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Dean for Academic Affairs

Metropolitan College of New York
New York City, New York
Posted Date
Nov 4, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Deans
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Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) seeks an expert in experiential pedagogy and curriculum development to serve as Dean and for Academic Affairs.  This position will work with the VP for Academic Affairs, the faculty, the President and other MCNY stakeholders to redesign and restructure our unique and powerful curriculum, Purpose-Centered Education, to serve the needs of new generations of students.

Metropolitan College of New York was founded in 1964 by Audrey Cohen and a group of social activists who believed that traditional higher education was ill-equipped to serve adult students. Since its founding, MCNY’s mission has been to advance social justice and positive change in our communities through its curricular model of integrated, workplace-embedded education known as Purpose-Centered Education.  MCNY is a non-profit, regionally accredited college offering associate’s, bachelor's, and master's degrees, with state-of-the art campuses in the Financial District of Manhattan and the South Bronx hub district.  

As we emerge from the pandemic, MCNY is looking to comprehensively review the Purpose-Centered Education (PCE) model, which was developed in the 1970s as a cohorted academic program.  Adjustments have been made over the years to reflect the changing attendance patterns of students and the dominance of transfer students among out undergraduate population.  However, we believe it is time for a full review of the model, to assure that PCE remains as relevant and powerful in promoting the academic and career success of our students in a changing environment.

The hallmarks of Purpose-Centered Education are its required culminating projects, Constructive Actions.  In Constructive Action projects, students integrate the theoretical, “dimensional” knowledge gained each semester into projects that aim to improve programs or services at their workplaces or field placement sites.   Each semester, a series of related “dimensional” courses are offered to support that semester’s Constructive Action.  We are looking for an expert in curricular development to work with us to strengthen the Constructive Action process and to restructure the way the PCE model is offered.


  • Working with the VPAA, faculty and staff to collect and assess data on the way PCE is currently offered, and to develop recommendations for comprehensive revision Working with VPAA, faculty and staff to strengthen the Constructive Action process, including a review of how to improve the fieldwork component of those projects
  • Working with the VPAA, program directors and faculty to assure that annual programmatic assessment plans are current, robust, and lead to recommendations for improvement.  Creating a structure to strengthen ongoing faculty development for full-time and part-time faculty in best practices in teaching and learning Purpose-Centered Educations
  • Work collaboratively with the VP of Academic Affairs to enhance and refine the college's interdisciplinary (PCE) approach to teaching and academic delivery
  • Working with faculty to build and enhance their capacity to teach in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Working with the VP and faculty integrate online delivery consistent with the college's unique educational model of education
  • Working with the VP and faculty to identify and recruit new faculty members who will sustain and enhance the college's educational model


  • Ed.D. or Ph.D in a field related to MCNY’s academic offerings, with a specialization or deep experience in curriculum development, instructional design, experiential  pedagogy or related fields.  A master’s degree may be considered if it is combined with substantial experience and success in curricular revision Demonstrated commitment to social justice Demonstrated success in curriculum redesign Strong leadership and collaborative skills Experience working with the communities served by the college – particularly people of color and adult students Proven skills as a trainer and facilitator of faculty Familiarity with multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary approaches to education

In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $115,000 - $135,000. Metropolitan College of New York considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.


MCNY is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.  Students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and submit proof.   Individuals who qualify may request a medical or religious exemption.  Questions regarding an exemption should be emailed to Individuals granted an exemption will need to provide a weekly negative test for Covid-19. 


Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and resume reply to  MCNY Talent or mail to Metropolitan College of New York, Human Resources, 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006.

For more information about MCNY please visit the College’s website at

MCNY is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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