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Job Summary

The Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Academic Affairs is a non-instructional, administrative position that plays a critical role in the undergraduate education mission of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan. As the largest college on the Ann Arbor campus, LSA has over 75 academic departments and units that serve over 17,600 undergraduates with over 100 degree programs. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and is part of the College Dean’s Cabinet as well as the Senior Management Team that oversees the Division of Undergraduate Education: a federation of 20+ units that live outside of the traditional department structure and that provide high-impact and experiential learning opportunities, including study abroad, undergraduate research, living-learning communities, and co-curricular initiatives.

This exciting, strategic position oversees Student Academic Affairs (SAA), which serves students in both inside and beyond LSA, the College, and the University by contributing to the intellectual and personal growth of students in the liberal arts tradition. SAA has over 60 staff members, an operating budget of $4.5M, and the following units in its organization: the Office of the Assistant Dean, which includes an executive assistant and a deputy assistant dean as direct reports; the LSA Newnan Academic Advising Center, the Office of Academic Standards and Academic Opportunities, and Advising Information and Communications -- each of which has Directors who report directly to the Assistant Dean; and the Testing Accommodation Center (TAC).


The Assistant Dean provides visionary leadership for the Directors who manage these units, while ensuring that each unit within SAA communicates effectively with academic departments, students, faculty and staff across the College. He or she also works closely with the Directors to hire and retain a diverse, high caliber staff committed to the academic success and well being of undergraduate students; manages the SAA budget; is responsible for donor stewardship and ongoing work with the College’s Advancement team; and contributes actively to the implementation of the LSA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategic plan, including cultivating a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive culture responsive to staff and students.

The Assistant Dean helps to shape and communicate the strategic vision for the Newnan Advising Center and for departmental advising across the College, while promoting collaboration among units within the portfolio, especially the Office of Academic Standards and Academic Opportunities, which ensures that the College’s administrative policies and procedures governing students’ academics are managed effectively. The Center’s advisors guide both students who encounter or anticipate academic difficulty and students who require special programmatic assistance during the course of their college career.

Functioning as a “dean of students” for LSA, she or he collaborates with the UM Dean of Students Office to support students and troubleshoot emergencies, while deftly guiding academic departments, faculty and staff on a range of student issues from illness to management of disability accommodations to student integrity and misconduct. The Office of the Assistant Dean is also responsible for providing information to instructors, via the LSA Instructional Handbook, about the College policies and procedures that articulate expectations and govern students’ academic careers and conduct at the university.  In addition, he or she also has oversight for the Testing Accommodation Center, the need for which continues to outpace existing capacity.  The Assistant Dean’s portfolio encompasses the work of the Advising Information and Communications team, which produces and maintains the College’s print and online student academic publications; maintains the online student advising files; and practices data collection and assessment. They are also responsible for exploring and recommending technologies to enhance communication with students, collaboration among advisors, and management of student records. The Assistant Dean will participate in evidence-based decision-making to meet the future needs of advisors, upgrading and designing new systems to support not only advising but also other student records and curricular functions and assessment for the College.

Finally, the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Academic Affairs represents the College in meetings and on committees with constituencies across the University of Michigan. He or she is also frequently asked to represent LSA beyond campus, both nationally and internationally.

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD or terminal Master's degree; proven leadership in administration; at least five years of experience in undergraduate education in higher education, including student-facing legal issues such as FERPA and the Clery Act.
  • At least five years of experience in supervising academic advising; deep familiarity with best practices for advising, and student academic success.
  • A strong background in staff development and supervision, including demonstrated ability to recruit, retain, mentor, and support a diverse staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with students, instructional faculty and administrators.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage various aspects of a complex organization, and proven ability to lead teams, integrate activities, and manage change in line with a unit-level strategic vision.
  • Experience in leading and working in a highly interactive and collaborative environment, with demonstrated expertise in building and managing relationships across organizational boundaries with diplomacy and tact.
  • Experience with the special challenges and opportunities that confront particular student populations, e.g., student athletes, transfer students, international students, first generation students.
  • Knowledge of innovations in advising, academic judiciary review, testing accommodations, and/or advising technologies.
  • Proven abilities to multitask in a fast-paced work environment, to work well independently and collaboratively, and to adhere to the College’s high standards of professionalism.
  • Exemplary oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the goals of the University’s and College’s inclusiveness, equity and diversity plans.
  • Direct experience with managing budgets.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ph.D., and seven to ten years of significant administrative and supervisory experience, preferably in a higher education setting with at least five years in a position with duties and responsibilities comparable to the Assistant Dean position (e.g., strategic planning, general management, financial oversight, human resource management, supervision, etc.).
  • Extensive hands on involvement with change management in complex organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience with implementing innovations in advising, academic judiciary review, testing accommodations, and/or advising technologies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and involvement with large-scale assessment projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data management and information technologies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and/or interest in learning analytics.
  • Direct experience with donor stewardship and advancement.

Additional Information

Starting salary range is $120,000 - $130,000 with a higher salary possible for exceptionally well qualified candidates.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit


Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.