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Dean of Students

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Application deadline: September 10, 2020

Senior Consultant: Ann Die Hasselmo

Consultant: Chris Butler

Associate Consultant: Melissa Anderson Parker

Situated on a beautiful campus in vibrant Frederick, Maryland, Hood College seeks a passionate and optimistic leader with a commitment to student-centered learning, diversity, and collaborative engagement to serve as the Dean of Students.

Hood College is an independent liberal arts college located on a striking and stunningly picturesque campus in the vibrant central Maryland city of Frederick. The College’s well-regarded faculty and caring support staff provide a quality education at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a small-college environment that integrates the liberal arts with professional studies and experiential learning. Hood’s core values and traditions, its commitment to continuous improvement, comparative excellence, and exceeding student expectations have made it a treasured institution to current students and to graduates living in the United States and around the world. More than 1,100 undergraduates and nearly 1,000 graduate students from across the nation and the world are enrolled at Hood.

Frederick, the second largest city in Maryland is a growing community that offers all the benefits of urban life—including a thriving downtown, excellent public school system, and a regionally known dining scene—within a county famous for its agricultural richness, natural beauty, and historical sites. Frederick is conveniently near both Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland.

The Dean of Students (DOS) is a strong advocate of student success and well-being and demonstrates a firm commitment to inclusivity. As part of a new administrative structure at Hood, the Dean will report to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and will be a vital member of the academic leadership team called the Provost’s Council. Under the general direction of the Provost, the DOS envisions, oversees, coordinates and assesses the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic student life program that synthesizes the intellectual, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students. The DOS directs all professional and support staff members including, but not limited to, student engagement and residential life. The DOS will work collaboratively with members of the Provost’s Council, other administrators and staff and faculty to ensure that all student life functions are fully integrated with academic initiatives. Key elements of the position include fostering student engagement, student leadership development, crisis intervention and student behavioral management.

Hood College seeks a candidate who values diversity, equity and inclusion in all that they do. The successful candidate must have a master’s degree in Student Life or a related field; a significant and progressive record of higher education leadership appropriate for this role; or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional desired abilities and attributes, as well as a full list of duties and responsibilities, are in the profile, which can be found here.

Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a curriculum vitae and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:

The position is open until filled but only applications received by September 10, 2020, can be assured full consideration. The College is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Die Hasselmo at and Chris Butler at Further information about Hood is available at

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. An Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Vet/Disability


Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592.  For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit