Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Human Development

Academic Affairs

To Apply
Send resume/CV, cover letter, and reference list to:
person Molly Smith, Provost
phone 859-344-3375
place Thomas More University, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017


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Thomas More University seeks an innovative leader, who will embrace, support, and promote the Catholic mission and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, to serve as a full-time Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Human Development beginning on June 15, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.  

The position presents the appointee with an opportunity to join a group of peer Deans in two other Colleges and the Provost’s academic leadership team in charting directions for growth as well as extended reach and reputation for the University. The College of Arts, Humanities, and Human Development, the foundational college of Thomas More University, includes a School of Education with oversight by a Director who reports to the Dean.

The College currently offers undergraduate programs in over twenty-five majors. Ensuring programmatic growth, extending the reach and reputation of the College, and working with the Office of Advancement to cultivate friends and donors are primary responsibilities for the Dean. Thomas More University encourages interdisciplinary, experiential, and study abroad/away learning and fosters cross-college collaboration among faculty in teaching, scholarship, and the development of programs.

The Dean is expected to work collaboratively with the Provost and others to develop and execute a shared vision that supports Thomas More’s strategic plan. Applicants must have the ability to work collegially and effectively with faculty, students, staff, other academic leaders, administrative colleagues, alumni, and the community at large.


The Dean reports to the Provost and is charged with the administration and leadership of departments in the College as well as its Chairs, faculty, and staff. The Dean is a member of the Provost’s Council. 

Job Qualifications

Candidates from within the Arts, Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences departments in the College are invited to apply. Appointees must have an earned doctorate in a discipline offered by the College from a regionally accredited university and carry the rank of tenured Professor or Associate Professor. Successful candidates must also demonstrate, through a record of achievements, an entrepreneurial spirit, an ability to foster innovation, a collaborative approach, willingness to develop new curricular and programmatic directions, a capacity to inspire faculty through a compelling vision, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Successful finalists must model strength in teaching, service, and scholarship. The Dean must serve as a passionate advocate for the disciplines within the College and lead cross-college collaboration on new curricular and co-curricular initiatives.

As the University returns to in-person instruction in fall 2021 and beyond, the Dean’s physical presence on campus remains vital to successfully meeting the needs of students, faculty, and staff.

To apply, please submit a resume, a letter of intent, and a list of three professional references with their contact details to the Office of the Provost. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit a one-page reflection on their aspirations and vision for the College as well as their vision for cross-College collaboration. Application reviews will begin on April 30th; the Dean is expected to assume duties on June 15th or as soon as possible thereafter.

Only internal candidates are being considered at this time.

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