Department: Academic Affairs
Classification: Administrator – Full-time
Reports To: Provost and Campus Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The Academic Dean provides leadership and supervision for all campus academic programs and the faculty evaluation process, as well as for supervising academic support personnel at the campus. The Academic Dean reports directly to the Provost and oversees academic departments, library services, and the writing center and works closely with other departments of the campus. This position convenes meetings of the Academic Leadership Team and serves as a member of Provost’s leadership team, ex-officio member of the Faculty Assembly or Senate, as well as on other University and campus committees.
The primary academic responsibility of the Academic Dean is leadership in curriculum development and the implementation of curriculum and program diversification of both degree and non-degree offerings. In collaboration with the Provost, the Academic Dean also plays a role in faculty hiring, development, and evaluation, and participates in the oversight of academic support services. Academic Unit Heads report directly to the Academic Dean.
Duties And Responsibilities:
A. Academic Leadership
- Promote quality and progressive educational vision in all academic program areas.
- Provide leadership and direction to faculty and program staff for curriculum development and new program development, in cooperation with relevant departments.
- Collaborate with faculty and implement policies and procedures that assure high academic standards and respect for Antioch University’s educational model.
- Provide support to faculty in the University’s academic assessment system, including annual and comprehensive program reviews.
- Support faculty in complying with accrediting and licensing requirements, and oversee the preparation of specialized accreditation materials and preparation for accreditation and specialized licensing site visits. Consult with University Counsel as needed. Collaborate with the University Office of Academic Affairs regarding regional accreditation and state authorization.
- Conduct regular meetings with academic unit head and other departmental meetings as appropriate.
B. Curriculum and Program Development
- Support campus academic planning processes and strategic planning objectives for academic programs consistent with standards of quality.
- Serve as ex-officio on the campus curriculum committee
- Evaluate programs and curricula in relationship to University mission, priorities, and objectives as well as regional needs. Provide advisory recommendations to the Provost on all academic matters.
- Implement academic elements of articulation agreements and contracts with other institutions in collaboration with Provost.
- Provide leadership to faculty for curriculum development and new program development, in cooperation with relevant departments.
C. Faculty Employment and Development
- Initiate and implement effective mechanisms for faculty participation in aca de mic decision making.
- Oversee faculty searches, ensuring consistency and compliance with University standards that ensure academic quality; recommend core and annually contract faculty appointments.
- Provide direct leadership and supervision to Academic Unit Heads; provide advice and consultation regarding program organization, direction, and performance.
- Oversee workload assignments, assuring compliance with University guidelines.
- Conduct an effective annual process for faculty evaluation, evaluate the performance of Academic Unit Heads and recommend to the Provost new and continuing faculty appointments.
- Make recommendations to the Provost and provide support to the professional development of faculty members individually and of the faculty as a body.
D. Academic and Student Support Services
- Work with faculty to develop and publish course schedules that ensure clear pathways for timely student completion. Develop creative course scheduling solutions to address student needs.
- Provide leadership for student orientation activities and students’ access to academic and support resources.
- Encourage and nurture an integrated academic support services approach, with the goal of creating seamless student support and collaboration between support service providers.
- Support and coordinate staff development for academic support personnel.
- Provide leadership and quality counsel to students, acting as mediator, and coaching students regarding academic program- related issues.
- Assist in resolving issues involving faculty and staff, grades, grade grievances, student integrity, dishonesty, rigor, and other matters. Intervene with student, staff and faculty safety issues. Interpret and apply policies and procedures for mediation and conflict resolution with students, faculty, staff, and external entities.
E. Administrative Leadership and Campus Operations
- Support marketing/enrollment activities as liaison between faculty, chairs and marketing/ enrollment staff
- Participate in the development and monitoring of the academic departments budgets. Work with the faculty and finance to develop the line-by-line program budgets
- Assist in the monitoring of academic program budgets. Alert Provost about opportunities for cost savings as well as anticipated deviations from the annual budget.
F. Institutional Governance
- Serve on the campus administrative leadership team
- Serve as an ex-officio member of the campus Faculty Assembly /Senate.
- Convene the campus academic leaders hip team.
G. Community Leadership
- Participate in community relations and professional associations as appropriate.
H. Other duties as assigned by the Provost and Campus CEO
Education and Experience:
- Earned doctorate or terminal degree in one’s field from an accredited institution of higher education required.
- Three years successful administrative experience or equivalent in an accredited institution of higher learning at the department chair level or above required.
- Experience with adult and nontraditional students preferred.
- Five years of successful teaching experience or equivalent in an accredited institution of higher learning.
- Experience with adult and/or nontraditional students preferred.
- Scholarly and professional competence as demonstrated by a record of publication and / or equivalent activity within the academic profession required
- Experience with using academic technology to enhance teaching and learning preferred.
- Demonstrated experience coordinating and developing curriculum in classroom-based and low residency delivery models and across degree levels preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with students, staff, campus community and community at large with a strong commitment to service.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a participatory academic environment.
- Demonstrated ability to work with persons of ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse backgrounds
- Demonstrated a bi li ty to articulate and implement academic programs consistent with Antioch’s mission and educational philosophy.
- Demonstrated competence as an administrator, including organizational, management, financial, and interpersonal skill.
- Demonstrated ability to support the ongoing development of competent employees by providing orientation, training, performance coaching, mentoring, continuing education and professional development opportunities.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally required.
Hours of Employment:
This is a full-time position serving a national university. A work schedule will be established in consultation with the Provost and Campus CEO.
Antioch University New England campus (Keene, New Hampshire).
While performing the duties of this job, the staff member is regularly required to sit; stand use hands and fingers, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The individual must regularly lift and/or carry up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. May have to drive, fly or commute to off campus sites.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Environmental and Job Hazards:
No unusual environmental or job hazards.
Antioch University reserves the right to change the duties of the job description at any time.
Submit resume, cover letter and references to Will Dooley, Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Academic Dean” in the subject line.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
AUNE is committed to providing a learning and work environment free from discrimination and harassment. Programs, activities, and employment are available with equal opportunity for all and without discrimination on the basis of race, age, color, gender, gender identity, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, family status, or disability. The campus is a smoke-free environment.