Dean, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs



Dean, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs

The College of Charleston cordially invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs (LCWA). The dean will collaborate with the provost, faculty and its engaged volunteer Board of Governors in developing and implementing the School's strategic plan to achieve institutional goals and objectives and will serve as a key strategic partner in enhancing the profile and prominence of the School.

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College is a nationally recognized public university. Founded in 1770, the College is the oldest educational institution south of Virginia and the 13th oldest in the U.S. The College of Charleston is among the nation's top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. Its beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities, cutting-edge programs and accessible faculty, attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Nearly 10,000 undergraduates and approximately 1,000 graduate students at the College enjoy a small campus feel blended with the advantages and diversity of a mid-sized, urban university. They work closely with a committed faculty that is made up of more than 500 distinguished teacher-scholars. And the city of Charleston – world-renowned for its history, architecture, culture and coastal environment – serves as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in business, science, technology, teaching, the humanities, languages and the arts.

The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, is a place where students, faculty and community come together to explore and engage the world. LCWA centers in humanity and interdisciplinarity, reaching out through multiple perspectives to others. LCWA is education and impact beyond boundaries. The School exemplifies internationalism, offering programs of study in: African Studies, African American Studies, Archaeology, Asian Studies, Classics, European Studies, French, Francophone Studies, German Studies, Greek, Hispanic Studies, International Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic World Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latin, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Linguistics and Russian Studies. Faculty in LCWA offer courses in 12 distinct languages. LCWA, however, is much more than a listing of its parts. As the name of the School proposes, the study of cultures and their languages culminates in world affairs. LCWA formed a partnership with the East West Institute that allowed the creation of the John Edwin Mroz Leadership Institute, which has greatly enhanced the College's engagement in world affairs. In fact, the College is currently seeking a certificate of global leadership. The School is at the heart of the College's global orientation and is very much the place within the College of Charleston where academic disciplines merge, the realities of the world are confronted and knowledgeable, engaged citizens of that world come of age.

Reporting directly to the provost, the dean is responsible for providing the academic leadership and vision necessary for setting strategic, operational and financial directions. This includes strategic planning, personnel hiring and evaluation, student success, academic program development, professional accreditations, interdisciplinary collaborations, and fiscal management and efficiency. The dean has overall responsibility for developing an effective collegial environment that supports excellence in research, teaching and service.
The next dean will have a remarkable opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across campus to foster innovative teaching and research, build regional and international connections, foster industry collaborations, and develop internship opportunities and educational initiatives, addressing the needs of students and faculty with a global perspective. Additional information about this position, including a leadership profile can be found at

WittKieffer is assisting the College of Charleston in this search. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries may be directed to Mercedes Chacón Vance, Greg Duyck and Jenna Brumleve at .


The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

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