Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (F185)

Job description

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.

Position Title: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (academic administrator status)

Position Tracking Number: F185

School/College: School of Education

Department: Dean's Office

Location: Azusa, with some travel to APU regional campuses


The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will oversee academic and student services within the School of Education (SoE), in consultation with chairs, program directors, and University partners. S/he will engage in the research, development, and execution of a broad range of strategic School-wide initiatives, including new academic programs, research initiatives, and faculty professional development. The Associate Dean will deliver results on a portfolio of projects of School and institutional importance and, thus, represent the Dean and the School of Education appropriately in selected internal and external interactions.


Higher Education, Leadership, Research, Academic Policy, K-12 Education


  • Responsible for overseeing implementation of academic policies and standards, including exceptions, grievances, and program changes, while collaborating with the SoE leadership team.
  • Oversee and direct the development of a broad range of School and institutionally significant projects on behalf of the Dean's Office, including feasibility studies, research, design, development, coordination, and implementation.
  • Lead a participative process to articulate and design a robust program supporting student and faculty research, including internal collaboration grants, external grant applications, and longitudinal projects that enhance the School's academic mission.
  • Oversee ongoing projects to ensure the Dean's Office agenda is effectively progressing according to plan objectives, milestones, and measurements. This includes the prioritization and execution of projects and initiatives from leadership and committee meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with University offices, including Graduate and Professional Services, Office of Curricular Support, University Relations, Office of Research and Grants, General Counsel, and others as necessary to complete regular duties and special assignments.
  • Review analyses of activities, costs, operations, and forecast data to determine progress toward stated goals and objectives, especially relating to recruitment, enrollment, budgets, and personnel.
  • Write reports and proposals on behalf of the Dean to advance the School's momentum.
  • Serve as special projects liaison with external constituents on behalf of the Dean.
  • Periodically represent the School at external events and at APU Regional Campuses.
  • Serves on School of Education's Leadership Team with Associate/Assistant Dean colleagues and Chairs.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Dean.

Level: Academic Administrator


  • Doctorate in a discipline appropriate to for a leadership role in the School of Education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional and scholarly activity (e.g., scholarly publications, academic conference presentations, and grant writing).
  • Prior University academic administrative experience.
  • Demonstrated solutions-oriented member of a dynamic team who can engender the trust of the constituents s/he serves.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusive excellence.


Demonstrated commitment to higher education leadership, research, student service, and academic standards.



Hire Date:

Open until filled.

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.
  • Self-starter with ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Additional Information:

Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at, to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Procedure:

To apply, visit Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.




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Job No: F185
Posted: 1/22/2018
Application Due: 3/23/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable