Academic Dean

Wenham, Essex County
May 15, 2014
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Gordon College is recruiting an accomplished individual with college administrative experience and proven leadership acumen to fill the Academic Dean position. This leader must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively in the development and management of programs and personnel, have a strong track record in scholarship and a passion for teaching and mentoring, and exhibit a dedication to preparing thoughtful Christian men and women for lives of service and leadership worldwide.

The Opportunity

As one of the country's top liberal arts colleges with a vibrant Christian community, Gordon is uniquely positioned to lead the conversation at the intersection of faith and cultural engagement. It is crucial that Gordon's Academic Dean be a scholar eager to take part in that dialogue, and who exhibits broad knowledge and deep understanding.

Under the direction of the Provost, the Academic Dean oversees the development and management of the academic departments in the Divisions of Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences, in support of the College’s mission.

Essential responsibilities include:

Leading the College’s development of strong department chairs by mentoring new chairs, coordinating recurring meetings and regularly communicating between the Provost’s office and academic departments.

Providing leadership in the areas of faculty development, new faculty orientation, and academic programs.

Working with the Provost, and in consultation with department chairs, to manage course enrollments and departmental budgets, and to coordinate budget planning for the divisions’ academic programs.

Managing the recruitment of part-time faculty in conjunction with department chairs, and overseeing the annual part-time budget.

Working with departments to coordinate regular evaluation of and enhancements to the College’s curriculum.

In collaboration with the Senior Executive Director for Academic Initiatives, monitoring faculty loads, departmental schedules and part-time faculty expenditures.

Facilitating strategic planning and learning within departments in collaboration with the Academic Programs Coordinator, including annual reports, assessment, and ten-year reviews.

Collaborating with the Registrar in reviewing student appeals and grievances on academic issues.

Serving on the Provost’s Council, Core Curriculum Committee, and Faculty Development Committee.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An earned doctorate
  • Experience in administration that includes interests in leadership development, program development, curriculum, and faculty development
  • A strong record of teaching and scholarship
  • Excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills
  • Basic analytical skills that enable the effective organization of materials, synthesis of data, and fiscal management
  • A strong commitment to the mission of Gordon College and the ability to express a vision for the Christian liberal arts.

The Institution

Founded in 1889 as a missionary training institute in Boston, Gordon College has emerged as one of the country’s top Christian liberal arts colleges, and the only nationally ranked Christian college in New England. Gordon is strategically located along what has been termed the “I-95 power corridor” as it is just a few hours away from the financial and political capitals of the Western world (New York and Washington, D.C.).

Just north of Boston, with its renowned universities and vibrant industries in technology and health care, Gordon is well positioned to expose students to world-class learning and professional opportunities. Faculty members have ready access to vibrant intellectual and research communities, connections that energize their scholarship, teaching and mentoring. A majority of Gordon graduates pursue and complete advanced degrees.

Gordon’s magnificent campus of 450 wooded acres—just three miles from the Atlantic Ocean—retains a quintessential New England charm.  The College’s proximity to the beautiful, historic areas of Salem and the North Shore, the woods and beaches of Cape Ann, and the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire also creates rich opportunities for recreation, and for personal and intellectual growth.

Consistent with its founding vision, Gordon’s identity and reach are worldwide. A high percentage of students take advantage of Gordon’s well-regarded global education programs, gaining the essential personal and professional skills needed in a world that is increasingly interconnected. As one indication, seven Gordon graduates have been awarded Fulbright teaching fellowships since 2006. Gordon alumni are best-selling authors, business leaders, visionary entrepreneurs, effective public servants, Broadway actors, scientists, Ivy League professors, faithful pastors—to name just a few vocations—in virtually every region of the globe. The combination of location, heritage, scholarship and global vision continue to inspire the mission of Gordon College: to graduate women and men distinguished by intellectual maturity and Christian character, committed to lives of service and prepared for leadership worldwide.

To Apply

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The review of applicants will begin on June 1st and continue until the position is filled. Applicants need to submit a Curriculum Vita that includes the names of 3 references, and a letter of application that addresses the applicant's fit with the Christian mission of Gordon College and with the specific position.

Any questions can be addressed to the executive assistant in the Office of the Provost, at 978-867-4062.

Gordon College believes that diversity is a necessary component of our ability to achieve our goals and educational mission. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply.