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Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

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The College of Arts and Sciences invites applications from internal candidates for the administrative position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

Feedback Requested:  Search Candidate Survey

Thank you to all participants in the virtual meetings with the two finalists for the position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

Finalist 1:

Simon Tarr, Professor of Media Arts, Dir. of Undergraduate Studies, School of Visual Art and Design
(Curriculum Vitae)

 

Finalist 2: 

Christy Friend, Professor of English, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
(Curriculum Vitae)

 

Please complete an online survey to provide feedback to the Search Committee.

Please submit feedback to the Search Committee by Monday, 6/7 at 12:00 p.m. Thank you!

 

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The College of Arts and Sciences invites applications from internal candidates for the administrative position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to expanding and enhancing undergraduate student recruitment, academic advising, and experiential learning as well as retaining students in the college in a nurturing environment conducive to student success.

Applications will be considered for current full-time, tenured faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies will report directly to the Dean of the College. This appointment will be filled through an internal search process. Application deadline: May 20, 2021.


Key Responsibilities
  • Oversee and manage the college’s Office of Undergraduate Studies at Flinn Hall.
  • Represent the college in all matters related to undergraduate student services.
  • Manage undergraduate student recruitment events and outreach throughout the academic year.
  • Manage the assistance departments and units receive in developing and delivering online courses through Distributed Learning.
  • Ensure departments and units conduct strategic assessments of undergraduate programs to meet accreditation standards and other strategic goals.
  • Manage new student and transfer orientations.
  • Manage the technology resources necessary for the operations of undergraduate studies.
  • Coordinate undergraduate student advising for the College in conjunction with the University Advising Center.
  • Work closely with the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support, the University Advising Center, the Center for Teaching Excellence, Undergraduate Admissions, and other offices relevant to undergraduate studies.
  • Work collaboratively with counterparts in other colleges to realize new academic degree programs and to ensure that the support services, academic courses and degree programs that the college offers meet the needs of faculty members and students in other colleges and complement their degree programs.
  • In collaboration with the University Advising Center, participate in shared management and training of undergraduate academic advisors.
  • In collaboration with the Academic Planning and Enrollment Management team, develop, review, and approve course and program curriculum proposals within the College to efficiently meet student demand and needs, and ensure minimum enrollments are satisfied.
  • Monitor and manage course enrollments, develop summer term schedules, and review credentials for college instruction staff.
  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and university policies and procedures related to student data. (i.e., Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), ACAF 3.03 Handling of Student Records, et al.)
  • Serve as a member of the College Academic Leadership Team and represent the College on University and College-level committees.

Additionally, the Associate Dean is called upon to represent the College at various events and functions throughout the year and is expected to continue to contribute as an individual faculty member to the teaching and research missions of the College.


Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated leadership role and administrative skills to manage advising, enrollment management, recruitment, and retention efforts; work collaboratively with a wide spectrum of constituents; and facilitate daily operations and staff oversight.
  • Doctoral level education with faculty experience in higher education. Holds rank of tenured associate professor or professor.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong management and planning skills; and computer literacy.
  • Experience working in a diverse higher education environment and a commitment to a culture of inclusion and diversity.
  • Readiness to lead and/or to collaborate on new initiatives, improving quality outcomes, fostering collaboration across organizational lines, and sustaining a positive work environment.

Competencies for Success
  • Demonstrated ability to advise, support, and nurture students.
  • Ability to be a listener and evaluator with the good judgment to make realistic and clear-cut decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve escalated issues arising from operations and requiring coordination with other departments.


How to apply

Applicants should provide a letter of interest, a complete CV, a summary of accomplishments and experience (1-2 pages), and a vision statement (1-2 pages) related to this position and names and contact information for a minimum of three references. Application materials should be submitted electronically in PDF format via email to LaTasha Robinson at latashar@mailbox.sc.edu by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 20, 2021. Please use ‘Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies’ as the subject line.

 

An Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. 

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

  • Todd Shaw, Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Social Sciences, and Associate Professor of Political Science (Search Committee Chair)

  • Tammi Richardson, Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

  • Tia Anderson, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Francisco Sanchez, Professor Spanish and Comparative Literature, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

  • Jeffrey Turner, Senior Instructor and Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Philosophy

  • Claire Robinson, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Advisement and Director of University Advising Center

  • Leslie Lovelace, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Process

Date

Search committee meeting Tues, 4/27
Formal announcement of search Fri, 4/30
Application submission deadline Thurs, 5/20
Search committee meeting Fri, 5/21 Meeting Agenda
Finalist interviews and meetings Weds, 6/2-Thurs, 6/3
Search committee meeting Tues, 6/8 Meeting Agenda
Final decision target date Tues, 6/15

 

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. 

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.


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