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Job Title: Academic Associate Dean
Department: Graduate Studies
Division: Academic Affairs
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to (Position Title): Vice Provost for Graduate StudiesÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Work Schedule: M-F. Schedule may vary according to college and department needs.
Summary of Essential Functions
Contribute to the integrity, excellence and ongoing development of the division.
Ensure operational effectiveness in support of organizational excellence.
Manage critical cyclical academic processes.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The academic associate dean is a twelve month administrative leadership position that supports curricular operations with the goal of creating more sustainable, transparent, and collaborative systems and processes, in alignment with MICAâs mission, vision, and strategic plan. The academic associate dean collaborates with academic leadership and faculty to forward innovative programs and partnerships that advance MICAâs mission, and help to realize MICAâs commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and globalization. The academic associate deanâs duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
ASSESSMENT & CURRICULUM
Manage Academic Program Reviews within the division.
Coordinate collection of Annual Reports and create draft divisional report.
Lead cyclical Program Learning Outcomes assessment for the division.
Support compliance with requirements of external accreditation bodies.Â
Support curricular innovation through management of relevant budgets, grants, and cyclical processes.
Participate in the design and implementation of professional development opportunities for Academic Affairs staff and faculty.
Represent the division in cyclical planning and implementation of significant academic year events such as Commencement, Orientation, and Capstone/Thesis Exhibitions.
POLICY & COMPLIANCE
Collaborate with Academic Affairs partners to develop, support, and communicate unified, transparent academic policies.
Collaborate with Academic Affairs partners to develop, support, and communicate unified, transparent compliance with faculty and staff labor policies.
Collaborate with divisional and campus partners to assure compliance with Academic Affairs Policies, such as Field Trip Guidelines, Academic Warning and Dismissal, Leaves of Absence, Medical Withdrawal, Plagiarism, etc.
Address complaints & appeals from students and faculty by advising, mediating, or coaching, and when necessary, liaising, when appropriate, with divisional and campus partners, such as PB&C and Student Affairs.
STUDENTS & FACULTY
Collaborate with Academic Affairs partners to develop, support, and communicate unified onboarding and guidance for full-time and part-time faculty new to the division.
Coordinate student and faculty participation in annual/cyclical events such as recruitment (admissions), registration, orientation, and retention.
Responsibilities Specific to the Division: Graduate Studies
Graduate Studies serves a diverse student body enrolled in more than a dozen residential graduate degree programs, both terminal degrees and professional specialized degrees. There are duties and responsibilities specific to supporting Graduate Studies; these include, but are not limited to the following:
Teach one 3-credit course (or the equivalent) annually, usually in the division of Graduate Studies (no additional compensation)
Manage cyclical communication and policy compliance for faculty sabbatical leave and faculty evaluation cycles.
Collate and communicate evolving graduate elective offerings and cyclical integrated learning opportunities to graduate students and faculty.
Conduct twice-yearly review of course syllabi to assure compliance with MICAâs unified syllabus guidelines.
Support communication and curricular compliance with Thesis Submission cycle.
Communicate and implement the annual AICAD Fellows graduate student application cycle.
Develop and facilitate special educational opportunities and post-graduate experiences for graduate students and recent alumni.
After six years of excellent performance, the Graduate Studies academic associate dean may continue in the role, or plan to transition to the full-time faculty ranks, teaching in their areas of disciplinary expertise. Salary for full-time faculty is different from the staff compensation structure; on transition to faculty, candidates should plan for a salary and contract shift.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (all AA divisions)Â
Strong organizational abilities
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Understanding of academic functions
Ability to manage time wisely and adapt to a busy workload with capacity to multitask and make decisions in a complex environmentÂ
Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work empathically with faculty and staff in a collaborative and constructive manner, exercising independent judgment and taking initiative when necessary
Minimum Qualifications (all AA divisions):Â
Education: Terminal degree or demonstration of the equivalent level of professional accomplishment.
Deep, varied, and substantive teaching experience relevant to a curricular area at MICA (art, design, art education, liberal arts)
Evidence of sustained scholarly professional contributions relevant to a curricular area at MICA (art, design, art education, liberal arts)
Prior engagement in academic administration (e.g. governance activities and/or administration of a department, program, or school)
Demonstrated track record of empathic and accountable leadershipÂ
Knowledge of:Â Â
Data collection, analysis, and reporting, as these relate to curricular program assessment
Structures, issues, and trends in higher education
Comfort using software platforms such as Workday, Asana, Google Workspace
Preferred Qualifications (all AA divisions):
Demonstrated excellence in teaching at levels relevant to the division.
Evidence of sustained engagement in art & design contexts, or with artists and designers.Â
Demonstrated success using justice-informed approaches to teaching and/or organizational change.
Experience with strategic planning for multiple and diverse constituencies.
Prior engagement in sponsored projects or college & community collaborations.
Professional recognition in a field of creative or scholarly inquiry.
Conditions of Employment (all AA divisions):Â
Conditions: Background Check
Unusual circumstances related to position
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends when educational events necessitate
Ability to work on-campus, with the possibility for some telework
Reporting to this position:Â
While there are no direct reports to this position, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies is supported by and collaborates with a team of six Graduate Studies staff members, 14 graduate program directors, and an array of academic and community partners.
About Graduate Studies
Graduate Studies at MICA brings together a vibrant community of graduate students who are pursuing degrees in one of 14 different graduate programs in a diverse range of creative fields including art, design, education, business, research and scholarship. Part of a dynamic network of specializedÂ programs, each of these graduate programs creates a distinct learning environment for students to advance their practices and contribute to the discourse of their respective fields. Graduate Studies provides opportunities for graduate students across these programs to come together and strengthens connections through a dynamic offering of shared coursework, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, events, and activities. Graduate Studies is committed to achieving greater equity and diversity among our faculty, staff, and students and welcomes applications from people of color, indigenous or First-Nations people, women, and LGBTQ people (including gender non-conforming and transgender people).Â
Acknowledged nationally as a premier leader in art and design education, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is deliberately cultivating a new generation of artists â one that is capable of seamlessly integrating innovation, entrepreneurship and creative citizenship with contemporary approaches to art, design and media.
MICA is redefining the role of the artists and designers as creative, solutions-oriented makers and thinkers who will drive social, cultural, and economic advancement for our future.
As the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation, MICA is located in Baltimore, deeply connected to the community. It is a leading contributor to the creative economy regionally and a top producer of nationally and internationally recognized professional artists and designers. Visit the Collegeâs website at www.mica.edu.
Excellent health benefits package
Generous annuity match
Plentiful number of paid vacation and personal days, in addition to campus holidays
Possibility for flexible scheduling
Commuter benefits and employee parking
Nearly-free access to members-only college fitness center
Availability of both all-gender and gendered bathrooms
Support for preferred pronouns
Professional development opportunities on a variety of topics including finance, digital technologies, project management, and academic leadership
Opportunities to meet and connect with professional and aspiring artists, designers, curators, and interdisciplinary creators and educators â from the Baltimore community and beyond
A campus environment filled with ever-changing contemporary art
The College will review applications as received, and the position will remain open until filled. For preferred consideration, upload application materials by December 1, 2022. Applications must be submitted via the MICA website, where applicants will be directed to Slideroom for submission of supporting materials as described below. All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
Slideroom:Â Applicants will be asked to create a login and submit a multi-page PDF document.
The multi-page PDF document should include a cover letter that addresses your interest in the role as well as your leadership philosophy and values related to administration and communication. In addition, please include a comprehensive CV, a few samples of your creative or scholarly practice, at least one syllabus with a few accompanying student work samples, and names and contact information for three references, including address, phone and email. Links to live URLs may be submitted as well, but will be considered as a secondary source. Any additional media (MOV, MP3, etc.) should be formatted for Apple computers and have representative still image and description information in PDF portfolio document.
Please format PDF documents for screen resolution and viewing.Â No physical media are requested nor will be returned.
Maryland Institute College of Art is committed to its policy of providing equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status (disabled, Vietnam-era, or otherwise). Furthermore, the College does not tolerate any form of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence. This policy applies to all programs, facilities, and activities provided by Maryland Institute College of Art, including but not limited to admission, educational programs, and employment.
Applicants must apply online for each job in which they are interested. You will not be considered for any job for which you have not specifically applied. We do not accept applications via email, U.S. mail, or fax. Successful candidates for any staff or faculty positions will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
MICA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 410-225-2363.
Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.