Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Bremer, Bremer County / Waverly, Bremer County
Mar 10, 2014
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Wartburg College, an independent, coeducational liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), announces a global search for the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. The selective four-year institution seeks an experienced academic administrator with a passion for the liberal arts and pre-professional programs in a vibrant academic community dedicated to educating students for lives of leadership and service as they discover and claim their callings. This academic leader will embrace and clearly articulate the mission of Wartburg College while providing judicious guidance to the academic and service programs to ensure the mission is fulfilled.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty reports to the President and provides leadership for the academic program of the College.  The senior administrator inspires faculty and staff to provide the highest quality of instruction, programs, and service and ensures that academic and relevant co-curricular activities execute the mission and strategic plan of the College.

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An earned doctorate and successful classroom and academic leadership experience are required. The Vice President and Dean will fulfill and advance the mission of the College by demonstrating personal and professional integrity and outstanding leadership. An advocate for the College, faculty, and students, the Vice President and Dean will be involved on the campus and in the local community. 

The Vice President and Dean will be a collaborative leader who listens and considers multiple viewpoints, while being decisive and confident in making decisions. Experience in performing program and personnel assessments and directing tenure and promotion processes will be critical. A skilled communicator, the senior administrator will demonstrate respect for faculty governance and transparency of actions.

The academic leader will understand and value engaged pedagogies, such as service learning, community-based and student-faculty research, and public scholarship. A commitment to faculty professional development and experience with liberal arts curriculum design and implementation will be expected. The Vice President and Dean will be knowledgeable of instructional technology and higher education financial processes and systems.

The Vice President and Dean will understand the importance of enhancing diversity among faculty and staff and have a passion for improving diversity and inclusion among the professoriate.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties

The Vice President and Dean serves as the administrative officer responsible for academic programs.  In this role, the senior administrator collaborates with faculty, staff, the Vice President for Student Life, the Vice President for Enrollment Management, as well as other Cabinet members to expand deep and integrative learning in the liberal arts tradition.

Additionally, the Vice President and Dean:

  • Leads the faculty in developing and improving the educational programs and policies of the College, including, but not limited to, curricular offerings, pedagogical methods, supportive co-curricular opportunities, graduation requirements, and effective processes of assessment, including assessment of institutional needs.
  • Monitors the academic progress of students, the delivery of instruction, and the functions of academic departments and other units.
  • Guides the process to recruit faculty who promise excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service consonant with the mission of the College.
  • Recognizes that excellent pursuit of Wartburg’s mission requires a faculty and staff that reflect the diversity of the student body and the world in which they must thrive.
  • Ensures the integrity and effectiveness of faculty evaluation, on the basis of which the Vice President for Academic Affairs recommends to the President successful candidates for promotion and tenure.
  • Plans, identifies, and creates opportunities for faculty development.
  • Identifies, seeks, and secures external funding to support the educational mission of the College.
  • Maintains the Faculty Handbook and recommends policies ensuring the general welfare of the academic program and the faculty to the President, and, through the President, to the Board of Regents.
  • Hires, supervises, directs the work of, and evaluates the directors of the Center for Community Engagement, Global and Multicultural Studies, Institute for Leadership Education, Social Work Institute, Undergraduate Research, and Vogel Library; Assessment Director and Academic Program Administrator, College Sponsored Programs Administrator, and Registrar; Department Chairs; and the administrative assistant for Academic Affairs. The Vice President and Dean designates and recruits Assistant/Associate Deans to provide necessary support to the College’s academic affairs.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to exploit new developments in pedagogy that will enhance student learning and to identify opportunities to develop new academic programs that will advance the institution and serve its mission.
  • Serves and chairs College committees and advisory groups as assigned, including serving on the Cabinet to furnish information and advice about the academic program; collaborating with Cabinet colleagues in recommending appropriate college policies, procedures, and practices; and facilitating the oversight exercised by the Board of Regents and its various committees over the academic program.

About Wartburg College

Founded in 1852, Wartburg College is nationally recognized for its community engagement and academic excellence.  As an ELCA institution of higher learning, Wartburg College is an ecumenical, open, and affirming community that honors its intellectual Christian heritage, while welcoming and reflecting a variety of traditions within its student body, faculty, and staff.

Wartburg provides a unique interdisciplinary and integrative core curriculum called the Wartburg Plan of Essential Education, which is designed to create liberally educated, ethically minded citizens for the 21st century. The curriculum embraces the College’s key mission pillars of leadership, service, faith and learning. 

Recognized among the best colleges in the nation in The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Peterson’s Top Colleges for Science, Colleges of Distinction, and Barron’s Best Buys in College Education, Wartburg is known for having engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community, and successful outcomes. Wartburg was one of two U.S. colleges and one of eight throughout the world to receive the 2010 MacJannet Prize for global citizenship. The College also has been named “with distinction” to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Wartburg’s enrollment numbers 1,714 representing 30 U.S. states and 60 countries.  Within the student body are 193 U.S. students of color and 165 international students.  The College has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. The College employs 111 full-time faculty members, with 88 percent holding terminal degrees. The College has 12 endowed chairs and six endowed professorships.

Offering more than 50 academic majors and pre-professional and certificate programs leading to the bachelor’s degree, the College’s largest majors are biology, business administration, communication arts, elementary education, and psychology. The percentage of Wartburg pre-med graduates accepted to medical school (89 percent) is nearly double the national average. The College’s retention rate is 88 percent.

More than 25 percent of Wartburg’s students participate in the nationally recognized music program which boasts three touring, six instrumental, and five vocal ensembles.

Wartburg is a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) and fields 20 intercollegiate teams for men and women. Nearly 600 students are involved in athletics.

Wartburg College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Specific program accreditations include the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Music Therapy Association, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

About Waverly, Iowa

The city of Waverly is an award-winning Iowa Main Street community of almost 10,000 residents. Located in northeast Iowa on the banks of the Cedar River, the city offers excellent public and private pre-K–12 education options, a wide array of outdoor activities, and an excellent system of parks and golf courses.

The city and the College combine to be a well-educated, physically active community that invites diversity and seeks to be challenged by a culture of intellectual inquiry and committed social action.

Waterloo-Cedar Falls is fewer than 20 minutes away providing easy access to the urban advantages of transportation (regional airport), shopping, and entertainment.

Wartburg College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, or handicap in admission, employment, programs, or activities.

To Apply or Nominate

Applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and references, and nominations should be sent to:

Deadline of applications: April 29, 2014

David Gring, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is the consultant for this search.

Dr. Gring is available to answer any questions. Contact him by email at or by phone at (540) 797-2520.

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