Dean of Students - Student Affairs - 16925

Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 23, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


The Division of Student Affairs seeks a visionary leader to serve as the Dean of Students (Dean of Students/M) for UW-Whitewater main and Rock County campuses.

This will be a full-time Limited appointment serving at the pleasure of the Chancellor. To learn more about this type of appointment please see the UW System Administrative Policy 1251: Appointment Terms & Designation of Positions and the Personnel Rules .


The Dean of Students will report to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The Dean will be a student affairs professional with deep and relevant experience who has a passion for working closely with students and a commitment to equity and inclusion. The Dean is responsible for helping to create and maintain a safe, healthy, and supportive environment to promote students’ intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and professional development in a holistic manner. The Dean of Students is the campus ombudsperson and primary student investigating officer who provides leadership within the Dean of Students Office, within the Division of Student Affairs, and within the university at-large.

The University relies on the Dean of Students to advance policies and programs aimed at positive student development and to provide urgent response and problem-solving services to students and to other staff and faculty working with students. The Dean will be a visionary and collaborative leader whose commitment to innovation and university-wide partnerships will enhance the delivery of services to all students. Moreover, the Dean is responsible for ensuring campus compliance regarding various campus, UW System, state and federal laws and regulations. This position comes with some weekend and nighttime commitments.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Social Work, Counseling, Higher Education or related field
  • Five years’ experience in student conduct administration
  • Demonstrated progressive experience directly investigating and/or adjudicating sexual misconduct cases
  • Experience in crisis management and conflict resolution
  • Experience supervising professional staff
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to cultivate environments that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Have a strong understanding of higher education institution policies
  • Demonstrated understanding of Clery, FERPA, Title IX, VAWA, and other federal and state laws/guidance
  • Strong written, oral, and presentation communication skills

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • An understanding of mental health diagnoses and how they intersect and impact student development
  • Relationship building with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and with differing abilities
  • Ability to build positive relationships with students, employees, community members, and parents
  • Conflict mediation in ways that support and respect all parties
  • Collaboration building among stakeholders representing various interests
  • Personal reflective practices and professional development
  • Demonstrates an understanding of student issues and concerns that are reflective of today’s student and demonstrates that they have stayed current in higher education student issues and culture
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds


Supervision & Administrative



  1. Directs, manages, supervises and evaluates staff: University Services Program Assistant, Coordinator of Student Conduct Programs, CARE Team Case Manager, Graduate Assistant Intern, and all programs and processes the office is responsible for.
  2. Establishes, supports, and implements short and long-range department goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures.
  3. Responsible for developing, management and reconciliation of office budget.
  4. Performs department/program assessments and evaluations to determine effectiveness and implements corrective action as required for improvement.
  5. Researches, plans, implements, supports, and assesses student development efforts with all elements of the university community and all facets of campus life.
  6. Recommends and participates in the development of university policies and procedures.

Safety, Security & Policy Implementation

  1. Directs and oversees the Students Rights and Responsibilities and the Student Code of Conduct.
  2. Effectively responds to emergency and crisis situations that pertain to students and campus life.
  3. Oversees and administer university policies and procedures (UWS17 Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures and UWS18 Conduct on University Lands) for student nonacademic misconduct and (UWS14 Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures) for academic misconduct.
  4. Oversees and/or administers the investigation on allegations against University Recognized Student Organizations.
  5. Responsible for the adjudication process of student sexual misconduct cases and works closely with the Title IX Coordinator and other appropriate university personnel in the overall campus prevention and response for sexual misconduct.
  6. Represents the University to various institutional divisions as well as externally to governmental agencies, vendors, students and their families, and/or the general public.

Student and Campus Support

  1. Operates as the University’s ombuds-person by hearing, mediating, and processing general complaints and concerns by answering questions and problem-solving.
  2. Provides leadership and support for the campus CARE Team; coordinates Team and contributes to discussion and student interventions.
  3. Serves as a resource for faculty and staff for the implementation of policies and procedures for academic misconduct procedures.
  4. Provides interventions when issues of student mental illness and mental health emergencies are either apparent or referrals are received by students, faculty, or staff — taking appropriate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the campus community.
  5. Proactively presents faculty training, support, and response for classroom management and dealing with difficult, disruptive and/or students in crisis.
  6. Assists faculty and staff with student issues and emergencies.
  7. Advocates on behalf of student voices and concerns at an administrative level.
  8. Conveys a working style that demonstrates accessibility and engagement to students.


  1. Contributes, where applicable, to the institution’s CLERY reporting, state of Wisconsin Sexual Assault Reporting (Wisconsin Statute 36.11(22)), Biennial Review, and other needed institutional compliance responses.
  2. Builds and maintains state-wide partnerships with other college and university student conduct administrators.
  3. Prepares office annual reports; contributes to Division of Student Affairs annual report.
  4. Coordinates campus protocols for student death; processes notification procedures.
  5. Oversees the submission and processing of all requests for Medical Withdrawals; serves on committee.
  6. Conducts student records checks and relays information to hiring agencies and other schools.
  7. Participates in the overall administration of the Dean of Students Office and serves on campus committees and task forces, attending and convening staff meetings, and serving on the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Group.
  8. Provides instructor notification of student absence when a student is unable to do so themselves.
  9. Serves on relevant university planning and policy-making committees.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. In the fall of 2018, as a result of the University of Wisconsin System’s restructuring of the state’s 13 two-year campuses formerly known as UW Colleges, UW–Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW–Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Main Campus and Rock County Campus are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offers the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs. UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

To learn more about UW-Whitewater's competitive benefits packages go to our: ALEX webpage, which is our interactive benefits decision support tool.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles ( ) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( ). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( ) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys ( ).


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings is targeted to be implemented mid-2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater has the authority to implement temporary workforce reduction and cost saving measures to address financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 Crisis, consistent with Wisconsin law and Board of Regents, UW System, and UW-Whitewater policy and procedure.


Applications received by March 17, 2021 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Terry Tumbarello
Director of Residence Life


Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:



  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information for three professional references

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