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Dean, DeVoe School of Business - College of Adult & Professional Studies
DeVoe School of Business in Marion, Indiana
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Date Posted 09/09/2019
Graduate Business School -Executive-Dean
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Summary:

As the academic leader of the DeVoe School of Business, the Dean is tasked to continue building this nationally renowned, premier Christian business school that combines engagement with the business communities, innovation in learning opportunities, and practice that is rooted in biblical principles.

The School serves approximately 4000 students and is housed in the College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) serving nearly 9100 students. The College has a long, vibrant history of providing adult learners with associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees. The successful candidate will need to deeply embrace and articulate a philosophy that is consistent with adult education.

The Dean will be dynamic and well-networked with a proven track record of success in business and academics and an ability to cast a compelling vision for the school. The Dean will give direction to the school’s leadership team while coordinating school activities with leaders from other University academic and operational units to achieve the University’s mission. The Dean will also ensure programs are conducted in accordance with the mission and academic policies of the University and accrediting bodies.

Reporting Relationships:

Reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs in the College of Adult and Professional Studies

Education Requirements:

Doctorate in a Business, Leadership or related field is preferred. A terminal degree in another field with graduate course work in the discipline/profession represented in the School is required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead DSB in the development of innovative, future-oriented models of higher education in partnership with business organizations.

  • Provide the vision, knowledge, and expertise to the DSB that will become a recognized center of excellence for the profession.

  • Demonstrate a mature personal faith in Jesus Christ and willingly embraces the theological and lifestyle commitments of The Wesleyan Church.

  • Provide oversight to ensure that DSB programs are conducted in accordance with the academic policies of the university and institutional and program accrediting bodies.

  • Provide oversight to ensure that curricula development, instruction, and program assessment are conducted with academic integrity and rigor.

  • Serve as the DSB representative on various committees, councils, and staff development meetings as assigned.

  • Oversee development and management of the DSB budget with a focus on achieving revenue goals and effectively managing expenditures.

  • Collaborate with all other Colleges, Schools, and operational departments including the Center for Learning and Innovation and regional Education Centers in matters of common concern.

  • Interview and recommend approval/denial of DSB faculty applicants and ensures University and CAPS policies are followed in the hiring of all in the school.

  • Maintain intellectual vitality including presentations at state, regional, and national levels for the purpose of interpreting the Indiana Wesleyan University model to the political and professional world.

  • Exhibit a culturally responsive and sensitive demeanor in working in an academic community that is diverse.

  • Guide the DSB Board of Advisors in partnership with the board chair.

  • Ensure annual reviews of all Fulltime Faculty making recommendations related rank advancement and decisions for those applying for multi-year contracts.

  • Collaborate with area and regional businesses to develop a network of opportunities for DSB specifically and IWU at-large.

  • Explore and propose grants and other outside funding for new ventures related to DSB.

  • Achieve all other duties as assigned.


According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.

IWU, in covenant with God’s reconciling work and in accordance with the Biblical principles in our historic Wesleyan tradition, commits to build a community that reflects Kingdom diversity. We will foster an intentional environment for living, teaching and learning, which exhibits honor, respect, and dignity. Acknowledging visible or invisible differences, our community authentically values each member’s earthly and eternal worth. We refute ignorance and isolation and embrace deliberate and courageous engagement that exhibits Christ’s commandment to love all humankind.

  • Consistent with IWU’s intentional development of a culturally diverse community, track record of demonstrating a culturally responsive and sensitive demeanor in working in an academic community that is diverse.

  • College level teaching (preferably online and onsite), particularly with adult learners.

  • Excellent team-building and leadership skills demonstrated in a leadership role in a complex organization.

  • Administration in an accredited program, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is preferred.

  • Substantial, successful business experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to network with business professionals.

  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial ventures preferable.

  • Track record of leadership in a large organization.

  • Clear track record of team-building and leadership skills.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • A history of excellent organizational skills.

  • Strong analysis and problem-solving skills.


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.

All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.

Indiana Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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