How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
The College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) is seeking a creative administrative leader and a strong advocate for excellence in undergraduate education to join our team as the next Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education.
This 12 month non-instructional position reports directly to the Associate Dean and is a member of the Office of the Associate Dean that includes a second assistant dean, a chief administrator, an executive secretary, as well as HR and budget and finance teams. With support from the Office, the Assistant Dean provides oversight, supervision and advocacy for specific programs that serve the undergraduate population, including academic programs, residential learning communities and academic learning centers. Currently, the position has direct supervisory responsibilities for a cluster of programs that promote student engagement, intercultural dialogue, and academic success; it is also a locus of programs that serve international students and that promote global education. These programs are part of the larger Division of Undergraduate Education, which is comprised of over 20 non-departmental units across LSA and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The Assistant Dean also serves on the Senior Management Team that plays an active leadership role in shaping strategy, policy and operations for the Division as a whole.
The Assistant Dean supervises the Directors of up to 10 of the Division’s units, and provides leadership, guidance and oversight for the units in order to align their work with Division and College priorities. The Assistant Dean provides guidance to these units and the Associate Dean on strategy, programming, budget and HR issues, working closely with Division’s Chief Administrator. The supervision of unit Directors includes ongoing coaching and professional development, as well as annual performance evaluations. Units currently within this portfolio include the Center for Global and Intercultural Study, the Global Scholars Program, the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, the Michigan Community Scholars Program, the Language Resource Center, the Program in Intergroup Relations, and the English Language Institute.
Liaison to Student Government & Non-LSA Units: 30%
The Assistant Dean is the main liaison to the LSA Student Government, advising LSA SG on strategy, project development and management, team dynamics and collaboration with LSA faculty, departments and deans, particularly on current and proposed academic policies, curricular offerings, and co-curricular projects. The Assistant Dean serves, ex officio, on the LSA Curriculum Committee. In addition, the Assistant Dean is the College’s liaison to the University Musical Society for its ongoing work on Arts-Academic Integration; and she or he or they represent the College, and specifically Undergraduate Education, in several collaborations that cross unit boundaries within and beyond the College, including University Housing, Student Life and the Provost’s Office.
Undergraduate Education Initiatives: 40%
The Assistant Dean collaborates on the design, strategic planning and launch of new undergraduate programs, and works with the others members of the Senior Management Team (SMT) on a variety of initiatives. The SMT also advises the LSA Dean and the Deans’ Cabinet on issues related to the undergraduate education mission of the College; SMT members contribute to the high level strategic thinking and planning around implementation of the College’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan; collaborate with counterparts across the university on activities and projects; and collectively troubleshoot and problem-solve on a range of issues and questions. This portfolio currently includes supervision of a pilot program -- the LSA Inclusive Campus Corps -- which is a leadership program that develops students’ skills and sensitivity around intercultural competency and a broad range of topics specific to promoting diversity and improve campus climate. The Assistant Dean is also the primary point of contact for the Undergraduate Education Climate Committee. In addition, he or she will be expected to help shape the Division’s and the College’s support for international students.
PhD, EdD, terminal Master’s degree, highly preferred, or a Master’s degree plus a significant combination of relevant academic administrative experience; proven leadership in higher education program development/administration as well as significant experience with, and enthusiasm for, undergraduate education. This experience should encompass direct supervision; a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, and knowledge of inclusive pedagogies and active learning approaches. Exemplary oral and written communication skills; knowledge of and experience with implementing curricular innovations, highly developed interpersonal skills; strong relationship management, and organizational diplomacy; excellent supervisory and professional mentoring abilities. Proven abilities to multitask in a fast-paced work environment, to work well independently and collaboratively, to problem solve and manage crises, to work across organizational boundaries and to adhere to the College’s high standards of professionalism. Demonstrated commitment to the University’s and College’s inclusiveness, equity and diversity values and goals. And a real commitment to working closely with undergraduate students, demonstrated in advising and mentoring relationships and/or in experience working collaboratively with them.
At least seven years of direct experience in a higher education setting. Experience with defining learning goals and assessing learning outcomes for academic and co-curricular programs; experience with implementing diversity, equity and inclusion plans. A good sense of issues facing a diverse range of students, and a willingness to think creatively about both the challenges and opportunities they confront. Direct experience working with student organizations, as well as experience working across the academic affairs/student affairs divide; experience in leading cross-campus committees. Knowledge of policies and procedures at the University of Michigan, as well as experience in budget and HR decision-making.
The salary for this position will range from $120K to $135K.
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 http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/about/diversity--equity-and-inclusion.html
To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html
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