Reporting to the Stamford Campus Director, the Director of Academic Affairs (DAA) will be a key member of the Stamford Campus leadership team, providing strategic and operational leadership and support, while also serving as the acting director in the absence of the Campus Director. The DAA will have broad authority over many areas including, but not limited to: academic advising, student retention and academic momentum initiatives; partnering with academic departments and other units within the University on numerous projects; data analysis, assessment, and reporting; working with University partners to maximize academic offerings; and other strategic initiatives. The DAA will work closely with other unit leaders on campus and across the University.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Serves as Associate Campus Director and supports the Director’s Office via the following responsibilities:
- Assists in the development and implementation of long and short-range strategic plans, especially as they relate to academic affairs, for the immediate and future needs of the campus and its community.
- Partners with faculty, staff, students, and other internal and external stakeholders to maintain a climate of civility and collegiality through effective communication and a strong commitment to enhancing the quality and diversity of our students.
- As appropriate, represents the campus at grievance hearings, fact-findings, pre-disciplinary hearings, and other labor-related issues.
- Academic Leadership
- Serves as the lead academic officer and signature authority for various academic processes. May chair/serve on campus and University academic committees.
- Through collaborations with departments and colleges and the Stamford Campus Director, sets Stamford Campus goals and visions for academic student support and provides leadership in the formulation and implementation of campus academic programs, goals, and objectives.
- Oversees the scheduling and implementation of undergraduate courses for Fall, Spring, Summer, and Special sessions. Works with department heads and faculty to maintain the number and breadth of courses to meet student needs.
- Oversees the Dean’s designee at the Stamford Campus and in their absence, enforces academic affairs policies and procedures; has direct authority to make or approve decisions that may establish or alter policies, procedures, or operations; serves as a principal source of information regarding the interpretation and application of policies and regulations.
- Provides/oversees data analysis, assessment, and reporting of academic programming to inform strategic planning and short- and long-term goals.
- Directly supervises the Assistant Director for Academic Advising and Registrar. Hires, evaluates, and trains direct reports.
- Partners with the UConn Honors Program in Stamford to provide academic, co-curricular, and leadership opportunities for honors students.
- Creates assessment initiatives surrounding Advising, Retention, Honors, Tutoring, First Year Experience (FYE) program & scholarship students.
- Serve as the chair of the Stamford scholarship committee.
- Faculty Liaison
- Collaborates with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) to assess and execute programs and initiatives that meet the pedagogical and professional development needs of faculty to improve student learning outcomes.
- Works with department heads, in both Storrs and Stamford, to identify and select adjunct faculty, and participate on search committees for full-time faculty.
- Provides remediation regarding course concerns between faculty and students.
- Coordinates Stamford’s New Faculty Orientation program.
- Creates engagement opportunities between new and returning faculty to support faculty development and enhance the academic community.
- Supervision and Oversight of The Source for Active Learning and the future Academic Achievement Center
- Collaborates with faculty coordinators to provide successful tutoring resources to the Stamford Campus.
- Assists faculty coordinators with recruiting, hiring, and training of Q & W tutors.
- Ensures appropriate tutoring coverage is available (semesterly) for Q & W subject areas.
- Through assessment and data initiatives, determines additional tutoring needs and work to increase subject offerings.
- Coordinator of First Year Initiatives and Support Programs
- Dotted line supervision to Student Support Services & ConnCAP.
- Collaborates with the Office of First Year Programs to coordinate FYE course on the Stamford campus.
- Recruits FYE instructors and provides training.
- Teaches one section of UNIV 1800 each fall semester.
- Performs related duties as required and assigned.
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution and three or more years of relevant experience.
- Experience managing a complex student service and programs division in higher education for a diverse student population.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Experience with current best practices in advising, retention, student support, and other related academic areas.
- Experience in establishing partnerships with faculty as related to curricular, enrollment, advising, and other matters.
- Doctoral degree from an accredited institution.
- A record of progressively responsible administrative experience managing and solving complex problems in higher education, preferably in academic administration and student support.
- Experience working on a large, diverse, and urban campus.
- Experience collaborating with full-time and adjunct faculty.
- Experience supervising multiple professional staff members.
This is a full-time, 12-month management position at the Stamford campus. The successful candidate may be considered for an academic appointment in one of the University’s Schools or Colleges. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits including employee and dependent tuition reimbursement at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate's background and experience. For additional information regarding benefits visit: http://hr.uconn.edu/benefits-summaries/. For additional information about the University visit: http://www.uconn.edu/.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #496813 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on October 5, 2022.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.