Faculty Vacancies

Vacancy - Dean School of Applied Studies

(Recruitment Number 3230912)

Washburn University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Applied Studies (SAS).  The Dean, who reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, is the chief academic and administrative officer of SAS and works with the faculty to promote excellence by providing leadership for the professions involved.  The university seeks a strategic thinker, with the experience and vision to foster collaboration with internal and external partners. 

The School of Applied Studies consists of the academic departments of Allied Health, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, Human Services, and Social Work and offers over 20 professional programs from the Associate level through Master degrees. 

In the spring of 1983, the School of Applied and Continuing Education was established as a means of offering education in applied programs.  In 1992, the School was renamed as the School of Applied Studies.  The School of Applied Studies employs 48 full time faculty and staff, 4 part time and over 70 adjunct faculty who are practitioners in the School’s disciplines.  SAS has 109 students in certificate programs, 383 students enrolled in Associate programs, 1,012 undergraduates and 148 graduate majors.  Please see http://www.washburn.edu/academics/college-schools/applied-studies/index.html for more information. 

The School of Applied Studies is one of five academic units at Washburn University, a comprehensive public metropolitan university with over 7000 students located in Topeka, the state capital of Kansas.  Washburn receives funding from city/county sales tax revenues, tuition, as well as operating funds from the State of Kansas.  Washburn is governed by a nine-member Board of Regents and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  Washburn is affiliated with the Washburn Institute of Technology which offers over 20 programs to approximately 1200 students. 

The School of Applied Studies’ programs and departments are approved or accredited by the following:  Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE); Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE): Physical Therapist Assistant;  Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC); Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education; Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology; Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs, Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography; Council on Social Work Education; Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Kansas Behavioral Science Regulatory Board (pending); National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (pending).


 The Dean of the School of Applied Studies is academically and administratively responsible for the following activities:

  • Internal Leadership and Management
    • Provide direction in the management and operation of the School.
    • Provide support in enhancing Teaching Excellence.
    • Direct and manage an annual budget in order to accomplish strategic goals.
    • Coordinate the efforts to redefine and develop assessment processes to evaluate strategic initiatives.
    • Work with other Washburn Schools and Departments to develop and support interdisciplinary approaches in the SAS disciplines.
    • Build and sustain programs that deliver quality graduates.
    • Serve as a steward of current facilities while exploring areas for expansion and improvement.
    • Work to foster a collegial, transparent and productive working environment for faculty, staff, students and community constituencies.
    • Work with the Washburn University Foundation to determine fundraising goals and strategies.
  • External Leadership
    • Lead the development of partnerships between Washburn University, the School of Applied Studies, and the Topeka, Shawnee County and Northeast Kansas communities.
    • Respond to professional needs now and in the future with input from businesses, educational institutions, and local professional organizations.
    • Work with community advisory boards to maintain and improve programs with multiple entry and exit points.
    • Foster a transparent avenue of communication with various constituencies.

 REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Terminal Degree and credentials worthy of appointment to professor within a School of Applied Studies discipline.  Significant experience teaching in a higher education institution complemented by research and scholarly activities.  A record of proven leadership and administrative experience related to the work of the School or related multidisciplinary programs.  Demonstrated success in working with federal, state or private grants.  Experience with budget management, faculty and staff development and university and community relations.  Experience in dealing with accreditation processes.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Earned Doctorate with a record of academic achievement in a discipline representative of the school meriting appointment as a tenured professor.  Demonstrated success in working with external partners to obtain resources available for program or curriculum enhancements.  Successful implementation of online programs. Experience in partnering with technical institutions to develop academic programs.

Application Procedure:  Interested individuals should forward inquiries and application materials to the School of Applied Studies Dean Search Committee, Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka, KS 66621, vpaa@washburn.edu.  The applicant should include current vitae, names and e-mail information for five professional references as well as a letter outlining experience in academic administration, scholarship, teaching and research.  Finalists for the position will be required to provide official copies of postsecondary transcripts.

To ensure full consideration, the application review date has been extended to November 30, 2012; review of applicants will continue until a suitably qualified candidate has been selected.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The position is available immediately upon completion of the search and includes an excellent fringe benefits package.