Assistant Dean

Beverly, Essex County
Aug 08, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
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: The Assistant Dean will work with SFS faculty to provide 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. Under the general direction of the Dean of Academic Programs, the Assistant Dean assists with new faculty recruitment and orientation; evaluation of faculty, including assessment of student evaluations; and assisting in oversight of academic policies. Assists in the development of new programs and revision of existing curricula, develops and oversees initiatives to foster student and program quality, works closely with the Dean to implement and assess strategic goals. Other duties include preparing copy for marketing materials, preparing presentations for internal meetings and professional conferences. Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate in a field with a significant environmental focus or in education/ curriculum and instruction with a focus on STEM education. Minimum of 4 semesters’ teaching experience at the college level in the U.S. Experience in curriculum or course development and review and thorough knowledge of academic procedures and culture. Familiarity with international education programming Expertise in field of ecology, socioeconomics, environmental policy or resource management through education and/or practice. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish positive relationships with faculty and staff at the field centers. Excellent management and administrative skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Preferred qualifications include experience working on an international team or with foreign instructors; research experience in overseas field settings; scholarship in teaching and learning; ability to train SFS faculty in effective teaching and learning strategies, with a knowledge of and experience with field-based instruction; administrative experience in higher education; knowledge of, or research experience in, one of the regions where SFS currently operates. Duties and Responsibilities Lead curriculum review for SFS programs and learning outcomes assessment Assist in development and implementation of strategies for academic program improvement Lead curriculum development for new programs Review and approve academic program content contained in academic portfolios, course syllabi, and program schedules. Conduct or lead research on teaching and learning, and grant writing and dissemination (publications, presentations) of research and analysis of SFS educational model Conduct visits to SFS affiliate colleges and universities and deliver lectures on SFS programs and current research; deliver seminars on SFS research and conservation efforts. Develop and deliver instructional training for SFS faculty Provide feedback to faculty on their instruction and assessment Conduct periodic SFS site visits to observe and help enhance faculty performance, support program planning and implementation, and assist with program upgrades and other academic program development Assist with student admissions as needed (review prerequisite qualifications of applicants as needed) Assist with writing and reviewing program-related content for marketing, student handbooks and faculty guidebook Represent SFS at professional meetings and conferences Work with SFS Institutional Relations to ensure good relations with sending institutions Start Date: Fall 2014 Reports to: Dean of Academic Programs Salary: Competitive annual salary depending on experience and qualifications, plus competitive benefits To Apply: Submit a detailed cover letter outlining relevant experience and addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above and curriculum vitae online. References will be required upon request. Equal Opportunity Employer.