Academic Dean and Dean of Faculty
Location: Seattle Campus
Department: Academic Affairs
Classification: Administrator – Full Time
Reports to: Provost and Campus Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Application Period: 8/6/18 – 9/15/18
Antioch University Seattle invites applications for the Campus Dean. The Dean will join a dynamic, mission-focused team of faculty and staff who make Antioch University Seattle a great institution providing higher education to adults throughout the Pacific Northwest. Antioch traces its roots to 1852 and the creation of a new university devoted to engaged learning, student centered teaching, and social environmental, and economic justice. The Dean will oversee the faculty and curriculum in programs including Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Couple and Family Therapy, Creative Arts Therapies, Clinical Psychology, and a Bachelor’s degree completion program. The successful candidate will bring a strong academic background (in any discipline), interpersonal skills, a commitment to Antioch’s values, and the ability to work with diverse faculty in a growing institution.
The Academic Dean and Dean of Faculty (Campus 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 Dean reports directly to the Provost to oversee academic departments, library services, and the writing center and works closely with other departments of the campus. This position convenes meetings of the Council of Academic Chairs and serves as a member of Provost’s leadership team, ex-officio member of the Faculty Assembly and Academic Council, as well as on other University and campus committees.
The primary academic responsibility of the 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 Dean also plays a role in faculty hiring, development, and evaluation, and participates in the oversight of academic support services. Department Chairs and Program Directors report directly to the Dean.
Because the Dean must occasionally exercise the responsibilities of a department chair, program director, or program associate, the Dean must be flexible, resilient, and responsive to emerging needs.
The Dean is also responsible for Student Affairs, overseeing the Office of Student Affairs and supporting students in adhering to codes of conduct, responding to grievances, and supporting the Chief Student Services Officer in ensuring institutional compliance with federal regulations.
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 chairs 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 Academic Council
- 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 academic decision-making.
- Oversee faculty searches, ensuring consistency and compliance with University standards that ensure academic quality; recommend core and annually contracted faculty appointments.
- Provide direct leadership and supervision to department chairs and program directors; 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
- Mentor new faculty and faculty who accept administrative roles
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.
- Support and coordinate staff development for academic support personnel.
- Assist the Dean of Students in resolving issues involving faculty and staff, grades, grade grievances, student integrity, dishonesty, rigor, and other matters.
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 Provost’s Administrative Leadership Team
- Serve as an ex-officio member of the campus Faculty Assembly
- Serve as an ex-officio member of the Academic Council
- Convene the Council of Chairs
G. Community Leadership
- Participate in community relations and professional associations as appropriate.
H. Other duties as assigned by the Provost
Education and Experience:
- Earned doctoral 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.
a. Experience with adult and nontraditional students preferred.
- Five years of successful teaching experience or equivalent in an accredited institution of higher learning.
a. 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.
- Experience with accreditation
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 ability 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.
To be considered for this position, please complete and submit the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Cover letter
- Names, addresses (including email addresses) and telephone numbers of three references. References will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate.
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Applications review will start immediately. Open until filled.
Antioch University Seattle is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate against and to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, and veteran status.