Academic Advising, Academic Support Services, Student Affairs Administration
Union College (NY) is searching for a Dean of Minerva Program and Class Dean, to work in a newly established team of four class deans starting in summer 2018. The Director reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs (with a dotted line to the Dean of Studies, who sits in Academic Affairs) and is one of four class deans who share responsibility for the academic and personal development of all undergraduate students. The Class Dean oversees a class of students, taking on a class at the beginning of its sophomore year and following the same students until they graduate. This includes helping students make progress toward their educational goals and graduation requirements, working with faculty to support student success in the classroom, facilitating access to academic and non-academic support services, and supporting student transitions year by year through the undergraduate years to life after Union. We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field, and applicants are encouraged to state in their cover letter strategies that they use to work with a diverse student body. The Dean is involved with a wide variety of issues, including academic advising and support services, personal and general advising, faculty outreach and communication, crisis management, and disability services, and is part of a periodic rotational on-call staff.
As Dean of the Minerva Program the Dean oversees Union’s innovative Minerva Program, an initiative that promotes intellectual and cultural life outside of the classroom, as well as diversity of social life and community. The office hosts a range of programs, offering courses, fellowships, speakers and other events; it serves as a resource for students and faculty looking to develop creative programs. The Minerva Program also includes the Minerva House System, to which all students and faculty belong. With a residential component and generous programming budget, the Minerva houses themselves host hundreds of programs each year, created and run by students and faculty.
The Dean also manages the Minerva Fellows Program. The program funds recent graduates to work for ten months in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world. The Fellows then return to Union for a month to share their experiences with students, giving talks in classes and in Minerva houses, serving on panels, and hosting dinners, even visiting local schools in the community.
The Dean is also a member of the team of Student Affairs deans that provides direction for the division.
Dean of the Minerva Program Responsibilities
Provide leadership in defining an innovative future for the Minerva program.
Reach out to and work with faculty to develop programs.
Chair the Minerva Council, a committee of faculty and students who oversee program activities and determine policy and future direction.
Plan and administer Minerva office programming, communications, assessments, and other services.
Directly supervise the Assistant/Associate Director of Minerva Program.
Collaborate with the Assistant/Associate Director and the Office of Residential Life to oversee the management of 250 beds across seven Minerva Houses.
Supervise all program related financial accounts and reports.
Administer the Minerva Fellows program, supporting and working with Fellows from on-campus, managing the program’s budget, traveling to assess individual NGOs in a range of countries, and overseeing the program’s overall safety and direction.
Oversee Fellows’ activities once they return to campus.
Work with Student Affairs staff, student leaders, and others in the campus community to provide programming that supports academic life, and encourages student growth and development.
Plan and execute special projects at the request of the Vice President.
Class Dean Responsibilities
Provide personal and academic advising to students. This includes collaborating with advisers, faculty, residential life staff, and other offices to track and coordinate student progress and support. This work involves regular referrals to, and coordination with, the Wellness Center.
Participate in regular meetings with other class deans to promote the support and retention of students.
Facilitate collaboration across Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to ensure student success.
Work with the other Deans, the Health and Counseling Center, Campus Security, the Title IX office, Residential Life, Housing, and relevant departments to respond to student and campus-wide challenges and crises.
Serve with faculty, students, and other student affairs staff on a variety of academic and administrative committees, and be an active member of the CARE support team that meets regularly to review students of concern.
Address academic alerts provided by faculty for students having trouble in their classes.
Provide programming for students aimed at helping them find success in their current class year.
Communicate with parents, as necessary.
Share supervision of administrative assistants with other Class Deans.
Other duties and tasks as assigned by the Vice President.
Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree.
Familiarity with higher education as a faculty member, administrator or advisor. At least three years of equivalent experience required.
The successful candidate will have strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills, and will be able to work independently, while also operating effectively in a team environment.
Experience with, and awareness of, a broad range of student mental health issues.
Good judgment, demonstrated by a combination of common sense, sensitivity and understanding of the legal framework for students and the College.
A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
An ability to work well with students and faculty at an institution committed to high standards in education and research.
International experience working with institutions in other countries is preferred.
Comfort and facility working with data is preferred.
Internal Number: 492397
About Union College - Schenectady, NY
Union College - Redefining liberal education for the 21st Century
Founded in 1795, Union College was the first college chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York.
We are a small, residential, independent liberal arts college committed to integrating the humanities and social sciences with science and engineering in new and exciting ways. Union's rigorous academics take place in a diverse, welcoming campus environment that supports your personal growth, provides you with a wealth of opportunities to find and pursue your passions, and inspires you to engage with the local and global community through meaningful projects and volunteer work.
At Union, you'll find a vibrant community of learners and scholars, of leaders and change agents—people whose ambition, energy and desire to make things happen are contagious. The intellectual and creative spark can be felt in our academic buildings, Minerva Houses, labs, library, studios and recital rooms—anywhere you go on our historic campus. We have a long tradition of innovation and of educating creative problem-solvers, a tradition which continues to flourish and to define who we are today.
Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity