Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences and Education

Buffalo, NY

D’Youville invites nominations for, and inquiries and applications from, individuals interested in taking on a transformational leadership opportunity as the Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences and Education (SASE). The new Dean is charged with reinvigorating the School and collaborating across the institution on strategic priorities. The School is currently comprised of Biology and Mathematics; Business; Chemistry; Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as a transformative Doctor of Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) program. The new Dean will start in early January 2022 and report to the new Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Natalia Blank.

The School of Arts, Sciences, and Education delivers the critical foundation for undergraduate education at D’Youville, producing nearly 60% of the College’s total undergraduate credits in the social sciences, humanities, mathematics, business, and basic sciences. The School offers 22 degree programs, with several new programs in the pipeline, and is charged with building the foundation of knowledge for students to develop into critical thinkers, responsible citizens, dynamic leaders, and compassionate human beings. 

Reinvigorate The School of Arts, Sciences, and Education:

The next Dean will have the opportunity to strengthen collaborative ties within the entire campus. It is essential that the Dean develops an understanding and is supportive of where the institution is heading because it is on a trajectory for excellence. The Dean should seek synergies that will benefit students, faculty, administrators, and staff, as well as the broader community. The Dean should capitalize on the strengths of the faculty and staff to move the School forward with a sense of commitment, direction, transparency, communication, and purpose. The Dean must nurture innovation and rely less on the traditional mode of operation. It will be important for the Dean to review program enrollments and provide the leadership to evaluate proper staffing of academic areas and lead with creative programming. The new Health Professions Hub provides opportunities for faculty and students to become involved in many areas such as mental health, counseling, and other internships and experiences.

Oversee implementation of an updated general education curriculum: 

D’Youville faculty members have recently redesigned a core curriculum with a progressive new general education program rooted in the mission of the institution and responsive to the needs of a global society and changing trends in higher education. The new general education model is mission-aligned, transfer-friendly, and focused on inclusive excellence and the use of high impact pedagogies. Students now engage in interdisciplinary inquiry into big questions that matter. The new Dean will work with department chairs, faculty, academic advisors, the Registrar and Enrollment Management to facilitate implementation and assessment of the new curriculum and make necessary modifications to ensure that students are receiving the best education.

Support online learning:

D’Youville is accelerating online learning as a growth strategy. The Dean is expected to work with the Office of Online Learning on new program design and implementation and professional development to ensure exceptional online pedagogy and course delivery.

Support the department chairs:

In their roles with leadership, professional development, course scheduling, budget management, and designing a creative work environment for their faculty members and students. The Dean will work with department chairs and faculty to collaborate with other schools and departments to ensure that courses meet the mission and are delivered with exceptional quality in both face-to face and online modalities. The Dean will nurture and support scholarly activity and will find new venues to recognize and showcase impressive scholarly activity of the School Faculty and Students. The Dean must also maintain an environment that supports excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship and represent the School and D’Youville at city, state, and national levels.

Support the Vice President for Academic Affairs on new and revised program development:

It is imperative that the new Dean work toward creatively growing student enrollment within the School in both new and existing programs. Developing robust new on-ground and online programs with financial modeling and enrollment projections is expected. This includes participating in new program development aligned with the Health Professions Hub and new K12 outreach efforts (e.g., workforce development, high school partnerships, certificates, and associate degrees). It will be imperative that the Dean work on establishing internships, study abroad, and improving community engagement.

Required Qualifications:

The next Dean of the SASE will: 1) hold an earned doctorate in a degree area related to disciplines within the school; 2) have a record of scholarship, research, teaching, and service, and have been successfully tenured, and 3) demonstrate successful administrative experience.

The search committee will also highly value:

  • A high level of emotional intelligence; trustworthy and honest 
  • An advocate and supporter for diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Able to make decisive difficult decisions 
  • A visionary and thoughtful risk taker 
  • A skilled compassionate listener and communicator 
  • Successful experience with budget management 
  • The ability and desire to create change in a transparent and collaborative process A commitment to student support and success within an inclusive climate for learning 
  • A demonstrated record of transparent, accessible, empathetic, motivating leadership that encourages, nurtures, and inspires faculty, staff, and students 
  • Strong analytic, organizational, and innovative qualities (a forward thinker) 
  • Experience with technology and on-line course development and implementation 
  • An understanding of a faculty union environment and support for faculty governance 
  • The capacity for seeking and writing grants, as well as other fundraising initiatives 
  • Experience with evaluation and selection of faculty 
  • Knowledge of and successful experience with accreditation and evaluation 
  • Experience uniting and enhancing a sense of community and pride

Applications must include:

1) A letter of interest addressing the expectations of the position 

2) A current curriculum vitae (CV)

3) A list of five professional references with contact information, including email addresses, as well as a note explaining the candidate’s working relationship with each. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate and at a later date. 

About the Institution:

D’Youville is a highly regarded private college and research institution with a rich history located on the vibrant West Side of Buffalo adjacent to a growing downtown with year-round cultural events and outdoor recreation. While preparing students for the 21st-century, D’Youville excels at helping students reach their career goals as change agents, doing well for themselves and their communities by doing good. Under the leadership of President Lorrie Clemo, the university is moving boldly forward through a dynamic and integrated planning process to strengthen the institution and positively impact the student experience and surrounding community.

Founded in 1908, the Grey Nuns named the college after the Patron Saint Marguerite D’Youville and committed to making it a compassionate place of learning for those from underrepresented populations. That commitment and tradition continue today. D’Youville was the first college in Western New York to offer baccalaureate degree programs for women. With a long Catholic history, D’Youville welcomes students of every culture, background, and faith and is a place where different faith traditions can be openly shared and respected. Coeducational since 1971, D’Youville strives to expand opportunities for diverse learners, including adults, first-generation, low-income, and other students historically underrepresented in higher education.

Today, D’Youville features an urban, growing campus community of 3,000 students and offers more than 50 majors in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral studies including advanced certificates and accelerated learning programs. Featuring degrees in healthcare, business, and the liberal arts, D’Youville encourages students to balance their learning with activities that integrate community service with coursework. D’Youville’s proud graduates have the academic strengths necessary for careers that make a difference and the skills to be leaders for the world. To learn more about D’Youville, please visit

D’Youville provides equality of opportunity to all persons in respect to employment and to admission of students. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs. It continues to be the policy of D’Youville not to discriminate on the basis of disability. No person is denied admission, employment or access solely because of any physical, mental, or medical impairment, which is unrelated to the ability to engage in activities involved in the education requirements or occupation for which applications have been made.