The Dean of Academic and Exploratory Programs serves as a member of the leadership team in the Division of Academic Affairs and reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President. The Dean of Academic and Exploratory Programs is responsible for oversight and development of academic support programs that advance the academic development of students. Collaborating with the Office of the Provost, the college deans, department chairs and others in coordination with other student retention initiatives and efforts on campus, the Dean of Academic and Exploratory Programs:
Provides the vision, leadership, and administration of programs and services which has encompassed such areas as the Office for Exploratory Studies; the Learning Center; Academic Success Program, the Office of Disability Services, Placement Testing; Advisor Development and Support; and academic development programs including coordinating developmental education coursework
Engages in strategic planning to connect academic support and student enrichment initiatives with the University's Academic Affairs initiatives
Administers academic support and learning assistance activities, including support of high impact educational practices, testing, and academic placements
Prepares and manages budgets, develops and coordinates resources including external funding via grants to support initiatives
Serves as the academic dean for enrolled students with undeclared majors, i.e., Exploratory students, including providing advising and academic support for successful transitions into major fields of study
Coordinates School of Academic and Exploratory Programs efforts and assessment of outcomes for student success initiatives designed to increase persistence and degree completion
Collaborates in the development of innovative and partnership-based student enrichment initiatives, encompassing entry-year, transferring, and continuing students
Collaborates with other offices and programs that support student enrichment initiatives, such as entry- year experiences, learning communities, service learning, and other high-impact educational practices
Supervises and evaluates professional staff, evaluates performance and promotes professional development of faculty, and leads formative as well as summative assessment and evaluation processes related to student enrichment and retention indicators.
Demonstrated effectiveness in strategic planning
Successful grant writing and administration of externally-funded programs
Strong knowledge of regional public comprehensive university settings
College teaching experience including effective use of high impact educational practices
Successful service and leadership on internal and external committees.
Academic Support and Student Enrichment:
The Elnetta G. Jones School of Academic and Exploratory Programs supports collaboratively the mission and goals of Shippensburg University by providing a myriad of quality academic support programs to the campus community that aid student transition to college, encourage and support learning and personal development, enhance student academic success, and support persistence to graduation. The School has encompassed such areas as the Office for Exploratory Studies; the Learning Center; Academic Success Program, the Office of Disability Services, Placement Testing; Advisor Development and Support; and academic development programs including coordinating developmental education coursework.
The University: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree granting institution with a rich history of teaching excellence. Established in 1871, Shippensburg has grown into a regional public comprehensive university, serving a population of approximately 5600 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students.
The Region: The historic borough of Shippensburg is in a small town setting in the growing region of south central Pennsylvania, at the conjunction of two major highways, Interstate 81 and 76. Located in the picturesque Cumberland Valley, Shippensburg is 45 minutes from Gettysburg and the state capital of Harrisburg, one hour from Hershey, PA, 2 hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and 2.5 hours form Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Review of completed applications will begin on November 6, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include:
Cover letter that discusses relevant experiences and accomplishments
Names and contact information for five references.
All applications and inquiries will remain confidential. Applications should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.ship.edu. Inquiries may be made to either of the search co-chairs, Dr. Sabina Marschall or to Dr. Nicole Hill, by contacting Ms. Jennifer Hahn at email@example.com or (717) 477-1395.
Shippensburg University is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply. Finalists must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the United States and provide official transcripts. Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check. Salary will be commensurate with candidate experience and system peer institution compensation for similar positions. Anticipated starting date: January 1, 2018.
Earned doctorate from a regionally-accredited university
A minimum of seven years of progressive responsibility in academic administration in a university setting
Demonstrated capacity to develop, implement, administer, and evaluate innovative academic enrichment programs and services
Experience in strategic planning and resource/budget management
Expertise in proven student enrichment programs and practices, such as entry-year experiences, learning communities, service learning, and other high impact educational practices, including student advisement
Ability to analyze and utilize both quantitative and qualitative data for improvements related to the effectiveness of academic enrichment programs and services
Knowledge of innovative uses of technology to support student enrichment programs
Evidence of commitment to and effectiveness in working with diverse students, faculty, and staff
Ability to be productive as needed in time-sensitive and high-pressure contexts
Evidence of effectiveness in supervising, motivating, and evaluating faculty and staff, as well as promoting their professional development
Strong problem solving and communication skills
Demonstrated integrity and professionalism
Ability to work in collaborative partnerships across the academic community.
Shippensburg University employees value teamwork and collaboration, are dependable, take initiative, solve problems effectively, communicate clearly and support organizational change. University employees work closely with individuals of diverse backgrounds and race, as well as those of differing religious affiliations, sexual orientation and gender. They must possess good interpersonal skills a...nd be able to communicate effectively with all members of the campus community.
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is a bachelor and master’s degree granting institution with a rich history of teaching excellence. Established in 1871, Shippensburg has grown into a comprehensive regional public university, serving a population of over 5600 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students. The University also continues to be recognized through the Chronicle of Higher Education’s survey identifying “Great Colleges to Work For.”
The historic borough of Shippensburg is in a small town setting in the growing region of south central Pennsylvania, at the conjunction of two major highways, Interstate 81 and 76. Located in the picturesque Cumberland Valley, Shippensburg is 45 minutes from Gettysburg and the state capital of Harrisburg, one hour from Hershey, PA, and 2 hours from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.