Assistant Dean, Academic Support Services (K-State Olathe)

Olathe KS
Jul 18, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Deans, Other Executive Administration
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: Kansas State University Olathe ( invites applications and nominations for an Assistant Dean, Academic Support Services. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Executive Education, and in alignment with the aim for K-State Olathe’s academic affairs to be a model conduit for interdisciplinary and innovative education, research and engagement, the Assistant Dean, Academic Support Services, is responsible for the strategic development, implementation, and day-to-day operations of academic support services; and for collaborating in the development and delivery of academic initiatives. The successful candidate will also be appointed as a (non-tenure track) Teaching Assistant/Associate/Full Professor or Instructor, depending on qualifications, in the School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies, responsible for teaching, mentoring and advising students, scholarly activities and professional service.

This position will be a 12-month appointment with approximately 50% administrative and 50% teaching responsibilities, with future potential for flexible distribution between administrative and teaching responsibilities.

Information about the Department: Kansas State University has set a visionary goal to be recognized as a Top 50 Public Research University by 2025. In support of this goal, the Olathe campus was launched in April 2011 and is the third and newest campus of Kansas State University. Olathe is located in Johnson County and the Kansas City metro area. The campus embodies a unique vision jointly developed with regional community, government, industry and university stakeholders for higher education partnership in an urban, innovative, industry centric and knowledge based environment. The campus is a strategic partner of the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle. The Kansas City metro area has a diversity of industries ranging from trade, transportation, utilities, professional and business services and health and education. Major companies include Cerner, Garmin, Bayer Corporation, Merck, Burns and McDonnell, and Black & Veatch, as well as major health and food companies in the Animal Health Corridor stretching from Kansas to Missouri. The $1.2 billion National Bio and Agro Defense Facility is also being constructed at the Manhattan campus adjacent to the K-State Biosecurity Research Institute and will further strengthen partnerships, regional growth and economic development.

The campus has a mandate in research and graduate education and currently offers eight programs at the Master’s and doctoral levels in food science, horticulture, veterinary/biomedical sciences and adult education. Growth of educational offerings at the campus will continue to evolve to meet workforce and industry demands through a variety of credit and non-credit bearing programs that address technical as well as transferable skills. Faculty and instructors at K-State Olathe represent a combination of resident and non-resident, full and part-time experts and adjuncts from the industry/government sectors. There are ten laboratories in research areas currently ranging from food sciences to post-harvest physiology of fruits/vegetables. Additional initiatives include industry partnerships, such as the Merck Animal Health Microbial Surveillance Laboratory, Consumer and Sensory Research Center, and Innovation Accelerator.

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.  The Successful Candidate will: I.  Assist the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Executive Education with Campus, School and Departmental affairs.
  • Develop, implement and continuously improve the administrative policies and procedures for the delivery of administrative services related to the academic programs at the K-State Olathe campus.
  • Develop, implement and oversee the academic policies and procedures for the School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Oversee assessment of student learning and academic advising consistent with program objectives and affiliation requirements of the Professional Science Master’s National Office, as required.
  • Facilitate operational efficiency and work closely with department heads and directors at all K-State campuses representing programs that form part of the Professional Science Master in Applied Science and Technology (PSM) and other programs at K-State Olathe campus, central administrative units based at K-State Manhattan including Global Campus and the Graduate School; and external constituents and collaborative partners from industry and non-profit organization.
  • Collaborate with and facilitate initiatives to recruit, engage and evaluate faculty, including adjunct and ancillary faculty, for the School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Manage and/or collaborate in the development of new initiatives and programs.
  • Work with cross functional teams to develop, implement and continuously improve faculty and student orientation, academic advising, enrollment, and student retention, for all programs at the K-State Olathe campus.
  • Maintain records and prepare key performance reports.
  • Coordinate with other units to ensure a safe campus environment
  • Serve on internal and external committees and other duties as assigned.
  • II.  Teaching, Advising and Mentorship, Scholarly Activities and Service

  • Coordinate capstone and professional experience components of the curricula
  • Teach assigned courses for the School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Serve as faculty advisor and mentor for students in the School;
  • Actively identify and collaborate in the development and approval of new academic programs and courses, and the modifications to existing academic programs and courses.
  • Required Minimum Qualifications:
    • Master's Degree in Business or Education (or relevant field), and
    • More than 10 years of experience in the Higher Education sector
    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Ph.D. (or comparable terminal degree) with combined teaching and administrative experience
    • Graduate level knowledge of effective instructional techniques and learning platforms
    • Graduate program academic planning, implementation, and assessment experience.
    Other Requirements:
    • Must have, or be able to quickly develop, a detailed knowledge of the University's strategic priorities, academic policies and procedures.
    • Must be able to effectively work on a team as well as independently
    • Must have excellent project management skills.
    • Must be able to manage multiple competing priorities under pressure, and respond to changing conditions and needs.
    • Must be diligent in preserving confidential and proprietary information.
    • Must be able to interface cross-functionally and with different groups made up of diverse corporate, community and University individuals.
    • Must have effective interpersonal and professional written and oral communication skills.
    • Must be adaptive and responsive to change.
    Special Instructions to Applicants: All correspondence will be considered in confidence, and nominations and inquiries are encouraged.

    Interested candidates should submit a detailed cover letter that includes specific information relevant to the applicant’s ability to meet the qualifications (3-5 pages), a statement of teaching interests and goals, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references (title, mailing address, phone and email). Application materials must be submitted online to be considered:

    Nominations and inquiries should be sent to Roberta Robinson at or call (913) 307-7316. Questions regarding specifics of the position can be directed to Dr. Jackie Spears, Search Committee Chair, at

    Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

    Screening of Applications Begins: Screening begins the week of August 14th, and will continue until the position is filled. Salary Range / Pay Rate: Salary commensurate with candidate's ability and experience. Kansas State University has an attractive benefit package that includes a retirement plan; group medical, dental, and life insurance plans, worker compensation; vacation leave; sick leave, and other benefits. Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.