Associate Academic Dean

Central College
Pella, IA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Category:: Administrative
Department:: Academic Affairs
Locations:: Pella, IA
Posted:: Jan 31, 2023
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Exempt
Position ID:: 158497

About Central College:

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Job Description:

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Additional Information:

Central College seeks a dynamic and collaborative associate academic dean to join a student-focused, undergraduate residential college to serve at the interface of curriculum, policy, and faculty in a manner that manages academic resources and offices that support and develop faculty in their role as educators.

QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The associate academic dean facilitates operational planning in academic programs; develops and implements academic orientation for students and all new faculty; serves an ex officio role on select faculty governance committees; serves as the institution's accreditation liaison including oversight of projects and documentation related to accreditation.

Specifically, the associate academic dean has responsibility to:

  • Work cooperatively with the VPAA/Dean, associate dean colleague, and Senior Registrar to facilitate development and communication of programs, policies, and opportunities within academic affairs related to curriculum, assessment, and course management.
  • Work with Class Deans and Senior Registrar to implement the College's academic policies, including warning/probation/suspension and academic integrity policies. Bring policies to VPAA/Dean for review and clarification. Resolve academically related student issues referred by Class Deans.
  • Serve as the institution's liaison with oversight of accreditation-related processes, documents, and communication.
  • Serve as the liaison for the development and renewal of articulation agreements with other institutions.
  • Serve as the VPAA/Dean's representative in pre-tenure personnel reviews as requested.
  • Working with appropriate groups on campus, facilitates planning and assessment of student learning outcomes in academic programs.
  • Direct reports include an administrative assistant, the assistant dean for learning enrichment, the director of student support services, tutoring coordinator, and entrepreneurship faculty.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Registrar and in communication with the VPAA/Dean, take the lead to coordinate academic content of Summer Orientation, Spring Orientation, and Welcome Week with Student Development.
  • Lead a two-year orientation program for new faculty and an orientation workshop for adjunct faculty each semester.
  • Participate in implementation of strategic academic initiatives.
  • Oversee aspects of the budget related to academic programs such as undergraduate research, honors, core, capstones.

Candidates should have excellent communication and human relations skills and be detail oriented. Our future colleague will have the ability to maintain respectful relationships while working in a fast-paced environment along with strong planning and organizational skills. Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline required.

Central College in Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, its leadership formation and, most importantly, for its work creating genuine connections among students, faculty, coaches and alumni that help graduates realize their career aspirations for a lifetime. We are steadfastly dedicated to cultivating diversity of thought and culture through the arts and sciences, professional fields of study and experiential learning. The Central experience is rooted in exploration and self-discovery and enhanced by life in a residential community of 1,150 students with wide-ranging perspectives. Founded in 1853, Central values its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference.

Central's home of Pella, Iowa, is a thriving community of more than 10,000. Pella impressively appears in Oprah's 2021 60 Charming American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP. The community is famous for its annual Tulip Time Festival, its Dutch pastries and its fully functional 1850s-style windmill. In fact, Pella has it all! Pella is located just minutes from Red Rock Lake, Iowa's largest lake, and is the corporate headquarters of several international companies, including Vermeer Corporation, Pella Corporation, Precision, Inc., and Lely North America. named Pella one of the Best Places to Raise a Family in Iowa and one of the Best Places to Live in Iowa in 2021.

Read more about our welcome statement and our covenant with the RCA.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position visit . Review of applications will begin 15 February 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background check. Academic positions at Central College use E-verify. Please submit the following materials online:

  1. a letter of interest relating your qualifications for the position.
  2. a completed College employment application form.
  3. an updated Curriculum vitae.
  4. names and contact information of three references who can speak to your skills related to this leadership position.

Central College is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community where students and employees feel welcome and can thrive. The Central College Welcome Statement is designed to promote and protect the safety, respect, and integrity of relationships among all members of our community. Each individual is responsible for creating an atmosphere that fosters openness, mutual respect, and inclusivity. To achieve these ends, Central College aims to establish a safe environment for all persons, including those considered diverse by contemporary and sometimes changing standards.

Central College is an equal opportunity employer. The college encourages candidates to apply who are from diverse backgrounds and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, disability, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, genetic information (for employees), or any other characteristic protected by law. Additionally, Central seeks candidates who have had experience working with and/or interacting with individuals from diverse populations to apply.


Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.

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At Central, curiosity is met with challenge and exploration yields self-discovery. Students focus on hands-on learning experiences and expand their worlds through service and internship opportunities, research projects with faculty and work-study positions. Central also actively supports off-campus study-abroad programs around the world as part of our commitment to global experiential learning and well over half of Central students study internationally prior to graduation.

The Central College academic community is dedicated to educating undergraduate students. Approximately 100 faculty and 300 staff members, full- and part-time, serve more than 1,300 undergraduates, who hail from Iowa, 26 other states, the District of Columbia, and nine countries around the world. The power of the Central global network through alumni, parents, donors, and corporate partners brings significant opportunities for the college and its students. Over 70 academic programs of study are offered to undergraduates, in addition to integrated interdisciplinary studies student-designed majors.

The campus culture is one of engagement. Half of the students participate in intercollegiate athletics. Central is in the NCAA Division III and a member the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (IIAC). Of current students, 26% are enrolled in a fine arts course (art, music or theatre). The Mills Gallery showcases art exhibitions throughout the year, including student exhibits in the spring. Theatre programs involve students in every facet of stage production with a handful of major productions annually. A wide range of campus life and student leadership opportunities attract students in large numbers.  Over 100 student organizations and clubs enjoy robust student involvement at Central.

Mission statement:

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to helping students discover and develop their greatest potential. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence.

The College nurtures the development of the mind, while fostering spiritual and emotional maturity and physical well-being. Central integrates career preparation with the development of values essential to responsible citizenship, empowering graduates for effective service in local, national and international communities.

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Just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake, the community of Pella is home to corporate headquarters of international companies such as Vermeer Corporation, Pella Corporation (Pella Windows and Doors), and Precision Pulley and Idler, Inc. (PPI). Pella is a thriving community of 10,350 residents, famous for its annual Tulip Time festival which is held each May.

While located in Pella, Central is also an active part of the Greater Des Moines region – a region ranked No. 1 for Metro with the Most Community Pride (Gallup, 2015), No. 2 in Top 10 U.S. Cities to Land Work (NBC News, 2015), No. 2 in Best Cities for Jobs 2015 (Forbes), No. 1 for America’s best cities for young professionals (Forbes, 2014) and has earned dozens of other top rankings as well. The college and the Pella community are both members of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, a regional economic and community development organization.



Central College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • State of Iowa Board of Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Educators
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • American Chemical Society

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