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Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities

Required qualifications include an earned terminal degree, earned tenure and advanced rank, a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor at New Paltz, and significant and progressive experience in academic administration.

Candidates receiving serious consideration in the review and selection process will demonstrate many of the following professional and personal attributes:

  • Sound academic judgment, an unwavering commitment to academic excellence, and an understanding of quality in all academic endeavors;
  • A record of transparent and courageous decision-making ability and consensus building, fortitude to make difficult choices, willingness to communicate decisions with clarity and care, and an appreciation for consistency, precedent, and fairness in decision-making;
  • Proven leadership across disciplines that can inspire trust and confidence within a diverse college community;
  • Understanding of and support for faculty teaching and scholarship, research, and creative activity that sustain and advance the mission of a comprehensive institution;
  • Excellent communication and listening skills, a commitment to the value of communication, and ability to be at ease in a multitude of settings with multiple constituencies;
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and culturally responsive practices.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in strategic thinking and planning;
  • Knowledge and interest to continue learning about key issues affecting public colleges and universities and liberal education nationally;
  • An enthusiastic campus presence including active engagement in a living-learning community of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and other constituencies;
  • Financial acumen and the ability to aid the College in matching aspirations with finite resources while thinking creatively about alternative revenue streams;
  • Strong management, administration, and supervisory skills and experience, and ability to foster collaboration and top performance in an evolving leadership team;
  • Global perspective, and demonstrated success in promoting cultural and intellectual diversity in its many forms;
  • An understanding of and commitment to shared governance and ability to work collaboratively in a collective-bargaining (unionized) environment;
  • Understanding of, appreciation for, and success at advancing interdisciplinary collaboration in teaching and research/creative activity.