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California State University, Fullerton
  • Position Number: 2147604
  • Location: Fullerton, CA
  • Position Type: Deans - Business

498402 - Dean, College of Business & Economics

Classificaiton: Administrator IV
Department: Dean College of Business and Economics
Sub-Division: Vice President Academic Affairs
Salary Range: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
Appointment Type: At -Will
Time Base: Full Time
Work Schedule: Monday Friday, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM

About CSUF:
Founded in 1957, California State University, Fullerton is a leading campus of the CSU, serving as an intellectual and cultural center for Southern California and a driver of workforce and economic development. Cal State Fullerton is the largest campus in the California State University system. Standing on 241 acres in the heart of Southern California, Cal State Fullerton is a large, comprehensive, urban university with more than 41,000 students and 4,127 full- and part-time faculty and staff members. The university combines the best qualities of teaching and research universities, with actively engaged students, faculty, and staff working in close collaboration to expand knowledge. In fall of 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked CSUF fourth among regional public universities in the West. In addition, Cal State Fullerton is number one in the CSU and number one in California among public universities in the number of bachelors degrees awarded.

Cal State Fullerton is strongly committed to achieving excellence through diversity and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Eligible Institution. CSUF is number one in California for conferring baccalaureate degrees to both women and Hispanics; number two in the nation for graduating underrepresented students; and with more than 80,000 applications every fall, a first-choice institution known for its national rankings in both academic rigor and lowest net cost. The university is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work, and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. CSUF is also the number one destination for community college transfer students among all California public universities for 18 of the past 21 years.

Job Summary:
California State University, Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton or CSUF) seeks a visionary, collaborative leader to serve as Dean of the College of Business and Economics. The Dean will have the opportunity to shape and guide the College through a pivotal time in the history of higher education, with the chance to impact the direction and success of the College for years to come.

The College of Business and Economics (CBE), the largest AACSB-accredited business school on the West Coast, with over 23,000 students earning bachelor's and master's degrees during the past decade to prepare them for success in the workplace. Working across six academic departments and over a dozen Centers of Excellence, the College's faculty not only teach and mentor students but also conduct groundbreaking world-class research within their respective disciplines. The College also benefits from its dynamic location in California, the fifth largest economy in the world, and in Orange County, one of the largest, most diverse economies in the country. The immense presence of CBE in the region has strong links to the economic progress of the area.

The next Dean will bring to Cal State Fullerton a passion for supporting student learning, world-class faculty, and a dedicated staff. The College sits well-poised to engage even more fully with the surrounding business and alumni community, to build bridges across the university, and to manage the College to its fullest potential of education and research. The College enjoys an unusually dynamic environment, serving a wide swath of students, including a majority of first generation and underrepresented students. CBE Faculty merge theory with practice to help guide graduates into not just jobs, but careers. By virtue of its scale and position - the largest business college of the largest university of the largest university system of the largest economy in the country - the leadership work of the new Dean will have an impact far beyond the walls of the College of Business and Economics.

About the College of Business and Economics
Located in one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial business communities in the United States, the College of Business and Economics is the third-largest accredited business school in the nation and the largest on the West Coast. Home to more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the College enrolls nearly a quarter of the students at Cal State Fullerton and is the largest of the university's eight colleges.

Since its founding in 1959, the College has remaining committed to providing a high-quality education that balances theory and practice. Today, CBE is home to 114 tenure/tenure-track faculty and 182 lecturers. The College offers bachelor's degrees in business administration (with 17 concentrations) and in international business; two MBA programs; five additional master's degrees supported by six academic departments (accounting, economics, finance, information systems and decision sciences, management, and marketing); a graduate certificate program in human resources management; and a non-degree program in business communication.

According to a 2017 study in the Journal of Education for Business, the College was ranked 20th in the U.S. in research productivity in business and management education. Faculty in each of the College's six departments are leaders in research, contributing to the body of knowledge in their respective disciplines while also having cross-disciplinary implications for application and impact. In recent years, CBE faculty have published nearly 500 ranked journal articles, on topics as diverse as the impact of social media on workplaces to the volatility of the stock market. The College's commitment to research excellence ensures that students are educated by leading innovators and voices in the field.

CBE is also home to a number of Centers of Excellence, which serve as a bridge between the College and related industries. These faculty-led think tanks address key community-based issues, tackle global challenges, provide invaluable services to the local business and government sectors, and link students and alumni to real-world learning and networking experiences.

The student body of the College is the largest and one of the most diverse on the West Coast. The College is comprised of 33% Latinx students and 28% Asian-American/Pacific Islander students. Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked CSUF number one in the nation for degrees in business awarded to Latinx/Hispanic students and number two in the nation for the number of undergraduate business degrees awarded to Asian-American students. The College offers academic advising, career advising, and tutoring services to all CBE students, in addition to the services provided by Cal State Fullerton.

CBE is accredited by the AACSB, and the Accounting program holds its own separate AACSB accreditation, making CBE one of only two universities in California with both types of AACSB accreditation. Re-accreditation will take place in 2023-2024.

Role of the Dean

Under the direction of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the College of Business and Economics serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the College. In addition to providing leadership for the College, the Dean works closely with the President's Advisory Board, the Dean's Advisory Board, and the Council of Deans. The Dean will provide vision and leadership for the College and will be responsible for advocating for diversity among faculty, staff, and students, equity in individual experience and outcomes, and inclusivity in the culture and curriculum of the College. Working in a fully collegial environment with faculty, the Dean provides management and oversight for all aspects of the College and furthers the mission and goals of the College and of Cal State Fullerton by enabling faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

The Dean's primary responsibilities will include the following:

Providing strong, consistent, transparent, and fair leadership. Ensuring collaborative and collegial decision-making within the College and with stakeholders throughout the university and local community. Shaping a vision for the College that is consistent with the university's strategic plan and ongoing strategic planning within the College. Leading the College's fundraising and grant-seeking efforts, as well as building relationships with stakeholders. Enhancing the College's ability to enable ethnically and culturally diverse students, faculty, and staff to thrive. Increasing the College's visibility in academic and professional communities nationally and internationally. Leading the College's educational efforts by building and strengthening pipelines for students from all backgrounds to become successful, engaged CBE graduates and alumni. Creating and sustaining an environment supportive of research, scholarship, and creative activity for all faculty within all departments and programs, including leveraging the centers of excellence in the College. Providing oversight of the College's instructional programs including leadership in curriculum improvement, innovation, and assessment of student learning. Planning and administering the annual budgeting process and the budget for the College. Maintaining and overseeing AACSB accreditation. Serving as chief mentor and manager for the College's staff and personnel. Other duties as assigned.

Key Opportunities and Challenges for the Dean

The next Dean will build upon the College's many strengths and further advance its mission to provide a high-quality, relevant, compelling business education to students from across Southern California and beyond. Serving as a collaborative, supportive, and approachable leader who models accountability and respect, the Dean will be a tireless advocate at all levels for support for the College's success. In doing so, the Dean will address the following opportunities and challenges:

Craft and execute a comprehensive, forward-looking vision for the College

The Dean will be charged with preserving the College's distinctive qualities while simultaneously moving the College forward, advancing its standing both regionally and nationally, and envisioning a bright future for CBE that continues to build toward the highest possible levels of excellence. Upon arrival, the Dean will listen to and learn from key stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and university leaders, to identify and establish a clear vision for the College. The Dean will coalesce a well-defined set of goals and strategy for moving the College forward, recognizing the environment in which the university as a whole is operating. To do so, the Dean will bring an understanding of the landscape of higher education, business education, and the role of rankings on the national landscape, while also attending to the unique mission ecosystem of the College and of CSUF. The success of the College's vision will rely on the Dean's ability to unite diverse stakeholders to ensure that all groups are excited about and engaged by the collective vision and their role in its execution.

Strengthen and grow external relationships

The next Dean will be the ultimate ambassador for the College of Business and Economics and will advocate boldly for resources. The Dean will deepen significant external relationships across the region, the CSU system, and the state. Orange County is a politically and demographically diverse region with a robust and engaged business community, many of whom have ties to CSUF. By establishing and cementing long-term, synergistic relationships with foundations, corporate donors, and key individuals, as well as looking for opportunities for academic collaborations and job placements, the Dean will strengthen fundraising and alumni engagement. In addition to regular sustained advancement efforts for the College, the Dean will play a role in ongoing fundraising efforts for the first University comprehensive campaign in 60 years, alongside decanal and university colleagues. Finally, the Dean will be a partner within the CSU system, building networks that make the most of California's position as the fifth-largest economy in the world and the CSU as a driver of that economy through education of the workforce of the present and the future.

Demonstrate thoughtful and strong internal management skills to bolster the College

The Dean will bring strong interpersonal skills, as well as a sense of fairness, respect, and trust to the innerworkings of the College. Furthermore, the Dean should strive to be accessible, inclusive, and consultative across campus, but especially within the College, recognizing and supporting the key roles of faculty and staff in providing a high quality education which leads to student success in the workplace. The Dean will be an accomplished manager - aware of how to lead leaders and not micromanage - and will oversee a team and the daily operations of a large, complex, unionized organization. The Dean will prioritize management and leadership needs to identify highest priority activities, opportunities for delegation, and the most effective and efficient operationalization for the College. In addition, the Dean will support the professional development and satisfaction of College staff and faculty. A critical part of this work will be attracting and retaining high quality faculty, both full- and part-time, listening well, engaging in collegial and shared decision-making, and ensuring faculty success in teaching and research.

Support high-quality education in an unprecedented environment

CSU Fullerton has long been a tremendous educator of students, blending theory with practice and connecting students with faculty and with opportunities in the business community. Recognizing the innovative hallmarks of the business world, the College can lead in the adoption and implementation of technology to bridge the remote environment caused by the pandemic, establishing and embracing new modes for education and connection among students to replace, temporarily, the community environment created by classroom teaching and personal interactions in the beautiful physical space of the College. The Dean will bring understanding of high-impact teaching practices, for this pandemic disruption and even beyond, and the shift that must happen to remain cutting edge and competitive in providing top tier education to students, while continuing to engage faculty in their educational efforts. Additionally, in a rapidly changing marketplace, the Dean must work closely with faculty and other stakeholders to ensure that the current curriculum is reflective of a dynamic and fast-paced global landscape.

Serve as a collaborative, engaged, and inclusive campus leader

The Dean will set the cultural tone of the College, including attending to student needs; supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion; and ensuring the College is a valued partner across the university, helping the College become a leader among all colleges within CSUF. The College serves large numbers of first generation and underrepresented minority students, who bring to their college careers remarkable skillsets of grit, work-life balance, cultural competency, and ability to carry multiple competing priorities (such as full-time paid work and other family responsibilities alongside schooling). The opportunity to have an impact on student lives, professional development, and careers is unprecedented, and this Dean will embrace a student-centered ethos. In addition, the Dean will seek to understand the current climate of diversity and inclusion in the College, including the strides already made and areas still in need of improvement to advance this critical strategic priority. Finally, recognizing the breadth of CSUF, the Dean will seek opportunities for collaboration across the university, seeking synergies and bridging the work of the College to the community as an entity. The university prides itself on being a collegial and civil place, and the Dean will partner with others to push forward efforts to raise the work of the whole.

Essential Qualifications:
Earned terminal degree from an accredited institution in business or related discipline and/or equivalent experience, as appropriate to the position as a Dean of the College of Business and Economics. Demonstrated record of teaching, research, and service and/or experience meriting appointment as a tenured professor in the college. Three or more years of progressive administrative responsibilities as a dean, associate dean, department chair, center director, or comparable position outside of academia, including experience in strategic planning, policy development, budget oversight, effective leadership, supervision and management of personnel, successful mentorship, and collegial collaboration as a member of an administrative team. Proven track record in fundraising, developing relationships and maintaining partnerships, and generating support. Experience working in an organization of diverse individuals in terms of race, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, and physical ability and enhancing collaboration, climate, and outcomes within that space. Strong interpersonal skills including excellent listening, oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Capacity to understand, shape, and implement the universitys mission and goals.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated understanding of the range of disciplines offered in the College. Significant experience solving a variety of complex curricular, fiscal/budgetary, and human resources challenges, and organizational management experience at a complex organization or accredited institution of higher learning similar to Cal State Fullerton. Experience with a collective bargaining environment and ability to navigate policy. Commitment to implementing initiatives to facilitate student success, enhance learning, and narrow achievement gaps. Proven record of advocacy for academic personnel and programs. Record of innovation in learning materials and/or curriculum as well as experience assessing outcomes and implementing improvements. Demonstrated record of collegial decision-making through shared governance with faculty. Understanding of the role of online education. Understanding of and commitment to international students and partnerships. Substantial experience leading organizational change. An active portfolio of professional affiliations and connections appropriate to the College.

Special Working Conditions:
Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator

Additional Information:
California State University, Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the Universitys strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

The scope of responsibilities for this position includes the making or participating in the making of decisions that may have a material financial benefit on the incumbent. Therefore, you will be required to file an initial Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interests within thirty (30) days from date of hire and on an annual basis; and complete the CSU sponsored ethics on-line training within thirty (30) days of appointment, and at least once during each consecutive period of two calendar years following the appointment.

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.

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

If you are applying for a staff position, please note that you are not eligible to work concurrently in a staff position and an Academic Student position such as Graduate Assistant, Teaching Associate, Instructional Student Assistant or a Student Assistant position.

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function.

Employee/applicant who submits an application for a position may be required to successfully complete job related performance test(s) as part of the selection process.

California State University, Fullerton is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (i.e. H1-B Visas).

Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For best consideration, please apply by January 8, 2021. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:

Application Deadline: Apr 08, 2021 (9:00 PM)

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