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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

College of Education

This is a time of extreme excitement and optimism in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina as the College of Education seeks to fill the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs works under the general direction of the Dean of the College of Education and collaborates with the other members of the administrative team to support the mission of the College; assists the Dean in maintaining smooth, efficient, and effective operations in the College; serves the College and the Professional Education Unit by providing administrative leadership, guidance, and support in all aspects of undergraduate and graduate academic programs and student services; assists with strategic planning; helps ensure compliance with policies and procedures; analyzes institutional data; makes recommendations for changes in policy or procedures that lead to overall improvement and quality enhancement; and handles confidential problems that arise in the college.

Specific areas of responsibility include leadership in and oversight of academic curriculum and course development; assessment; accreditation; academic quality assurance; clinical experiences; professional development schools; student services; student appeals and grievances; and student recruitment and retention.  The Associate Dean provides supervision and oversight of Assistant Deans who direct the day-to-day operations related to these areas of responsibility.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs assists the Dean in performing responsibilities associated with the operation of the Professional Education Unit for teacher preparation, including serving as co-chair of the Committee for Initial Teacher Education Programs (CITEP) and serving as the director of the interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs serves as the Graduate Director for the College of Education, with direct responsibility for graduate student admission, progression, and graduation.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is responsible for the development and enhancement of external partnerships that further the mission of the College and serves on appropriate College and University committees and as appointed by the Dean.

The Associate Dean must have an earned doctorate in education or a related field and a strong record of research, scholarly, and/or creative achievement that warrants tenure in an academic department at the University of South Carolina in the College of Education. Administrative experience as department chair, program coordinator, center director or similar position also is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines of the college, or a related field;
  • A demonstrated record of scholarship that merits a tenured faculty appointment as an associate or full professor;
  • Evidence of an established record of mentorship and a desire to build a collaborative spirit within the college;
  • Ability to perform the essential duties related to internal operations of the College including, but not limited to: accreditation, assessment, curriculum, facilities, personnel, and student success, Strong interpersonal, analytic, written and oral communication skills;
  • A commitment to serving diverse constituencies in a shared governance environment;
  • Knowledge of the disciplines and programs represented in the College;
  • A record of professorial excellence (teaching, scholarship, and service);
  • Experience in curriculum development;
  • Successful supervisory experience;
  • Ability to interpret policies and apply regulations within given business practices and organizational structures.
  • A desire to work in a team-based, dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and leading new initiatives or programs to advance the mission of an academic department or college;
  • Successful experience in an academic administrative position (e.g., as an assistant chair, program director, center director, etc.);
  • Experience including budget management, mentoring faculty and supervising professional staff;
  • Evidence of being a creative thinker, and an appreciation of interdisciplinary research.

Salary is competitive and rank is commensurate with experience.


The College of Education application process is conducted online at; please reference Requisition Number 011062 or visit this link. Application materials accepted online include: (1) a letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vita, (3) list of at least three professional references to include e-mail addresses and phone numbers, (4) a copy of unofficial academic transcript for all degrees earned (official copies will be required of finalists), and (5) two sample publications or pieces of scholarly work. Review of completed applications will begin November 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Erik Drasgow, Search Committee Chair,

The University of South Carolina has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University is also responsive to the needs of dual career families.