Position Description

The University of Indianapolis seeks applications for the Dean of the School of Psychological Sciences (SoPS). This full-time, 12-month, administrator provides overall budgetary, curricular, and personnel leadership and direction to the School of Psychological Sciences in accordance with the mission and strategic plan of the University of Indianapolis.  The Dean oversees the School’s undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs and ensures that its nationally recognized doctoral (PsyD) program in clinical psychology maintains APA accreditation.  Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean represents the School on the Academic Affairs Leadership Team and participates in committees and ad hoc groups that affect the viability and strategic planning of the School.  Senior academic rank and credit toward tenure will be negotiated based on prior academic experience.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing oversight and management of unit resources; encouraging and supporting faculty development; leading school initiatives related to learning, teaching, curriculum development, and outcomes assessment; serving as the official representative of the SoPS to internal and external groups; overseeing recruitment and retention of students; supervising the hiring and review of all personnel; overseeing faculty efforts to secure external grants; providing leadership in the preparation of internal and external reports.   In addition, the Dean may teach courses within the SoPS; seek opportunities for and oversee efforts to secure external funding; and chair and/or participate in committees and groups that affect ongoing viability and strategic planning of the SoPS.

The SoPS has undergone a period of creative growth and innovation, having recently revised the undergraduate curriculum and created new master’s degree tracks.  As part of the University’s Vision 2030 strategic efforts, it has collaborated with the College of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the College of Arts and Sciences in a major initiative to build a community based Center for Health and Wellness that through interprofessional efforts will provide access to health services in the neighboring area, will engage in research on evidence-based clinical practice in a wide-range of health fields, and will focus much of that research on health disparities, a matter of both national and international importance.  The ideal applicant will be able to effectively contribute to this effort and to integrate the SoPS faculty and students in the work of the Center, which is slated for opening in 2015.

The University of Indianapolis is a private, residential, comprehensive university founded in 1902.    Ranked in the top tier of universities in its class by U.S. News and World Report, The University offers a comprehensive undergraduate liberal arts education as well as advanced degrees in the arts and sciences, education, and health care. The University offers degrees in more than 80 bachelor’s, 27 masters, and five doctoral areas, with allied health science programs that are highly selective and rank among the best in the United States. The University’s mission places a strong emphasis on personal attention, service, and community partnerships.

Minimum Qualifications: An earned doctorate in Psychology from an accredited institution of higher education is required. The successful candidate must have demonstrated success in administrative and/or academic leadership; a record of teaching, scholarship and service to merit advanced rank; personal and professional integrity; vision and ability to engage various constituent groups in strategic initiatives; and strong organizational and communication skills.

Application: The position is available August 1, 2014, but the starting date can be negotiated for the ideal candidate. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Apply electronically at: We are especially interested in recruiting applicants from ethnically/racially diverse backgrounds and other under-represented groups.  Applicants should submit a letter of interest, including a statement of administrative, teaching, clinical (if applicable), and research experience and interests; Curriculum Vitae; evidence of teaching effectiveness; reprints or preprints; and the names, titles, and telephone numbers of three professional references.  All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strictest confidence.

For more detailed information about the School, faculty and university, visit our web site (, as well as for the University-at-large.

The University of Indianapolis is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages application from women and minorities.