Dean of Studies

Dean of Studies

Washington, D.C.
Open Date:
Oct 17, 2018

About the Bard Early Colleges

The Bard Early Colleges are founded on the belief that many high school–age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education. The Bard Early Colleges act on this belief by providing younger scholars with a tuition-free, credit-bearing college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. Students are taught by college faculty in seminar classes; they receive up to 60 college credits and an associate in arts (A.A.) degree from Bard College, concurrently with a high school diploma. The Bard Early Colleges begin preparing students for college work as early as the 9th grade and offer ongoing guidance and academic supports.

Now in its second decade, the Bard Early College network serves over 2,850 students in campuses in Lower Manhattan, Queens, and Harlem, New York; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Baltimore, Maryland. Since 2003, Bard College has awarded more than 3,000 A.A. degrees to its early college students.

Bard invites applications for a dynamic individual who will join our administrative team as the Dean of Studies of a Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) in Washington, D.C. The position will start in the Spring of 2018 (start date flexible) for a planning period prior to an anticipated Fall 2019 school opening.

Position Objective

In partnership with the Principal, the Dean of Studies of BHSEC DC will provide leadership and administrative oversight of the academic program at the school, particularly the college program, which takes the place of the traditional 11th and 12th grades. The Dean of Studies will align academic planning with goals outlined for students and faculty, and will assess the program’s progress in the areas of teaching and learning. The Dean of Studies promotes a collegiate environment through campus programming and through faculty development in both scholarship and pedagogy.


  • Collaborate with the Principal and faculty to develop an early college high school curriculum that meets student need, district requirements, and Bard College standards
  • Observe, coach, and evaluate faculty, and facilitate inter-faculty observation and collaboration, in order to strengthen instruction
  • Oversee new course development
  • Oversee professional development, assisting faculty members with signature instructional methods, including Writing and Thinking, and connecting faculty with professional opportunities in their academic fields
  • Report and affirm college course registrations, grades, and degree completion to the Office of the Registrar at Bard College
  • Collaborate with Deans of Studies across the Bard Early Colleges Network
  • Teach one course section each semester


Desired Qualifications

The Dean of Studies’ professional and academic experience should ideally span both secondary and postsecondary teaching and administration, and, where relevant, scholarship.

The successful candidate for the position will possess the following characteristics and qualifications:

  • Doctorate or other terminal degree in a liberal arts and sciences discipline (corresponding to the fields available for study within the Bard curriculum)
  • Scholarship and engagement in field of study since attainment of terminal degree
  • At least five years teaching experience, preferably with both college and high school students
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with and commitment to working with adolescents

Application Instructions:

To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three references through Review of applications begins immediately and will proceed until the position is filled. Visit for more information on our schools.

Position is contingent upon finalization of an agreement between Bard College and DC Public Schools and availability of funds.