The George Mason University, School of Business, invites applications for Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs. The Assistant Dean is the strategic leader on curriculum, academic program development, student success, and recruiting. The position is a full-time administrative faculty position with full benefits.
George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. Mason is the most diverse public university in Virginia and 12th nationally, based on the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges list. Washington, D.C. is ranked the 30th most racially and ethnically diverse city nationally amongst cities with a population of at least 300,000 people according to the U.S. News & World Report 2018 Diversity Ranking.
The Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs has responsibilities in the following areas:
Curriculum & Initiatives:
Responsible for the undergraduate curriculum and policies. The Assistant Dean oversees the articulation of the undergraduate curriculum for pathways including all transfer pathways (ADVANCE, TRANSFERVA, Mason Virginia Promise, and Online Virginia Network), global partnerships, and interdisciplinary programs;
Responsible for review and application of School of Business and central policies. Understand and review SCHEV and AACSB recommendations and requirements specific to undergraduate education and curriculum;
Responsible for yearly review of undergraduate pathways with INTO Mason, Mason Korea, and China 1+2+1 programs and other university partners;
Serve as the liaison to Mason Korea for undergraduate curriculum and policy reviews, including curriculum updates, course offerings, student requests, and transfer credit equivalencies;
Serve as a member of Undergraduate Policy Committee, review motions for UPC, assist UPC representatives and area chairs with motions, and provide motions that include necessary changes to UG policy and procedures;
Collaborate with the Senior Associate Dean, Area Chairs, and Undergraduate Policy Committee, in the implementation of new undergraduate programs, concentrations and processes;
Serve as a SBUS member of Undergraduate Council, this includes review of all proposed curriculum changes from each academic unit, review of Mason policy changes, and ability to effectively support changes to SBUS curriculum;
Responsible for catalog review each academic year, this includes close review of all SBUS UG catalog pages, noting changes and edits, including faculty and UGC approved curriculum changes, and using the catalog online system to approve or deny catalog changes. Work with area chairs to ensure thorough review of each concentration is completed;
Applying AACSB, SCHEV, and SACSCOC policies for all curriculum reviews and requests that impact UG curriculum. Work with the Director, Analytics, Accreditation & Assessment and Area Chairs in ensuring AACSB accreditation standards are met throughout all modalities of undergraduate course delivery;
Serve as a member of the Cross College Curriculum Committee – monthly meetings to discuss opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary initiatives with other academic units at Mason;
Oversee all UG initiatives from Provost's Office – this includes grant projects like the Transfer Equity Grant and the Tutoring Grant, Strada Project, and Mason Internationalization Plan. Oversee Undergraduate Minors and work with Minor Director to review proposals for new minors, respond to industry need and requests, and work with other academic units to establish joint minor programs;
Responsible for review and approval or denial of all faculty change of grade requests;
Oversee the creation of e-mail campaigns for UG students regarding curriculum and retention, these include the attempts campaigns, termination campaigns, curriculum change campaigns, alternative grade campaigns, mid-term grade campaigns, final grade campaigns, prerequisite campaigns and more; and
Oversee pilot initiatives with the Office of the University Registrar, including the faculty pilot program for students who never attended courses. Implement outreach to faculty regarding pilot programs and create guidelines and protocols for SBUS UG programs to ensure proper implementation of pilot programs. Represent the Dean's Office at central and SBUS events.
Operations and Oversight:
Lead a team of over 30 full-time professionals, including classified staff, faculty, and administrative faculty members;
Oversee the Office of Student Success and Academic Services by collaborating with Sr. Director of Academic and Student Affairs to ensure school objectives are met through the advising, coaching and student support services for our undergraduate student body;
Lead the planning and development of all undergraduate online Business concentrations, from inception and negotiation with the Provost's Office, to course development and admissions;
Collaborate with the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs & Research to ensure undergraduate teaching pedagogy is in line with the school's vision, mission, and strategic direction;
Review and respond to student grievances regarding faculty and course policies;
Collaborate with the Assistant Dean of Career Services to ensure undergraduate academic and co-curricular activities are aligned in areas such as internships, career advising, peer mentoring, and other activities;
Collaborate with Area Chairs for area-level undergraduate needs, including scheduling, recruitment and curriculum;
Collaborate with Graduate Programs to ensure accelerated masters programs, such as the Masters of Science in Accountancy, are aligned with our undergraduate curriculum and recruiting efforts;
Work with the Director, Analytics, Accreditation & Assessment in ensuring undergraduate assurance of learning is documented in line with the school's vision, mission, and strategic direction;
Oversee the implementation of innovative learning and extra-curricular student engagement programs;
Responsible for creating and maintaining regular outreach to faculty and adjunct faculty listservs that include information about start and end of semesters, midterm grades, religious holidays, new programs and initiatives, pilot programs, and important deadlines that impact faculty; and
Responsible for information and presentation of information for new faculty and new adjunct orientations. Review and respond to student appeals of SBUS termination policy.
Enrollment Planning Management:
Lead the enrollment planning and scheduling team and complete analysis for enrollment tracking each semester;
Provide strategic insights to support the growth of undergraduate enrollment through recruitment of new students;
Ensure enough sections of courses are offered each fall, spring, and summer semesters in both face-to-face and virtual modalities;
Identify critical need courses early and work with area chairs to secure faculty to teach critical need sections. Review new student orientation and enrollment numbers and track new student registration to support enrollment planning analysis process;
Provide data driven recommendations to area chairs to support course additions and cancellations. Responsible for application of canceling under enrolled sections and utilizing the 10% SBUS cap when appropriate for critical need sections;
Communicate SBUS policies regarding course enrollment caps, new course offerings, and other enrollment policies to faculty and staff;
Provide weekly summaries to the area chairs and associate deans regarding registration status for all undergraduate courses; and
Serve as the School of Business representative to the Academic Enrollment Planning Team and attend monthly meetings.
Oversee recruitment efforts for new first year and transfer students including working with partners on and off campus to engage in recruitment initiatives;
Support the Director of Recruitment and Engagement by meeting with prospective students to review the BS in Business degree, attend and give welcome speeches at admitted and spotlight student days, and attend weekend events to support recruitment;
Responsible for the review of Mason Scholar's applications, review student transcripts and essays and rank candidates appropriately;
Support the Honors College at Mason by participating in Honors related recruiting events and serving as a judge for the Honors College panel;
Review all marketing materials specific to undergraduate recruiting and partner with MARCOM teams to ensure marketing needs of UG recruitment are met;
Oversee new initiatives to support the recruitment of out-of-state first year students;
Oversee the application of the Dean's Scholarship program for out-of-state first year students;
Liaison to central admissions for returning student's applications to SBUS, review student records and articulate transfer courses, and complete re-admission process cycle;
Review weekly enrollment and registration reports and utilize data to make informed decisions regarding recruitment and enrollment strategies; and
Provide bi-weekly updates regarding new student and returning student enrollments to the Dean and Sr. Associate Deans.
Supervision & Collaboration:
Supervise the senior director of academic and student affairs in developing, implementing, and maintaining high quality programs and student support services for a large and diverse undergraduate business population;
Supervise and collaborate with the Enrollment Planning Manager in developing, implementing, and maintaining strategic enrollment management and course scheduling processes within the School of Business aligned with the school's vision, mission, and strategic direction;
Supervise and collaborate with the Director, Undergraduate Recruitment and Engagement in strategic planning and management of school's undergraduate recruitment and outreach process. Focus will be on recruiting a diverse pool of students, marketing the school with special emphasis on out-of-state and international students, and managing external communications with prospective applicants and admitted students;
Supervise the Director of Minor Programs and oversee all minor programs, including curriculum management, programmatic affairs, and outreach to other units;
Supervise the concentration directors for business analytics and financial planning in oversight of the concentrations. This responsibility will include all future concentration additions;
Co-supervise (with Associate Dean of Graduate Programs) the Instructional Designer and Technologist ensuring that our traditional and online programs are benefiting with the most up-to-date digital possibilities; and
Provide leadership to a large team of undergraduate advisors, directors, assistant directors, and senior academic advisors.
PhD in a related field or an equivalent combination of training and experience;
Exceptional organizational, analytical, interpersonal and communications skills;
Technology skills: computer systems and software including MS Office and ability to learn new systems quickly;
Knowledge of Salesforce, MicroStrategy, and Banner INB;
Substantial experience in higher education as supervisor (generally 10+ years); and
Direct budgetary oversight experience.
Experience working within an academic unit with faculty; and
Experience with databases and CRM systems.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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