities at its core: student success; academic excellence and innovation; leadership cultivation; and transformative impact. The Dean will join a new and pioneering leadership team that is working to build the future of Sonoma State and deliver on its vision to embrace innovation in the institution’s quest to be a national model for public higher education by 2025.

Sonoma State has approximately 9,400 students (92 percent undergraduate). U.S. News and World Report consistently names SSU among “America’s Best Colleges”. Founded as a liberal arts college in 1961, Sonoma State has evolved into a diversified university with six schools—Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Extended & International Education, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences—that provide students with the intellectual framework and hands-on skills to thrive in a variety of professional careers. A major contributor to the North Bay workforce, Sonoma State offers degrees in 46 majors and 49 minors at the bachelor's level and 15 at the master's level, as well as nine credential programs and eight undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. The University operates as part of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, the largest four-year system of higher education in the United States.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Social Sciences (Dean) serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School, and provides academic, intellectual and administrative leadership to the School. The Dean sets and articulates the vision for the School within Sonoma State University's mission and goals, creates new opportunities for the School and the University, and directs its growth and development through shared academic governance. The Dean is responsible for promoting and improving the quality and effectiveness of the School's programs, including all aspects of teaching and learning; research, scholarship, and creative activity; and community engagement. The Dean provides leadership for assessment, accreditation, and metrics related to graduation and retention. The Dean is also responsible for fund diversification, including fundraising and development as well as extended education programs in alignment with the goals of the School of Social Sciences. As a member of the Provost’s Leadership Council, the Dean has the responsibility to work collaboratively and collegially with all stakeholders to advance the goals and mission of the Division of Academic Affairs and the broader University.

Sonoma State University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Deborah Hodson, Sheila Burgess, and Casey Gallagher

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Fax: 415.655.4905


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