Academic Dean Search
Methodist Theological School in Ohio seeks applications for the position of Academic Dean.
As the principal academic officer of the school, the Academic Dean has responsibility for administering MTSO’s academic programs and providing general oversight of programs involving faculty development, the curriculum and student life. The Dean is responsible for: administering the rules and policies of the seminary and coordinating the effectiveness of academic programs; providing outstanding leadership that embraces emerging directions in theological education; exhibiting intellectual leadership; and building, shaping and leading programs and projects in accordance with MTSO’s strategic initiatives. The Dean is also accountable for compliance with institutional policies and for maintaining the highest ethical standards in graduate theological education.
The Academic Dean will have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a discipline relevant to the work of a theological school and have a record of excellence in academic scholarship sufficient to be a tenured member of the faculty.
Elected by the Board of Trustees at the recommendation of the President and with concurrence from the faculty, the Dean reports directly to the President. The responsibility assigned to this position is by broad directive and is generally accomplished through accountability to the faculty rather than direct supervision from the President.
The Dean shall have primary responsibility and accountability for all the activities of the faculty and academic administrators of the School, including the Registrar, the Director of the Course of Study School of Ohio, the Director of the Library, the Director of Field Education, the Director of the Doctor of Ministries Program, and the Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries.
Examples of Work Performed
The Dean facilitates, promotes and coordinates graduate theological education at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. S/he is expected to provide leadership in bringing the institution to maturity by developing goals to enhance the educational mission of MTSO. Interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary initiatives related to ecological sustainability, anti-racism, and transformational leadership and that make use of MTSO’s considerable technological capabilities are a priority.
The Academic Dean’s responsibilities include (not in priority order):
- Providing intellectual leadership and a strong commitment to graduate theological education.
- Spearheading educational advances at MTSO and providing leadership in strategic planning activities, management of the academic budget, and in advancing diversity and inclusion goals.
- Providing general oversight, supervision, and evaluation of all educational programs, faculty and other academic administrators of MTSO.
- Applying rules and regulations governing MTSO’s structure, academic accreditation requirements, faculty governance, faculty appointments, and policies and procedures related to student admissions, degree requirements, and student grievances and appeal.
- Maintaining relationship to and leadership within the MTSO Board of Trustees.
- Maintaining relationships with MTSO’s various constituencies, including, among others, the Association of Theological Schools, the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus and judicatories of various denominations.
- Ensuring academic representation of MTSO in other relevant ecclesiastical and academic contexts, serving as the School’s representative when appropriate or necessary.
- Establishing, implementing and monitoring compliance with the bylaws and policies of the School, ATS, and state and federal guidelines, regulations and requirements.
- Normally teaching one course per year in her/his academic area.
- Carrying out other duties negotiated according to candidate’s strengths and desires for shaping the position, as assigned in consultation with the President.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The successful candidate must offer a distinguished record of academic accomplishment, including research, teaching and administrative experience. If not a member of the United Methodist Church or a denomination that is historically Methodist, candidates must be conversant with the Wesleyan tradition and committed to the ministry of the church. Commitment to developing, enhancing and sustaining a diverse student body and faculty and to fully integrating principles of diversity and inclusion into the campus’s teaching, research, service and clinical activities; ability to work in a collegial manner and maintain effective collaborations with a variety of persons, internal and external to the organization; ability to plan, develop and implement complex strategic goals and program initiatives that require effective management of resources over short and long time frames; and excellent verbal and communication abilities are desired skills.
Applicants should send a letter of interest and CV to email@example.com. Consideration of applications will begin Dec. 30. The position is open until filled. Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.