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(Archived) Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

Last Updated: 9/18/22

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Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

California State University Long Beach seeks an inspirational leader who possesses the academic, financial, and strategic acumen to execute collaborative, equitable, and transparent leadership for the present and future of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). The Dean is expected to begin this position in the summer of 2022.

CSULB is a diverse, learning-centered, globally engaged public university, which enriches the lives of its students and its surrounding community through informed, high-impact educational experiences with superior teaching, research, creative activity, and public action. As recently as December of 2020, three national rankings by place CSULB in the Top 1% of public universities in the nation. For these rankings, Money assessed factors such as educational quality, tuition, financial aid awards, graduation rates, debt load and early-career earnings to yield No. 17 (Best Public University), No. 27 (four-year institutions ranked by value), No. 11 (Most Transformative) spots. In addition, CSULB is ranked No. 1 in the nation for its impact in supporting social mobility, according to a new ranking published by Education Reform Now, a national think tank and advocacy organization for the American public education system. The Wall Street Journal/ Times Higher Education has ranked CSULB No. 4 in the nation for campus diversity.

CLA (see is comprised of thirty-one departments and programs. The faculty offer innovative courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences for all university students and are also responsible for much of the General Education university wide. CLA faculty, staff, and students are preparing a 3-year strategic plan this academic year, which will define actions grounded in the College's aims for social justice and equitable practices; the Dean will play a critical role in implementing CLA's new strategic plan. The Dean will also play a critical leadership role in the success of Beach 2030, an ambitious planning initiative launched in the fall of 2018 (more details are available at Beach 2030).

The Dean must possess an earned terminal degree from an accredited institution in the humanities, liberal arts, or social sciences; an excellent record of university teaching, scholarship and service that would warrant appointment at the rank of tenured full professor in one of the departments or programs housed in the college; demonstrated ability to lead in the areas of teaching, research, and university service; demonstrated commitment to recruiting well-qualified and diverse faculty, as well as an effective support staff who work effectively with a diverse student population; and demonstrated experience working successfully with ethnically and racially diverse student, faculty, and staff populations. For the full list of required and preferred qualifications, see the full profile at

Priority consideration will be given to materials received by March 7, 2022.

Academic Search is assisting California State University Long Beach in this search. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications (PDF preferred) should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with the senior consultant leading this search: Cynthia M. Patterson at

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran's status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.