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Internal UMN Search for Dean, College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS), University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is conducting an internal search for dean of CCAPS. Applications are invited from current members of the University of Minnesota faculty and senior academic administrators. A search committee has been named by the executive vice president and provost to assist in the recruitment and screening of candidates.

The position description will posted December 29 on this page and on the Office of Human Resources website. Application materials (consisting of a letter of application and curriculum vitae) should be submitted to the University’s confidential online employment system by January 12, 2022.

Position Description

About the Job

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the college. The ideal Dean will be a strategic and collaborative leader with a deep commitment to educational excellence, innovation, diversity, and service to community. The Dean will: lead and manage a collaborative and creative staff team; provide strategic leadership for programmatic, budgetary, and enrollment planning that strengthens educational and operational excellence and advances system-wide strategic priorities; build collaborations across the University leveraging resources and advancing teaching and learning innovation and reciprocal engagement with diverse communities; and build relationships with external stakeholders, including with business and industry leaders, to assess workforce needs, enhance programs, and expand learning and career opportunities for students. The CCAPS Dean also serves as a member of the Twin Cities Deans Council, playing a collaborative leadership role in campus-wide academic affairs, educational innovation, and community engagement.

Additional Information about the Position

The Dean is a full-time senior academic administrator, appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Executive Vice President and Provost. Salary will be commensurate with background and experience. Beginning date of appointment is anticipated to be in Spring 2022. The University is committed to fostering the success of its senior leaders and enhancing their effectiveness. In addition to annual performance reviews, periodic developmental and evaluative reviews are a means to support this commitment.


Candidates for Dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies must be a current University of Minnesota faculty member or senior academic administrator holding a doctoral degree and a distinguished record of academic administrative leadership and success.

The successful candidate will also bring many of the following professional experiences, skills, and personal qualities:

  • Strong record of successful leadership in UMN higher education administration and teaching
  • Demonstrated interest in university-based continuing education and professional development and understanding and appreciation for the breadth of CCAPS programs
  • Proven commitment and achievement in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience leading or collaborating to develop/improve instruction and educational programs; experience collaborating with multiple University programs and units
  • Experience in successful resource development, fundraising, fiscal management, and enrollment planning
  • Experience building and sustaining productive cross-program/cross-unit academic collaborations
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills to effectively build relationships, lead, and work collaboratively with many and diverse internal and external constituencies and partners
  • Demonstrated strengths in relationship building and the ability to foster a supportive and collaborative working and learning environment
  • Experience working with multiple units across the University to leverage resources that contribute to initiatives in online education, teaching innovation, regional workforce development, and reciprocal engagement with diverse communities

Full job description on MyU.

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For more information about the search process, please contact:
Kate Tyler, Assistant to the Provost
email: umn-ccapssearch@umn.edu

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.