Colorado College — Senior Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Faculty Development

Founded in 1874, Colorado College is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts and sciences college of bold ideas, located in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at the foot of Pikes Peak. Ranked among the top 30 National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Colorado College enjoys an unequivocal mission: to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. What makes Colorado College distinct is its inimitable combination of program, place, and people. Colorado College is a unique institution in terms of geography and pedagogy. Set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado College is the only selective liberal arts college in the region and enrolls just over 2,000 undergraduate students. Through 37 academic departments, faculty engage students directly and prepare them for leadership in the 21st century. The College’s signature academic program, the “Block Plan,” is an intensive academic schedule that allows students to immerse themselves in a single subject for three and a half weeks, rather than balancing several courses over a semester. One example of the College’s innovative work is the integration with the world-renowned Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (now the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College), which has greatly expanded arts programming and sparked new interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Students at Colorado College learn more than theoretical approaches; they learn to embrace the importance of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints and appreciate how diversity enriches their understanding of the world.

Reporting to the Dean of Faculty, the Senior Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Faculty Development serves as a key component of the College’s commitment to antiracism and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); works closely with faculty and co-curricular staff on DEI issues in the curriculum and classroom as well as creating and maintaining recruitment through an emeritx faculty development program; and collaborates as a team with two other DEI positions that focus on student life and staff programming. The Senior Associate Dean serves as a scholar-teacher in strategically planning and implementing diversity, inclusion and equity goals. In addition, the Senior Associate Dean provides primary support for the Dean of Faculty in implementing the College’s antiracism goals that impact curricular, co-curricular activities and other academic activities and programs; assists the Dean of Faculty and academic departments in creating and implementing developmental recruitment and hiring procedures that enrich and diversify the faculty; oversees the Crown Faculty Center to create professional development opportunities for faculty as our curriculum and student body diversify in multiple ways; and works closely with the other team members and college leadership to assist the college in developing appropriate policies that reflect the lived realities of changing demographics. Further, the Senior Associate Dean will meet regularly with the Dean of Faculty, VP/Dean of Student Life, Associate VP of Human Resources, the Antiracism Goals and Implementation Oversight Committee and other college leadership to keep them informed of individual and team work; shape and deliver faculty-directed programming around the antiracism framework; assist the Dean of Faculty in developing and maintaining an inclusive, equitable faculty culture; and serve as a resource for the Diversity and Equity Advisory Board.

Candidates must possess a doctorate in an academic field from an accredited university and full professor rank plus a minimum of four years of experience as a leader in developing and implementing programs, curricula, and/or other institutional activities that place DEI concerns and commitments at their center; and a proven ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders—from families of the one percent to families of first-generation college students, faculty at all stages of their careers, audiences within the world of highly selective colleges and universities, and non-academic communities whose respect and buy-in are essential to Colorado College’s institutional mission and values. Candidates also must have a strong record of effective and innovative pedagogy; knowledge of various theories of inclusive pedagogies and an awareness of discipline-specific pedagogical approaches; and excellent writing and oral communication skills. Candidates possessing a demonstrable record of effective collaboration among campus constituencies and with off-campus partners, in addition to experience in interdisciplinary teaching, are preferred. 

Review of applications will begin April 14, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Quincy Martin III at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Colorado College is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its community. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation in our educational programs and activities or our employment practices.