Dean of Undergraduate Studies

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Mt. Stuart above the Ellensburg Valley

In-Person Campus Interviews

We are excited to announce four finalists in the search for the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Each of the finalists will be visiting campus beginning June 6. The main day of the visit will be a full day on the Ellensburg Campus with an Open Forum at 3:00 p.m. with a presentation by the candidate and a time for Q&A. The open forum will also be available for streaming.

Candidate 1: Roger Haro, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Science & Health, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (UWL)

June 6th - 8th, 2022 | Roger Haro C.V.

Campus Open Forum, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., June 7, Shaw-Smyser 115 and Zoom Webinar

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jun 7, 2022 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Dean, UG Search Open Forum, Candidate 1

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Passcode: 551724

Candidate 2: Yoshiko Takahashi, Professor and Interim Associate Dean, College of Social Sciences, and Interim Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, California State University, Fresno

June 8th - 10th, 2022 | Yoshiko Takahashi C.V.

Campus Open Forum, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., June 9, Shaw-Smyser 115 and Zoom Webinar

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jun 9, 2022 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Dean, UG Search Open Forum, Candidate 2

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Passcode: 312251

Please use the Feedback Form to provide feedback to the Search Commitee about the candidates. Thank you!

Please direct any comments to:

Dr. Ediz Kaykayoglu, Chair, Dean of Undergraduate Studies Search Commitee and Dean, Extended and Global Education.

Email: Phone: (509) 963-1412

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CWU Student Study Group

About the Role

The Dean is the leader of Undergraduate Studies, with opportunities to promote high quality academic programs and student achievement among a diverse student body. With CWU’s continued commitment to equity, diversity, inclusivity, and belongingness, the Dean will collaborate with the units of Undergraduate Studies and across an engaged campus community to promote inclusion, transparency and partnership among programs, departments, and units. The Dean will be an innovative, emotionally intelligent leader who can inspire Undergraduate Studies to meet its mission of promoting a supportive, equitable, collaborative, and engaged learning environment. Under the leadership of its new president, Dr. A. James Wohlpart, CWU is currently engaged in strategic planning for the institution. The Dean will be integral to its implementation by providing vision and leadership for Undergraduate Studies.

    As the leader of the unit, the Dean will have the opportunity to provide leadership in the following activities: program planning, budget management, personnel actions, faculty/staff development, curriculum delivery, planning for facilities and equipment, departmental operations, and strategic planning for the following areas:

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    Dean Hall & Sculpture

    The Dean collaborates closely with the administration, support services, faculty, staff, and students at the university, community agencies, and the general public. The dean provides leadership in advancing the unit among its many constituencies, and in positioning the unit to respond successfully to the challenges and opportunities of contemporary higher education. The Dean will be able to enhance student success by continually improving the delivery of curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs at CWU. The Dean will actively establish partnerships with alumni, industry, government and accrediting agencies and other external constituencies to support and promote the unit’s diverse departments and programs.

    Work Assignment

    The Dean reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Life and works under general direction, the incumbent will independently plan and organize work assignments. Projects and specific tasks may be assigned by the supervisor either verbally or in writing. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure department goals are being met. In addition, the Dean oversees the activities of multiple department chairs and program directors and acts as an appointing authority for unit faculty and staff.


    • Required Qualifications
      • Earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution.
      • Accumulated record of teaching effectiveness, professional leadership, and scholarship sufficient to support tenure and appointment in one of the university’s academic departments.
      • Demonstrated successful administrative, leadership, and budget experience in an institution of higher education.
      • Demonstrated commitment to supporting and engaging students of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds to expand and enhance their educational experience and career goals in accordance with the university philosophy supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and academic success.
      • Oversight and preparation of accreditation reports and/or in conducting accreditation reviews.
      • Excellent interpersonal communication, writing, and speaking skills.
      • Evidence of academic vision for the unit that embraces justice, equity, and inclusion.
      • Ability to foster collaborative and inclusive relationships with faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
      • Experience supporting the curriculum process, including proposals through assessment, undergraduate research, scholarship, and/or creative experiences.

      OR applicable combination of education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position

    • Preferred Qualifications
      • Administration of an academic department or academic unit.
      • Raising funds from sources external to the institution.
      • Incorporating technology and multiple delivery modes in curriculum and educational programs.
      • Developing program-level strategic plans.
      • Developing, reviewing, assessing, and evaluating academic programs.
      • Demonstrated experience in faculty personnel evaluation.
      • Experience recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff.
      • A record of promoting inclusivity in the work environment.
      • Experience or interest in mentoring students from a variety of backgrounds.
      • Life experiences that demonstrate an ability to contribute to CWU’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.
      • Demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for minoritized students through culturally competent and inclusive programming.
      • Experience working in a unionized environment.