Duke University — Academic Dean, Trinity College (1769)

Job Description:

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by October 1, 2019.

Apply online at https://careers.duke.edu/ (requisition number 10703)

General Responsibilities
As academic officers of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Academic Deans report to the Dean of Academic Affairs and serve under the leadership of Senior Associate Dean Gerald Wilson. They are an integral member of the College Deans Staff, and serve on College and University committees as requested by the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Academic Deans oversee and ensure the progress of undergraduate students toward graduation and ensure all graduation requirements are met before clearing students to receive their degree. They provide counsel and advice to students regarding their academic plans in conjunction with premajor and departmental advisors. Academic deans coordinate communication between students, faculty, parents and other campus partners about academic affairs.

The Academic Deans publish, administer, and interpret policies for undergraduate students, faculty, and parents. They are responsible for ensuring that policies are applied conscientiously and that exceptions are granted in consistent ways. Academic deans strive to be compassionate and fair in their interpretation of policies while maintaining a commitment to equity for all students. Collectively, the Academic Deans have the authority and responsibility to interpret and adapt academic policies, and decide when a policy change needs to be brought to the Arts and Science Council for consideration.

Specific Portfolio
Academic Deans assume additional responsibilities integral to extending the academic mission of Trinity College, and demonstrate significant leadership within the college or university. In addition to the general responsibilities of being an Academic Dean, this Dean will be part of the team of health professions advisors working with the Office of Health Professions Advising. As a prehealth advisor, this dean will advise first and second year students interested in health professions, including, but not limited to long-range planning, course selection, academic progress or difficulties, and admissions test timing and preparation. This Dean will help develop and execute appropriate programming throughout the year, including, but not limited to: first year prehealth orientation, parents’ and family weekend presentations, group advising, pre-registration advising and summer opportunities. In addition, this Dean will write up to ten committee letters for health professions applicants during June and July.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Required Qualifications at this Level

Education/Training: Ph.D. or equivalent

Experience: Work requires three years of experience in academic administration or a related setting to become familiar with academic policies, programs and regulations necessary to coordinate related services and activities.



  • Familiarity with academic policies, programs and regulations necessary to coordinate related services and activities, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise in program development, teaching, mentoring and research
  • Experience working with a diverse population of undergraduate students
  • Successful track record of establishing credibility and trust
  • Attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, responds quickly to students and other constituencies
  • Familiarity with student information systems
  • Must be consistently accessible and available to students during regular business hours
  • Fluency with common software applications including databases, word processing, presentation, student information systems and cloud-based computing

Job Title: Academic Dean, Trinity College
Job Code: 1769
Job Level: 98
Revised Date: 9/19/2019
Job Family: JF 33