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DEPARTMENT HEAD OF ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE - #0153

Department: Accounting and Finance

College of Business

THE DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE

The University of Wyoming's AACSB accredited College of Business is seeking a collaborative and forward-thinking Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance. The Accounting and Finance programs were merged into a single department in January 2017. The combined department offers undergraduate and Master's degrees in Accounting and Finance as well as courses in the MBA program. The Accounting and Finance programs both have a long tradition of serving their respective professions, the academic community, and the state of Wyoming. The Department has 13 full-time tenure track faculty and serves over 400 undergraduate and approximately 30 graduate students; continued growth in both faculty and student enrollment is planned.

The Department occupies a floor in the state-of-the-art LEED certified College of Business building, which was completed in 2010. The building features classroom spaces that accommodate a variety of teaching and learning methods. The building also features a trading room, behavioral and multimedia laboratories, an executive boardroom, conference and seminar rooms and an auditorium. College of Business students benefit from the latest wired and wireless technologies, including high-definition multimedia playback and projection systems in each classroom, a video production and editing facility, video conferencing capabilities, financial data feeds and a stock ticker in the atrium.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Department Head is charged with leading the unified Department, and has overall responsibility for Departmental strategy formation and implementation, academic program quality and enhancement, maintenance of accreditation, faculty recruitment and development, and fiscal management/budgeting. The Department Head serves as an advisor to the Dean and develops strategies to promote partnerships with other academic units on campus as well as external stakeholders such as employers, the College of Business Advisory board, professional Accounting and Finance associations, and the State of Wyoming. The Department Head is expected to further enhance the academic quality and reputation of the programs in the professional finance and accounting communities. The Department Head is also responsible for growing and expanding academic programs to include on-line degree and professional education (certificate programs and continuing professional education). While the Department Head may be called upon to teach from time to time, and will be encouraged to pursue research if so desired, the position is primarily administrative.

Direct reports include the Accounting and Finance faculty and two administrative assistants.

The ideal candidate for Department Head will have the leadership, communication, and motivational skills to foster an entrepreneurial environment in the Department and the College of Business, and in collaboration with other academic units as the University of Wyoming implements a new strategy to become a major participant in developing Wyoming's economy and workforce, meeting the challenges of globalization and economic diversification.

Required Qualifications:

* An earned doctorate in Accounting, Finance, or a closely related field from an AACSB-accredited institution and demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service at a level that qualifies for appointment at the rank of Full Professor with tenure. Particularly well-qualified candidates at the Associate Professor level will also be considered.

* Experience in academic leadership at an AACSB accredited college of business with a track record of achieving key strategic goals.

* Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills to foster effective interaction with a diverse set of stakeholder groups, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers, the professional community, and citizens of the state.

* Experience in creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion, openness, and cooperation.

* Demonstrated skills in problem solving, relationship building, and collaborative leadership.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Professional experience with U.S. and global financial markets in accounting or finance is preferred.

* Relevant professional certification in Accounting and/or Finance is preferred.

Why Consider the Opportunity?

* Resources. UW is a well-resourced institution with state of the art facilities and a beautiful, well-maintained campus. The College of Business endowment is the largest on campus at just over $67 million. The endowment generates over $900,000 per year in discretionary income for use by the Dean to achieve the vision, goals and objectives of the College.

* Influence. The Department Head is a highly influential role that provides the opportunity to strengthen and shape the future of the Accounting and Finance programs now and in the future as Wyoming grows and diversifies its economy.

* Environment. Warm, collegial, supportive people and work environment.

* Leadership. Dr. Laurie Nichols joined UW as President in May 2016. The university community is very excited about her vision for the institution. The College of Business will hire a new Dean in 2018, and the Department Head will work with the new Dean in implementing this vision for the College.

* Compensation: Highly competitive salary and solid benefits package including a retirement benefit that features a state contribution of 14.565% of an employee's gross salary.

THE INSTITUTION

Nestled amid the beauty of two mountain ranges in southeastern Wyoming, you will find the nationally recognized major teaching and research institution, University of Wyoming (UW). Established as a land-grant institution in 1886 when Wyoming was still a territory, UW has since grown to offer more than 200 areas of study, drawing 12,000 students from all 50 states and 90 countries. UW is known for its accomplished faculty and world-class facilities, its small student/faculty ratio and quality undergraduate and graduate programs within its colleges of Arts &; Sciences, Agriculture &; Natural Resources, Business, Education, Engineering &; Applied Science, Health Sciences, Law and the School of Energy Resources.

Throughout its existence, UW has been the only four-year university in the state of Wyoming, though it maintains close relationships with the state's seven community colleges. UW's global impact begins with innovative undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and extends through state and federal partnerships and recent initiatives such as the School of Energy Resources and the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center. UW has played important roles in the lives of students, Wyoming residents and communities for 131 years. You can see why UW is setting the gold standard!

* UW was ranked among the nation's top colleges and universities by US News &; World Report, Forbes, and Princeton Review in 2010.

* UW has the largest single scholarship endowment for study abroad support in the U.S.

* UW's Honors Program has been named as one of the best among public universities.

* Outside Magazine has recognized UW as one of the top "adventure colleges."

To learn more: http://www.uwyo.edu

LOCATION

Located in Laramie, Wyoming, a town of more than 30,800 and a unique blend of sophistication and western hospitality, UW not only provides an environment for success but also offers varied academic and lifestyle opportunities. Laramie is a great place to live and work as it boasts a low cost of living, low property taxes and no personal state income tax. The area offers incredible outdoor recreational opportunities, an eclectic downtown area and a great public school system.

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Application Materials Required:

An earned doctorate in Accounting, Finance, or a closely related field from an AACSB-accredited institution and demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service at a level that qualifies for appointment at the rank of Full Professor with tenure. Particularly well-qualified candidates at the Associate Professor level will also be considered.

  • Experience in academic leadership at an AACSB accredited college of business with a track record of achieving key strategic goals.
  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills to foster effective interaction with a diverse set of stakeholder groups, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers, the professional community, and citizens of the state.
  • Experience in creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion, openness, and cooperation.
  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving, relationship building, and collaborative leadership.

 

 

 

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