Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mercy College in New York

Deadline January 31, 2014
Date Posted December 10, 2013
Type Executive
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY


Mercy College invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The College seeks a dynamic individual who will join our energetic academic affairs team. Mercy College is an independent, nonsectarian New York metropolitan area institution offering over 90 undergraduate and graduate programs.  Mercy College remains dedicated to its mission to make available the transformational power of a college education and committed to quality, student support, and innovation.  The College has a diverse enrollment of over 10,000 students across four campuses:  Dobbs Ferry (main campus), Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown, and a vibrant online learning community.


The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences encompasses a unique constellation of undergraduate and graduate programs in social sciences and human services professional fields, including health services management, mental health counseling, criminal justice, psychology, and social work, as well as a new undergraduate program in international relations and diplomacy. 


The Dean will provide broad leadership in creating a participatory, scholarly environment characterized by the robust exchange of ideas within a shared governance structure.  Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is responsible for direct oversight of the teaching, research and operational activities of the school. 


The Deans position requires integrity and the ability to build consensus across diverse constituencies.  A deep commitment to teaching, research and a desire to contribute to the intellectual and professional development of a diverse faculty and student body is essential.  The Dean should be able to effectively advocate for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences through collaboration with administrators and offices across the College. 


The successful candidate will have an earned doctoral degree in one of the disciplines offered in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; hold or have the qualifications for the rank of full professor; have served as an academic administrator in one of the academic programs represented within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; have extensive experience in teaching, scholarship, personnel management, academic administration, curricular development, assessment, strategic planning, and  budgeting, as well as, a demonstrated record of fundraising.  


The College actively engages in recruiting a diverse workforce and student body that includes members of historically underrepresented groups, and strives to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus community.  Review of applications will begin immediately. All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews.  The College has retained R. H. Perry & Associates to assist in this search, and inquiries and nominations may be made in confidence to Dr. Judith A. Brissette, Senior Consultant, at (401) 823-0762 and


Prior to submitting application materials, please review the Executive Search Profile located at and  For full consideration, candidates should e-mail the following documents as MS Word or PDF attachments by January 31, 2014:  1) A cover letter that addresses the qualifications listed in the position profile; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) the names, and contact information for three professional references to


Mercy College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


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