Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies

Denver, CO
May 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

Shapes the direction of the College of Professional Studies by participating with the Dean in all phases of personnel and resource planning. Works closely with the Dean, each CPS department, chairs, faculty, and staff in Professional Studies to realize the vision, the mission, and the goals of the College. This involves consulting about daily management of 12 academic departments.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.

Posting Number

Position Title
Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies

Position Number
E 049

Salary for Announcement

The hiring range for this position is $111,667 – $134,347. The final salary will be commensurate with experience and education.

Employee Category

College of Prof. Studies

EClass Code
Full Time Administrators


50% Direct Responsibility and Decision Making Authority –
• Enrollment Management – class offerings (fall, spring and summer), class cancellations, room utilization, new class offerings, omnibus course offerings, new online offerings, serve on Room Utilization Committee with authority to make decisions for CPS, serve on Summer School Task Force with decision-making authority for offerings.
• Directs and coordinates curriculum planning, development, and assessment. Helps to prepare curriculum proposals. Manages the CPS Curriculum Committee. Participates in all curriculum review activities such as program review, assessment, and accreditation/ reaccredidation efforts. Monitors curricular changes for resource requirements. Has signatory authority on curriculum proposals. Provides follow-up on program recommendations.
• Faculty Development – all portfolio management and training including Retention, Tenure, Promotion, Post Tenure Review, Promotion to Professor, Sabbatical, and Reassigned Time
• Faculty Hiring – Orientation of First Year Faculty, interviewing and hiring authority decisions when designated by the Dean,
• Affiliate Faculty – signature and decision making authority for affiliate budget
• Title IX investigations – including faculty, staff and student interviews, report writing, decision making
• Student Issues – signature authority and decision-making authority for all CPS Grade Appeals, Informal and Formal Complaints (including those through the University complaint process), Grievances, ADA complaints, and Standards of Conduct. Handles walk-ins, scheduled appointments, email inquiries, and telephone calls with decision-making authority. Approve all grade changes.
• Students – participate on committees to formulate College and University policy related to students, make decisions to assist with Retention and Graduation Directs including coordinating transfer credit in consultation with department chairs, reviews graduation requirements, examines degree progress reports and recommends strategies for students to complete graduation requirements, or possible alternatives that meet college and departmental requirements. Make decisions on approval or denial of requests for late admissions and registration to the college, course overloads, time conflicts, grade change requests, inter-institutional registration and concurrent enrollment, course audits, and credit by examination.
• Technology – Serve on Digital Measures (DM) Task Force to make decisions on format, content and needs of faculty in the DM design including interpretations of Handbook for Professional Personnel; Serve on MSU Denver Online Task Force to develop strategic plan for Best Practices in the expansion of University-wide online education.
• Summer Session Task Force – Serve on University committee to increase student participation in Summer Session including increase in online offerings.
• CPS Committees – Responsible for all CPS faculty committee elections, organization of committees, and program of work
• Individualized Degree Program – Signatory and decision-making authority for Individualized Degree Programs.

25% Consults with Dean and Assists with Decision Making
• Budget for capital outlay and remodeling
• Data collection and analysis for report writing
• Report writing – final approved by Dean
• Writes drafts for Retention, Tenure & Promotion, Post Tenure Review, Sabbatical, Transitional Retirement, and Emeritus Status.
• New initiatives, planning documents, personnel and budget recommendations, University policies, procedures and initiatives
• Reviews grant proposals and attend routine meetings of ongoing Grants with decision making authority. Once funded, ensures that Principal Investigators are carrying out their duties and being accountable.
• Provides assistance and guidance in developing policies and procedures and makes recommendations to CPS faculty and staff of any changes in policy at the college.
• Provides retention strategies of the Colleges/Schools and coordinates pre-semester help sessions with the Colleges/Schools developing administrative procedures in CPS that are useful to both faculty and students.

25% Other Responsibilities of Associate Dean
• Writes reports, assists the Dean on writing new initiatives, planning documents, personnel and budget recommendations, as well as communicates to the community, professional organizations and other institutions college policies, proposals, and initiatives.
• Submits reports to meet routine college deadlines and requirements.
• Faculty – Assists faculty in matters related to students, such as arranging for faculty training workshops.
• Assists with orientations and other college and University-wide programs honoring students.
• Attends meetings as needed.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have academic credentials appropriate for tenure in a discipline offered by the school. Please go to to see if you meet this qualification.
Demonstrated success in a significant leadership role such as department chair, director, assistant/associate dean or related areas.
A minimum of 5 years’ experience in undergraduate teaching and learning.

Preferred Qualifications

At least three years successful academic administrative experience at the level of department chair or above.
Experience in an urban higher education institution.
Knowledge of and experience with accreditation processes.
Successful experience in developing undergraduate programs within a discipline housed in SPS.
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Experience conducting investigations, gathering evidence and writing reports of related findings.
Knowledge of transfer credit and guarantee transfer pathway courses and articulation agreements.
Understanding of managing a budget for a department and the various budget types in higher education.
Experience writing and implementing grant programs.
Experience providing supervision and performance management.

Posting date

Closing date

Closing Instructions
Close on Closing Date

Special Instructions to Applicants

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered for this position you must apply via the online application system,

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

This posting will close at midnight MST on the closing date.


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