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Job Summary The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Students reports to the Dean of Undergraduate Students, and is one of two Associate Deans who share responsibility for the academic and personal development of all undergraduate students. The Deans' office addresses the well-being of students in classrooms, on campus, and within their living environments. The Deans handle a wide variety of issues, including academic advising and support services, personal and general advising, faculty outreach and communication, student conduct, crisis management, disability services, and residential life.
The Deans serve on a number of student/faculty committees, and regularly collaborate with campus partners, including the Health and Counseling Center, the Center for Diversity, the Title IX coordinator, Financial Aid, the Registrar, and Housing. The Deans' office plans first-year orientation, parents' weekend, and a variety of other programs. The Deans select students for special honors, prizes and fellowship nominations; work with others to develop and implement needed policies and procedures; and assist with special projects as assigned.
The Deans' office consists of a tenured faculty member who also serves as the Dean of Undergraduate Students, two Associate Deans, and two office support staff. Both Associate Deans participate in, and assist with, the broad range of Deans' office activities, and each also has taken on specific responsibilities which can shift over time.
Job Duties - Provide personal and academic advising to students. This includes collaborating with freshman and option (major) advisers, faculty, residential life staff, and other offices to track and coordinate student progress and support.This work involves regular referrals to, and coordination with, the Health and Counseling Center - Work with the other Deans, the Health and Counseling Center, Campus Security, the Title IX office, Residential Life, Housing, and relevant departments to respond to student and campus-wide challenges and crises - Help to oversee academic and other misconduct processes. This may involve advising and supporting the student-led Board of Control, which adjudicates academic misconduct cases, and co-chairing the Conduct Review Committee, a student/faculty/staff committee which adjudicates non-academic violations of policy and the Honor Code - Serve as an investigator for Unlawful Harassment and Sexual Misconduct cases - Work with Student Affairs staff, student leaders, and others in the campus community to provide programming that supports academic life, and encourages student growth and development - Serve with faculty, students, and other student affairs staff on a variety of academic and administrative committees, and be an active member of a support team that meets regularly to review students of concern - Help plan and administer Deans' office programming, communications, assessments, and other services - Plan and execute special projects at the request of the Dean.
Basic Qualifications - Master's degree - At least 7 years of experience in increasingly responsible student affairs positions, including general advising, programming, conduct, and assessment - The successful candidate will have strong analytic, organizational, and communication skills, and will be able to work independently while also operating effectively in a team environment - Experience with and awareness of a broad range of student mental health issues - Good judgment, demonstrated by a combination of common sense, sensitivity and understanding of the legal framework for students and the Institute - A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion - An ability to work well with students and faculty at an institution committed to the highest standards in STEM education and research
Preferred Qualifications - PhD, JD, EDD or similar advanced degree.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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