Associate Dean School of Social Sciences

  • Administration
  • Faculty
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Belton, Texas

Website University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s College of Humanities and Sciences seeks qualified candidates  for the position of Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences beginning June 1, 2023. UMHB  seeks faculty who are active Christians and dedicated teacher-scholars to prepare students for  leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society. 

The Associate Dean will report to the Dean of the college. The college includes three schools: the  School of Humanities, the School of Natural Sciences, and the School of Social Sciences. The college  offers undergraduate degree programs in 16 fields of study: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science,  Criminal Justice, Engineering, English, Film Studies, History, Mass Communication, Mathematics,  Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, and Speech Communication. A number  of these programs also have teaching certification tracks. 

In addition, the college provides the foundation of the core curriculum that undergraduate students  in all majors must study. These studies prepare all UMHB students to lead lives of meaning and  purpose as informed, responsible citizens.  

The School of Social Sciences is comprised of the Department of Psychology; the Department of Social  Work, Sociology, and Criminal Justice; the Department of History and Political Science. Together,  these departments provide quality program through robust curricula. The School of Social Sciences  has 16 faculty and staff, and offers 19 majors. More information is available at

UMHB is conveniently located in Belton, an historic town of 22,000 in the heart of central  Texas. Nearby cities are Temple (5 miles), Waco (45 miles), Austin (65 miles), San Antonio (130 miles)  and Dallas/Ft. Worth (130 miles). Excellent schools, abundant cultural and recreational opportunities,  and a high quality of life are hallmarks of the local community. 

Specific Responsibilities: 

Teaching: The associate dean will have a teaching assignment equivalent to two (2) undergraduate  courses per long semester. Activities required of all faculty include exemplary teaching, curriculum  development, student advising; professional attainment; and service to department, college,  university, and the community. Summer teaching, if any, is paid on a separate faculty compensation  scale. 

Administrative: Primary responsibilities include oversight of assigned search committees; orientation  and professional development of faculty; direct supervision and evaluation of full time faculty,  provision of support to department chairs in hiring, supervising and evaluating adjunct faculty;  supervise assigned school staff; coordination of the school’s course schedule for each term; propose  new programs and course curriculum; represent the school at recruiting and other university events;  program accreditation and assessment activities; budget development and oversight; articulate and  implement university policy.  

This is a 10-month administrative position that includes a faculty appointment. Dates of the 10th  month will be determined by the dean and provost. The associate dean will have a teaching  assignment equivalent to two undergraduate or graduate courses per long semester. This position is  eligible for normal, full-time faculty compensation for summer teaching. 


  • A doctoral degree from an accredited institution in a discipline taught within one of the School  of Social Sciences’ departments is required:  
    • Psychology: doctorate in Psychology or closely related field
    • Social Work: MSW with two (2) years’ post-masters experience, plus doctorate in  social work or closely related field
    • Criminal Justice: doctorate in criminal justice or criminology
    • Sociology: doctorate in sociology
    • History: doctorate in history
    • Political Science: doctorate in political science or closely related field
  • Strong preference will be given to candidates with previous administrative (academic or non academic) and/or supervisory experience.  
  • Excellent teaching and communication skills, a dedication to professional attainment, and  commitment to quality improvement are essential.  
  • Must be an active, and committed Christian.  

The successful candidate should be a:  

  • Communicative leader who can build relationships within the school, college and the  University;  
  • Strategic leader, willing to promote innovative ideas and diverse modes of course delivery as  the school grows in numbers of students and programs;  
  • Visionary leader who can further the school’s goals and objectives, identify emerging  academic issues and recommend appropriate program responses;  
  • Christian leader who can apply their personal commitment to Christ to further the Christian  mission of the school, college and the university. 


EXTERNAL CANDIDATES – Visit for more details and to apply. Please submit  a cover letter, CV, transcript copies and evidence of quality teaching performance with your online  application. Your letter of interest should also respond to UMHB’s mission and values, found at In addition, include in one page or less, a description of your  own Christian beliefs and commitments. 

INTERNAL CANDIDATES – Submit a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Stephen Baldridge, Dean, College  of Humanities and Sciences ( with copy to Sherri Worley, Associate Vice  President for Human Resources ( 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

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