Associate Provost and Academic Dean of the College

Office of the Provost

Openings: 2


Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for two full-time Associate Provosts and Academic Deans of the College with the Provost’s Office.

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in Saint Peter, Minn., that prepares over 2,200 undergraduates for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning. Fully accredited and known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference.

The primary areas of responsibility for the two deans will be the departments and interdisciplinary programs within the five academic divisions of the college; the division of these areas will be determined based upon the expertise and affinity of the successful candidates. The hiring of the two deans is part of a planned transition from internal interim deans, following a successful Provost search last year. Both deans will oversee and advance the work of academic programs in their areas, including oversight of budget and hiring. The two deans will work closely together, with the Provost, and with department chairs and faculty to advance the academic program of the College; a collaborative style is essential. The deans will also be responsible for oversight of general education programs, assessment of institutional student learning outcomes, and student academic experiences.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Expression of understanding and alignment with themission of Gustavus Adolphus College, including a commitment to excellence in the liberal arts

  • Achievement of a terminal degree, though not necessarily in an academic field within the division(s) they will lead

  • Achievement of the faculty rank of associate or full professor at an academic institution

  • Experience in teaching undergraduate students

  • A minimum of two years of professional leadership experience (e.g., dean, associate/assistant dean, department chair, program/office director)

  • Evidence of a commitment to college-wide goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Demonstrated active listening skills and evidence of strong oral and written interpersonal communication that is both clear and concise

  • Demonstrated collaborative leadership style working within and across divisions of an organization

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the evaluation and mentoring of faculty

  • Experience with the creation and implementation of strategic plans and initiatives

  • Experience with curriculum development

  • Appreciation for varied pedagogical techniques

  • Leadership within interdisciplinary programs

  • Experience with development and/or implementation of assessment strategies for major institutional initiatives or programs

  • Experience in budget development and management

Application Procedures: To apply for this position, please continue the process on our website, to complete the online application. A complete application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.

  • A letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences fit the position requirements and qualifications

  • A current CV

  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references.


Application review will begin on 20 January 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered.

Nominations and other inquiries should be sent electronically to the search committee co-chairs at

Applications and inquiries will be held in strictest confidence until such time as the candidate and the college mutually agree on a more public final candidacy.

Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

Posted on: 12/10/2018



Shanon Nowell | | 507-933-7541

Posted: Mon Aug 5, 2019

Apply Now