California, USA
San Diego State University
Dean for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts

San Diego State University invites nominations, applications and expressions of interest in its search for a dean for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA).

The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises seven schools and three departments that span the visual and performing arts, communication, hospitality and tourism management, journalism and media studies, public affairs and criminal justice, and military sciences. These units share a common ambition: to advance human knowledge and understanding while cultivating a rich environment in which students can seize opportunities for growth, ask stimulating questions and experience discovery that will transform their lives.

PSFA enrolls nearly 5,200 total students and has over 300 faculty. The College maintains among the highest four - and six - year graduation rates on campus. It offers nearly 130 different scholarships totaling over $800,000 in awarded funds. Through SDSU's Campaign for Excellence, PSFA has raised more $51 million to support students, faculty and academic programming. Collectively, the nearly 1,600 arts majors in PSFA produce more than 350 visual and performing arts events each year, most of which are free to attend.

Since its founding in 1897, San Diego State University (SDSU) has grown to become a leading public research university and a federally designated Hispanic-serving Institution. Each year, SDSU provides more than 35,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. Ranked 67 among public universities in U.S. News & World Report's ranking for 2022 Best Colleges, San Diego State University resides on Kumeyaay land near the national border, offering bachelor's degrees in 97 areas, master's degrees in 84 areas and doctorates in 23 areas.


The next dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts must demonstrate significant leadership experience and the ability to work across a wide range of academic disciplines. This individual must have a doctorate and a record of accomplishment suitable for appointment as a tenured full professor in one of the college's schools or departments. Additionally, the successful candidate should have:

> The ability to shape a strategic vision and mission for a college with a diverse range of disciplines, while also supporting and celebrating the unique identity and needs of each program.
> The skills and vision to advance the university's goals of becoming an R1 institution while understanding the broad range of graduate programs, research, scholarship and creative activity taking place within the college.
> Strong budget management skills, including an understanding of the variety of revenue streams that support the work of the college, the ability to align resources with priorities, and the ability to advocate for and attract new resources.
> A demonstrated commitment to and evidence of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
> A passion for serving students and a record of enhancing student outcomes and experiences.
> A record of supporting faculty excellence in teaching, service, and research, scholarship, and creative pursuits.
> A commitment to supporting and celebrating the work of staff and an understanding of the critical role they play in the work of the college.
> The ability to build connections locally, nationally, and internationally that support the college's mission and goals.
> Skills that translate into the cultivation of philanthropic gifts from donors, alumni, community partners, corporations, and foundations.
> Exceptional communication skills, high emotional intelligence, and a deep commitment to shared governance.

The salary range for this position is $233,000-$240,000.

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All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a CV or resume.

WittKieffer is assisting San Diego State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 3, 2023. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile available at WittKieffer.com.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Ryan Crawford, Bree Liddell and Natalie Song at SDSU-PSFADean@wittkieffer.com.


San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:

> Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;

> Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;

> An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and

> California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent

San Diego State University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

After a contingent offer of employment is made, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed. Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of the applicant or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for this position.

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

SDSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine.

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university's secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU's COVID-19 testing program.