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Dean of the Faculty

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester MA
Open Date
Nov 06, 2023
Dec 04, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The Office of the Provost invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Faculty, to begin on July 1, 2024.  

The Dean of Faculty will be a creative and collaborative scholar with a well-developed vision of the future of liberal arts education and the desire to advance the College’s academic excellence. Working closely with the Provost, the Dean will lead key strategic initiatives that expand and diversify the faculty and enhance the College’s standing as a national leader in cutting-edge scholarship and transformational learning within the undergraduate liberal arts context. The Dean of Faculty will play a decisive role in amplifying the College’s academic excellence by leading the recruitment and support of faculty (including through cluster and cross-disciplinary hiring initiatives as well as tenure-track and visiting hiring), cultivating strong departments, advising the Provost on budget allocations and investments, and translating strategic priorities into concrete actions that support and grow a world-class faculty at Holy Cross.

The Dean’s portfolio of responsibilities includes: overseeing the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs (including the appointment of department chairs); faculty hiring/recruitment and retention; designing and implementing policies related to academic excellence and faculty affairs; promoting positive departmental culture; advising department chairs and program directors on personnel matters; leading departmental external reviews; advising on departmental procedures and practices; advising the Provost during faculty merit processes, budget allocations, and infrastructure investments; participating in faculty and College-wide governance on behalf of the Provost and as a partner with departments, offices, and governance bodies. The Dean of Faculty works closely and collaboratively with the Dean of Faculty Development on a wide range of faculty and academic affairs matters. The Dean will participate in recruiting an academic affairs professional to join the Provost’s Office; that new colleague will be a trusted partner and collaborator with the Dean.

Ongoing scholarly activity and pedagogical engagement is crucial to success in the role. The Dean will work with the Provost to identify a balance of responsibilities (with suitable support) in order to enable continuing active research and/or teaching one course annually.

The Dean is a direct report of the Provost and Dean of the College and the senior member of the Provost’s Cabinet. As a member of the Provost’s leadership team, the Dean works with other Deans and members of the cabinet as well as College-wide leadership, establishing trust, communicating with clarity, demonstrating flexibility, and bringing a growth-oriented, problem-solving mindset to the role. 

Features of the Position

The Dean will serve for an initial four-year term in the Provost’s Office. All faculty leadership appointments in the Provost’s Office are for 12 months; the underlying tenured appointment remains in place during the term of service. Salary for the 12 month appointment will be nationally competitive. Under normal circumstances, the faculty salary and the administrative supplement will increase annually presuming effective service as Dean. Upon completion of at least 4 years of service, the Dean will enjoy a full-year sabbatical at 100% of the faculty salary at the next window of eligibility, and will receive enhanced support for research and professional development. 
Characteristics, Mindsets, and Qualifications

currently in a tenured faculty position at Holy Cross, or qualified to assume a tenured faculty position in an academic discipline offered at Holy Cross;
diplomacy, optimism, creativity, curiosity, commitment to effective collaboration;
demonstrated success in an administrative, service or leadership role, especially in roles that require oversight of faculty;
professional awareness of trends and challenges in US higher education, including a vision for faculty recruitment and retention strategies suited to a liberal arts context;
clarity, efficacy and style as a writer and communicator;
demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence;
comfort with budgets, financial information, and strategic planning;
deep understanding of the goals and characteristics of a liberal arts education, with  a well-articulated vision for the future of the liberal arts at Holy Cross;
understanding of our Jesuit mission and of the distinctive possibilities available to Holy Cross;
precision, attention to detail, and comfort with budgets and planning.
Application Instructions
Applications and Nominations

The position description is posted on Interfolio. To apply, please submit a cover letter and a current CV only to no later than Monday, December 4, 2023. 

The position is available to internal and external candidates. 

Application letters should address the qualifications listed above as well as any goals or initiatives that the applicant would like to pursue in support of the College’s academic excellence. In the cover letter, please include the names of at least two colleagues who can provide a reference related to the applicant’s qualifications for the role. We will only contact references for finalists. 

The Provost’s Office, following the procedures put in place in Fall 2020 as well as the recommendation outlined in the Cozen O’Connor report and the affirmation of this recommendation by the Recommendation Implementation Committee, will conduct a detailed file review and background assessment of all applicants in partnership with the Office of Equal Opportunity / Title IX, the Office of Human Resources. For external candidates, we will conduct an equivalent assessment. 

Informal inquiries may be directed to Provost Elliott Visconsi ( All such inquiries will remain strictly confidential. If you wish to nominate a colleague, please write to  All those nominated will be notified.

A search committee composed of tenured faculty and senior leadership will review materials and interview a slate of candidates. Up to three finalists may be identified for a second interview (including reference checks) and conversations with additional faculty and administrative partners. The Provost makes the final decision on the appointment.

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