Sam M. Walton College of Business
University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business. After successfully leading the Walton College for the past six years, incumbent Dean Dan Worrell will be returning to the faculty in July, 2012. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and holds the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair in Business. The Dean reports to the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Leading candidates for the Dean of the Walton College will have a distinguished record of accomplishment in higher education and/or other fields of professional endeavor and will have demonstrated significant leadership skills. Experience in the following areas is also highly desirable: a strong record of achievement in teaching, research and service; a clear understanding of prestigious programs and national education policies; an effective and proven track record in fundraising; the ability to envision and provide leadership to advance the University of Arkansas and the Walton College to greater national recognition; strong administrative and management skills; and using collaborative thinking and multi-disciplinary approaches to add value to the student experience.
The Walton College is a nationally competitive business school that combines excellent student learning experiences with quality research serving Arkansas and the world. Since its founding at the University of Arkansas in 1926, the Walton College has grown to become the state’s premier college of business – as well as a nationally competitive business school. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – AACSB International – accredited the college in 1931. U.S. News and World Report recognizes the Walton College among the top 25 public undergraduate and graduate business schools in the nation.
The Walton College offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in International Business in eight disciplines. The graduate programs include four master’s programs (MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Economics and Master of Information Systems); Ph.D. in Business Administration; and Ph.D. in Economics. The college encourages research through its eleven research and outreach centers that also provide a link to and serve the needs of the business community and the state. The Walton College had 3,394 undergraduate students, 317 graduate students, 88 full-time faculty, and 104 staff in the fall of 2010. The classroom technology is cutting-edge, and the facilities are state-of-the-art. The Walton College has a four building business campus joined by a plaza, which includes a Graduate School of Business, a Global Financial Markets Trading Center and a world class behavioral business research lab.
Last year, 77 percent of Walton College undergraduates seeking employment had accepted an offer by graduation, and 83 percent of the full-time MBA class had accepted an offer by graduation. The college utilizes an innovative, integrated pre-business core curriculum for undergraduates to successfully prepare them for upper-level classes. The college also offers an exceptional Honors Program to attract top students. Students learn to put business theory into practice through Bloomberg training, student managed investment funds, enterprise systems training, internships and extra-curricular activities such as operating an on-going, not-for-profit business.
Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is the flagship of the University of Arkansas System that enrolled more than 21,400 students in the fall of 2010. Located in Fayetteville in Arkansas’ northwest corner, the U of A is the state’s foremost partner and resource for education and economic development. The U of A has enormous influence over Arkansans’ social, cultural and recreational life. Fayetteville is consistently rated as one of the nation’s top communities for its beauty, livability and safety.
Applicants are requested to electronically submit their letter of application, a comprehensive curriculum vita and the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of five professional references to:
Assistant to the Dean/Secretary to the Search Committee
4183 Bell Engineering Center
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Other inquiries or questions may be directed to Prof. Ashok Saxena, Chair, Sam M. Walton College of Business Dean Search Committee, Dean of Engineering at firstname.lastname@example.org.
References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening. The selection process will begin September 30, and continue until the position is filled. Under the state’s Freedom of Information Act, after selected candidates are invited to campus, their names are available to the public. This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background and financial history background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to achieving diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body. All applicants are subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.