Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The University, Community and Region

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a regional comprehensive university and a national model for metropolitan universities. Located in a renaissance city of 500,000 residents in Southeast Tennessee, UTC serves a vibrant and diverse student body, metropolitan area and region. With an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students, UTC offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. UTC is truly part of the fabric of Chattanooga and plays an important role in the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of the city, Tennessee and nearby bordering areas in Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina.  The UTC campus includes 141 picturesque acres nestled into downtown Chattanooga and 284 acres on Enterprise South, an industrial park and green space that serves as a learning laboratory for campus. The main footprint of campus offers the beauty of a campus in a college town with the amenities of a metropolitan location.  

UTC is the second-largest campus in the University of Tennessee system. The four academic colleges and the Graduate School offer 49 baccalaureate degrees with 103 program concentrations; 15 graduate certificate programs with 24 program concentrations; 20 master's programs with 45 program concentrations; an education specialist program with four program concentrations; and five doctoral degrees with six program concentrations. Two additional units also are led by deans: the Honors College and the Library. UTC has 10 Chairs of Excellence and an array of endowed professorships. The University’s Division 1 athletic program has been strengthened measurably over the past several years, lifting the profile of the University regionally and nationally. 

Chattanooga includes natural beauty, a revitalized riverfront, countless outdoor adventure areas and a thriving environment for arts and culture. The metropolitan area is enhanced by the diversity of its population and economy, and by a strong spirit of innovation and entrepreneurism. Chattanooga’s economic base has been revamped to focus on a mixture of innovative technology, clean energy, light manufacturing and health care employers, along with a growing number of public and private partnerships in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. The community boasts the fastest internet connectivity in the nation and offers an excellent quality of life and a very affordable cost of living. Chattanooga has been added to must-visit destination lists of several media outlets including, but not limited to, the New York Times, Travel and Leisure, Outside magazine and Southern Living. Chattanooga is known as Gig City and boasts a booming tech sector and citywide gigabit network.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest UTC college with more than 260 faculty and approximately 3,800 students.  The college generates well over half of the University’s student credit hours. The college is home to more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 13 departments including art, biology, geology and environmental science, chemistry and physics, communication, English, history, mathematics, modern and classical languages and literature, performing arts, philosophy and religion, political science and public service, psychology and social, cultural and justice studies. The college also is home to programs in humanities, military science, the Tennessee Writer’s Project and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. To review the College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan, visit: To learn more about the college, visit

The Dean

The Dean reports to the Provost, manages the day-to-day operations of the college and provides strategic leadership related to the college’s academic programs and mission.  The Dean will have the opportunity to guide and expand the college’s collaborative role in the University in support of the University’s goal of becoming a top regional university in the Southeast.  The college has excellent relationships with the community and several external program initiatives.

The Dean will:

  • Promote the success of the college’s academic programs
  • Oversee the recruitment, professional development and retention of outstanding faculty and staff
  • Review recommendations for appointment, retention, tenure and promotion
  • Improve the diversity of the college’s faculty, staff and students and promote an inclusive environment in which to live, work and learn
  • Enhance student success
  • Work in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs to enrich alumni engagement and advance philanthropic giving to the college
  • Enhance the overall research profile of faculty and students in the college through externally funded research
  • Advance experiential learning opportunities

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications: 

  • Terminal degree from an accredited university and in a discipline represented in the college
  • Successful administrative experience at the level of Chair, Head, or above, with experience in building and/or leading a successful unit—getting associates and colleagues to think, plan and act together in a cohesive and cooperative manner
  • A strong record of research or creative achievement meriting appointment at the rank of professor
  • A demonstrated record of intentional and successful actions to foster and enhance inclusion, equity and diversity
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a complex organization, including experience with program or institutional accreditation, strategic long-range planning, financial stewardship, human resource development, management and evaluation and resource allocation
  • A commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinary instruction and scholarship
  • Sound judgment and decision-making
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Integrity and professionalism that is above reproach
  • Professional values and achievements compatible with the UTC strategic plan:
  • Experience building and growing productive ties to the community
  • Experience balancing the conflicting and competing demands upon faculty time and attention and creating successful support programs to assist/improve faculty productivity
  • Experience in student success and development efforts, including activities related to life skills
  • Success in fundraising and alumni engagement

Application Process

The Search Committee invites applications, inquiries and nominations for this position. Applications should be accompanied by a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of at least five professional references to the search firm assisting the University. Review of applications will begin immediately, however, it is preferred that all nominations and applications be received by Jan. 15, 2020. All inquiries, applications and nominations in confidence should be directed to:

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal
Parker Executive Search ||
Phone:  770-804-1996 ext.: 109   Fax:  770-804-1917

UTC takes its commitment to inclusion, equity and diversity seriously. Letters of interest and other application materials should specifically address the candidate’s intentional and systematic initiatives and accomplishments related to that commitment. 

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its educational and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability or covered veteran status.