Math, Sciences Dean still open

College begins new search for permanent replacement

The search continues for a new Math and Sciences Dean at Laramie County Community College.

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Terry Harper said the most recent candidate, Dr. Daryl Lancaster, didn’t receive the job because, “often times a candidate may not be the right fit for our campus and/or culture. That was the case with this candidate.”

The job entails organizing and administrating programs, projects and assigned academic programs. The process of finding a new applicant is an extensive process with specific requirements. Currently, Ami Wangeline, who is part of the Biology department, is filling in as the interim Math and Sciences Dean. Her contract for the job will expire June 30.

“Dr. Wangeline has been doing a very good job and she has stepped right up,” Harper said.

Harper also gave more insight on how the school will go about handling that transition if a candidate is hired.

The search for a new candidate for the job will have priority screening until Feb. 15 and it will last until the end of February. The process for finding the candidate is already in place as well. The minimum requirements to be considered for the job are for the applicant to have a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, two years of management experience including supervision of instructional personnel and budget management, experience with curriculum and program management and four years of post-secondary teaching experience.

Harper also gave essential aspects needed for the job that help the school in choosing the right candidate. “The applicant has to have a good balance of administrative skills and soft skills,” she said.

She explained that they have to have some good people skills to interact with students and faculty, while still maintaining their authority position as the dean.

“They have to be willing to look at issues comprehensively before making decisions and use evidence if certain decisions are made,” Harper said.

Harper said the candidate has to have a good balance of all these abilities to properly function on the job. The salary for the job ranges from $77,179 to $124,349.


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