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Dean, Liberal Arts - Humanities & Communications

Austin Community College

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Austin Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a multicultural population of approximately 41,000 credit students each Fall and Spring semester. We embrace our identity as a community college, as reflected in our mission statement. We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriate applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.

As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:
  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching
  • Is attracted by the college's mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities
  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for populations including; first generation college students, low-income students, and students from underserved communities.
  • Focused on student academic achievement and postgraduate outcomes
  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others
  • Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC

Job Posting Title:
Dean, Liberal Arts - Humanities & Communications

Job Description Summary:
To establish and maintain a teaching, learning, and working environment where faculty, staff, and students are appropriately served within available resources on a collegewide basis; to provide instructional leadership; to ensure the effective administration of assigned disciplines; and to promote instructional goals and objectives conducive to student success. To provide oversight and support of assigned programs in Liberal Arts - Humanities & Communications dean area (English, World Languages, Philosophy, Developmental Reading and Writing/INRW, ESOL, Communication Studies, Journalism, Technical Communication Studies).

Job Description:

Description of Duties and Tasks
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Provides student-centeredleadership in developing, implementing, and maintaining curriculum and programs that respond to community needs, prepare all students for success, reflect high standards and best practices in program delivery, and meet the external requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and applicable specialized accrediting organizations.
  • Student/Faculty Issues: Provides leadership in addressing and resolving student complaints, grade appeals, academic dishonesty appeals, faculty complaints and grievances, employee complaints against supervisor, or other student, staff, or faculty issues, where appropriate.
  • Management: Supports the selection of department chairs who will engage in future-focused and innovative leadership of their departments. Supervises and evaluates department chairs and assistant deans. Ensures consistent and appropriate application of administrative rules within assigned academic areas, including overseeing robust faculty evaluation processes, recruiting student-centered faculty and staff, developing strategic and tactical course schedules, strategic planning and budgeting, safety, facilities, equipment and software needs, and preparing reports as required. Hires, supervises, and evaluates support staff. Initiates and manages special projects and assignments. Participates in shared governance through service on college wide councils and committees.
  • Curriculum/Instruction: Provides student-centered and data-informed leadership and advocacy in the planning, implementing, assessing and ongoing improvement of all curriculum, instructional modalities, utilization of parts-of-term, courses, and programs within assigned academic areas. Ensures that all faculty within assigned academic areas are appropriately qualified and meet ongoing professional development standards. Ensures that programs comply with college standards, regulatory requirements and/or accreditation standards where appropriate, and reflect best practices in teaching and learning by cultivating a research-based model of teaching practice. Convenes advisory committees as needed, works with Grants Development Office, and maintains community, university, and school district partnerships in support of programmatic goals.
  • Dual Credit:Provides strategic leadership, oversight, and data-informed support for dual credit programs, faculty and students, including Early College High Schools and dual enrollment programs across the ACC District. Partners with area independent school districts and ACC's Office of College & High School Relations in support of excellence in dual credit instruction.
  • Area of Study: Provides leadership and advocacy for the assigned area of study jointly with the Dean of Liberal Arts - Social and Behavioral Sciences, including strategic planning, communication, robust student and faculty engagement, joint efforts of instruction and student affairs to support student success, and community-building with external partners where appropriate.
  • Serves as an active member of the instructional leadership team within Academic Programs, collaborating with fellow deans; makes substantive contributions to strategic planning across Academic Programs and facilitates related work within assigned areas ensuring consistent and appropriate messaging.

Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Demonstrated expertise in project planning, development, and implementation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current research and state and/or national initiatives designed to enhance student access, persistence, and success.
  • Demonstrated ability to present information and summary reports internally and to the public.
  • Understanding of the community college philosophy and mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle the demands and requirements of senior-level management in higher education.
  • Demonstrated expertise in effective, student-centered, success-oriented, and ethical leadership, including an understanding of Servant-Leadership.

Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Ability to balance the needs of a division/department with college-wide, future-focused initiatives and decisions
  • Working in a collaborative manner with diverse constituencies.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials.
  • Working effectively with a multi-cultural student body, faculty, and staff.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.
  • Providing leadership at all levels of the college.
  • Planning, prioritizing, and problem-solving.
  • Handling multiple projects and meeting deadlines.
  • Planning and managing budgets and human resource needs.

Technology Skills
  • Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.

Required Work Experience
  • Five years related work experience including supervision/management.

Preferred Work Experience
  • Supervision/management in a higher education academic environment.

Required Education
  • Master's degree. As required for faculty. Must meet SACSCOC faculty qualifications for the subject(s) areas taught. Experience cannot be substituted for required, applicable educational level.

Preferred Education
  • Doctorate.

Physical Requirements
  • Work is performed in a standard office or similar environment.
  • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling.
  • Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.

  • Provide resources for safe operation of units. Create and support workplace safety.

Number of Openings:

Job Posting Close Date:
March 25, 2024

Clery Act

As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.


The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC at its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the job.

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The Austin Community College District is the primary gateway to higher education and training for residents in eight Central Texas counties. ACC is among the fastest-growing community colleges in the country, providing access to valuable programs and services that change lives and benefit communities.

Mission and Vision

The Austin Community College District values and respects each individual student. We promote student success and improve communities by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in the eight-county service area. Community colleges have a diverse, four-part mission:

  • General education and academic transfer
  • Workforce education
  • Foundation programs to get students college-ready
  • Lifelong learning (Continuing Education)


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