Summary of Position: The University of Mary, a center of learning in the Benedictine tradition, has a three-fold mission: teaching, scholarly study including research, and service. The Dean is responsible to help faculty achieve each of these missions within the school upholding the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine character of the university. The position is directly responsible to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean is the chief administrative officer of the School he or she represents. The Dean is responsible for carrying out the instructional programs and implementing the educational and professional objectives of the school and working with faculty, staff, and students in developing quality teaching, scholarly research, and public service programs. To fulfill these responsibilities, the Dean makes recommendations to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs on particular matters related to faculty personnel, programs, instruction, budgets, physical plant and other related academic concerns. The Dean is expected to represent the school within the University of Mary, to other locations of the university, and to the public.
Position Relationship: The Vice President of Academic Affairs or his or her designee supervises the employee on a daily basis.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties and Responsibilities to the School
The Dean shall collaborate with academic affairs, program leaders, center directors, and faculty on all locations and working in all modalities to:
* Create facilitate, and advocate for the development of the academic programs of the school
* Lead the implementation of the academic program development, accreditation, and assessment processes within the school.
* Facilitate the development of budgets/allocations and approve expenditures as appropriate.
* Coordinate the recruitment, orientation, and retention of full and part-time faculty.
* Supervise personnel, with special responsibility for recommending appointments, reappointments, and promotions within the guidelines of the university's corporate faculty handbook.
* Encourage and maintain significant levels of faculty professional engagement in the school, and evaluate full- and part-time faculty for the purpose of faculty development.
* Finalize academic scheduling in consultation with other academic deans, departmental coordinators, and in light of information provided by academic counselors, registrar, admissions staff, and student government.
* Approve instructional equipment and technology acquisition; advocate for and assist the programs in using new technologies to improve education and educational delivery.
* Approve and administer faculty assignments in consultation with academic leaders and according to current contract agreements.
* Hear and act on student requests and concerns related to academic areas in accordance with the university's published academic appeal process.
* Coordinate faculty and staff office assignments.
* Represent the school to the university, to the community, and the profession, as well as work closely with the outreach efforts of the school.
* Work with the school faculty, Vice President for Academic Affairs and President to develop outreach efforts that increase the school’s stature within the greater community, as well as that of individual faculty.
* Conduct school and department meetings.
* Ensure that the school office is managed effectively and efficiently.
* Provide coordination between school programs and programs of outside agencies.
* Collaborate with the Vice President for Public Affairs to develop sources of financial assistance including grants to support of the school's programs.
* Work with the school faculty, Vice-President of Student Development or designee, and Vice-President for Academic Affairs or designee to develop co-curricular activities that promote the interests and values of the school.
* Assist the Vice President for Professional and Continuing Education and Director of Admissions with recruitment efforts.
* Guide school policy and practices to improve student recruitment and persistence.
* Work with the Director of Institutional Research to develop strategies to track student recruitment and persistence as part of the school's assessment plan.
* Coordinate with the Vice Presidents for Professional and Continuing Education and Public Affairs to network with industry professionals regarding new developments and trends and to obtain feedback on curriculum and delivery effects on student recruitment and persistence.
* Continue to develop professionally through involvement in scholarship, creative works, meetings, conferences, workshops, and/or courses.
* Perform other duties the Vice-President for Academic Affairs or designee may direct.
Duties and Responsibilities to the University
* Demonstrates a willingness to support the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary.
* Work collaboratively with other academic deans, vice presidents, and other school constituencies to develop and implement the planning functions of the school, which respond to the university’s strategic goals, system goals, as well as departmental goals.
* Participate in the institutional assessment process.
* The Dean is responsible for the preparation, submission, disbursement of, and working within, the budget of the School.
* The Dean is responsible for determining the present and future space and equipment needs of the School and for seeking appropriate resources to meet those needs.
* Develop, recommend, administer, and evaluate, as needed, college policies, regulations, procedures, and practices for effectiveness and compliance with accreditation guidelines as well as federal, state, and system regulations, directives, and guidelines.
* Serve as a student advocate through the development of activities that contribute to student success and by dealing appropriately with student concerns and problems.
* Assist in the establishment of procedures and structures for academic department and program review.
* Identify critical issues, develop background information, collect, and analyze data; prepare position statements and report on special projects as needed.
Terms of the Appointment:
This is a full time, 11-month, position. Daily attendance at work is required unless the supervisor authorizes a leave. The Dean shall enjoy the privilege of qualifying for regular academic leave under the terms of the regular academic calendar (during fall and spring semesters). Salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience. Other specific conditions will be negotiated and included in the appointment letter. This position holder serves at the pleasure of the university. The university reserves the right to revise the duties and responsibilities of the position accordingly.
Desired Minimum Qualifications, Education and Experience:
* Earned terminal degree, preferred, Masters degree required, in a field related to those governed by the position's school within the University of Mary, from an accredited institution.
* Rank of Associate Professor or higher in a discipline represented in the school.
* Collaborative management style; excellent communication skills.
* Evidence of vision and leadership in academic programs.
* Understanding of national trends and issues in higher education.
* Ability to interact effectively with relevant campus constituencies.
* Commitment to the philosophy, mission, identity, and goals of the University of Mary.
* Commitment to high quality education.
* Commitment to innovative use of technology.
* Commitment to the promotion of the school, both within and outside of the university.
This position description is a general description of the essential job functions. It is not intended to describe all duties someone in this position may perform. All employees of the University of Mary are expected to perform the duties as assigned by management, regardless of job title or routine job duties.
Qualified candidates are invited to send their letter of application, resume to: Dr. Diane Fladeland, Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of Mary, 7500 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504; 701-355-8140; firstname.lastname@example.org.