Dean of Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Decatur, Georgia
Sep 19, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
Executive Administration Jobs
Deans, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Specialized Institutions

Basic Responsibilities:

1. As Vice President for Academic Affairs, work with the President and other Vice Presidents to provide administrative leadership to all aspects of the seminary's life. In the absence or disability of the president, serve as chief administrative officer as instructed by the Board of Trustees.

2. As Dean of Faculty, be a voice for the faculty within the seminary's administration, the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board and, when requested, before the Board.

3. Administer with effectiveness and professionalism the academic affairs of the seminary.

4. Give careful attention to the concerns and nurture of the faculty, to the quality of scholarship and teaching among the faculty, and to the structure and staffing of the seminary's curricular offerings.

5. Demonstrate a love for teaching, primarily in the administration of academic affairs but also in the teaching of an occasional course.

6. Exhibit scholarship that is broadly engaged with the issues of theological education and deeply informed by one of the disciplines of a theological seminary.

Faculty Status/Term: The DOF/VPAA is a member of the faculty with rank commensurate with training and experience, with a three year, renewable term.

Relationships: The DOF/VPAA is elected by and subject to the oversight of the Board of Trustees and is responsible directly to the President. This position oversees and advocates for student learning outcomes and coordinates the work of the office of academic affairs in collaboration with department support staff.

Requirements for Candidates:

• PhD (or its equivalent) in a discipline appropriate to theological education

• Experience in academic administration 

Other Desired Qualities:

• Passion for teaching and learning

• Proven ability to attend to complex systems and a highly-varied workload

• Strong communication skills

• Ability to help to move the seminary forward in concrete and decisive ways toward strategic goals

• Intercultural intelligence and a strong vision for direct engagement with Columbia Theological Seminary’s anti-racist commitments

• Experience working with racially, ethnically and ecclesially diverse students, faculty, and staff with a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion

• Demonstrated expertise in online education

• Knowledge of and appreciation for the Reformed theological tradition

Evaluation: The DOF/VPAA will be evaluated annually by the President. Evaluation for renewal of term will be completed before the end of three years of service by the president in a format agreeable to the DOF/VPAA, with input from the faculty and appropriate staff persons. The President's recommendation will be forwarded to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

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