Dean of Academic Departments & Programs

Union College
Schenectady, New York
Feb 06, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Dean of Academic Departments & Programs

FT-Benefit Eligible


Union College invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Academic Departments and Programs (DADP). Founded in 1795 and located on a beautiful, 130-acre campus in Schenectady, NY, Union is a highly selective liberal arts college integrating programs in the arts, humanities, social, natural and computational sciences and engineering in new and exciting ways. The successful candidate will guide the development of a faculty of vibrant teacher-scholars and a curriculum that supports the College's educational mission: to provide students with the analytic and reflective abilities needed to become engaged, innovative, and ethical contributors to an increasingly diverse, global, and technologically complex society.

The DADP is a key member of the College's academic leadership team, reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty (VPAA/DoF). The academic deans meet regularly with the VPAA/DoF to discuss and act on policy, budgetary, and other administrative matters affecting academic programs. The DADP serves on committees related to faculty tenure, promotion, reappointment and review; course and program development; and the construction and renovation of academic facilities. In addition, the DADP advises and assists the VPAA/DoF, as needed.

Reporting to the DADP are 21 academic department chairs and 14 interdisciplinary program directors, two faculty directors (Director of Faculty Development, Director of Interdisciplinary Programs), one staff program director (Director of the Leadership in Medicine Program), and two administrative assistants. The DADP and the VPAA/DoF work together closely to develop, advance, and implement special academic programs in support of the College's strategic goals.

The DADP has primary responsibility for appointing and working with academic department chairs and interdisciplinary program directors to support continued academic excellence at the College. The DADP is responsible for faculty development, support of faculty research and teaching, overseeing faculty hiring, participating in faculty reviews, designing and conducting faculty orientation and mentoring programs, and administering internal research grants and fellowships. The DADP works closely with the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion (Chief Diversity Officer) to promote inclusiveness and diversity in the faculty and the faculty hiring process. The DADP plays a critical role in curriculum support and development by ensuring that departments and programs have appropriate staffing, planning and organizing external reviews of departments and programs, reviewing proposals for new and modified courses and programs, and administering internal and external grants for curricular development and innovation. The DADP works closely with the Director of Assessment on student learning assessment in academic departments and programs, and serves as the institutional liaison for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).


Candidates for the position of DADP must have a Ph.D. or the equivalent terminal degree in their field, credentials and achievements satisfying Union College's criteria for tenure and appointment at the full professor level and experience (at least 3 years preferred) chairing an academic department or directing an academic program. They should also demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills and be able to interact productively with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni, and work across responsibility centers in support of the College's academic programs. Additional experience in faculty-driven academic governance, policymaking, or leadership positions that have afforded the candidate an institution-wide perspective is preferred, as is experience in the conduct of faculty searches, the management of significant budgets and the design of general education programs. Experience supervising faculty and staff in a diverse multicultural and multidisciplinary setting, and familiarity with highly selective, predominantly undergraduate institutions also would be assets to the successful candidate.


Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. The College offers an exceptional benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous retirement plan, and tuition remission.

Send inquires, nominations and/or application materials, including a cover letter that details your interest, experience and preparation for the position with reference to the criteria outlined here, and a curriculum vitae to: (please include the term “DADP search” in the subject line).

References may be requested at a later date.

Additional information about Union College can be found at

Please apply via email, U.S. Mail, fax or in person:


Req. # 7317

Union College

807 Union Street

Schenectady, NY 12308

Phone: (518) 388-6108

Fax: (518) 388-6529


Please submit all electronic application materials as a single pdf or doc file.

Union College, founded in 1795, is a highly-selective, independent college. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is known for its distinctive blend of the liberal arts and technology. Union College offers its full-time employees an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous retirement plan and tuition remission.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.


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