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Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs

University of South Carolina
Union, SC
Closing date
Feb 16, 2023

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Student Affairs
Position Type
Associate Dean
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
Posting Summary

Logo Posting Number FAC00238PO22 Advertised Title Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs Campus Union College/Division USC Union College/Division Department USC Union Palmetto College Advertised Salary Range Salary commensurate with education & experience Location of Vacancy Part/Full Time Full Time Hours per Week 37.5 Position Category Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Basis 12 months Work County Union Tenure Information Tenure-Track/Tenured Job Search Category Administrative

About UofSC

About University of South Carolina

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor's degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service - helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Diversity Statement

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Benefits for FTE Positions

The University of South Carolina (UofSC), through the State of SC and Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), offers state employees a valuable benefits package, including health and life insurance, generous paid leave and retirement programs. To learn more about UofSC benefits, access the benefits section on the Applicant Portal.

Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

The Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs is responsible for strategic and long-term planning for all academic and student affairs aspects for USC Union located in Union, South Carolina, with a location in Laurens, South Carolina. The Associate Dean is responsible for the academic curriculum, assessment, and evaluation of the curriculum. In addition, the Associate Dean is responsible for providing leadership to the faculty and managing the processes through which teaching is conducted and administered in all aspects of Student Affairs, including creating a robust student life strategy specific to the student needs.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provides leadership for the development, implementation, and continuous quality improvement of an innovative curriculum.
  • Implements and assesses an innovative and coherent strategic plan for the campus's academic and student affairs programs.
  • Coordinates with the faculty and the academic and student affairs staff to ensure quality, continuity of innovation, and integrity in academic and student issues.
  • Leads ongoing efforts to report on and proactively analyze retention and attrition trends.
  • Oversees the quality of instruction and course content of all academic programs in the classroom and online.
  • Ensures academic and student affairs compliance with SACSCOC and University policy and procedures.
  • Creates a culture across the campus that values a team-based and collaborative approach to supporting students.
  • Knowledge of imminent academic trends likely to affect future educational offerings.
  • Oversees processes in academic and student records, including contracts for faculty.

Academic Affairs:
  • Direct supervisor of Executive Director for Enrollment Management (who oversees Admissions, Records, & Financial Aid, as well as Dual Credit and Student Recruitment)
  • Direct supervisor of PC iCarolina Lab Coordinator
  • Direct supervisor of all full-time and part-time faculty
  • Responsible for faculty hiring priorities for full-time positions
  • Responsible for mentoring faculty to ensure eventual success in the tenure & promotion process
  • Conduct an annual administrative review of all full-time faculty
  • Conduct annual EPMS job performance review of all full-time staff, reporting directly to the Associate Dean (e.g. Athletic Director, Academic Affairs support staff, Academic Success Center coordinator, Nursing Administrator, etc.)
  • Responsible for identifying and hiring adjunct faculty
  • Responsible for working with USC Columbia academic departments to secure approval for faculty to teach selected courses
  • Responsible for planning course schedules & final exam schedules
  • Responsible for supervision of academic division & faculty travel budgets
  • Responsible for coordinating reports related to review of academic programs (e.g., Assessment, Blueprint, Institutional Effectiveness, etc.)
  • Responsible for coordinating reports related to academic program modifications (SACS & CHE), including new academic sites (both regular and dual credit)
  • Work with faculty regarding accreditation reports/issues related to associate degrees
  • Responsible for review and revision of academic degree curricula
  • Responsible for review & updating of USCU Bulletin
  • Serve as a facilitator to resolve the conflict between students & faculty (e.g., grade disputes, violations of academic integrity, etc.)
  • Coordinate annual student academic awards (and present them at awards ceremonies)
  • Work directly with Records Officer to confirm completion of academic requirements by candidates for degrees
  • Serve on Dean's Administrative Council
  • Collaborate with other system Academic Deans regarding academic issues related to Palmetto College bachelor's degrees

Student Affairs:
  • Responsible for developing strategies and implementing programs related to student retention & success (including academic advisement, early academic intervention, excessive student absences, etc.)
  • Serve on Student Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
  • Title IX coordinator for students

The Associate Dean will teach at least two classes per academic year.

Must be willing to work at either location as needed.

Required Education and Experience
  • Earned doctorate from an accredited university
  • Substantial record of progressively responsible leadership that includes high-level administrative or managerial experience, advanced knowledge of and experience in higher education processes and policies and procedures
  • Achievement in the criteria required for a faculty appointment with tenure and rank
  • Experience with accreditation agencies/bodies
  • Evidence of success with student enrollment growth and management
  • Demonstrated record of sound financial management
  • Proven ability to develop and foster good relationships with both internal campus stakeholders as well as external audiences such as local, state, and national agencies, officials, and donors
  • Promote a collegial and constructive environment based on open communication, positive team building, and effective management of relationships

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with developing, coordinating, and delivering distance education programs
  • Experience with high school dual enrollment programs
  • Experience with student learning and/or academic program assessment

Posting Detail Information

Desired Start Date 01/03/2023 Job Open Date 10/11/2022 Job Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant

Applicants must complete an application, upload a cover letter that specifically addresses the applicant's qualifications, provide a curriculum vita, writing sample, teaching statement, research statement, and a copy of unofficial graduate transcripts. Graduate transcripts should be uploaded as Other Supporting Documents. References will be contacted directly for letters of recommendation.

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

Quicklink for Posting EEO Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
    • Do you possess an earned doctorate from an accredited university?
  • Yes
  • No
    • Do you have achievement in the criteria required for a faculty appointment with tenure and rank?
  • Yes
  • No
    • Do you have experience with accreditation agencies/bodies?
  • Yes
  • No
    • Are you willing to teach at least two courses per academic year?
  • Yes
  • No
    • Do you understand that this position is for the University of South Carolina Union and will be located in Union, SC?
  • Yes
  • No
    • Are you willing and able to submit to a pre-employment background check that may include, but it is not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history as a condition of hire?
  • Yes
  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Other Supporting Documents
  • Writing Sample(s)/Sample Publications
  • Teaching Statement
  • Research Statement

Optional Documents

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