Fayetteville State University — Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) largest academic unit, comprised of the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work, and ten academic departments that offer 30 degree programs and employ 180 faculty members. CAS has three STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related academic departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, and Mathematics and Computer Science. In addition, a number of science programs, including the Ronald E. McNair program and the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (FSU-RISE) program are housed in the College. The CAS also offers the majority of general education courses that provide the science, mathematics and liberal arts foundation to all undergraduate programs on the FSU campus.

The Dean is responsible for the effective leadership of the personnel, financial, and physical resources of the CAS. The CAS Dean’s Office oversees the development of the Operational Plans and Assessment Reports (OPAR) of the 12 departments/schools, monitors the implementation of the plans and assesses their effectiveness in achieving the goals of the departments/schools, CAS, and FSU. The Dean’s Office provides support, monitors and evaluates academic departments/schools in terms of productivity, efficiency, and student success. It also ensures successful student and program assessment and the results of assessment are used for continuous improvement. Finally, the Dean’s Office has established a number of written procedures and college committees to provide guidance to faculty and staff, to encourage faculty and staff engagement and to support the smooth operation of various activities in the College.

Primary Purpose of the Position:
Fayetteville State University seeks a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The Associate Dean must have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist the Dean to grow STEM education in the CAS. The Associate Dean will work closely with the Dean, the Assistant Dean, department chairs, and both internal and external stakeholders to strengthen existing STEM degree programs and to develop and implement new programs in the areas of STEM. He/she will oversee a comprehensive set of STEM programs; implement new initiatives and play a key role in redefining the strategic direction of STEM education in the CAS.

The Associate Dean position is a full-time, 12-month position. He/she will teach one course per semester.
Description of Work Continued: Duties and Responsibilities:

The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and he/she is a member of the CAS leadership team. Under the general direction of the Dean, the Associate Dean will have greater flexibility to promote and support excellence and innovation in STEM education in the CAS. He/she will provide leadership to increase student enrollment, retention and graduation rates in the STEM fields. In addition, he/she will work with faculty members to increase faculty-student research and engagement in other scholarly and experiential activities. The Associate Dean will also provide leadership to increase the level of grant writing in the CAS.

Reporting directly to the Dean, the duties and responsibilities of the Associate Dean are instructional, administrative, and programming. The primary duties and responsibilities of the Associate Dean include but are not limited to:

  • Provides leadership to promote and support excellence and innovation in STEM education in the CAS.
  • Assists the Dean and department chairs to redefine the strategic direction of STEM education in the CAS.
  • Assists the Dean and department chairs to increase student enrollment in the STEM fields.
  • Assists the Dean and department chairs to increase the retention and graduation rates of students in the STEM fields.
  • Builds and fosters strategic partnerships and collaborations with area high schools and community colleges to increase the pipeline of STEM students to the CAS.
  • Works collaboratively with all stakeholders to help articulate and sustain a vision of excellence in STEM education in the CAS.
  • Actively engages in grant writing to support the strategic priorities of the CAS, including STEM education.
  • Works with department chairs, faculty members, and professional advisors to provide support for students majoring in the STEM fields.
  • Facilitates the research and other scholarly activities of faculty members and students in the CAS.
  • Actively participates in the planning and assessment of programs in the CAS.
  • Assists the Dean to complete the annual Operational Plan and Assessment Report (OPAR).
  • Assists the Dean to monitor and ensure strict compliance with accreditation standards and requirements.
  • Prepares the CAS annual and mid-year reports.
  • Meets internal and external stakeholders to share the vision and mission of the CAS.
  • Participates in fundraising activities to support the strategic priorities of the CAS.
  • Teaches one course per semester.
  • Represents the CAS in the absence of the Dean.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: Earned doctorate in one of the STEM academic fields (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science) in the College of Arts and Sciences; credentials to qualify for tenure at the rank of associate professor or full professors; minimum of four years of experience in an administrative role in higher education with faculty and/or staff supervisory responsibilities, preferably as a department chair, research/program director or academic dean (i.e., assistant or associate dean); demonstrated management and budgetary experience; demonstrated experience with academic assessment and/or specialized accreditation; demonstrated excellence in teaching in higher education; understanding of shared governance, academic personnel and legal issues, and curricular matters; effective leadership and communication skills; and excellent interpersonal skills.

Knowledge skills and abilities:
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in academic/research administrative leadership, grant writing, evidence of managing grants/contracts, and developing new programs in STEM. In addition, Candidates who have had success working with students who are under-represented minorities and majoring in the STEM fields will be preferred. The Associate Dean must subscribe to the principle of shared governance and collegiality, and he/she must have a collaborative working style and the ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies. He/she must have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To apply, please visit https://jobs.uncfsu.edu/

Note: Position is open until filled; however, completed applications received by January 15, 2018 will receive full consideration.

Open Until Filled: Yes

EEO Statement: This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable), academic verification and credit history check (if applicable).

Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and employment and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Veteran’s Statement: Fayetteville State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.

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