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POSITION:  Dean, Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics, Non-Tenure Track (Exempt)

COLLEGE/DEPARTMENT:  Holland School of Science and Mathematics 

SUPERVISOR TITLE:  Provost, Chief Academic Officer


EXEMPTION:  Teacher Exemption

LOCATION:  HSU Campus, Abilene, TX

TARGET HIRE DATE: As Soon As Possible

Candidate must profess a Christian Faith, maintain membership in a local congregation, and respect the values and distinctives central to the historically Baptist values of HSU.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Human Resources 325-670-1259 or 


The dean provides leadership for the academic programs in the Holland School of Science and Mathematics and supervises a dozen full-time faculty and a similar number of adjuncts. The Holland School offers bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Physical Science, and Mathematics, and minors in Environmental Science, Geology, and Physics. It is in the process of developing an Engineering program. Leadership is needed in the form of planning, development, and implementation of all academic programs within the school. The successful candidate will need to have excellent communication skills and to be able to work closely with other deans and university administrators. The dean is responsible for the preparation of comprehensive annual reports for the HSU Board of Trustees and accrediting agencies. The dean will work with foundations, organizations, and donors of the Holland School to promote growth of endowment and support. Active participation in state and national professional organizations is encouraged.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: These examples do not include all possible tasks & do not limit the assignment of related tasks.

Manage academic resources to advance the school's academic standing and the University's Mission.

Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and University constituencies.

Support faculty in ways that enhance teaching, research, and scholarship.

Lead efforts in strategic planning, establishing outcomes, and assessment leading to continuous improvement of institutional effectiveness.

Possess an informed understanding of the challenges facing Christian higher education in the twenty-first century and an openness to innovation to meet those challenges.

Demonstrate leadership ability.

Harness technology in the teaching/learning environment.


The dean will supervise four department heads, twelve full-time faculty, roughly a dozen adjunct faculty, staff, and student workers.

COMPETENCIES: As a part of a Teaching Philosophy address each competency listed below describing your background and qualifications in each area. 

Interview decisions are partially based on this information.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans. Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES (Language, Mathematical, Reasoning and Computer Skills):

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administration, faculty, students and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of word processing software; spreadsheet software; and Internet software.


Doctorate in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or Engineering required.

Excellent teaching and communication skills required.

This position is a non-tenure track 12- month appointment.


None are required for this position at this time.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job is sedentary in nature. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods while performing office and computer operations. Occasionally will be required to stand; walk and stoop and/or kneel.

Occasional trips across campus from one building to another may be required.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 - 25 pounds. 

Must be able to operate standard laboratory equipment.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals and explosives; and may work near moving mechanical parts at times.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


This position is a Full-Time Exempt Level position with a teaching load at the Hardin-Simmons University campus. Must be willing to relocate to Abilene, Texas, or the surrounding area to teach in-person classes on the HSU Campus.

Occasional travel may be required for student evaluation/sponsorship and professional development.

Additional travel may be required on occasion for training workshops and/or professional conferences, etc.

Must have and maintain a valid Class C Driver’s License and maintain a clear driving record to be insurable under the university liability policy.

Must be able to drive to complete work assignments on and off campus, as needed.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the HSU Benefits Summary on the HSU website.

EEO / ADA Statement:

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information and military service.  HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and may lawfully consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU’s mission.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the organization or would change the essential functions of the job. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.


HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university’s financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin-Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions.