Dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences

Position Overview

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Radford University invites applications for the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS, College) Dean carrying administrative responsibility for the operation of the College and reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The new Dean will be overseeing both the undergraduate and graduate programs of one school, eight departments and five interdisciplinary minors; supervising chairs and directors of academic departments/schools; and advancing ongoing curricular development and assessment of the College’s programs.

Radford University is a comprehensive public institution of approximately 10,500 students that has received national recognition for many of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Radford University serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 204-acre American classical campus in the Shenandoah Valley, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom.

The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences is composed of the School of Communication, eight academic departments, Army ROTC and five interdisciplinary minors that highlight the humanities and human behavior. A strong international studies and global perspective is found in all departments. Working with faculty across the University, every department engages students to develop an understanding of global social and cultural issues and to inspire each student to become an active participant in society. The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences also offers 20 minor programs designed to prepare students both as thinking and involved citizens and as highly trained professionals.

Key components of this opportunity include: leading the College to embrace its future; utilize an ultra-modern facility to encourage effective Interaction between departments; advance the curriculum and quality of academic programs; support faculty development and better teaching; support research initiatives; demonstrate financial, administrative and fundraising acumen; and most importantly, put students first.

The new Dean will possess an earned doctorate in a related field, will have a proven record as a scholar and educator and will bring significant academic and leadership experience to this position. A clear understanding of, and commitment to, the role of public regional universities in educating the next generation of leaders is essential.

Nominations and Applications

The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Dean Search Committee will begin reviewing and evaluating applications as they are received and will continue to accept and review credentials until a Dean is selected. To ensure fullest consideration, candidates are advised to submit their materials to by November 1, 2019.  

The application package should be submitted electronically in Word or PDF format and must include:

  • A Letter of Interest that demonstrates how the candidate’s credentials directly relate to the Leadership Opportunities and Qualifications sections of the position profile.
  • A current CV or resume.
  • The names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for five references, none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search or without the formal permission of the candidate.

The position profile can be downloaded above.  All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence. 

Nominators and prospective candidates may contact:

Richard A. Wueste, Ph.D.,  Executive Search Consultant / (540) 431-5131


Ronald L. Carter, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant / (704) 930-6515

Radford University does not discriminate with regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, or political affiliation in the administration of its educational programs, activities, admission, or employment practices.