Career Opportunities


Dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

Posting Date

3/4/2019 12:00:00 AM

Position Information

Working Title:  Dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business
UW System Title:  Dean

Essential Job Functions

The Dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business provides academic and administrative leadership for and oversight over all School of Business programs. The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business is a community of teachers, scholars, and learners dedicated to advancing the economic prosperity and entrepreneurial spirit of northeastern Wisconsin through partnership, impactful research, and quality educational programing.  The Dean is responsible for budget, personnel, curriculum, and strategic planning for the School. The Dean is expected to work professionally with diverse external and internal constituencies to promote the University and the mission of the School of Business. The Dean will work in a collaborative fashion on matters of mutual concern with the Deans of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare; the College of Science, Engineering and Technology; and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and serves on the Provost’s Administrative Council.
The Dean will inspire and lead the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business through the AACSB accreditation process. The business school is expected to grow significantly as its academic programs, and scholarship align with key economic and business sectors of Northeast Wisconsin. The Dean will develop a vigorous program of external networking with business including establishing partnerships to connect the Cofrin School of Business to the local and regional economy.
Responsibilities of the Dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business include:

  • Development of unique and nationally attractive undergraduate, graduate, and executive training programs 
  • Obtainment and maintenance of AACSB accreditation 
  • Oversight of the curriculum including scheduling, staffing, academic program review, curriculum development, and academic planning across all four campus locations (Green Bay, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Marinette) 
  • Oversight of the activities of the Small Business Development Center  
  • Representing the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as well as Business programs, to internal and external constituencies 
  • Working with the academic units and the Office of University Advancement to further develop goals and community relations 
  • Carrying out personnel functions including appointments, renewals, promotions, evaluations, salary decisions, and oversight of the hiring process 
  • Managing and monitoring the School’s budgets, including strategic budget development, allocation, administration, and oversight 
  • Fostering teamwork and collaboration between Business faculty and staff within the School and throughout the University 
  • Engaging in practical problem-solving and complaint-resolution as needed 
  • Engaging the energy and talents of Business faculty and staff in the pursuit of professional development, scholarship, and extramural research funding

The Dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business has direct accountability for:

  • School enrollment targets 
  • Student retention and graduation goals  
  • Community outreach and partnership development  
  • School fundraising goals 
  • Faculty development goals 
  • Nurturing a collegial and innovative culture within the School



  • Doctorate in relevant field 
  • A record consistent with that of a tenured full professor at UW-Green Bay 
  • Administrative experience including responsibility for personnel and budgets 
  • Demonstrated leadership skill, with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal, and collaborative skills 
  • Commitment to affirmative action, intercultural understanding, and professional development of faculty and staff 
  • Commitment to an interdisciplinary, problem-focused education


  • Experience with AACSB accreditation 
  • Experience with nontraditional academic program delivery methods 
  • A commitment to educational leadership in business 
  • A collaborative leader with a proven track record for bringing groups together to meet objectives 
  • Experience with student recruitment and retention, with particular focus on adult learners and under-represented groups 
  • Experience in strategic planning and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty and academic leaders to identify the academic priorities of the School and develop strategies and tactics for achieving them 
  • A commitment to, and evidence of, securing external support through granting, fundraising, and development 
  • Support for faculty in scholarly research, teaching, and service 
  • Support for student achievement and student success 
  • An ability to provide civic leadership and to successfully work with professionals in industry and academic, community, and governmental organizations 
  • Financial acumen and proven abilities in budget and financial management

The successful candidate will have strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills, the ability to communicate with a diverse stakeholder population, demonstrated integrity and strong leadership, and the willingness to be part of a collaborative team. The University welcomes applicants who are dedicated to enriching the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource.

Conditions of Appointment

Occasional travel will be required for this position.

Position is a full-time Limited appointment.  Official transcripts of the highest degree achieved will be required of finalist(s).  A criminal conviction investigation will be conducted on the finalist(s).  In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the university does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. 

All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.


Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The UW System provides an excellent benefits package, including participation in the Wisconsin State Retirement System.

To Apply

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)
Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: From "Job Search" screen,

  • Click "View All Jobs"
  • Select "Dean of the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business"
    • You must login before you can apply. Input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Sign In."
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STEP 3: Submit application materials:

Please be sure to complete all required fields, and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter that specifically addresses qualifications for the essential job functions
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Unofficial transcripts of highest degree achieved

You must select "Submit" to forward your application materials to the search committee.

If you have any questions, need accommodations, or submitted your application with missing materials, call or email:

Holly Keener
Phone: (920) 465-5161

Application Deadline

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Position will remain posted until filled.

Note: The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an Affirmative Action Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining a community which welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and difference among its members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran status), age, or disability.