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The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s College of Humanities and Sciences seeks qualified candidates for the position of Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences beginning June 1, 2023. UMHB seeks faculty who are active Christians and dedicated teacher-scholars to prepare students for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society.
The Associate Dean will report to the Dean of the college. The college includes three schools: the School of Humanities, the School of Natural Sciences, and the School of Social Sciences. The college offers undergraduate degree programs in 16 fields of study: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Engineering, English, Film Studies, History, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, and Speech Communication. A number of these programs also have teaching certification tracks.
In addition, the college provides the foundation of the core curriculum that undergraduate students in all majors must study. These studies prepare all UMHB students to lead lives of meaning and purpose as informed, responsible citizens. The School of Social Sciences is comprised of the Department of Psychology; the Department of Social Work, Sociology, and Criminal Justice; the Department of History and Political Science. Together, these departments provide quality program through robust curricula. The School of Social Sciences has 16 faculty and staff, and offers 19 majors. More information is available at https://www.umhb.edu/humanities-sciences/home.
UMHB is conveniently located in Belton, an historic town of 22,000 in the heart of central Texas. Nearby cities are Temple (5 miles), Waco (45 miles), Austin (65 miles), San Antonio (130 miles) and Dallas/Ft. Worth (130 miles). Excellent schools, abundant cultural and recreational opportunities, and a high quality of life are hallmarks of the local community.
Specific Responsibilities: Teaching: The associate dean will have a teaching assignment equivalent to two (2) undergraduate courses per long semester. Activities required of all faculty include exemplary teaching, curriculum development, student advising; professional attainment; and service to department, college, university, and the community. Summer teaching, if any, is paid on a separate faculty compensation scale.
Administrative: Primary responsibilities include oversight of assigned search committees; orientation and professional development of faculty; direct supervision and evaluation of full time faculty, provision of support to department chairs in hiring, supervising and evaluating adjunct faculty; supervise assigned school staff; coordination of the school’s course schedule for each term; propose new programs and course curriculum; represent the school at recruiting and other university events; program accreditation and assessment activities; budget development and oversight; articulate and implement university policy.
This is a 10-month administrative position that includes a faculty appointment. Dates of the 10th month will be determined by the dean and provost. The associate dean will have a teaching assignment equivalent to two undergraduate or graduate courses per long semester. This position is eligible for normal, full-time faculty compensation for summer teaching.
A doctoral degree from an accredited institution in a discipline taught within one of the School of Social Sciences’ departments is required:
Psychology: doctorate in Psychology or closely related field
Social Work: MSW with two (2) years’ post-masters experience, plus doctorate in social work or closely related field
Criminal Justice: doctorate in criminal justice or criminology
Sociology: doctorate in sociology
History: doctorate in history
Political Science: doctorate in political science or closely related field
Strong preference will be given to candidates with previous administrative (academic or non-academic) and/or supervisory experience.
Excellent teaching and communication skills, a dedication to professional attainment, and commitment to quality improvement are essential.
Must be an active and committed Christian.
The successful candidate should be a:
Communicative leader who can build relationships within the school, college and the University;
Strategic leader, willing to promote innovative ideas and diverse modes of course delivery as the school grows in numbers of students and programs;
Visionary leader who can further the school’s goals and objectives, identify emerging academic issues and recommend appropriate program responses;
Christian leader who can apply their personal commitment to Christ to further the Christian mission of the school, college and the university.
TO APPLY: EXTERNAL CANDIDATES - Visit www.umhb.edu/careers for more details and to apply. Please submit a cover letter, CV, transcript copies and evidence of quality teaching performance with your online application. Your letter of interest should also respond to UMHB’s mission and values, found at http://about.umhb.edu/our-mission. In addition, include in one page or less, a description of your own Christian beliefs and commitments.
INTERNAL CANDIDATES – Submit a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Stephen Baldridge, Dean, College of Humanities and Sciences (sbaldridge@UMHB.edu) with copy to Sherri Worley, Associate Vice President for Human Resources (sworley@UMHB.edu).
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
Founded in 1845, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has traditionally been known for producing excellent educators, nurses, business leaders and missionaries. That has not changed, but today UMHB is also earning recognition for its talented science and music graduates, for top-notch graduate programs in counseling, physical therapy and more.
Research done in the university's Human Performance Laboratory is being applauded for its contributions to the field of sport nutrition. The university's new competency-based education program for adult learners is the first of its kind among private colleges and universities in Texas. And enrollment at UMHB has set new records every year for the last seven years.
What's behind this success? An unapologetic dedication to Christian principles. An emphasis on inspired teaching, on making each student's learning experience the best it can be. A commitment to excellence in every aspect of university life.
If one word could be chosen to summarize what is happening at UMHB today, that word would be "MOMENTUM."
It takes a powerful force to gain momentum in an upward trajectory, and that force is present and real at UMHB today. ... Mary Hardin-Baylor is moving forward, offering Christian higher education in compelling new ways to a growing number of students. UMHB has nearly 4,000 students pursuing degrees at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree levels and nearly 500 employees including 190 full-time faculty members.
UMHB is conveniently located in Belton, an historic town of over 20,000 in the heart of central Texas. Excellent schools, abundant cultural and recreational opportunities, and a high quality of life are hallmarks of the local community.