Dean of Humanities

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Application deadline: April 6, 2020

Senior Consultant: Ann Die Hasselmo

Consultant: Chris Butler

Associate Consultant: Melissa Anderson Parker

Dean of Humanities


St. Norbert College seeks candidates with a record of distinguished academic and administrative accomplishment to serve as the next dean of humanities. St. Norbert College, a thriving, nationally ranked Catholic liberal arts college known for its academic excellence, international focus, and leadership and service opportunities is situated on an attractive, riverside campus in De Pere, Wisconsin, a community contiguous with the city of Green Bay. The humanities division is an integral aspect of academic affairs at St. Norbert and is central to the college’s mission.


About St. Norbert: St. Norbert College is a liberal arts institution rooted in the Norbertine practices of communio and localitas and welcomes applications from members of all backgrounds and faith traditions. The college has seen remarkable recent development with robust entering student classes, $150 million of construction and renovation expenditures in the last decade, and a major increase in the endowment in the last 30 years. The college’s mission includes providing an educational environment that fosters intellectual, spiritual, and personal development for its 2,081 students. The college seeks those who will contribute to its mission and support its commitment to building a vibrant, diverse, and spiritually engaged community. The mission statement is available here.

The Green Bay metropolitan area offers abundant opportunities for recreational and cultural endeavors, growing communities with modern and historical housing options, top-tier schools, and world-class health care. Northeast Wisconsin is home to Fortune 500 companies as well as thriving start-ups, and is served by its own international airport. Additional information is available here.

About the Humanities Division: The Humanities Division strives to create habits of mind and spirit leading to life-long learning and curiosity about humanity. Through intellectual rigor and open discussion and debate, the division explores together how to aid students in being robust critical thinkers and exemplary communicators, speaking and writing clearly. Through its disciplinary offerings, the Division of Humanities constitutes an integral part of a liberal arts education and plays a vital role in the intellectual, moral and personal development of St. Norbert’s students. In the humanities, students learn problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities that these majors bring to their careers. The division consists of six academic disciplines – Communication and media studies, English, History, Modern languages and literatures, Philosophy, and Theology and religious studies – and also sponsors five interdisciplinary programs – American studies, Classical studies, Humanities, Integrative studies, and Women’s and gender studies.

The Division of Humanities employs 58 faculty, 41 of whom are full-time and tenure-track. The student-to-faculty ratio at St. Norbert is approximately 13:1, and there are 319 students in the Division of Humanities. Approximately one-quarter of all St. Norbert graduates completed a Humanities major. The faculty has grown and developed recently, with approximately 63 percent of the tenured and tenure-track faculty at the college hired in the last 11 years with a trend toward greater diversity. St. Norbert College faculty members are practicing teacher-scholars; their research informs their teaching. The faculty publish widely; present scholarship at regional, national, and international conferences; and serve on boards and as editors of major academic journals. Undergraduate students collaborate with faculty on research and creative projects, frequently presenting at regional and national conferences and helping produce peer-reviewed publications.

The Position of Dean of Humanities: The dean serves as the academic and administrative leader for the Division of Humanities and advocates for the mission, purpose, and support of the division’s programs. The dean reports to the vice president for academic affairs. The dean exercises responsibility over all internal and external activities impacting the division, implementation of its strategic plan, and its financial management. The dean will also work with the vice president of college advancement to identify priorities for philanthropic support and secure such support for teaching, research, program development, professional development, facilities, scholarships, and other needs, while providing leadership and support for the value of a liberal-arts-based education.

The dean of humanities has supervisory responsibilities over the Master of Arts Program in Liberal Studies (MALS) and the Master of Theological (MTS) programs. Working collaboratively with the directors and advisory councils of each program – and with the Theology and Religious Studies discipline as regards the MTS program – the dean of humanities will review budgets, oversee curricular planning and development, assist in student recruitment and faculty participation, and promote the respective programs. In addition, the dean will work with faculty to explore other possible graduate programs that build on the strengths of the college and are a natural extension of the liberal arts, Catholic, and Norbertine aspects of its mission.


Qualifications: Earned doctorate or terminal degree in a discipline housed, or closely related to those, in the Division of Humanities. Record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and research that warrants appointment as a tenured associate or full professor. Demonstrated successful administrative leadership, including management of budgets, personnel, and curriculum. Experience with the evaluation and development of faculty and staff. Experience in resource development and community engagement. Commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and shared governance.


How to Apply

Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by April 6, 2020. Application materials (to include a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references – who will not be contacted without permission) must be electronically submitted to:

Assisting St. Norbert College in this search are Ann Die Hasselmo ( and Chris Butler (, consultants with Academic Search, Inc., of Washington, D.C. Further information about St. Norbert College is available at

St. Norbert College is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of our people, ideas, and talents. We welcome individuals with diverse experiences, backgrounds, and skills to join our college community in our pursuit of inclusion and excellence. Women and individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.