San Diego State University (SDSU) seeks a visionary academic leader to serve as Thomas and Evelyn Page Dean of the Fowler College of Business. The Dean will advance academic excellence in teaching and research, promote student success, cultivate connections with the business community, and foster equity and inclusion.
The Fowler College of Business is the recipient of one of the largest endowment gifts in the history of the university from Ron and Alexis Fowler, which uniquely positions the college to build on its successes and reach new heights. Furthermore, the university has broken ground on SDSU Mission Valley, the once-in-a-generation development of a world-class university campus, innovation district, and multi-use stadium to serve higher education, the public good, and the community’s goals and aspirations, which complement the existing campuses in central San Diego and Imperial Valley.
Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 50 national Undergraduate Public Business Program for 2021, the Fowler College of Business is composed of the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy and the departments of Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. The college and its Lamden School of Accountancy are both accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The college has 6,332 students in various undergraduate degree programs, including its programs in international business and entrepreneurship which was ranked among the top 15 nationally, and a growing online general business program. It also offers graduate programs leading to the MBA, Sports MBA, and MS in Accountancy, Management Information Systems, Cybersecurity Management, Global Business Development, and MSBA with a concentration in Financial and Tax Planning. The Fowler College prides itself on having a dedicated staff, world-renowned scholars, and committed educators who are all focused on student success and the development of ethical global business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Active centers and institutes in the college include: the Leonard Lavin Entrepreneurial Management Center, the Center for International Business Education and Research and its affiliated Center for Advancing Global Business, the Corporate Governance Institute, the Center for Integrated Marketing Communications, the Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate, and the Institute for Inclusiveness & Diversity in Organizations. The Financial Markets Lab (housing 12 Bloomberg Terminals) and the Artificial Intelligence Lab are also housed within the college.
Reporting to the Provost, the Thomas and Evelyn Page Dean of the Fowler College of Business is the chief administrative officer of the college charged with aligning the college’s vision with the strategic direction of the university and supporting a positive, equitable and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students. The Dean is responsible for charting the educational and professional missions of the college and directing and overseeing the college’s educational programs, including overseeing the college’s AACSB Accreditation. The Dean’s responsibilities also include representing the college and forging strong relationships with internal university constituents and the business community, and overseeing the college budget, while advocating for and generating additional resources. The Dean is a member of the SDSU Academic Deans’ Council and also works closely with a College Advisory Board composed of renowned business leaders who help guide and support the college and Dean.
Ranked 65 among public universities in the U. S. News & World Report’s ranking for 2021 Best Colleges, San Diego State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution residing on Kumeyaay land near the national border, offering bachelor's degrees in 97 areas, master's degrees in 84 areas, and doctorates in 21 areas, as well as programs at regional microsites and around the globe. SDSU is ranked 35 nationwide for ethnic diversity, and roughly 54% of the university's undergraduates and graduates are students from historically marginalized populations. In fiscal year 2019-20, SDSU faculty secured $144.4 million in research grant funding and university gift commitments totaled more than $127 million.
Compensation and Benefits
San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:
Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent
Earned doctoral degree and a record of academic excellence that merits appointment as a tenured full professor in a department within the Fowler College of Business
Minimum of three years academic administrative experience
Ability to set and achieve visionary goals that align with the university’s strategic direction, expand the college’s international initiatives, and elevate the College’s global reputation
Proven record in fundraising and revenue generating activities
Ability to build relations with alumni and cultivate partnerships with the business community
Demonstrated commitment to promoting student success through undergraduate and graduate education
Demonstrated commitment to faculty excellence, supporting and promoting innovative culturally-responsive teaching and impactful academic research
Excellent leadership, communication, relationship building, and interpersonal skills
Commitment to shared governance with the ability to build consensus and promote collegiality among an increasingly diverse workforce
Ability to engage and work collaboratively with the wider university community
Ability to foster equity, diversity, and inclusion, with an ability to work effectively in a multicultural campus and community setting
Application and Search Process
For additional information please visit business.sdsu.edu/dean-search. Upon application, applicants will be prompted to provide basic contact information, a letter of interest, a C.V., and a statement detailing their commitment and/or contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion through teaching, research and/or service. The position will remain open until filled; however, to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by Friday, January 29, 2021. Employment of the selected candidate is anticipated to commence by the start of the Fall 2021 semester, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2021.
Confidential inquiries and nominations are invited. Please contact:
San Diego State University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.
After a contingent offer of employment is made, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed. Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of the applicant or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for this position.
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
The mission of San Diego State University is to provide research-oriented, high-quality education for under - graduate and graduate students and to contribute to the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research, and service. The university strives to impart an appreciation and broad understanding of the human experience throughout the world and the ages. This education extends to diverse cultural legacies and accomplishments in many areas, such as the arts and technology; the advancement of human thought, including philosophy and science; the development of economic, political, and social institutions; and the physical and biological evolution of humans and their environment. San Diego State University pursues its mission through its many diverse departments and interdisciplinary programs in the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
Academic and Community Engagement — San Diego State University is a community of leaders committed to student success and life-changing opportunities for students, such as study abroad, under - graduate research, leadership training, and entrepreneurial exp...eriences. SDSU is the oldest higher education institution in the San Diego region, and our deep community roots provide access to internships, mentoring relation - ships, and volunteer opportunities that complement and enhance the classroom experience. SDSU is an academically rich university that provides endless possibilities for students: bachelor’s degrees in 96 areas, master’s degrees in 80 fields, and 21 doctoral degrees (Ph.D., Ed.D., Au.D., and D.P.T.). SDSU is a place for the best and brightest to dream of who they will become and to make those dreams a reality.
Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - Diversity is a hallmark of San Diego State University, where students from all backgrounds achieve excellence and success. The university has been recognized nationally for large increases in graduation rates and for nearly eliminating achievement gaps among ethnic and racial groups. SDSU’s campus reflects the diversity of our region and the world beyond. Stu - dents from more than 90 nations con - tribute to SDSU’s dynamic mix of ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds. SDSU tied for No. 7 in the nation for ethnic and racial diversity, received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for five consecutive years, is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving institution, and is one of the top universities in economic diversity. More than half of our students and 43 percent of our tenure-track faculty members are women. We are a national model for educating military veterans, and we rank as one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly campuses in the nation. Through our “One SDSU Community” initiative, our campus fosters shared experiences, values, and aspirations that embrace our unique identities, respect our diversity, and recognize our common humanity.
Education and Global Perspectives — One of our goals at SDSU is to prepare global citizens. From curriculum content and cultural campus activities to international research and exchange programs, we are creating a global experience that will be transformational for our students. SDSU ranks No. 5 in the nation in the number of students who study abroad to gain new perspectives and to grow personally and intellectually. More than 3,000 SDSU students study abroad each year in more than 70 countries, including the United Kingdom, China, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Our campus-based academic programs reinforce this global perspective. These programs include the Center for International Business Education and Research; the Center for Latin American Studies; the International Security and Conflict Resolution degree program; and the International Business program, which ranks No. 12 in the nation.
Research and Creative Endeavors — San Diego State is a leading public research university with a thriving research agenda and competitive awards totaling over $134 million in 2017-2018 — including funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the California Department of Health Services. Undergraduate research and entrepreneurship are hallmarks of SDSU. Stu - dents collaborate with faculty and staff in on-campus laboratories to address national and global challenges, and they create new companies and social enterprises in our entrepreneurship and innovation centers. More than 90 SDSU students have earned prestigious Fulbright awards since 2005, while other students have received Gilman International Scholarships, Boren Awards for International Study, the Udall Scholarship for environmental work, and Gates Cambridge Scholarships.
Leadership Starts Here — SDSU lives by the ethos “Leadership Starts Here” – a pretty bold statement. It is also a promise – one that our students keep every day by focusing on academic excellence and engaging society’s challenges. SDSU’s legacy of leadership is found in research and innovation, entrepreneur - ship, community engagement, and global competition. SDSU alumni lead governments, businesses and organizations throughout the world. They are legislators, CEOs, company presidents and founders, school administrators, and engineers. Aztecs run biotech companies, accounting firms, restaurant chains, film studios, and hospitals, just to name a few.
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