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Associate Dean - Undergraduate Studies

Apply now Job no: 494148
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Non-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Deans Office/FA/Humanities/SS
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade/range
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General Summary of Position:

This being an internal opportunity, only current UML Employees, irrespective of Bargaining units are eligible to apply for this position. 

The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies for the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, provides strategic leadership in the areas of recruitment, advising, retention, and academic success of undergraduate students within the College. The position also plays a major role in areas of faculty success, program development, advancement, and interdisciplinary programs, and supports the Dean in ensuring the effective daily functioning of the university's largest and most diverse college.

Duties include the following:

Oversee college-wide recruitment, retention, and student success efforts. Role includes assessing data to determine retention strategies, coordinating with Student Affairs to create and oversee Living and Learning Communities, coordinating with the Honors Program, communicating and following up with faculty and chairs about retention initiatives and student outreach, coordinating service learning and internship opportunities for students, organizing and implementing recruitment and retention events such as orientation, welcome events for new students and transfer orientation, and assisting students in overcoming obstacles to success by connecting them with on-campus resources (Centers for Learning, Disabilities Services, etc.)

Provide input and support to the Dean in areas including, but not limited to: strategic planning, resource allocation, space planning, advancement and alumni affairs, budget and personnel management, curriculum development, and faculty affairs.

Serve as liaison between the Dean and department chairs in areas related to staffing needs, faculty searches and hires, enrollment management, and similar functions. Advise and consult on confidential personnel matters including attending faculty and staff grievance hearings as needed, oversee placement, promotion, and management of college staff, and help resolve conflicts.

Directly oversee and coordinate undergraduate interdisciplinary majors and minors, including advising program directors on curriculum, faculty, events and recruitment of students.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree
  • Tenured faculty member at rank of Associate Professor or Professor
  • College or university administrative experience

Additional Considerations:

  • Experience managing systems of undergraduate advising and undergraduate program planning and coordination
  • Capacity and ability to work effectively with diverse groups
  • Strong communication skills
  • High level of organization
  • Capacity to exercise discretion and confidentiality
  • Strong problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with, and affinity for, the departments, programs and initiatives within the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This being an internal opportunity, only current UML Employees, irrespective of Bargaining units are eligible to apply for this position. 

Please include a CV and cover letter with your application.  Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

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