Dean of the College of Community and Public Service
Grand Valley State University (www.gvsu.edu) invites applications for the position of Dean of the College of
Community and Public Service (CCPS).
Grand Valley State University is a public comprehensive university with an enrollment of over 23,000 students on its
two main campuses in Allendale and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Although it is less than 50 years old, Grand Valley
has experienced rapid growth and development and represents an academic community where change and
improvement are vital parts of everyday life. The university supports active programs of scholarship, innovation, and
outreach, and a philosophy that places a primary value on teaching in the tradition of a liberal education and
encourages interdisciplinary collaborations. The university has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of
the top masters degree-granting universities in the Midwest and by Princeton Review as a “best college.” Located
close to Lake Michigan and set in the natural beauty of West Michigan, Grand Valley enjoys the advantages of being
in one of the economically strongest and fastest growing areas of the state. West Michigan has a population of 1.1
million as a metropolitan region, supporting a dynamic business environment as well as a rich cultural life.
The dean of the College of Community and Public Service is the academic officer for the college, responsible for its
overall leadership. Reporting directly to the provost, the dean has oversight of a $7 million budget and a growing
tenured or tenure track faculty that currently numbers 54. Responsible for strategic planning, accreditation, and
program development and evaluation, the dean is expected to extend the mission of the College to the community,
profession, and to alumni of the College; to promote the development of quality classroom teaching and active
scholarship; to increase the participation of a diverse population in the student body, faculty, staff, and external
programs; and to foster and facilitate cordial and collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies.
The college serves approximately 1500 undergraduates and 700 graduate students in the following academic degree
programs: Criminal Justice – BA, BS, MS; Hospitality and Tourism Management – BA, BS; Legal Studies – BA, BS;
Public Administration – BA, BS, MPA, MHA (Master of Health Administration); Social Work – BSW, MSW. The
college includes an undergraduate advising center and houses the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and
Nonprofit Leadership, a nationally known research and educational entity with 24 professional staff.
The successful candidate will possess an appropriate terminal degree from an accredited institution in a field that is
related to the disciplines of CCPS. Candidates must demonstrate: commitment to academic excellence and the
ability to develop, articulate, and accomplish a constructive vision for the college in cooperation with faculty; a
record of successful collaboration with community entities and interest groups; at least five years of full-time
teaching experience in a four-year college or university, a strong record of scholarship commensurate with
appointment at the rank of professor at Grand Valley; and at least five years of successful administrative experience
in higher education or a discipline-related community setting. Excellent written and oral communication skills are a
must, as are a commitment to diversity, a student-centered perspective, a collegial approach, support for shared
governance, and meticulous and efficient resource management abilities.
The position offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Review of candidates will begin
January 25 and continue until the position is filled.
Apply online at www.gvsujobs.org. Include a detailed letter of interest addressing the selection criteria, curriculum
vitae, one page summary of your leadership philosophy, and the names of five references (including postal and
electronic mail addresses and telephone numbers). The online system will allow you to electronically attach these
documents. If you need assistance or have questions about the application process, call 616-331-2215. Questions
about the position or nominations may be directed to Mary Albrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Candidates with experience
interacting with diverse populations are valued.