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Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Science
Mercy College

Date Posted Jan. 13, 2020
Title Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Science
University Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry , NY, United States
Department School of Social & Behavioral Science
Application Deadline Jan. 31, 2020
Position Start Date Sep. 1, 2020
  • Dean
  • Sociology - General
    Social Work
    Psychology - General
    International Relations/Foreign Service
    Criminology/Criminal Justice
    Social Sciences - General

Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mercy College (New York) and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (the "SSBS" or the "School") seek a visionary Dean to lead a high performing team of faculty and staff members who are dedicated to student success. A mission driven leader, the new Dean will work collaboratively with all stakeholders to establish and execute the strategic priorities of the School in alignment with the College’s strategic plan.

Mercy College is a dynamic and diverse New York City area college. Founded in 1950 by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy College is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational college that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as five certificate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The diverse student population ensure a vibrant and engaged community. The College has campuses in Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, and Yorktown Heights, with additional teaching locations in New Rochelle, Brooklyn, and Harlem, as well as online programs and course offerings.

The mission of the College states "Mercy College is committed to providing motivated students the opportunity to transform their lives through higher education by offering liberal arts and professional programs in personalized and high quality learning environments, thus preparing students to embark on rewarding careers, to continue learning throughout their lives and to act ethically and responsibly in a changing world."

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is an interdisciplinary school consisting of programs in behavioral science, criminal justice, international relations and diplomacy, legal studies, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychology, school counseling, school psychology, sociology, and social work. The school offers programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and has an approximate enrollment of 3,000 students. With access to faculty who are scholars and/or accomplished practitioners in their field, students are prepared to become future leaders and make a difference in their communities and the wider global environment. Within the school, there are opportunities for students to enhance their education in a variety of ways. For example, students have the opportunity to participate in the Model UN, receive mediation training through the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, and receive training as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). In addition, the School offers the Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility.

The Position: Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The key attributes Mercy College seeks in the next Dean include an open, collaborative, experienced, innovative and data driven leader, with a progressive record of academic accomplishments and administrative experience in higher education who will:

  • Maintain a culture of effective teaching and learning
  • Lead and support assessment efforts across all programs within the school
  • Provide consistent, welcoming and constructive leadership to faculty, staff and students within the school
  • Encourage and mentor teaching, research and scholarship activities among faculty
  • Foster relationships with external stakeholders in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities, including grants in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Collaborate with the Office of Admission on recruitment for programs within the School
  • Develop growth opportunities, and consider options for new undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Engage the School in the College community as a team member and build positive morale in the School
  • Commit to supporting a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment
  • Have a good understanding of students of all ages, including adult students

The anticipated start date is negotiable but must be no later than September 1, 2020. For full consideration, interested parties are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and Curriculum Vitae as soon as possible. Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit the above documentation online at For best consideration, applications should be received prior to March 1, 2020.

For the position portfolio please follow the link below: position portfolio…

  • Mercy College actively engages in recruiting a diverse workforce and student body that includes members of historically underrepresented groups, and strives to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, marital status, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

    Mercy College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Veteran/Disability

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Contact Information

  • Victor Petenkemani
    Mercy College
    555 Broadway
    Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
  • 914-674-7137


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