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Academic Dean-Social & Behavioral Sciences

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 2, 2022
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Posted: November 1, 2022
Level: Management / Confidential (Mgr3)
Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Closing Date: The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm (EST) on Friday, December 16, 2022


CT State Community College
185 Main Street
New Britain, CT 06051

**This position is not remote**

CT State Community College Mission:

Connecticut State Community College (CT State) provides access to academically rigorous and innovative education and training focused on student success. The College supports excellence in teaching and learning, makes data-informed decisions, promotes equity, advances positive change for the students, communities, and industries it serves, and awards associates degrees and certificates.

CT State Community College Vision:

CT State will be recognized for exceptional student success, educational leadership, and transformative collaboration with business and industry, government, educational, and key stakeholders while advancing diverse opportunities for Connecticut’s citizens and communities.

CT State Community College Equity Statement:

The CSCU system commits to bold and disruptive change by actively identifying, naming, and dismantling structural racism, systemic poverty, and other barriers; establishing equitable and anti-racist policies and practices; and empowering students, faculty, staff, and administrators to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Our core collective responsibility is to continuously assess practices and policies and transform the world we live in by eliminating inequities.

Anticipated Start Date:

February/March 2022

Position Summary:

The Academic Dean is responsible for the direction, development, implementation, and growth to serve the needs of all CT State stakeholders within the specific area of study. Each Area of Study comprises three to five institution-wide academic departments. The Academic Dean, through collaborative work with administration, faculty, and staff, oversees the implementation of the specific programs and courses on each campus and promotes intra- and interdisciplinary connections with colleagues across all CT State Community College campuses and the CSCU system. They work with the associate deans and campus faculty, staff, and administration to determine the mission, vision, and focus for the Area of Study programs applying Guided Pathways and equity-minded principles and practices. They coordinate and monitor the faculty delivering the CT State curriculum at each campus, both on-ground and online. The incumbent coordinates planning and evaluation activities in support of the implementation of the curriculum in alignment with continuous improvement processes and with NECHE Standards. These individuals coordinate all new and modified programs and courses through the College curriculum approval processes in collaboration with the campuses and college-wide governance bodies. The Academic Dean serves as a member of the College, CSCU, regional and national committees to further the delivery of the specific Areas of Study programming. The Dean shall also promote all Area of Study programs at the local, state, and national levels.

To see the planned academic structure under each Academic Dean, please click the following link: Academic Programs and Curriculum

Incumbents must possess proven ability to effectively work with a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student. They are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams etc.)

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in the specific area of study discipline from an accredited institution with four (4) or more years of administrative and managerial experience in higher education, including two (2) years of supervisory experience.

Successful Candidate must have or must possess:
  • Experience in the development and implementation of discipline curricula.
  • Utilizing community and employer feedback as well as regional and national data to support program development
  • Experience in classroom and/or laboratory teaching effectiveness.
  • Experience in planning, developing, and evaluating academic services and programs.
  • Relevant experience in associate degree education and demonstrated understanding of a comprehensive community college.
  • Experience and working knowledge of regional and specialized accreditation standards relevant to Area of Study programming.
  • Experience leading, directing, and evaluating faculty and staff in a higher education environment.
  • Experience in the management of operating budgets and plans.
  • Research, information, and computer literacy skills, including but limited to:
    • Development of databases in support of outcomes assessment
    • Data analysis and interpretation
    • Evidence-based decision making
  • Proven leadership ability and demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of members of the College community, including those with disabilities
Substitutions Allowed:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree from an accredited institution along with broad knowledge across the Area of Study.
  • Four (4) or more years of community college experience.
Example of Job Duties:

Under the direction of the Associate Vice President of Academic Programs and Curriculum. The Academic Dean has direct supervisory oversight including staffing, hiring, firing, evaluation, promotion, and training for the Associate Deans and Academic Associates within the Area of Study as well as accountability for all Area of Study faculty and academic staff, including Program and Academic Discipline directors and coordinators (120+ personnel).

The following examples of essential duties:
  • Academic Administration.
  • Hiring, evaluation, and professional development.
  • Program/Curriculum Planning, Design, and Development.
  • Curriculum Assessment and Evaluation.
  • Fiscal Responsibilities.
  • Student Relationships.
  • Community Relationships.
  • Public Relations.
In addition to the accountabilities listed above, the incumbent is required to: Attend and participate in convocation, commencement, and honors ceremonies; Serve on assigned committees and task forces; Attend and participate in committee, staff, informational, and professional meetings; The above may involve attendance at evening or weekend events; Maintain currency in the position’s required fields of professional expertise and competencies; Maintain complete confidentiality of student and employee records and other information of a confidential nature.

This posting includes qualifications, experience and skills but is not limited to the full specifications stated in the job description.

The Academic Dean will be required to travel to the College’s twelve campuses and other sites, including the College Central office. The position requires the ability to drive or to arrange for alternative transportation. Reasonable accommodation will be made for physical limitations.

Starting Salary:

$109,196 to $136,495 (midpoint) approximate annual plus excellent State of CT medical insurance, retirement, and related fringe benefits.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous leave policies; several retirement plans ; and many choices for comprehensive health insurance . You also have access to many additional benefits to save for retirement, protect your family & more with supplemental benefits. Tuition reimbursement may apply if applicable.

Application Instructions:

To apply you must submit a cover letter and resume.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.

Selection Procedure:

Following the closing date, application materials will be evaluated by a selection committee. Candidates selected for further consideration will be limited to those applicants who are best qualified based on the minimum and preferred qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement. Candidates who have been selected and approved to Interview will be contacted, and finalists will be recommended for further consideration by the Hiring Manager for final selection and recommendation for employment. The selection process may also include practical exercises (i.e., teaching demonstration and/or other written, technical, manipulative, or simulation exercises) to evaluate candidates' qualifications.

Background Screening:

All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

CSCC 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, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Nicholas D'Agostino Manager of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion


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