Associate Dean

Denver, Colorado, USA
Apr 07, 2017
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Four-Year Institution

DU is the oldest and largest independent university in the Rocky Mountain Region and is committed to building and sustaining a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body. DU is a research university with high research activity and enrolls approximately 11,700 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and professional preparation programs. The MCE is located in Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, a 65,000 square foot complex providing a flexible, innovative, and multidisciplinary learning environment. The facility allows for ongoing dialogue with community, national, and global partners as we enter a transformational era in education.

Position Summary

The University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education (MCE) invites applications for an Associate Dean. The Associate Dean will report to the Dean of the Morgridge College of Education, providing strategic leadership and promoting excellence in MCE's activities. The Associate Dean, in partnership with the Department Chairs, will support and direct faculty growth and development in teaching, scholarship, research and professional activities while ensuring that MCE's various Programs maintain accreditation through high academic standards. We seek a candidate with experience coordinating or administering academic programs; who has demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially with faculty, staff, students and administrators; who possesses strong process management and analytical abilities; and who has demonstrated performance in making sound, independent judgments. This position requires an individual with a demonstrated commitment to student success; someone who uses data and research to inform instructional and organizational decisions; and an individual who seeks out innovative teaching and learning strategies and motivates faculty to employ those strategies. This appointment will commence on September 1, 2017.

Essential Functions

  • Supporting a strong leadership team of Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, and staff members to ensure expeditious course scheduling, optimize faculty workloads, and resolution of administrative issues.
  • Supporting the recruitment and development of qualified faculty for MCE programs.
  • Fostering a focus on research, providing support and direction to MCE faculty to develop individual and/or coordinated research projects.
  • Overseeing research processes and procedures, including allocation of GRA, ensuring that all University policies and procedures are followed.
  • Coordinating with the Dean to ensure Department Chairs and faculty are trained on development and deployment of degree plans including the designation of appropriate faculty workloads.
  • Contributing to the overall success of the academic team and the University as a whole.
  • Fostering efforts in assessments to included positive, collaborative working relationships with peers and external departments as well as a record of accomplishment with projects completed and/or committee service.
  • Developing, building, and maintaining relationships with the internal partners such as Graduate Studies and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and external partners such as industry representatives, advisory committee members and community partners.
  • Coordinating with the Dean and Human Resources to ensure all faculty and other direct reports understand job expectations, receive an annual written performance appraisal as well as performance feedback throughout the year, and use professional development plans.
  • Providing Department and Program leadership to support the Colleges mission, vision, core themes and strategic plan.
  • Ensuring the timely resolution of escalations and appeals, for faculty and students, while maintaining the best interests of the common stakeholders within the University policy guidelines.
  • Contributing to the annual budget process and manage daily operations to remain within budgetary constraints and improve operating margins.
  • Representing MCE at meetings of various groups and organizations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree from a regionally accredited university in a discipline offered through MCE.
  • Five years or more of full-time experience coordinating or administering academic programs (with a preference for hire at associate professor rank);
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegiality with faculty, staff, students, and administrators;
  • Demonstrated performance in making sound, independent judgments;
  • Strong process management skills, analytical abilities and attention to detail;
  • Excellent computer skills including complete familiarity with MS Office suite.

If a current DU faculty member is chosen for this position, this individual will have the opportunity to retain his or her current series, rank, and tenure status. Depending on the background of the candidate, the opportunity for a one-year appointment as a faculty member, renewable annually, at the rank of Clinical Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor may be possible. With the faculty appointment the primary affiliation for employment status and benefits will be as a faculty, not staff member.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

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