Salem Academy and College — Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College

Salem Academy and College, the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the country by its founding date of 1772, invites applications for Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College.

About Salem Academy and College:
Salem Academy and College is the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the country. Since 1772, the institution has engaged in transformational change to innovate women’s education. Founded with the mission of making education accessible to all, Salem has a rich 250-year-old history and a long-standing track record of educating students who are prepared to make a bold impact locally, nationally and globally through liberal arts education. Our graduates are committed to making the world a better, healthier and more equitable place. Salem College is the nation’s only liberal arts college exclusively dedicated to developing the next generation of health leaders.

Salem College has more than 40 full-time faculty and over 150 staff members who support approximately 500 students including full-time undergraduates, part-time students and graduate programs. Salem recently received the largest philanthropic gift in its history with a $5M anonymous donation focused on enabling our health leadership transformation as well as a $3.6M estate gift to support the College. Salem completed its 250th-anniversary campaign this year exceeding a $12.5M goal.

U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Rankings, ranked Salem College No. 1 among all National Liberal Arts Colleges in America as a Top Performer on Social Mobility. Our institution has rapidly moved up the national ranking for Social Mobility, from No. 10 in 2020 and No. 4 in 2021 to No. 1 in 2022. Salem College is also ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 2 National Liberal Arts College in North Carolina. Salem has been ranked among the top three National Liberal Arts Colleges in North Carolina for the past seven years. In addition, Salem College was ranked 6th in the nation for college affordability last year.

Salem College is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a vibrant college town known as the “City of Arts and Innovation”. Winston-Salem is a lively academic community, home to six institutions of higher education and more than 26,000 students. Winston Salem has a collaborative and engaged academic community with strong private and public schools, excellent healthcare systems, and affordable housing. The Winston-Salem area also offers a rich variety of cultural opportunities and has a vibrant art and restaurant scene. Within a few hours of campus are mountains for skiing, camping, or hiking; rivers for whitewater rafting; and the beautiful ports and beaches of North and South Carolina.

Position Summary:
The Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College is appointed by the President and is directly responsible for the administration of all aspects of the academic program and the administration of student life. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, this role requires effective partnership, communication, and leadership among colleagues across the institution.

This individual is responsible for overseeing curricular innovation and transformation for Salem College as it refines its academic and co-curricular focus around Health Leadership. The successful candidate will be a demonstrated innovator and relationship builder committed to advancing the College’s diversity initiatives and health leadership focus.

The Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College will need to navigate the complexities of organizational change in a dynamic and rapidly changing higher education environment. This individual must be committed to the importance of the liberal arts as a foundation for building the next generation of leaders as well as valuing liberal arts disciplines. The individual must also be passionate about the importance of developing the next generation of health leaders and the role of small liberal arts colleges and specifically women’s serving institutions in the higher education landscape. A successful candidate will be one who can demonstrate that they are strategic, data-driven, innovative, seek new collaborative opportunities both internal and external to the organization, and who has a track record of building partnerships and institutional affiliations to enhance the reputation of the College. A demonstrated commitment to student success and a history of building and maintaining successful student retention programs is essential. This person must be an effective collaborator with campus partners, particularly with College Enrollment Management and Institutional Advancement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Strategic Leadership and Communication
a. Lead the Academic and Student Affairs divisions with compassion and empathy while embodying Salem’s ethical touchstones (Courage, Respect, Care, Justice and Integrity)
b. Provide leadership in all aspects of academic and student affairs, including long-range planning, hiring and professional development of faculty and staff, budgeting, curriculum, assessment, accreditation, and academic program/service development.
c. Implement an innovative, visionary strategic plan for academic and student affairs consistent with the college’s health leadership focus that includes measurable goals and indicators of success and incorporates data collection and analysis to support this work.
d. Work with faculty and staff to articulate, develop, implement, and evaluate the mission, goals, and strategy of the academic unit and Salem College.
e. Collaborate with Student Affairs and Enrollment Management leadership to review, develop and sustain the College’s recruitment and retention strategies to meet current and future goals at Salem.
f. Provide leadership for the ongoing enhancement and implementation of the College’s curricular and co-curricular learning outcomes assessment program to ensure the achievement of competencies and learning goals consistent with the college’s health leadership focus.
g. Promote a respectful, collaborative, inclusive, and fair academic unit and campus culture.
h. Communicate plans, decisions, and other academic unit news clearly and in a timely manner.

2. Academic Affairs
a. Collaborate with all areas of the College to review, recommend, establish and implement academic standards, policies and procedures to foster integrated and inclusive student success systems and models.
b. Provide leadership of various delivery models for instruction, including the use of technology, in face-to-face, web-enhanced, hybrid and online learning modalities.
c. Lead and supervise the planning, delivery, and assessment of academic and student support services, College programming, retention initiatives, experiential learning, and the library.
d. Oversee the process of faculty reviews and course evaluations.
e. Coordinate the academic planning for joint programs with other institutions.
f. Assist in the preparation and supervision of grants to support the academic program and faculty activities.
g. Supervise revisions of copy for academic components of the College catalog.
h. Supervise the student-designed major in accordance with policies approved by the faculty.
i. Foster strong and positive relations with faculty and staff, to ensure ongoing dialogue, shared governance and compliance.
j. Serving as faculty leader, and in collaboration with faculty committees, division chairs, and other appropriate groups, direct and ensure compliance with faculty governance processes and procedures.
k. Recommend academic faculty appointments, including tenure, promotion, sabbatical, etc. to the President.
l. Serve on appropriate academic and administrative committees and serve as the Chair in accordance with faculty governance.
m. Prepare reports for the Committee on the College of the Board of Trustees.

3. Student Affairs
a. Provide oversight, through the Dean of Students, for a comprehensive array of student services including, but not limited to, career planning and placement, counseling, health services, chaplain services, student support and retention, student conduct, residence life, and student activities.
b. Recommend and oversee the implementation of student services policies, procedures, and practices that foster and promote student learning and student success, and support the College’s educational programs.
c. Chair the Honor Council Appeals Board when a student files an appeal to an Honor Council action, and maintain records of all hearings and actions of the Appeals Board.
d. Collaborate with Student Affairs and Enrollment Management leadership to review, develop and sustain the College’s recruitment and retention strategies to meet current and future goals at Salem.

4. Financial and Personnel Management
a. Manage and oversee organizational structures, personnel, and resources to ensure a health leadership focused and student-centered approach at all levels of the College.
b. Develop and oversee budgets of all academic and administrative departments reporting to the vice president for academic and student affairs and dean of the College.
c. Develop and administer the plan for faculty and academic support staff salaries.
d. Provide leadership for faculty, administrators and staff professional development within academic and student affairs to achieve institutional goals.
e. Conduct annual performance reviews of all academic and student support personnel who report to the vice president for academic and student affairs and dean of the College.

5. Assessment and Accreditation
a. Ensure effective, meaningful accreditation, assessment, and program-review efforts within a data-informed environment. to ensure academic programs and services meet the needs of our students and communities; recommend and implement new instructional programs and services.
b. Oversee the institutional accreditation (SACSCOC), including overseeing the SACSCOC liaison, to ensure the retention of regional and program accreditation; provide leadership for efforts associated with assessment and student learning outcomes.

6. Campus and Community Relations
a. Coordinate and effectively communicate with other members of the leadership team to advance the goals of the College.
b. With support from the Director of Special Events, oversee the academic and student affairs aspects of special programs, including Commencement, Opening and Honors Convocations.
c. Represent and participate in the North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU) consortium.
d. Represent the College in professional and civic organizations and associations.

Additional duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Doctoral degree in a related field.
  2. Eligibility to hold the academic rank of Associate or Full Professor, with a minimum of six years of full-time teaching experience at the college level.
  3. Minimum of five years of progressively responsible college academic administrative experience or equivalent.
  4. Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to liberal arts education.
  5. Demonstrated experience working with, managing, or developing health-related academic programs, broadly understood.
  6. A teaching and leadership portfolio that demonstrates a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, teaching excellence, and academic innovation.
  7. Managerial experience in a shared governance environment.
  8. Ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, board members, and other members of the President’s cabinet.
  9. Experience working with regional accreditation agencies and specialized accreditors.
  10. Experience collaborating successfully with student affairs and student services divisions.
  11. Demonstrate a record of increasing scope and responsibility in academic leadership, including budget oversight and management.
  12. Demonstrate a record of commitment to student success in service to a diverse student population.
  13. Ability to manage multiple high-priority, high-profile projects and work collaboratively and constructively across constituencies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Understanding of the values, opportunities, and challenges facing women’s colleges today.
  2. Minimum of 10 years of full-time teaching experience.
  3. Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible academic administrative experience in higher education.
  4. Minimum of three years of experience working in administration within higher education.

Applicants who do not meet the qualifications stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.

Physical Functions:
While performing the responsibilities of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College, the employee is required to sit for varying lengths of time; bend, reach, lift, push, and pull up to 25 pounds; occasionally stand, walk, and kneel and regularly ascend/descend stairs; use hands and fingers to handle or feel and manipulate keys on a keyboard; perform extended periods of work at a computer workstation, view a computer monitor; perceive sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and receive detailed information through oral communication; express and exchange ideas by means of spoken word; and work in an office setting.

Application Process:
To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter to In your cover letter, please specifically address how your values and experiences around equity, diversity, and inclusion, academic innovation, and health leadership align with Salem’s mission, vision, and needs.

For best consideration, please submit all materials by Friday, October 14, 2022.

Salem Academy and College is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.