Staff - Dean of Distance Learning
The Dean of Distance Learning provides the leadership, planning, coordination, and evaluation of all instructional components of Distance Education at South Texas College, especially the coordination and expansion of services for the virtual campus. Facilitates collaborations with Distance Education constituents both internal and external to South Texas College to grow distance education capacity and create a culture that supports distance/online delivery through policy development and constituent collaborations. Participates in institution wide planning in support of the mission and goals of the College, including meeting the needs of a diverse student population and creating a learning environment where all the students have the opportunity to succeed. Supervises Distance Learning staff.
- Responsible for creating and administering a learning environment that fosters student success.
- Provides leadership, planning, coordination, and management for the virtual campus and the Distance Education department.
- Addresses all applicable administrative, faculty, and student issues regarding Distance Education.
- Ensures compliance of the instructional components of distance education with the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and other accrediting agencies.
- Ensures compliance with all state and federal regulations, including but not limited to State Authorization procedures in other states.
- Reviews, develops, and administers the institution’s Distance Education plan, policies, and procedures as appropriate.
- Coordinates with the office of the Vice President for Information Services, Planning, Performance, and Strategic Initiatives to ensure the effective operation of the technology components for Distance Education and recommend technological improvements and purchases for inclusion in the Instructional Technology Plan (ITP).
- Assists staff with planning and promotion of professional development opportunities for Distance Education faculty.
- Seeks and secures external funding for Distance Education.
- Promotes Distance Education throughout our service area and beyond.
- Coordinates student support services, including admissions, advising, financial aid, and testing for the virtual campus.
- Ensures sound fiscal management of Distance Education department.
- Maintains a comprehensive Institutional Effectiveness Plan.
- Represents Distance Education at administrative and executive level meetings.
- Serves as Virtual College of Texas (VCT) Coordinator.
- Supervises Distance Learning staff.
- Serves as Campus Security Authority.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Excellent oral, written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office including, but not limited to, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, the Windows environment, and internet research skills.
- Familiarity with a wide variety of applications, instructional software, technology, networking, and distance learning hardware.
- Demonstrated knowledge in providing technology training sessions.
- Maintains familiarity with the College’s programs, policies, procedures and academic standards.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects that require demonstrated leadership ability.
- Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
- Team player with the ability to collaborate with all college departments, functions, and other support services.
- Ability to adapt to constant change and periods of fast-paced, high-intensity work situations.
- Ability to work evenings and/or weekends as needed; willing to travel throughout the college district using own means of reliable transportation.
- Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse, multi-cultural college population.
- Demonstrated commitment to achieving the vision and mission of South Texas College.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals.
- Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from students, faculty, staff, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
- Ability to effectively present information to top management, faculty, public groups, and/or Boards of Trustees.
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
- Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Required Education and Experience
- Master’s Degree in area related to instructional technology required; Doctorate Degree preferred.
- At least five (5) years of administrative experience in instructional technology/distance learning with increasing levels of responsibility required.
- Experience in a higher education institution, preferred.
Checks, Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations
- All applicants are subject to a national criminal background check under South Texas College policy.
- Security Sensitive position: In addition, subject to federal background check.
- Must have a valid Texas driver’s license and proof of liability insurance.
- Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force to move objects.
- Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction.
- Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
- Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
- Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
- Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
- Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
- Standing particularly for sustained periods of time.
- Close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.
- Mobility to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
Equal Employment Opportunity
South Texas College is an equal education and equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. As an equal education institution and equal opportunity employer, the College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. Discrimination is prohibited and the College will comply with all applicable College policies, and state and federal legislation. This policy extends to individuals seeking employment with and admission to the College.
Title IX Statement
Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972 (20 U.S.C. s1681 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX), “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”