University of Texas Permian Basin

Dean - College of Arts & Humanities

University of Texas Permian Basin

Odessa, TX, USA

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The University of Texas Permian Basin seeks applications and nominations for an academic leader for the newly created college. They will help guide the college's effort in academic and curriculum development, faculty and staff development, and help build partnerships with university stakeholders and alumni. The Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities will be an experienced, visionary leader with outstanding credentials and strength in fostering excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and community engagement.

Salary Range

Highly competitive, depending on qualifications

From the University

Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean will serve as the College's Chief Academic Officer, playing a central role in enhancing academic excellence and aligning priorities with the strategic plans for Academic Affairs and the University. The Dean is a role model of integrity and professionalism for the College's faculty and is accessible to undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, the dean is responsible for the articulation of the College's vision in alignment with the University Mission on academic distinction; the development and administration of academic programs; scholarship, research, and service initiatives among faculty; college policies relating to instruction, curriculum, enrollment, student success, research and other high impact practices; and faculty and academic staff appointments and performance assessments.

The Arts and Humanities faculty actively engage in creating a positive change in the lives of their students through their teaching, research, and outreach. By doing so, they help create reflective citizens and confident leaders. The dean will oversee and provide strategic leadership for the following four departments: Visual and Performing Arts, Communication and History, Literature and Language, and Social Sciences.

In addition, working collaboratively with all stakeholders in the campus community, the Dean supports excellence in teaching, research, creativity, and service while fostering activities that improve student retention, achievement, and timely graduation. Additionally, the Dean works with external sponsors, funding agencies, industry, and community leaders to develop research and educational partnerships that contribute to the region's economic vitality.

The Permian Basin and West Texas - An Unprecedented Opportunity

The Permian Basin is one of the country's fastest-growing, culturally vibrant, economically invigorated regions-full of industry, culture, and wide-open spaces. Spanning an area of 75,000 square miles, the low-lying geological formation of the Permian Basin is a stunning stretch of land with unique beauty that's home to the big, beautiful Texas skies. It's also home to the world's largest petroleum 'eld.

Accounting for more than 30% of the domestic oil production and recently named the largest oil reserve on the planet, the Permian Basin region of West Texas is poised to boost local and global economies for decades. As the U.S. is set to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world's largest oil producer, much of the growth in domestic oil production will come straight from the Permian Basin. The International Energy Agency expects global oil demand to grow until around 2040, which experts predict will support the creation of approximately 45,000 jobs across the Permian Basin through 2030.

However, it's not only oil fueling the region's substantial energy boom; wind and solar developments are diversifying the Permian Basin, putting it on the map as a critical energy provider for the future. West Texas is seeing an explosion in economic activity as other industries such as school education, 'nance, construction, healthcare, digital technology, transportation, real estate, and public sector jobs grow alongside it.

The Permian Basin is also home to a vibrant education community including two school districts and two community colleges. With the regional growth comes a high demand and need for additional education expertise and collaborative partnerships. Organizations such as the Permian Strategic Partnership along with local foundations, play a pivotal role in providing extensive collaboration and financial support. As the only major university in the Permian Basin, UTPB is positioned to be its academic center, providing leadership and skilled professionals across all of the region's prominent and growing education industries.

The College

One of UT Permian Basin's most academically diverse colleges, the College of Arts & Humanities contributes to the education of virtually every student at UT Permian Basin through its core curriculum. In addition to excellent teaching, the college produces quality research and creative work.

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The mission of the College of Arts and Humanities is to offer academic programs that teach students the following personal and marketable skills: to know the importance of a Liberal Art's Education in a diverse and complex world; to better understand the meaning of the student's life; to become more sensitive to the meaning of other people's lives; to increase the student's range and complexity of information and data that make sense to the student by developing critical thinking skills; to teach the student to write and speak well enough to convey the special quality of their mind to others; to teach the student to explore the boundaries of their intellect; to seek truth, knowledge and wisdom; and to develop a good work ethic as productive adults. By achieving these objectives, the College of Arts and Humanities prepares students to excel both personally and professionally, equipping them with the skills and mindset needed to navigate a dynamic world with confidence and integrity.

Undergraduate Major Disciplines

The College of Arts and Humanities offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in the following disciplines: Art, Communication, Criminology, English, History, Humanities, Leadership Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and Spanish. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is offered in Art and the Bachelor of Music (BM) is offered in Music.

Graduate Programs

At the graduate level, Master's degrees are offered in four Arts & Humanities fields. The Master of Arts (MA) degree is offered in English, History, and Spanish; and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) is offered in Public Administration under Leadership Studies.

Essential Functions

The University of Texas Permian Basin is seeking an exceptional individual to fill this critical leadership role and continue to advance the College of Arts & Humanities in its pursuit of academic excellence and societal impact. The dean will work with faculty and University leadership to develop strategic directions for the College, including a phenomenal opportunity to implement the academic reorganization, started last academic year. In addition to strong administrative experiences, the ideal candidate will have proven success in leading faculty in developing strong teaching, research, accreditation, and community/industry outreach initiatives.

1. Developing and executing strategies for strong student recruitment, retention, and graduation rates in alignment with the university plans and goals;

2. Effectively communicating the importance of arts and humanities majors for prospective students and their families, and current students;

3. High commitment to advancing the crucial role of arts, humanities, and social sciences within the teaching, research, and mission of the university;

4. Demonstrated visionary leadership with a proven track record of successful administrative leadership;

5. Success building and executing a strategic and fiscally-sound academic budget;

6. Solid track record in meeting University mission with respect to enrollment, graduation and research;

7. Experience and ideas to enhance research and scholarly activity within the college;

8. Outstanding communication and collaboration skills;

9. Commitment to transparency in decision making process;

10. Commitment to the success of all students, faculty, staff, and to advancing a culture of excellence.

Required Qualifications

1. A terminal degree in an arts, humanities, or social science discipline or related field;

2. Progressive academic and administrative or professional experience with significant accomplishments, including credentials that qualify for a faculty position at the rank of Professor or an equivalent executive level experience including served in professional institutions;

3. Experience in building successful, productive administration-faculty relationships and shared decision-making;

4. Commitment and proven track record to promote and advance undergraduate and graduate student success;

5. Success building and executing a strategic and fiscally-sound academic budget

6. Solid track record in meeting University mission with respect to enrollment, graduation and research

Preferred Qualifications

1. Experience as a Dean or Associate Dean or extensive experience as a chair

2. Proven track record in faculty mentorship with measurable outcomes

3. Varied and extensive success in securing extramural funding from state and federal agencies

4. Success in promoting an academic unit to community partners, leading to significant financial support

5. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across multi-function units to enhance student recruitment

Additional Information

Required Application Materials

1. Cover Letter

2. Resume or CV

3. List of References

4. Transcripts (Preferred)

5. Letters of Recommendation (Preferred)

Conditions of Employment

1. The job description is not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees. Employees may perform other related duties as assigned by their immediate supervisor.

2. Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance.

3. Once hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of the hire date to establish their identity and employment eligibility as required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Applicants must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States by time of hire. UTPB participates in e-Verify.

4. Employees must be able and willing to travel and perform duties away from campus as necessary and must be able to operate a licensed motor vehicle, have access to a dependable motor vehicle, and possess a valid state driver's license. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driver's record.

5. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.

6. UT Permian Basin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Generally, the normal work hours for the university are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 - 5:30 pm; Friday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm with a one-hour lunch. The individual holding this position may need to be available early morning, evening, and on weekends to meet the needs of the department. Hours worked may differ with some departments.

Standard Working Conditions

1. Able to lift various materials up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis.

2. Able to bend, crouch, and reach continuously.

3. Physically able remain seated, frequently to continuously.

4. Able to remain standing up to 15% of the time.

5. Possesses dexterity abilities required to perform job duties including extensive keyboard work, operating office equipment, performing filing, and other job-related responsibilities that include extensive wrist and hand movement.

6. Standard working conditions may differ depending on department and occupation

University Benefits

1. UT Permian Basin offers an excellent compensation package including heath, retirement, & fringe benefits for eligible employees.

2. Coverage includes medical, prescriptions, life insurance, AD&D, and matching retirement provided by UTPB.

3. You may also be eligible to add dental, vision, family coverage, & flex-spending accounts, additional retirement, and a few other coverages as options too.

4. Fringe benefits include tuition reimbursement (after one year of service), wellness breaks, employee assistant program (EAP), and meal deals, among other perks and discounts!

5. Our benefits package, along with an ample leave policy, make for a great total compensation package.

Midland & Odessa Area

Though people from all over the country call the Permian Basin home, there's no shortage of southern hospitality. Neighboring cities Midland and Odessa are known for their laid-back, inviting communities that people around the country have come to associate with Texas towns. It's not all cowboys and the wild west in the Permian Basin. The two cities combined make for a thriving metropolis, home to 300,000 people, with plenty to do and see in the growing region - from a great variety of restaurants, museums, and theatres, to hiking, hunting, and enjoying the area's natural wonders.


• Only a four to five-hour drive to the great city of Dallas and the State Capital of Austin.

• Midland International Airport provides convenient air travel as well.

• Outdoor enthusiasts will find an essential stop at the I-20 Wildlife Preserve and Jenna Welch Nature Study Center. The 99-acre preserve is centered on a playa wetland and has a 2.4 mile trail system with an ADA-assessable trail loop, a 24-foot hawk observation tower, butterfly gardens, and feeding stations. A boardwalk that coasts for over 2,000 feet just above the wetlands with seven bird blinds is the perfect walk for birdwatchers. Just don't forget your binoculars!

• History buffs will enjoy seeing the first bell that hung at the Alamo at the Haley Library and History Center, as well as President George Bush's childhood home.

• The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum boasts the world's most extensive collection of antique oil drilling equipment, but it also has a gallery featuring minerals from around the globe and a Chaparral Race Car Gallery.

• If the Texas night sky isn't celestial enough, book a star party at the Marian Blakemore Planetarium, home to a state-of-the-art Spitz SciDome HD Projector, one of the few in the world.

• There's no shortage of nightlife, music festivals, art galleries, and ballet. If you love Broadway shows, you'll want to frequent the stunning Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center owned by the University.

• The area is home to minor league baseball, hockey, and football teams.

• If you come with an appetite, you're in the right place. Midland/Odessa is a hub for local culinary arts and cuisine.

• Texans 'ock to Odessa for their annual Beer and Wine Festival and Summer Evening Concert Series that aren't to be missed.

• The Permian Basin is the perfect starting point for the great American road trip; there's so much to explore within a three-hour radius. Head west toward the border of New Mexico to explore the limestone caves at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Head south near the border of Mexico for hiking, biking, canoeing, or an extended camping trip within the gorgeous river canyons at Big Bend National Park. Even another country and cultures are waiting for you to explore three hours away if your passport is updated and ready to go.

• The Permian Basin has so much to offer in and around its one-of-a-kind location.

About the University

UT Permian Basin takes great pride in being part of The University of Texas System, known for its exceptional academic success, breakthrough research, and international reputation for excellence and innovation. It includes 13 educational institutions throughout the state, including eight universities and five health institutions.

Home to over 7,500 enrolled students, UT Permian Basin bene'ts from the vast resources and support of the world-renowned University of Texas System yet is lean enough to foster a connected, tight-knit community while remaining 'nancially accessible to any student. With an unwavering commitment to students, a strategic approach to designing higher education, and the resources to ensure academic success, UTPB is set to nurture the leaders who will go on to shape the future of West Texas and the nation.

Each year, over 250 teaching faculty deliver a highly educated and savvy workforce back into the communities of the Permian Basin and across the nation. UTPB offers 36 baccalaureate degree programs and 20 master's degree programs in the arts and sciences, business, engineering, education, and health and human performance—and the University continues to grow.

UTPB is committed to meaningful faculty and student research. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) helps students and faculty find and secure grants to finance their academic and research efforts. The Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) program is an internal grant program administered by ORSP to encourage eligible full-time faculty to develop individual projects leading to the pursuit of external funding sources and the promotion of research, scholarly, and creative activities in all disciplines. Research centers include the Biomedical Research Center, Cyber Center, Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery, Natural Resource Center, Roden Center for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development Center, Texas Water and Energy Institute, and the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized UT Permian Basin as the 'rst public university in the state to implement AVID strategies at the post-secondary level. The University offers Texas' 'rst Early College High School that serves remote school districts using a blended online and in-person arrangement and with online dual credit courses available to schools throughout the state of Texas.

UT Permian Basin also offers residential, commuter, and online educational opportunities. Designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), almost half of UTPB's student population identi'es as Hispanic. UTPB is also designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI). About half of the students at UTPB are 'rst-generation college students.

In addition to its accredited and prestigious academic programs, the University boasts beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities that attract more than just the student population to its campus. The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is ranked as one of the top performing arts centers in the world and #1 in Texas for university-based centers. With a gorgeous exterior design referencing local geology and open sky themes, the facility is a source of pride for the campus and surrounding communities of Midland and Odessa. It is committed to providing various local and national acts to attract visitors of all income levels, ages, and artistic tastes. The $81 million facility and USITT Merit Award Recipient for excellence in architecture hosts over 150 scheduled shows a year, ranging from Broadway and ballet to comedy and country music.

The campus is growing. The UT Permian Basin Engineering Building opened in 2019. The D. Kirk Edwards Family Human Performance Center opened in 2020. The busy Student Activity Center is the heart of campus life, offering group meeting and study spaces, hang out spots, food, and 'tness.

Football is more than a beloved pastime in the Permian Basin. As the home of Friday Night Lights, football is written into our history and runs deep in the hearts of West Texans. The growing football and marching band program, coupled with a larger cheer and dance squad, is attracting new students excited about building new traditions at UTPB. UTPB football won the Lonestar Championship in 2023.

UT Permian Basin provides outstanding experiences for students and area residents by setting the standard for cooperation and inclusiveness with surrounding communities via programs, events, and learning opportunities.

UTPB Values

• Extra Mile Service starts with an attitude of “yes,” enables 'exibility to go above and beyond, and is proactive in 'nding solutions.

• Kindhearted means being nice, positive, friendly, and respectful; being generous with your gifts and talents; and investing in the success and well-being of others.

• Integrity means doing right, even when no one else is looking; being forthright in your intentions, words, and actions; and being honest, honorable, and trustworthy.

• Collaboration is a big tent mentality, being a partner who embraces and considers diverse perspectives and always being aware of and pursuing positive collective impact.

• Innovation inspired by curiosity, adaptability, and responsiveness; embracing the wildcatter spirit to be the solution.

Our vision is that the University of Texas Permian Basin will be an innovative, responsive university that thinks large and lives local. We will lead in advancing education, research, economic competitiveness, and cultural enrichment.

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