The American University School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS) seeks a dynamic Associate Dean of Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) to provide collaborative leadership in developing and delivering innovative graduate degrees and certificates, and non-credit professional training and executive education, as well as building the School’s online and hybrid learning capabilities for non-traditional, adult learners in a fast-paced, globally and multi-culturally oriented start up setting. Appointed in the School of Professional & Extended Studies, this is a non-tenured term faculty administrator position, primarily with administrative but also some teaching responsibilities. The position is accountable for established enrollment targets and the generation of new revenue streams to fund programming in the area of graduate and online learning.
This position reports to the Dean of SPExS and works closely with the Associate Dean of Academic Programs, full-time and adjunct faculty and technical staff to build new graduate programs using primarily online, distance or blended (hybrid) low-residency, and off-site learning formats. S/he leads a small team of ca. 6 full and part-time and shared staff positions as well as any instructional personnel (full- and part-time term and adjunct faculty) teaching in GPS programs. The Associate Dean of GPS ensures learner and faculty success –including recruitment, retention and completion-, quality and integrity in program and faculty development, curriculum, assessment, and programmatic accreditation, and supports both strategic planning and day-to-day operational needs in relevant areas. This position coordinates across a wide range of disciplines and academic units at American University to develop, gain approval for, and deliver professional graduate and competency-based education targeted to mid-career and non-traditional students. This includes the development and oversight of student services, advisement, competency-based assessments and career coaching for mid-/senior-career learners. It is ideally suited for someone with expertise in STEM, technology, or health related fields and entrepreneurial experience.
Job Responsibilities -
In collaboration with the dean, other staff, and faculty, the associate dean of GPS is responsible for:
* Maintaining and growing existing online programs and graduate programs, including cross-disciplinary degrees and certificates offered jointly with other academic units on campus or other external partners, ie. stackable certificates, modular or micro-degrees, and other forms of competency based education and assessments
* Coordinating and supporting the development of new graduate, online, and corporate training and executive education programs through market research, partnership development and identification of high quality program managers and subject matter experts
* Managing internal and external governance approvals of new graduate and online programs including the preparation of proposals, facilitating programmatic accreditation and internal
review and implementation processes in close collaboration with relevant colleagues and administrative units in the School and around campus
* Recruiting and managing full-time, part-time and adjunct instructors and staff in the areas of graduate and e-learning student advisement, career coaching, and faculty development for adult learners in close collaboration with the SPExS Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs
* Managing and recruiting as needed at technical and program staff including but not limited to the Assistant Dean for E-Learning, one part-time instructional designer, a team of 2-3 staff dedicated to student admissions, advisement and career coaching for a new University-wide Master’s Program administered through SPExS, and project managers for any new programs developed under the auspices of GPS
* Working with relevant staff to develop and implement a robust enrollment and marketing strategy for graduate and online programs
* Mentoring and overseeing faculty especially in the area of online, distance, and hybrid learning in collaboration with relevant colleagues
* Developing and overseeing appropriate student learning outcomes in collaboration with relevant faculty and staff, targeted to adult learners
* Reviewing and approving the budgets for new and existing graduate and e-learning programs in consultation with relevant staff and leadership
* Overseeing the instructional design and instructional technology infrastructure and personnel within the school, including working with Blackboard and other LMS.
* Working with external partners and online enablers to develop and deliver state-of-the art online, distance and hybrid courses and programs
* Additional responsibilities may be assigned on an as-needed basis
Minimum Qualifications -
An earned doctorate (PhD, DPhil or EdD) or terminal degree from an accredited university; demonstrated faculty experience in higher education, adult learner focused teaching to include areas such as academic assessments, curricular development; ability to supervise professional personnel and manage budgets; at least 4 years practical experience in online, distance or e-learning and adult learning environments; high familiarity with instructional technology concepts and resources for adult learners (corporate and traditional academic settings), as well as academic assessment metrics and academic analytics; excellent written and oral interpersonal communication skills and a commitment to inclusive dialogue and learning.
Preferred Qualifications -
Preference will be given to candidates with direct experience or subject matter expertise in one or more of the following fields: STEM, health sciences and/or health care, public health, cyber security, information technology or other fields relevant to technology-based education such as gaming. Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and communication is a plus. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the creation and leadership of innovative teaching and learning initiatives for adult learners and be willing to supervise and assist staff in online/distance/hybrid learning implementation. A track record of successful grant writing and/or development of contracts or
externally funded projects, and prior experience with competency based education or assessments, is a plus.
Commensurate with experience
Candidates should send an application letter outlining relevant experience, a CV, no more than three sample publications, and a list of three referees. Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation uploaded to Interfolio directly by the referees. Submit applications via: http://apply.interfolio.com/50587. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants may direct all position-related questions to Diane Lowenthal, Senior Associate Dean, SPExS. She may be reached at email@example.com.
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