The Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Academic Affairs is a non-instructional, administrative position that plays a critical role in the undergraduate education mission of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) (https://lsa.umich.edu/)-- the largest college on the Ann Arbor campus, serving over 17,500 undergraduates. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and is part of the College Dean's Cabinet and the Senior Management Team that oversees the Division of Undergraduate Education (https://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/undergraduate-education.html) . The Assistant Dean oversees Student Academic Affairs (https://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/student-academic-affairs.html) (SAA), including over 60 staff members and several units: the Office of the Assistant Dean, which includes an executive assistant and a deputy assistant dean as direct reports; the LSA Newnan Academic Advising Center, the Office of Academic Standards and Academic Opportunities, and Advising Information and Communications -- each of which has Directors reporting to the Assistant Dean; and the Testing Accommodation Center (TAC) (https://lsa.umich.edu/tac).
The Assistant Dean provides visionary leadership for Directors who manage these units, while ensuring that each unit within SAA communicates effectively with academic departments, students, faculty and staff. He or she also works closely with the Directors to hire and retain a diverse, high caliber staff committed to the academic success and well being of undergraduate students; manages the $4.5M SAA budget; is responsible for donor stewardship and ongoing work with the College's Advancement team; and must be willing to contribute to the implementation of the LSA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategic plan.The Assistant Dean helps to shape and communicate the strategic vision for the Center and for departmental advising across the College, while promoting collaboration among the units within the portfolio. Functioning as a “dean of students” for LSA, she or he collaborates with the UM Dean of Students Office to support students and troubleshoot emergencies, while deftly guiding academic departments, faculty and staff on a range of student issues from illness to management of disability accommodations to student integrity and misconduct. In addition to the Testing Accommodation Center, the need for which continues to outpace existing capacity, the portfolio also includes the Advising Information and Communications team, which produces and maintains the College's print and online student academic publications; maintains the online student advising files; and practices data collection and assessment. Equally important is the exploration of new technologies to enhance communication with students, and management of student records now and in the future.Finally, the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Academic Affairs must be able to represent the College in meetings and on committees with constituencies across the University of Michigan and on off-campus venues, both nationally and internationally.
- PhD or terminal Master's degree; proven leadership in administration; at least five years of experience in undergraduate education in higher education, including student-facing legal issues such as FERPA and the Clery Act.
- At least five years of experience in supervising academic advising; deep familiarity with best practices for advising, and student academic success.
- A strong background in staff development and supervision, including demonstrated ability to recruit, retain, mentor, and support a diverse staff.
- Demonstrated ability to work well with students, instructional faculty and administrators.
- Demonstrated ability to manage various aspects of a complex organization, and proven ability to lead teams, integrate activities, and manage change in line with a unit-level strategic vision.
- Experience in leading and working in a highly interactive and collaborative environment, with demonstrated expertise in building and managing relationships across organizational boundaries with diplomacy and tact.
- Experience with the special challenges and opportunities that confront particular student populations, e.g., student athletes, transfer students, international students, first generation students.
- Knowledge of innovations in advising, academic judiciary review, testing accommodations, and/or advising technologies.
- Proven abilities to multitask in a fast-paced work environment, to work well independently and collaboratively, and to adhere to the College's high standards of professionalism.
- Exemplary oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to the goals of the University's and College's inclusiveness, equity and diversity plans.
- Direct experience with managing budgets.
- Ph.D., and seven to ten years of significant administrative and supervisory experience, preferably in a higher education setting with at least five years in a position with duties and responsibilities comparable to the Assistant Dean position (e.g., strategic planning, general management, financial oversight, human resource management, supervision, etc.).
- Extensive hands on involvement with change management in complex organizations.
- Demonstrated experience with implementing innovations in advising, academic judiciary review, testing accommodations, and/or advising technologies.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and involvement with large-scale assessment projects.
- Demonstrated knowledge of data management and information technologies.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and/or interest in learning analytics.
- Direct experience with donor stewardship and advancement.