Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs, College of Communications

Mar 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs, College of Communications

Fixed-term faculty appointment, Senior Lecturer level. The College of Communications seeks an Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs. The Assistant Dean will oversee administrative and programmatic functioning of student support services for students from traditionally under-represented groups as they relate to gender, race, ethnicity, condition of ability, sexual orientation and gender identity, and socio-economic status. Working closely with the College's faculty and other units in the College, the successful candidate will be responsible for strategic planning and for the implementation and management of programs designed to recruit, retain, and support diverse pools of undergraduate and graduate students. The College gives high priority to increasing equity among its faculty, students, and staff. The Assistant Dean will seek partnerships with minority-serving institutions, secondary schools, and federal and state programs that might be sources of talented and motivated students, staff, and faculty from underrepresented groups. Will be responsible for identifying and securing grants and other sources of funding that will directly support various diversity initiatives throughout the college. Will work with the College faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni to promote a culture of diversity and equity. Will represent the College on University-wide committees or activities connected with diversity enhancement programs and will serve on other College and University committees as appointed. The successful candidate will also work closely with the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, other University offices and other colleges, and is expected to contribute to University-wide programs that promote diversity at Penn State. May teach, provide some academic advising, or advise student organizations. The successful candidate will possess a Master's degree or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Previous experience in diversity, multicultural affairs roles, or a related field is strongly preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Strong initiative, self-motivation and high standards of excellence also required. Teaching or advising experience preferred.

Review of applications will begin March 13, 2017.

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