Assistant Dean for Academic Advising in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 25, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Deans, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Johns Hopkins University invites applications and nominations for a dynamic, visionary and experienced leader to serve as Assistant Dean for Academic Advising in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the Whiting School of Engineering. The Office of Engineering Advising, located on the beautiful Homewood campus in north Baltimore, Maryland, serves the needs of undergraduates by promoting intellectual exploration and academic excellence. The office advises all incoming first-year and transfer students in WSE, oversees progress of engineering undergraduates to graduation, and supports the faculty advising system throughout the school. The successful candidate will assume the role at an exciting time as the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) advising offices are in the second phase of a multi-year initiative, the Excellence in Academic Advising (EAA) initiative, in collaboration with NACADA and The Gardner Institute. The assistant dean will be expected to bring energy and creativity to the role in helping to design and implement various recommendations from the initiative and will serve on the EAA steering committee.

This appointment will be reviewed annually with appropiate salary changed each July 1st.

The primary duties and responsibilities:

Reporting to the Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education, the assistant dean leads and currently supervises the staff of Academic Advising: two assistant directors as direct reports; two academic advisors, one senior academic program coordinator and one administrative coordinator as indirect reports, as well as the director of the Success Coaching Program in Academic Advising (described below) as an indirect report. The Assistant Dean will help define, implement and enforce academic policies and practices and give support to faculty advisors and departments, and will develop and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with faculty advisors and the academic departments in the Whiting School of Engineering and with key departments In the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. The assistant dean will work closely and collaboratively with other academic offices and committees, including the KSAS Office of Academic Advising, the Office of Academic Support, the Office of the Registrar, Undergraduate Admissions, the Student Affairs division, the Office of Pre-professional Advising, the Life Design team, Office of Study Abroad, Athletics, the Office of Parent and Family Relations, Student Disability Services, and the Office of First-year Experience and Orientation. The Assistant Dean will serve on a number of ad hoc and standing committees that address a variety of student needs and which support the collaborative work with colleagues from the offices mentioned. The person will also guide the use of technology to effectively provide advising services and information to students, including online degree auditing. They oversee all undergraduates’ academic standing and graduation from the Whiting School. They may also serve a reduced caseload of freshmen advisees and take on other administrative duties as they arise. The Assistant Dean will also collaborate with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs on recommendations from the Second Commission on Undergraduate Education (CUE2), particularly pertaining to advising and faculty mentoring.

We have also recently launched an innovative program for first-generation, limited income students in both WSE and KSAS. In collaboration with the Center for Student Success in our Homewood Student Affairs division, we are entering the third year of our Success Coaching in Academic Advising (SCAA) program. The director of the SCAA program has an indirect reporting line to the Assistant Deans of Academic Advising in both WSE and KSAS and a direct reporting line to the Executive Directive of the Center for Student Success. The program is staffed by a cadre of academic advisor/success coaches who are embedded in the advising offices for service delivery to their students. The WSE Assistant Dean for Academic Advising will serve on the leadership team for this program.



The successful candidate will possess at least a Master’s degree, Ph.D. preferred, with proven ability to lead and manage a technology-driven, student-oriented academic advising operation.

Special skills and knowledge:

A clear vision for academic advising in a competitive academic environment, a high level of comfort with information technology and its application to advising, knowledge of current national trends in academic advising, experience with assessment and its use in shaping policies and procedures, demonstrated ability to create and manage programs to serve students in a diverse and multicultural environment, and knowledge of management techniques that improve client services are all important factors in the selection of the assistant dean.

Related work experience:

Familiarity and experience with the academic environment as a faculty member, administrator or advisor is critical. The person in this position also will demonstrate a vision of effective service, possess strong leadership, management and supervisory skills, and have experience in providing academic services to students and faculty. Demonstrated experience and commitment to the development of a continuous learning and service culture is required. Also essential is supervisory and managerial experience with a diverse workforce where goals are frequently achieved through use of influence rather than direct supervision. Experience with the creation and launching of service delivery programs in a highly decentralized environment is important.

Application Instructions

The search will continue until the assistant dean is appointed, but in order to receive the most thorough consideration, candidates should submit their materials (c.v. and cover letter as separate PDF files) as soon as possible, and no later than July 12 , 2021. The University intends to make this appointment effective no later than September 7, 2021.

The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting,
supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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