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Job posting: Dean of Students

January 27, 2011


Beloit College invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Students. The college seeks a visionary leader who will actively advance student development and expand educational opportunities at a college where curricular and co-curricular connections are mutually supporting and central to the institution’s aspirations. The successful candidate will lead a dedicated group of professionals to integrate a strong liberal arts education with a co-curricular experience that promotes intellectual, social, and personal health and growth.

The college has just completed a substantial curricular review. At its core, the new curriculum seeks to enhance the integration of the curriculum and the co-curriculum in a seamless and rewarding residential learning experience. It is developmentally focused and mission-driven. The Dean of Students, and more broadly, the Student Affairs division must work collaboratively, creatively, and energetically alongside the Dean of the College, the faculty, and other divisions of the College to achieve the aspirations of the College and its new curriculum. These ambitions can only be successfully realized through effective leadership from the Dean of Students and close partnership between Academic and Student Affairs.

Reporting to the President, the Dean of Students will serve as a member of the college’s senior staff. As the chief Student Affairs officer, the Dean of Students is responsible for overseeing all areas of student life, including formulating and implementing a strategic plan for the Student Affairs division that is in concert with the college’s mission as achieved through co-curricular education, residential life, student advising, student academic services, career services, disability services, counseling services, health services, intercultural understanding, dining services, religious and spiritual life, student activities, athletics and recreation, and the student judicial system. The Dean of Students is responsible for developing an excellent and distinctive student life experience that embraces diversity by enhancing intercultural understanding, and provides for an imaginative and lively residential community that fosters students’ personal, social, and educational development.

Qualities and Qualifications
The Dean of Students at Beloit College will be an experienced leader with a passion for Beloit’s model for residential liberal education and an understanding of its value. She or he will have the vision to conceptualize and implement programming that bridges the curricular and co-curricular lives of Beloit students. It will be critical that the new Dean of Students manage and develop a talented staff and empower those individuals to create and sustain a culture for students’ personal and academic health and growth. Qualified candidates will possess a Master’s degree (doctorate strongly preferred), and experience and a passion for working with college-aged students in a dynamic, residential liberal arts setting. In addition, she or he will have leadership experience in higher education that demonstrates the ability to take on progressively more responsibility. Also, the college seeks a candidate whose management, budgetary, and planning skills have been recognized for integrity, creativity, and accountability.  For additional information about Beloit College and this position, go to

Procedure for Candidacy
Review of applicant materials will begin on Feb. 25 and continue until the position is filled. Expressions of interest and applications (including a cover letter, resume, and list of five references) should be submitted to:

Dean of Students Search

Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to Connie Truesdale, Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College, at (608) 363-2240.

Beloit College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity and encourages all interested individuals to apply.  AA/EEO Employer