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Dean for DeVoe School of Business

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Work type: Administrative, Faculty, Full-Time
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance

Job Title: Dean for DeVoe School of Business

Reporting Relationship: Vice President of Academic Affairs - CAPS

Unit: National & Global

Department: Dean DSB Administration - National & Global

Campus Location: Indianapolis Ed Center North

Summary of Position:    As the academic leader of the DeVoe School of Business, Technology and Leadership, the Dean is tasked to continue building this 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 3000 students and is housed in the College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) serving over 7000 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 and innovation.

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 high-quality, creative, and conducted in accordance with the mission and academic policies of the University and accrediting bodies.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide vision and lead the School in the development of innovative, future-oriented models of higher education in partnership with business organizations 
  • Work with business and civic leaders across the region to align academic program development with economic growth 
  • 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 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, and instruction draw upon the latest pedagogical research and forward-thinking principles; and program assessment is conducted with academic integrity, rigor, and agility 
  • Serve as the School representative on various committees, councils, and staff development meetings as assigned
  • Oversee development and management of the School budget with a focus on achieving revenue goals and effectively managing expenditures 
  • Serve on the College of Adult and Professional Studies Academic Team and collaborate with all other Colleges, Schools, and operational departments to advance IWU
  • Interview and recommend to the National & Global Chancellor and University President approval/denial of DeVoe’s faculty applicants and ensures University and CAPS policies are followed in the hiring of all personnel in the school 
  • Maintain intellectual vitality for the purpose of advancing Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Exhibit a culturally responsive and sensitive demeanor in working in an academic community that is diverse 
  • Grow and strengthen the DeVoe School of Business, Technology, and Leadership’s Board of Advisors 
  • Manage fulltime faculty including annual review process 
  • Collaborate with area and regional businesses to develop a network of opportunities for IWU including grant opportunities and other outside funding
  • Achieve all other duties as assigned
  • Supervises the following positions:
    • Chair of the Business Division
    • Chair of the Technology Division
    • Chair of the Leadership Division
    • Director of Curriculum Coordinator of School Operations
    • Any additional administrative faculty positions added 

Qualifications: 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.


  • 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 business, technology or leadership is required. Applicants with exceptional business leadership will be considered provided they hold a minimum of a Masters degree in Business or a related field


  • 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
  • Demonstrated innovative and entrepreneurial mindset
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to network with business professionals

Required Skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Curiosity, creativity, courage, and compassion utilized to drive an organization forward
  • Excellent organizational skills demonstrated in a leadership role in complex organization
  • Strong analysis and problem-solving skills demonstrated in a leadership role in a complex organization
  • Ability to manage ambiguity and uncertainty in a continuously changing higher education environment
  • Demonstrated ability to create collaboration

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.


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.



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