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Associate Dean for The School of Business and Public Administration

University of the District of Columbia
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Aug 31, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Public Administration & Policy, Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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An Invitation to Apply for the
Position of Associate Dean

PRM Consulting, a national executive search and human resource firm has been retained by the University of the District of Columbia to assist with the recruitment of the next Associate Dean. 

The ideal candidate will foster a positive and collegial environment and exhibit a collaborative leadership style, encouraging a culture of innovation and excellence and advance UDC’s strategic vison and values and commitment to developing lifelong learning and world leaders.  Nominations, applications, references, and inquiries should be directed in confidence to the search firm (contact information at the end of this document).


The University of the District of Columbia, a 1962 Land-Grant university and is the Capital’s only public institution of higher education.  The University’s mission and strategic vision support its unique designation as an urban public land-grant and historically black college and university (HBCU). Founded in 1851, the University has a student population of 3600, and comprises the flagship campus, the University of the District of Columbia - Community College with 21 associate degrees and several certificate programs, and the David A. Clarke School of Law, one of only six accredited HBCU law schools in the nation. Over 200 full-time and approximately 300 adjunct or visiting faculty support students in 81 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in CAUSES, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Public Administration, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  UDC continues to transform itself over time to meet the changing needs of its students and the community.


The Associate Dean is a core member of the School of Business and Public Administration's leadership team and supports all aspects of the academic function of the School. The Associate Dean reports directly to the Dean of SBPA and works collaboratively with the Dean to develop, administer, and oversee the School's programs, including its outreach activities. In addition, the Associate Dean is an integral component of the School's managerial team. The ideal candidate is expected to have a thorough working knowledge of all policies and procedures applicable to all University constituents - students, faculty, staff, community members, and other stakeholders.

Challenges and Opportunities

The following list represents some of most challenging roles of the Associate Dean and opportunities:

  1. Accreditation expectations, specifically the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), including reporting to accrediting agencies.
  2. Strengthen and leverage a multi‐year departmental faculty workforce plan including recruitment, admission, transfer, evaluation, advising, graduation audit, grievance, academic misconduct, timely progression toward a degree, academic probation, suspension, and reinstatement.

Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be a hands‐on problem solver who can work collaboratively with the senior academic and administrative leadership as well as with faculty and staff.  Ideally s/he will be an individual who is deeply experienced in human resources issues such as recruiting, appointments, benefits and compensation, preferably within an academic setting.  We seek individuals who will be committed to the intellectual mission of the University of the District of Columbia.   While no one candidate will embody all of them, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal qualities:

  1. Accomplishments demonstrating comfort with and hands-on success in the development of academic schedules that reflect and support the School's mission and its strategic priorities (relevance of academic content, comprehensiveness, and appropriateness of course delivery options, breadth of scheduling matrices in support of student access, availability of courses and sequences of course offerings to facilitate student progress toward degree).
  2. Success in providing support to the Dean with policy governing faculty evaluation, promotion, tenure, and sabbatical. Serves as ex officio to SBPA committees in these areas.
  3. Intelligence and skill collaborating as SBPA liaison to Academic Affairs and University-wide faculty and staff training initiatives.
  4. Technical skills supporting Chairs in managing academic and non-academic student affairs, including recruitment, admission, transfer, evaluation, advising, graduation audit, grievance, academic misconduct, timely progression toward a degree, academic probation, suspension, reinstatement.
  5. Supports SBPA department chairs including, but not limited to, design and review of offerings; development of fiscal priorities in support of curricular decisions - program offerings, expertise, space, technological, and material resources needed; personnel management including recruit, hire, evaluation, and support of faculty and staff- permanent, temporary, and adjunct.
  6. A proven record of continually reviewing and improving processes and capabilities to deliver a consistently excellent service to clients.
  7. Supports the Dean in identifying partnership and development activities to support programs, student scholarships, faculty and staff hiring, and development. Leads efforts to secure institution funding- grants, etc.
  8. Oversees academic and extramural partnership activity supporting SBPA's academic and service responsibilities, including, but not limited to, internships, service learning, study abroad, volunteerism. Works closely with the University's Office of Career and Professional Development.
  9. Serves as School's liaison to support offices, including the Registrar, Recruitment and Admission, Advising, Development, Facilities, Technology, LRD, and General Counsel.
  10. D. in Business, Accounting, Finance, or related field from an AACSB-accredited institution is required.
  11. Evidence of significant progressive experience and levels of responsibility at an AACSB- accredited institution and meet the requirements to be an Associate Professor or higher who has earned tenured or has the scholarly publications, teaching excellence and service record and combination of experience to qualify for the rank of Associate Professor with expedited tenure review.


The Associate Dean must be a high performing professional with broad experience and proven knowledge management skills to effectively perform the role as outlined. As such, the compensation plan for this individual will be commensurate with the skills required of the position and will be negotiated to attract exceptional candidates.

To Apply

Please send nominations, applications, references, and inquiries in confidence to:

Mr. Phillip W. Davis
PRM Consulting Group

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

The University of the District of Columbia is an AA/EEO employer. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.






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