|Description: Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the position of Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences. Founded in 1871, West Chester is a public, regional, comprehensive university and one of the fourteen campuses of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. WCU enrolls in excess of 15,000 students, and is supported by 597 full-time and 270 part-time faculty. The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) houses 13 academic departments and numerous interdisciplinary programs including those in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. The university is located 25 miles west of Philadelphia and strategically located in the center of the mid-Atlantic corridor between New York City and Washington, DC, with easy access to major cultural and commercial institutions and recreational activities.
This management position reports directly to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
The Associate Dean will have college-wide responsibilities as described below:
Mentor and support CAS faculty in their development as teacher-scholars. Work closely with the CAS Dean and Assistant Dean to oversee and administer multiple internal CAS grant programs that support faculty development.
Provide support to CAS faculty, departments, and programs as they address pedagogical, curricular, and programmatic issues. Provide support for the development of new programs and courses. Work with the Office of Distance Education to facilitate CAS faculty development related to online teaching and learning. Work with the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Dean to support graduate programs.
Assist faculty in their efforts to obtain resources in support of their scholarly and creative work. Work closely with the Office of Sponsored Research to support CAS faculty in their pursuit of external funding. Serve as CAS liaison to external granting agencies and institutions. Work closely with the CAS Assistant Dean and other relevant offices on campus to develop external contracts in support of faculty work and to implement those contracts.
Provide support for the development of external partnerships, including but not limited to dual enrollment opportunities and articulation agreements, and work together with the Assistant Dean as well as with appropriate campus offices on developing and implementing these activities.
Provide support to CAS faculty, departments, and programs in developing and implementing effective assessment plans that ensure desired student learning outcomes as well as appropriate institutional reporting about these outcomes. Facilitate faculty development with regard to assessment, and engage in regular meetings with assessment coordinators and the university-wide Assessment Committee. Assist the Dean with the program review process, strategic planning, and reporting of progress on goals.
Provide recommendations and assistance to the Dean and departments/programs on an as-needed basis on a variety of additional topics including scheduling, budgets, and personnel.
Work closely with the Assistant Dean and other staff in the Dean's Office to ensure that day-to-day CAS activities run smoothly. Work collaboratively with other offices on campus to problem solve as such needs arise.
Assist CAS departments and the Dean with conducting faculty searches in a manner that supports the institution's commitment to diversity.
Demonstrate a commitment to the university's diversity transformation by fostering a climate that values diversity, civility, and inclusion.
Participate in meetings of Academic Affairs Council, President's Council, CAS Executive Committee, and other committees as needed. Support the CAS relationship with the College of Education by participating in the Council of Professional Education and the Secondary Education Forum.
Represent the Dean's Office at meetings and events as needed and carry out special projects as assigned.
Qualifications: Successful applicants must have an earned doctorate/terminal degree and a strong record of accomplishment in teaching, scholarship, and service as a faculty member in a college/university environment and in a discipline traditionally represented by the Arts & Sciences. They must have significant administrative experience and have demonstrated skills necessary to fulfill the job duties, including excellent communication and organizational skills. They must have experience with learning outcomes assessment. They must be goal-oriented and capable of effectively managing a broad variety of complex tasks. They must have a demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity and a well-developed understanding of the variety of ways that faculty development can be effectively supported.
Application Procedure: Apply by on-line application at www.wcupa.edu/hr/application Electronic application allows for cover letter and curriculum vitae attachments (required). References with contact information will be required prior to interview. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. AA/EOE. West Chester University is actively building a culturally diverse academic community that fosters an inclusive environment and encourages a broad spectrum of candidates, including women, people of color, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply. The filling of this position is contingent upon available funding. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2014. To be considered a finalist, a candidate must successfully complete the interview process. For more information about the University, see our web site at http://www.wcupa.edu
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.