Drexel University — Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is a tenured faculty position in the Antionette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design with an appointment in the Dean’s Office that will play an integral role in (1) the oversight and growth of the College’s DEI initiatives; (2) ensuring the success of the College’s implementation of efforts recommended in the University’s Anti-Racism Taskforce’s report; and (3) leading new initiatives that advance the College’s DEI goals. The Associate Dean will support the University and College strategic plan through a focused engagement on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including those related to curricular and co-curricular programming, faculty recruitment, advancement, and retention, and more. Partnering with Westphal’s Dean and Associate Deans, Drexel’s Chief Diversity Officer and the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will lead college-wide initiatives to build a diverse, equitable and welcoming college community that attracts and retains faculty, student, and administrative talent. The successful candidate will bring a strong background in building partnerships across multiple networks, supporting and creating change, and in guiding and facilitating open and productive discourse. In addition, the Associate Dean of DEI will be responsible for 9-12 credits of teaching per year within the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s programs. Teaching load will be distributed over at least three of Drexel’s four quarters, i.e., Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Service as Associate Dean continues over the Summer Quarter. As a faculty member, the Associate Dean will also hold an academic/department appointment in the Antoinette Westphal College based on research expertise and teaching experience.

Essential Functions

  • Lead faculty, staff, and students in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of goals related to DEI, anti-racism, and access within Westphal and maintain ongoing dialogues with all stakeholders.
  • Develop and articulate programs, practices, and processes that connect equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism with organizational culture and success.
  • Be a thought partner and collaborator with administrative leadership in setting annual goals for advancing DEI initiatives.
  • Provide guidance, leadership, and opportunities for professional development to faculty and staff around DEI initiatives.
  • Facilitate new initiatives, activities, and events that promote DEI and anti-racism within Westphal
  • Monitor and assess DEI and anti-racism outcomes as outlined in the strategic plan
  • Utilize metrics to determine effectiveness of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Serve as a direct liaison between university wide leadership of DEI and anti-racism work.
  • Participate in senior leadership meetings, task forces, and special committees as deemed necessary by senior leadership, and inform stakeholders of activities that advance the College’s strategic priorities in around DEI work.
  • Address social climate issues and propose strategies that will help the college advance in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Liaise and collaborate with areas in the college such as Curriculum Committee, Recruitment, Alumni Relations, Institutional Advancement, Student groups, etc. to support and/or improve DEI related initiatives, programs, and activities.
  • Establish and maintain memberships with professional organizations that encourage and support diverse populations.
  • Serve as the Dean’s representative to University committees and related groups as needed

Required Qualifications

  • A Terminal Degree – such as a Doctorate, JD or Masters – is the minimum required education for consideration.
  • At least 5 years of teaching in a higher education setting.
  • At least 5 years of leadership experience within a higher education setting.
  • Teaching and research experience that aligns with our college mission and vision and serves at least one major in our college.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong leadership skills with a passion for the development and implementation of proactive and robust inclusion and diversity initiatives in support of the University’s academic mission.
  • Successful record of influence, community building, networking and deploying programs for the advancement of diversity and inclusion practices.
  • Ability to approach diversity and inclusion through an intersectional lens, understanding how multiple statuses (e.g., race, gender, class, sexuality, nationality, religion, differences in learning, etc.) intersect to affect the experiences of students, faculty and staff.
  • Possess a strategic mindset that is results-oriented and visionary, including the ability to generate new ideas for short- and long-term goals, approach situations analytically, factually and with empathy, and exercise good judgment in pursuing creative solutions.
  • Professional in dealing with nuanced situations involving a variety of stakeholders.
  • Outstanding communication skills in engaging with internal and external stakeholders in a manner that fosters respect, builds productive relationships, and creates alignment behind the inclusion and diversity goals of the University and College.
  • Openness to coordinating and collaborating with students, faculty, staff, and administrative leaders and the ability to build consensus to address challenges and opportunities.
  • Ability to build trust and credibility with marginalized communities among Drexel students, faculty, staff, as well as communities throughout Philadelphia.
  • Possess an acumen in a team-oriented environment with knowledge of diversity and cross-cultural historical contexts and a commitment to social justice and equity.
  • Willingness to work effectively in a culture of care and shared governance.
  • The ideal candidate will currently hold tenure or have professional accomplishments supporting a case for tenure at Drexel.

Additional Information
Applicants should submit a CV, Diversity Statement, Teaching Philosophy and examples of projects that relate to DEI experience. https://careers.drexel.edu/en-us/job/496892/associate-dean-of-diversity-equity-inclusion

About Drexel
Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America’s 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia’s top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Drexel University is committed to addressing hiring inequities that disproportionately affect people from
historically underrepresented groups. Drexel encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply, who are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all students, staff and faculty. Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic.

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, retirement funding, and healthcare options. Please visit the Drexel University website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

About the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design:
The Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is dedicated to the education of students in the areas of design, media and the performing and visual arts. Westphal College offers 18 undergraduate and eight graduate majors, housed in award-winning, technologically enhanced facilities, and taught by distinguished faculty who have worked at the top of their fields. The College values a studio approach that incorporates six months of required co-op work experience for all undergraduate students. Westphal is home to a virtual reality and immersive research lab, two theaters, an art gallery, a notable collection of over 17,000 historic costumes, a record label, a television station, and numerous cutting-edge making spaces.

Westphal educates students to find their place as leaders in today’s rapidly changing world by teaching the diverse skills needed to conceptualize and implement creative thinking. The synergy of Westphal’s creative programs, strong foundation curriculum and diverse minors, and stewardship of University assets and enterprises enhance the strength of the College in this interdisciplinary age. The College actively participates in community-based learning programs that allow students and faculty to study the issues affecting our world in collaboration with neighboring communities. As the center for creativity at Drexel, Westphal College’s collaborative community of scholars, creatives, thinkers, and doers are uniquely positioned to face the world’s challenges and define the creative careers of the 21st century. Westphal is dedicated to building a community where everyone is welcome and a multiplicity of voices are celebrated.

Fifteen of Westphal’s degree programs have earned national rankings and the College is ranked one of the best design and applied art schools in the nation. The Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is academically accredited as part of Drexel University, by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Additionally, the programs in art, design and media are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD); the architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and the interior design program by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

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