Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Education (F185)

California, USA, Azusa
Apr 05, 2017
Azusa Pacific
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.

Position Title: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Education
Position Tracking Number: F185
School/College: School of Education
Department: School of Education, Dean's Suite
Location: Azusa Campus
Description: The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is a member of the Leadership Team of the School, working with the Dean, other Associate/Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, Program Directors, Director of Outreach, and the Administrative Manager in the Dean's Office. S/he has one support staff position - Academic Affairs Coordinator.

Responsibilities: The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Education at Azusa Pacific University reports directly to the Dean, serving in the following capacities:

  • Develop policies and practices that uphold graduate academic and student service standards on behalf of the School of Education and the University, in consultation with the Dean where appropriate. This includes:
    • Resolve student grievances on behalf of the Dean's Office, from both academic (grades, extensions, leaves of absence, etc.) and student service perspectives.
    • Coordinate the response (with program directors and chairs) to student petitions - withdrawals, late drops, course substitutions, independent studies, course tutorials, etc. - within established policies and guidelines.
    • Collaborate with chairs, program directors, credential analysts, and University offices (including Graduate & Professional Registrar and Student Financial Services, General Counsel, Learning Enrichment Center, Graduate and Professional Student Affairs, etc.) to ensure appropriate responses to student performance issues (academic integrity issues, admissions exceptions, etc.).
    • Oversee the process of evaluating student academic standards of progress (continuous enrollment, grade point average, time to completion, etc.) and collaborate with chairs and program directors on academic warning, probation, and dismissal decisions.
  • Oversee the administrative aspects of academic program/course developments and revisions across the School of Education. This includes:
    • Serve as resource to chairs, program directors, and administrative staff for planning and implementing new program development and program revisions/closures, including communication and implementations (such as teach-outs, etc.).
    • Collaborate closely with Assistant Dean for Accreditation and Assessment, including integration of reports regarding academic programs and assessment and ensuring continued alignment with state standards and accreditor requirements.
  • Facilitate School of Education research and grant support. This includes:
    • Review and sign off on all SoE Institutional Review Board applications (faculty and student) on behalf of the Dean's Office.
    • Facilitate faculty professional development in research. This could include:
      • Lead project(s) to grow a culture of enhanced faculty research.
      • Develop research agendas that support the mission, focus, and values of the School of Education, including development of School-funded start-up grants for collaborative research projects.
      • Provide professional development seminars that help new faculty build a research and publication agenda.
      • grant writer, and facilitating timely grant application processes.
    • Develop systems of support for SoE faculty. Particular emphasis will include:
      • Cultivate a culture of faculty professional development support and feedback, particularly focused on new fulltime and adjunct faculty in their first 2 years.
      • Develop and implement a system of faculty teaching evaluation to augment the IDEA review process. This could include teaching observations, auxiliary feedback processes, or other "best practice" recommendations.
    • In conjunction with the Office of University Relations, coordinate the development of a comprehensive plan to represent the School's academic programs and credentials in print and web formats. Work is developed in collaboration with Director of Outreach and Events & Communications Coordinator.
    • Other projects that emerge in the areas of academic program, faculty, and student services.
    • Maintain complete records on behalf of the School of all projects, programs, and decisions.

Level: Management
Workload: If hired into a faculty role for this position, time will be allocated as approximately 80% administrative and 20% teaching. If hired as an Academic Administrator, the position will be fulltime administrative, with one additional area of administrative oversight, to be determined at the time of hire, based on the successful candidate's expertise.
Hire Date: Open until filled.
Additional Information: Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates. Application Procedure: To apply, visit Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.

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