Assistant Dean for Student Services and Engagement

Sep 30, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Dean for Student Services and Engagement

The College of Health and Human Development (HHD) is looking for a dynamic candidate to serve as the Assistant Dean for Student Services and Engagement, leading efforts to support and engage undergraduate students in HHD from recruitment through commencement. The successful candidate will report to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Outreach Programs.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. In HHD, enriching the lives of others is our mission. We believe in the power of human capacity for growth and live that mission by meeting challenges, both big and small, with excitement and energy every day. We invite you to come grow with us.

Responsibilities include:
  • Effective delivery of academic advising across the College and work with the Lead Adviser in the Center for Student Advising and Engagement to manage the Center's primary functions related to New Student Orientation and advising first year and exploring students.
  • Manage the college effort on retention and student success, including coordinating efforts within the Center for Student Advising and Engagement, with other College units, and with College academic departments to align financial aid, student services, and student engagement programs with strategic goals, implement practices and processes to achieve goals, and to measure outcomes and adjust actions to enable students to achieve success.
  • Collaborate with the College's Recruitment Director, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Lead Advisor and others on planning for recruitment, orientation, and transition programs for students.
  • Maintain strong relationships with university-level offices, including Career Services, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, Student Health, and Student Success.

To apply, please upload: a letter describing how your interests would integrate with the educational mission of the college, a resume or curriculum vitae, a one (1) page vision statement for student services, advising and engagement, and the names, addresses, and contact information of three potential references. Applications missing any item will not be considered.

This is an academic administrator position and requires a doctorate and at least 10 years of relevant teaching or mentoring experience. Appreciation for practical education with a purpose, the contribution of multidisciplinary approaches to human health and well-being and expertise in a discipline related to health, health care, hospitality, or recreation is preferred. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials, or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Review of applicant materials will begin shortly after the posting date and the position will remain open until filled, with the possibility of starting as soon as possible. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Dennis Shea at

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