Dean of Academic Programs

Beverly, Essex County
Feb 21, 2014
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Institutional Mission: As an international non-profit academic institution, The School for Field Studies (SFS) provides fully-accredited, college level environmental education and conducts field-based research for community clients through its five-year research plans. SFS is committed to providing hands-on, interdisciplinary education and environmental research in partnership with natural resource dependent communities. Our goals are twofold: to provide students with a unique and challenging educational and life experience that assists them in successfully advancing their careers as skilled professionals and globally aware citizens; and to work with local community stakeholders to develop models for the sustainable management of their natural resources. Position Description This position is one of two deans serving in the office of academic affairs, based in the head office. The Dean of Academic Programs directly oversees a portfolio of SFS field programs under the direction of the SFS Vice President for Academic Affairs. This position also provides dynamic leadership, guidance, and coordination in areas related to the delivery of instruction and student learning, including approval of the development of course outlines, learning practices, examination techniques, and grading policies. Qualifications • Doctorate in an environment-related field with some focus on education, or doctorate in education or curriculum and instruction with a focus on STEM education • Minimum of 3 years’ teaching experience at the undergraduate level in the U.S. • Experience in curriculum development and review and a thorough knowledge of academic procedures and culture • Familiarity with international education programming • Expertise in fields of ecology, socioeconomics or resource management, through education or practice • Ability to demonstrate and train faculty in effective teaching and learning strategies with a knowledge of and experience with field-based instruction • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish effective relationships with international faculty and staff at the field centers • Excellent management and administrative skills, and very strong written and oral communication skills Preferred Qualifications • Work experience in the study abroad industry • Experience working on an international team or with foreign instructors • Research experience outside of the U.S. • Scholarship in teaching and learning • Proficiency in Spanish, Khmer or Swahili Duties and Responsibilities Program Direction - for portfolio of programs • Periodic curriculum review • Develop and implement strategies for academic program improvement • Assist in curriculum development for new programs • Monitor and evaluate the output and quality of five-year research plans • Review and approve academic program content contained in academic portfolios, course syllabi, and program schedules. • Conduct periodic SFS program site visits to observe and help enhance faculty performance, support program planning and implementation, and assist with program upgrades and other academic program development Faculty Support: Maintain academic rigor and program quality • Assist in the recruitment, orientation and training of new faculty • Assist in the development of faculty training in teaching and learning, assessment techniques, and academic policies • Provide feedback to faculty on their instruction and review faculty performance evaluations conducted by the center director • Conduct or lead research on teaching and learning, and grant writing and dissemination (publications, presentations) of research and analysis of SFS educational model • Review faculty sabbatical proposals, professional development requests, and faculty promotions • Occasional teaching duties External Relations • Conduct visits to US colleges and universities; deliver lectures on SFS programs and current research • Participate in academic and professional conferences • Assist with student admissions as needed (review prerequisite qualifications of applicants as needed) • Assist with writing and reviewing program-related content for marketing materials and student guidebooks Other Expectations: • Willingness to travel internationally and nationally • Represent SFS at national and international meetings and conferences • At all times, work to ensure good relations between the SFS and sending institutions Reports to: SFS Vice President for Academic Affairs Start Date: early 2014 Salary: Competitive annual salary depending on experience and qualifications, plus competitive benefits. To Apply: Submit a cover letter outlining relevant experiences and addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to online at Faxes and hard copies will not be accepted. Equal Opportunity Employer.