Associate Dean

Fresno, California
Mar 06, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Associate Dean

POSITION: Full-time, with faculty rank; non-continuing status track; 11-month Associate Dean appointment in the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences.

STARTING DATE:  July 1, 2019


The successful candidate is expected to:

General Education – Traditional Undergraduate and Degree Completion

  • Create and sustain, in collaboration with others, a compelling vision for the general education curriculum;
  • Provide leadership on course development, curriculum development and implementation, course quality assurance and improvement for general education program in the traditional undergraduate and degree completion programs;
  • Oversee administrative functions and work with academic units to further develop, maintain, and schedule degree completion (DC) and traditional undergraduate (TUG) general education courses;
  • Design, administer and respond to general education assessment;
  • Chair the General Education Committee, with viable representation of both DC and TUG;
  • Continuous assessment of general education curriculum and alignment with FPU Idea, FPU Mission, and Market Viability, and connect to Institutional Learning Outcomes;
  • Continuous assessment of delivery modalities;
  • Develop and promote Summer Session offerings;
  • Supervise DC General Education Coordinator;
  • Supervise HRSS Program Assistant;
  • Responsibility for general education budget.

Honors Program

  • Oversee administration of the University Scholars Program;
  • Lead in the development and implementation of an Honors College;
  • Chair the Honors Council;
  • Coordinate Honors Society across all campuses;
  • Continuous assessment of “honors” curriculum and mentors;
  • Oversee the scholars’ banquet;
  • Oversee research day for both undergrad and grad;
  • Oversee the President and Dean Scholar Classes;
  • Responsibility for Honors Program budget.

First Year Experience (FYE)

  • Works with Vice President of Student Life/Office of Spiritual Formation in orientation of new students;
  • Chairs the First Year Experience (FYE) Committee;
  • Continuous assessment of First Year Student Learning Outcomes;
  • Implement college-level writing standards across the first year;
  • Oversee determination of academic course alignment;
  • Provide leadership for Freshman Seminar/Transfer Seminar.

Responsibilities in the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences

  • HRSS Program Development & Assessment;
  • Tracking and communicating submission of annual assessments and program reviews (23 majors)
  • Oversight of Syllabi Audit and IDEA evaluations
  • Timely communication / meetings with HRSS Program Directors
    • Catalogue updates
    • New curriculum approvals
    • Facilitating coherence between programs and GE
    • Monitoring Lead Instructors and course changes
  • HRSS Adjunct Hiring and Training;
  • Vetting applications / interviews
  • Training and development: best practices, FPU Idea, FPU systems updates
  • Divisional Leadership (contingent upon disciplinary expertise).



  • Earned terminal degree;
  • Evidence of scholarly engagement and accomplishment;
  • Successful college/university-level teaching and administrative experience;
  • Potential for visionary and innovative leadership, including online education and distributed learning across multiple regional centers;
  • Knowledge/appreciation of diverse student populations and faculty;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and establish a common vision among faculty, students, and fellow administrators;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.


Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 44 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea at

COMPENSATION: Dependent on qualifications and experience, and paid out over 12 months. Full-time benefits include insurance (medical, vision, dental, LTD), retirement (TIAA-CREF), Section 125 options.      

APPLICATION:   An administrative application is available at - the link is in the job description on the FPU website.

Send a letter of application, a completed administrative application form (including personal statements), curriculum vita, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts or placement file to:

            D. Gayle Copeland, Ph.D.

            Provost/Senior VP for Academic Affairs

            Fresno Pacific University

            1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 2006

            Fresno, CA 93702

            OR: email [email protected]

Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply. 

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