Cal Poly Pomona


Recruitment No. N/A
Administrative Grade Level Administrative Grade Level IV
Collective Bargaining Unit N/A
College/Department The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Timebase Full-time
Type of Appointment Management Personnel Plan (MPP IV)
Application Materials Required Letter of Interest and Qualifications, Current Vitae or Resume, and References Required
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Recruitment Closing Date Open Until Filled. First consideration will be given to completed application packages received no later than February 20, 2013


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.


Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system. Our ethnically diverse student population of approximately 21,000 enrolls in 60 baccalaureate, 26 master’s degree programs and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, presented by 1,000 faculty. We increasingly recruit students from throughout California and beyond. The students are success and career-focused and extremely diverse. We are proud of our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. We have a strong commitment to supporting scholarship, research, and student achievement. Our scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg, is located about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural regions in the country, and within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The University is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities. The mission of the University is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world.  Additional information about the University may be found online at

THE COLLEGE:  The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) provides introductory and advanced course work in more than 20 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, and plays a major role in the University’s General Education Program.  Its programs develop creative and critical thinking skills and emphasize the application of theory to practice.  Each quarter, CLASS serves over 21,000 students, who learn through performance-based activities in the humanities, arts and social sciences.  The College supports initiatives that engage students and faculty in the collaborative pursuit of knowledge.  The College promotes access to its programs among underrepresented student populations, and provides resources and services vital to student success.  It connects students to the surrounding community and the wider world through community-based service learning, national competitions, internships, and international programs.


The Dean of CLASS reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a part of the Management Personnel Plan as an Administrator Level IV.  The Dean serves as a member of the academic Deans Council, and works closely with others in Academic Affairs.  The Dean position is responsible for implementing the College’s strategic plan and for meeting the College’s advancement goals.  The Dean is responsible for fundraising and development work in the College, a major priority as State funding declines.  The Dean heads a College leadership team consisting of two associate deans, 10 department chairs and 43 staff.  The Dean promotes and celebrates faculty scholarship and creative activities and supports the teacher/scholar model.  The Dean promotes collaboration and diversity, team building and active involvement among the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the surrounding community; provides strategies to ensure innovation in teaching and learning; and directs the development of new College and University-based initiatives.  The Dean seeks to develop partnerships with the surrounding community and collaborates in advancing K-12 teacher preparation.  The Dean supports initiatives that promote the professional development of faculty and staff and engages students and faculty in active collaboration in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and in the integration of the performing arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences and technologies.  The Dean manages all fiscal and personnel responsibilities.  The Dean oversees faculty and staff recruitment, development, and evaluation consistent with existing collective bargaining agreements, as well as representing the College to external constituents.  The Dean provides leadership in College efforts in strategic planning and enrollment, program review, and accreditation.  Requires driving on a frequent basis to attend meeting with donors, meet with external campus constituents, attend on/off-campus events, and attend conferences. Finally, the Dean plays a leadership role built upon collaboration, empathy, trust, and integrity.



    • Earned terminal degree or equivalent in a discipline taught within the College
    • At least four years of administrative experience as department chair, associate dean, dean, or equivalent
    • Academic record in teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activities, which merit appointment at the tenured full Professor level in one of the College’s departments
    • At least three years of budget management experience
    • Collaborative style of leadership
    • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, research/creative activities and service as manifested in the diverse disciplines in the College
    • Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and a commitment to ensuring that this excellence is promoted and sustained through the faculty recruitment and the reappointment, tenure, and promotion process
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Experience leading diverse groups such as faculty, staff, and students
    • Demonstrated success in, or understanding of, fundraising and development
    • Appreciation and respect for diversity and for working in a multi-cultural, and multi-lingual environment


    • Demonstrated commitment to shared, transparent governance within a university setting
    • Demonstrated ability to promote a learning-centered approach that reinforces and extends programs and initiatives based in the College
    • Ability to provide energetic support for solicitation and implementation of grant funding from federal, state, and other external sources
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with the senior leadership of the University and with constituencies from other colleges and content fields within the University
    • Experience in understanding a collective bargaining environment
    • Competence in at least one other language in addition to English spoken as a heritage language by CPP students

This position is currently on the List of Conflict of Interest Designated Positions for Cal Poly Pomona.  This requires the filing of a statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every two years thereafter.  Visit the Conflict of Interest webpage for additional information:


APPOINTMENT DATE/SALARY:  The University seeks to have a dean in place in Summer 2013.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The position includes a very attractive benefits package. 

NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS:  First consideration will be given to completed application packages received no later than February 20, 2013.  A completed application package will include:
1)  A letter of interest, which explains in detail and, where possible, provides
      examples of how the candidate meets each of the qualifications specified in this

2)   A current curriculum vitae or resume; 

3)  The names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least
      5 references.  Additional information may be requested.  Hiring authority will conduct
      due diligence on selected finalists.  Finalists will be required to complete a University
      employment application.

At the time of hire, the incumbent must have a driver's license valid in California. Within 30 days of hire, the employee will be required to have a California driver's license.

Electronic submission of application material is required.

Please email inquiries, nominations, and completed applications to:

Search Committee, Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
c/o Laura E. Valdez, Search Coordinator
International Center
Cal Poly Pomona University
(909) 869-3267

Finalists for this position may be required to submit to and successfully pass a LiveScan criminal records check prior to being hired.


Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.


Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal Poly Pomona Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:


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.

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