Dean of Academic Life

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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About the Bard Early Colleges

The Bard Early Colleges (BEC) are founded on the belief that, for many young people, college can and should start at an earlier age. Bard Early College’s simple idea - to begin serious college study in place of the traditional 11th and 12th grades, at no cost to students or families - has had an extraordinary impact on young people and on education innovation and equity in America.

The Bard Early Colleges offer a truly unique home for young people’s intellectual ambition: as both tuition-free, branch campuses of Bard College and public high schools, they award a high school diploma and a Bard College Associate in Arts degree (and 60 transferable credits) by the end of the 12th grade. Students are taught by college faculty in undergraduate, seminar classes, all deeply rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, in Bard College’s commitment to excellence in teaching, and in Bard’s mission as a private college in the public interest.

Now entering its third decade, the Bard Early College network enrolls over 3,000 young people in campuses in Queens, Manhattan, and Hudson, New York; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.

Bard invites applications for a dynamic individual who will join our administrative team as the Dean of Academic Life of the Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) in Baltimore. The earliest the position will start will be in Fall 2022.

Position Objective and Duties

Bard High School Early College Baltimore invites applications for a dynamic individual who will join our administrative team as a Dean of Academic Life. This position involves working with the BHSEC Baltimore administration and BEC network to oversee and coordinate the curricular and instructional program of the early college. The successful candidate must be a strong advocate of the early college model, have significant classroom experience, and should have demonstrated successful experience in a leadership role. This position requires excellent organizational skills; frequent communication with students, parents, administrators, and faculty; the ability to develop and support academic programs; dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a commitment to ensuring the academic success of all BHSEC students.

  • Work with the Principal and Deans to support the continual improvement of the BHSEC curriculum
  • Develop effective schedules for faculty and students
  • Support faculty hiring and development, including supporting new faculty
  • Observe classes regularly to evaluate instruction and give feedback for improvement
  • Promote, support, and strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion at BHSEC
  • Teach one course per semester and advise BHSEC students
  • Enhance the student life experience with innovative programs, services, and activities, including partnerships that connect students to cultural and academic resources across Baltimore
  • Plan and coordinate the annual Writing and Thinking Program
  • Communicate effectively with students, families, and other campus partners
  • Collaborate on the development and implementation of academic policies and procedures, including student course selections, schedules and transcripts
  • Collaborate with the coordinator of annual standardized testing to facilitate annual testing
  • Assist in supervising school functions, trips, and programs
  • Act as a visible, engaged, and active member of the senior leadership team and in the campus community.
Compensation: $90,000-$95,000.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Start Date: The earliest the position will start will be in Fall 2022.


The Dean of Academic Life will join the leadership team of a campus that is both a public high school as well as a degree-granting undergraduate branch campus of Bard College. As such, the Dean of Academic Life’s professional and academic experience should span both secondary and postsecondary teaching and administration, and, where relevant, scholarship. The successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation and religion.

The successful candidate for the position will possess the following characteristics and qualifications:
  • Doctorate in a liberal arts and sciences discipline (corresponding to the fields available for study within the Bard College curriculum)
  • Interest in and knowledge of issues of educational equity in Baltimore City
  • Scholarship and engagement in that field of study since attainment of doctoral degree
  • Relevant teaching experience, preferably with both college and high school-aged students
  • Relevant leadership experience
  • Very strong organizational and management skills
  • Very strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience in and commitment to working with adolescents
Application Instructions

Please apply directly with Bard College / Bard Early Colleges. Do this by clicking on the “Apply Now” button found through the Interfolio job application link provided here:
Use the Interfolio link provided to upload the following documents directly with Bard College:
● a letter of interest
● curriculum vitae,
● Contact information for three references

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.



Undergraduate Degrees

Bard offers courses of study in four divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—and in interdivisional programs and concentrations. Students may also earn a five-year B.S./B.A. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following undergraduate degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College; and through the Bard Prison Initiative at six correctional institutions in New York State.

Graduate Degrees

More than 200 students are seeking graduate degrees: M.A. in curatorial studies, M.Music in vocal arts, conducting, and curatorial, critical, and performance studies, and M.S. in environmental policy, climate science and policy, and economic theory and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in Sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. M.Music degrees are also offered at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Early Colleges

Bard's early colleges educate the next generation of thought leaders, preparing them to be lifetime learners. Bard High School Early Colleges in New York City, Newark, New Jersey, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Bard Early College New Orleans and Bard Early College at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy all serve the needs of highly motivated younger students.

International Degrees

Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College); American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University; as well as dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

Cultural Life

Campus life in Annandale is vibrant, with world-class performing arts venues; continuous and varied student activities; and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and in New York City. Students choose from more than a hundred active clubs on campus, and new clubs begin every semester. The Bard College athletic teams are the Raptors. The College’s colors are red and white. The critically acclaimed Bard Music Festival is presented on campus each summer, exploring the life and work of a single composer through chamber music, choral and orchestral performances, symposia, panel discussions, and preconcert talks. Since 2003 the festival has been part of Bard SummerScape, which annually presents operas, films, and theatrical productions that complement the festival’s theme.

Outstanding Faculty

Bard's undergraduate faculty-to-student ratio is 1:10 and courses are taught by full faculty members. Among the many distinguished faculty at Bard College are five MacArthur Fellows—poets John Ashbery and Ann Lauterbach, novelist and memoirist Norman Manea, painter and multimedia artist Judy Pfaff, and journalist Mark Danner. Other notable faculty members include soprano Dawn Upshaw, journalist Ian Buruma, composers Joan Tower and George Tsontakis, poet Robert Kelly, and writers Luc Sante and Francine Prose. Over the years, four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature have taught at Bard—Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, José Saramago, and Orhan Pamuk. 









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