Wesleyan University — Class Dean

Do you have experience as an academic advisor for undergraduate students? Do you enjoy the challenge of working with bright and engaging students as they navigate their educational pursuits? Do you like thinking about new and creative ways to work with students and provide them with the tools and guidance to make learning and navigating the world of higher education more accessible? If yes, then this role will afford you all these opportunities.

The Class Dean works closely with the Dean for Academic Advancement and other class deans to foster student success and excellence. Class deans are responsible for a comprehensive program of academic advising and class management in a residential liberal arts environment. This includes helping students make progress toward their educational goals and graduation requirements, working with faculty to support student success in the classroom, facilitating access to academic and non-academic support services, and supporting student transitions from high school through the undergraduate years to life post-Wesleyan.

Class deans advise the Dean for Academic Advancement and Vice President for Student Affairs in the development and implementation of academic and student life policies, and represent Student Affairs on various University committees.

Responsibilities include:


  • Academic advising, including interpreting and implementing academic regulations
  • Monitoring students’ academic progress toward the degree, including academic review
  • Working with faculty to resolve student academic issues and providing general personal counseling and crisis management
  • Connecting students to appropriate academic and non-academic support services and collaborating with other offices to promote student academic success
  • Facilitating and supporting programs that address student transitional challenges
  • Developing informational materials for students, faculty and parents
  • Supervising administrative assistants of the office of the class deans
  • Coordinating annual process for awarding University scholarships and prizes, and assume other data management/data analytics responsibilities as assigned


  • Participate in divisional administrative “on-call” rotation
  • Serve as a resource person for students, parents, and other University personnel & facilitate referrals to appropriate academic and/or administrative departments
  • Assist with development and implementation of major initiatives
  • Represent Student Affairs on designated committees as assigned
  • Perform other duties necessary to the basic function of the position, supporting the mission of the University and contributing to the programs and services offered by Student Affairs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with at least 5 years’ administrative or teaching or advising experience at a post-secondary level or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Excellent problem-solving, interpersonal, communication, organizational, and project management skills
  • Demonstrated competence working with a diverse student population
  • Experience with creation of data and metrics that can be used for process improvement.
  • Demonstrated experience working with faculty to advocate on student issues
  • Demonstrated experience supporting student transitions and challenges
  • Proven leadership effectiveness, including the ability to relate and engage with all segments of campus
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays as needed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree with direct experience with academic advising
  • Experience in a residential liberal arts environment
  • Experience working at college or university strongly preferred

Qualified candidates are invited to apply online at: http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/6787

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