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Azusa Pacific University - 

Dean of College of Arts, Humanities,
Sciences, and Theology


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Azusa Pacific University seeks an outstanding academic leader for the position of Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Theology.


The College of Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Theology represents a merger of two current colleges/schools – the College of the Arts, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Theology (undergraduate programs). Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Theology is responsible for the leadership, planning, direction, and management of the full range of programs offered by the new College.


The Dean will collaboratively and creatively advance the scholarship, research, and integration of faith and learning for a dynamic learning community with strong enrollment. APU seeks a leader with a successful history of leading in a complex environment who understands the breadth and complexity of the disciplines represented, undergraduate and graduate education, accreditation and licensure, diverse student populations, and current trends in higher education. Anticipated hire date for the new dean will be January 1, 2025 or July 1, 2025.

The faculty and staff see an opportunity for an inspirational visionary to create a unified identity for the College, fostering a sense of community and belonging across schools and departments, and clarifying how its distinctive parts fit together to fulfill its mission and that of the University. The possibilities exist for greater integration, interdisciplinary and inter-professional opportunities among the arts, humanities, and sciences and across the campus. Recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse faculty and staff, continuing to build financially viable programs, and representing the College with internal and external stakeholders will be a top priority of a successful Dean.


Qualifications, Characteristics, and Attributes

The Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Theology will be the academic, administrative, and community leader, providing a defining role during a time of change and transition for this vibrant, engaged College. As such, a minimum of eight years of leadership experience in a complex academic environment with grant and research funding is required for the new leader.

Communication, collaboration, and transparency are essential leadership traits to advance the College and develop a multi-year plan to further opportunities as a research institution. The Carnegie Foundation designates APU as an R2 Doctoral University research institution.


The ideal candidate will have an unwavering commitment to APU’s Statement of Faith and What We Believe document. They will further champion the spiritual formation and holistic development of all students in curricular and co-curricular settings to ensure that diverse learners thrive.

Other qualifications, characteristics, and attributes include:

  • Record of teaching, scholarship, and service along with a terminal degree (PhD preferred).

  • Unwavering commitment to equip, promote, and enhance the integration of faith and learning across all disciplines.

  • Transparent, collaborative leadership style.

  • Champion and advocate of staff, faculty, program directors, and department chairs.

  • Knowledge of strategic planning and implementation.

  • Verified servant leadership with utmost personal integrity.

  • Excellent relational and communicative skills.

  • Fiscal experience and a history of success with grants and fundraising.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and leverage data to make decisions.

  • Deep commitment to diversity and an equitable approach embodying a strong sense of cultural awareness.

  • Adept at the use of technology to complement instruction and learning. Thorough understanding of regional and programmatic accreditation and licensure.

This position is full time and located in Azusa, CA. 


Azusa Pacific University, in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and university policies, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, medical status, or status as a veteran. The university also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, operation of university programs and activities, and employment. This policy is in accordance with the following laws, as amended, and their implementing regulations, to the extent and in the circumstances that they are applicable to the university: Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The associate vice president for human resources is the compliance officer, and inquiries concerning student issues related to discrimination should be made to the associate vice president for human resources at (626) 815-4526. Please refer to the Title IX page on the APU website for our current list of Title IX officers.


Anticipated hire date for the new dean will be January 1, 2025 or July 1, 2025.



APU’s Provost is charged with vetting candidates for this position with assistance from and an internal Search Committee and the expertise of Jeff Davis of J. Davis & Associates. JDA will explore a broad network to suggest potential candidates. This thorough search will include consideration of applications and nominations, and the subsequent review of CVs. When appropriate, candidates will be asked to complete the APU employment application, provide a thorough vocational history, respond to a questionnaire, and take part in a screening interview with Jeff Davis. Those forwarded for consideration will then be interviewed in person by the Search Committee. Next, references and backgrounds will be checked, degrees verified, and an extensive candidate profile will be prepared for the Committee and the Provost. When preferred candidates are identified, they will participate in a final interview as well as meet with members of the APU faculty, staff and leadership team.

J. Davis & Associates is an executive search consulting firm devoted to serving clients in the Christian nonprofit and educational sectors. As a faith-based religious institution, our client complies with all applicable laws pertaining to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and any other applicable legally protected category. As a religious institution, our client has the right to, and does, require that its employees hold beliefs consistent with its Statement of Faith and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs.



Jeff Davis

Executive Search Consultant

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