Class Dean

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details

Do you have experience as an academic advisor for undergraduate students? Do you enjoy the challenge of working with bright and engaging students as they navigate their educational pursuits? Do you like thinking about new and creative ways to work with students and provide them with the tools and guidance to make learning and navigating the world of higher education more accessible? If yes, then this role will afford you all these opportunities.

The Class Dean works closely with the Dean for Academic Advancement and other class deans to foster student success and excellence. Class deans are responsible for a comprehensive program of academic advising and class management in a residential liberal arts environment. This includes helping students make progress toward their educational goals and graduation requirements, working with faculty to support student success in the classroom, facilitating access to academic and non-academic support services, and supporting student transitions from high school through the undergraduate years to life post-Wesleyan.

Class deans advise the Dean for Academic Advancement and Vice President for Student Affairs in the development and implementation of academic and student life policies, and represent Student Affairs on various University committees.

Responsibilities include:


Monitoring students’ academic progress toward the degree, including academic review

Academic advising, including interpreting and implementing academic regulations

Working with faculty to resolve student academic issues and providing general personal counseling and crisis management

Connecting students to appropriate academic and non-academic support services and collaborating with other offices to promote student academic success

Facilitating and supporting programs that address student transitional challenges

Developing informational materials for students, faculty and parents

Supervising administrative assistants of the office of the class deans

Other data management/data analytics responsibilities as assigned

Participate in divisional administrative “on-call” rotation

Serve as a resource person for students, parents, and other University personnel & facilitate referrals to appropriate academic and/or administrative departments

Assist with development and implementation of major initiatives

Represent Student Affairs on designated committees as assigned

Perform other duties necessary to the basic function of the position, supporting the mission of the University and contributing to the programs and services offered by Student Affairs.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree with at least 5 years’ administrative or teaching or advising experience at a post-secondary level or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience

Excellent problem-solving, interpersonal, communication, organizational, and project management skills

Demonstrated competence working with a diverse student population

Experience with creation of data and metrics that can be used for process improvement.

Demonstrated experience working with faculty to advocate on student issues

Demonstrated experience supporting student transitions and challenges

Proven leadership effectiveness, including the ability to relate and engage with all segments of campus

Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays as needed

Preferred Qualifications

Doctorate degree with direct experience with academic advising

Experience in a residential liberal arts environment

Experience working at college or university strongly preferred

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application close date is April 3, 2021

Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927,

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