Dean of Online Education

Columbia, South Carolina
Aug 28, 2020
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

This newly created position will provide leadership in online undergraduate and graduate programs. The DOE will assess and enhance current online programs, oversee the virtual learning environment and the operation of the online programs, provide engaging student development initiatives, and implement a comprehensive strategy to expand online programs and increase online students. As a member of the Deans Council, the DOE will collaborate with Division Deans and faculty to develop new online degree and certificate programs, design hybrid programs that integrate online and in-person learning and design, assist in the recruitment, supervision and professional development of online teaching faculty, and oversee the day-to-day operation of online programs. The DOE will also collaborate with the Division Deans in developing a model that combines virtual learning with classroom-based instruction in response to the disruptive impact of Covid-19. Reporting to the Provost, this role should focus on ensuring future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the online programs and services. The DOE will work closely with the Dean of Enrollment Management and the Director of Admissions for Online Programs to help market programs and recruit online students.

Columbia College, a historically women's college related to the United Methodist Church established in 1854, educates students in the liberal arts tradition. The College provides educational opportunities that develop students’ capacity for critical thought and expression, lifelong learning, acceptance of personal responsibility, and commitment to service and social justice. In furtherance of its mission, the College is responsive to the needs of students, the communities to which it belongs, and the greater global society. Columbia College encompasses a coed undergraduate College and the evening, online, and graduate programs. Columbia College is noted for faculty who foster academic excellence through collaborative teaching and learning; a vital learning community in which character, ethics, and values are cultivated; the study of leadership enhanced by opportunities for practical application; programs that capitalize on advances in technology; and learning environments that extend beyond the classroom. For information about the College, visit For information about the city of Columbia, South Carolina, visit

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.; Ed.D.; or Professional Doctorate) is preferred, Master’s degree in related field is required
  • Five + years of administrative and/or operational experience in academic leadership roles
  • Thorough experience in teaching and leading within an online educational environment
  • Ability to collect and compile data utilizing best practices of quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to assess, design, and implement online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Leadership style that works collaboratively with diverse population of staff, faculty and students
  • Support the College’s mission and vision, as well as accreditation standards and commitment to academic integrity

To Apply: Please submit a letter of interest, a resume, a list of three professional references, and transcripts through the online submission website at

Review of applications will start immediately and continue until filled. Preferred start date is not later than October 1, 2020.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Madeleine Schep, Provost, via email at [email protected].

Columbia College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. Columbia College is EOE M/F/D/V.