Assistant Dean of Educational Effectiveness and Outcomes
When Bay Path opened its doors to students in downtown Springfield, MA in 1897, it had a very clear goal: to provide a practical, affordable, and career-oriented education to meet the needs of companies, organizations, and communities. From the beginning, Bay Path prided itself on being entrepreneurial, constantly pushing the boundaries of the academic experience to fit the student. To start them on the road of success. We still do.
Today, that spirit and philosophy is more important than ever in higher education. At Bay Path, it's not just the number and breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs that defines us-and we have many-but it is our ability to connect the classroom to learning to leadership to experience to career that is at the core of what we do best. We know the work that needs to be done.
Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and is a member of the Women's College Coalition. With a main campus in Longmeadow, MA and four satellite locations, (East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, Concord, Springfield), Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.
We're committed to preparing our students to navigate a constantly changing world. Whether it is one of our innovative academic programs, groundbreaking online learning platform, or through our Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders initiative, we educate our students in ways that will help them to grow, learn to adapt, and always to flourish. Be part of the change.
We invite you to visit our website at www.baypath.edu where you can learn more about Bay Path University.
- Position Code: TBD
- Job Type: Full-Time
- Schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, some evenings and weekends.
- Position Location: Longmeadow, MA
The Assistant Dean for Educational Effectiveness and Outcomes is an innovative and experienced educator with a deep understanding of emerging models of higher education, the science of teaching and best practices in educational effectiveness to lead the university-wide effort to promote excellent teaching and student-centered learning. With a vision for the integration of the pedagogical practice and the assessment of student learning, the Assistant Dean creates a culture of inquiry and promotes innovation in teaching and learning. The Assistant Dean develops and executes faculty development programming to promote faculty preparedness and effective teaching as well as to improve upon course design and delivery of best student-centered learning practices for in-person and online course formats. The Assistant Dean identifies emerging issues in faculty development and learning support, organizes and supports faculty learning communities and workshops and presentations for and by faculty members, and consults with and mentors faculty on an individual basis. The Assistant Dean is responsible for creating and sustaining a culture of assessment that integrates the assessment of instructional and non-instructional units into a comprehensive institutional assessment program across all of Bay Path's divisions, including the traditional undergraduate program, The American Women's College and the graduate program. With faculty and staff as partners, the Assistant Dean provides one-on-one and group guidance to establish ownership, to promote innovation and to create a community where assessment is valued and the results applied to improve student learning and institutional effectiveness. The Assistant Dean oversees the Center and staffing for the advising and e-Portfolio learning functions. The Assistant Dean holds faculty rank according to background and credentials and teaches a minimum of two courses annually. The position is a full-time, twelve-month appointment that reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- In collaboration with the Division of Research and Academic Resources and the Center for Online and Digital Learning, develops and leads a comprehensive annual plan of faculty development to be delivered in person and online to full-time and adjunct faculty.
- Works with faculty individually and in groups to design effective courses and institute appropriate pedagogical techniques.
- Supports and trains full-time and adjunct faculty in effective teaching practices.
- At the recommendation of the appropriate Dean, meets individually and in small groups with faculty to review instructional effectiveness and establish remediation plans, when necessary.
- Collaborates with faculty and librarians to create learning resources in support of pedagogical best practices and literacy.
- Teaches a minimum of two courses annually including one section of WEL100 or WELL 400.
- Develops and updates a robust virtual resource library to support faculty development.
- Continually monitors and proactively responds to faculty teaching support needs.
- Champions high impact teaching and learning practices.
- Advocates for and implements new software solutions that support the learning environment.
- Develops and facilitates interdisciplinary faculty learning communities (FLC's) to support faculty involvement in the scholarship associated with teaching and learning.
- Collaborates with faculty and administrators to identify, revise, evaluate and utilize assessment tools for student learning outcomes.
- Promotes the transfer of best practices by facilitating interactions among faculty and between divisions.
Institutional Assessment and Outcomes
- Coordinates the synergy of assessment efforts across Bay Path's divisions to ensure alignment of student learning outcomes, the analysis of the achievement of those outcomes and to promote communication and a sense of cohesion around assessment efforts.
- Ensures completion and updating of assessment plans and curriculum maps from all instructional and non-instructional units.
- Manages the curriculum change process, including the cycle of program review.
- Collaborates with members of the Provost's Cabinet and with faculty to promote curricular enhancements that enhance learning effectiveness and student persistence.
- Works with the Deans to ensure compliance with expectations around student learning assessment for instructional and non-instructional units.
- Coordinates the development and modification of assessment plans in instructional and non-instructional areas.
- Initiates and nurtures on-going communication with The American Women's College to coordinate efforts, align outcomes and analyze results.
- Monitors the assessment environment for best practices, specifically related to the NEASC Standards, to ensure compliance and to promote good and meaningful assessment.
- Participates in setting and executing the comprehensive survey research agenda, coordinating the administration of the annual schedule of locally-developed and nationally-normed surveys.
- Analyzes data sets as appropriate to meet institutional needs, including the analysis of assessment results, survey data and other discrete projects in support of institutional research efforts.
- In collaboration with the Provost and Vice-Provost, prepares and publishes an annual report summarizing key institutional and student outcome data.
- Oversees the annual collection, tracking and reporting on graduate outcomes information regarding post-baccalaureate education and/or employment plans.
- Co-chairs the faculty standing Educational Assessment Committee.
- Assist with requirements for compliance with regional and specialized accrediting agencies, including but not limited to, NEASC, ABA, ACGC, ACOTE, ARC-PA, BCBA and CCNE.
- Attends trainings as required.
- Performs any other duties or tasks as assigned by the University.
Advising and e-Portfolio Learning
- Leads program development, implementation, education and oversight of the campus-wide ePortfolio initiative.
- Provides supervision for the e-Portfolio Coordinator.
- Leads the assessment of institutional learning outcomes via the ePortfolio.
- Works to ensure campus wide buy-in and full utilization for the e-Portfolio including the embedding of the e-Portfolio in the advising process beginning with WELL 100.
- Provides supervision for the Director of Advising.
- Leads development and implementation of annual strategy to ensure effective, robust, intentional developmental advising support for traditional undergraduate students.
- Attend trainings and other meetings as requested.
- Participate in admissions open houses as requested.
- Attend school and faculty meetings as requested.
- Other duties as assigned by Vice Provost or Provost.
- If you operate a University owned, leased or personal vehicle at any time while performing your duties you must follow all policies and procedures outlined in the Operations Manual. You must have a valid driver's license and must successfully pass the online safe Driving Course and driving record check at time of hire and annually thereafter. Additionally, you must report any driving offense, on or off company time, which causes a loss, suspension, or any other change in your license status. You must report this change within one business day of the offense. You can report this change to the Human Resource Department or your direct supervisor. Failure to do so can lead to disciplinary action, up to and including terminations.
- An earned doctorate in an appropriate higher education-related field such as curriculum development and instruction, higher education administration, learning and human development, or learning sciences.
- Effective teaching experience at the University level, preferably across different delivery models (campus-based, hybrid and online).
- Experience leading faculty development, curricular and assessment planning.
- Working knowledge of the application of cognitive science to teaching and learning.
- Familiarity and Expertise with: ePortfolio Pedagogy, Experiential Learning, High-Impact Practices, Developmental Advising, Integrative Learning, Digital Reflection, Curriculum Design, and Digital Design
- Pedagogical Skills: Ability to help develop others' knowledge, skills, and abilities; Ability to generate buy in and maintain momentum for initiatives.
- Interpersonal Skills: Ability to foster confidence and trust, to develop rapport easily with a wide range of constituents, to foster a collaborative environment in a multidisciplinary setting, and to serve as a role model for professional behavior and communication.
- Technical Knowledge: Comfort with eLearning and other instructional tools; Comfort with using course management systems to build and deliver learning experiences.
- Ability to Promote Change: Proven successful innovation implementation with large number of stakeholders
- Adaptability and Creative Problem Solving: Ability to find ways to manage variable work volume and develop efficiencies for program delivery.
- Oral and Written Communication: Excellent written and presentation ability; ability to listen and understand with sensitivity, and to respond appropriately.
- Organization and Time Management: Ability to set and achieve goals, learn quickly and continuously, and prioritize and manage workload in order to produce quality work according to deadlines.
- Strategic Thinking and Program Management: Ability to see the big picture and align program design, service delivery, and resources to support office and institutional goals; to identify implications and connections, consolidate information from various sources to reach sound decisions.
- Ability to successfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.
- Keen understanding of the role of assessment in achieving specifically stated institutional and program student learning outcomes.
- Ability to adhere to University policies and procedures.
- Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
- Should be committed to a culture of diversity, respect and inclusion; demonstrated ability to build working relationships with people having a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences different from ones' own.
- General knowledge of the University's mission, purpose, and goals and the role this position plays in achieving those goals.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.
Bay Path University will become a smoke- and tobacco-free community as of July 1, 2018.
All offers of employment are contingent on satisfactory background checking.
Applicants for this position should attach a cover letter resume / curriculum vitae, the contact information for four (4) professional, work related references and any other relevant information pertaining to this position and your candidacy. Please apply online. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.
Bay Path University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and learning in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women and all underrepresented backgrounds. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.