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College of Arts and Humanities Dean Search


About the Position

As the chief academic and fiscal officer of the College of Arts and Humanities, the dean provides vision, leadership and support for continuous improvement in all matters affecting the college.

Responsibilities include academic program planning, budget development and oversight, curriculum development and delivery, hiring and personnel actions, faculty/staff development, planning and development for facilities and equipment, departmental operations, and responsiveness to students. Eight departments report to the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities: Art, Communication, English, World Languages, History, Music, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Theater Arts. There are 120 full-time faculty, and staff in the College of Arts and Humanities.

Some departments deliver off-site courses at university centers. In addition the dean oversees interdisciplinary programs in Asia/Pacific Studies, Latino and Latin American Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies, Film and Video Studies; and the Humanities Program; affiliated interdisciplinary programs include the Douglas Honors College, Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies, and Women Studies. The dean plays an integral role in the leadership of the Center for Teaching and Learning, which oversees the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.

Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree earned from an accredited institution in a discipline appropriate to tenure in the college.
  • Evidence of effective teaching and a strong record of research, scholarship or creative activity appropriate to appointment as a full professor.
  • Demonstrated successful leadership experience in an administrative position at a level equivalent to department chair or above.
  • Successful experience in budget management, human resource management, and strategic planning.
  • Strong interpersonal communication, writing, and speaking skills.


The complete position description including additional information about the college, position, qualifications and how to apply, is available here


Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
1111 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 106
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Refer to code “CWU-CAH” in subject line


About CWU   

Located in historic Ellensburg, Washington, CWU is about 90 miles east of Seattle in the beautiful Kittitas Valley. Nestled between the majestic Cascade Mountains and the mighty Columbia River, Ellensburg enjoys four distinct seasons perfect for backpacking, camping, mountain biking, snow skiing, river rafting, and some of the best fly-fishing in the nation.Ellensburg boasts a vibrant arts community that supports regional festivals celebrating jazz, Western music and art, film, and more.

Residents of the beautiful Kittitas Valley enjoy this quality of life at a lower rate than their urban neighbors: about $7000 per year less than the cost-of-living in Seattle; about $29,000 less annually than the cost to live and work in San Francisco. 

CWU enrolls more than 10,000 students at the residential campus in Ellensburg, at satellite campuses around the state, and on the rapidly growing online campus, "Finish Line," which offers more online degree programs than any other university in Washington. Students benefit from personal attention in small classes and a unique commitment to hands-on learning, including faculty-mentored, undergraduate research. Signature programs include accounting, supply chain management, aviation, construction management, geology, teacher education, music,physics, theater, and paramedicine.

About 25 percent of students are people of color. CWU is a destination transfer school for Washington's vigorous community college system. Half of students and 65 percent of graduates transferred to CWU from another school. About 92 percent of students are residents of Washington state.