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Associate Dean of Student Success. Grow student-centered STEM programming.

University of Minnesota Duluth Swenson College of Science & Engineering
Duluth, Minnesota
Posted Date
Jan 15, 2023

Job Details

The Swenson College of Science & Engineering (SCSE) at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) invites applications for an Associate Dean of Student Success. Our vision for this position builds on existing and new initiatives within the College to build an inclusive learning community that is founded on justice, equity, and diversity and is supportive of every student’s growth and success. As a member of the SCSE Dean’s leadership team, this person will advise and support SCSE students and faculty in the development of programming for students. The successful candidate will join a vibrant group of faculty and staff working to integrate research and teaching, one that values integrative teaching and research, and a robust infrastructure for engaging students in cutting-edge research.

The Associate Dean position will focus primarily on development, implementation, and oversight of initiatives and programming that support student success in Swenson College. This position is critical for advancing the student-centered mission and programs in SCSE and cultivating an inclusive learning community for SCSE students. The position is a 12-month, 100% time appointment beginning as early as May 2023. The Associate Dean of Student Success serves as the primary supervisor of the Academic Advising Office and staff focused on student programming in the College (i.e., undergraduate research experiences, learning assistants, Living & Learning Communities, Peer Mentoring). The person will join a team of leaders including an Associate Dean of Faculty Success and department heads and directors. The Associate Dean will have specific areas of responsibility and focus and will report directly to the Dean.

We are especially interested in recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff to maintain the excellence of the College and University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The University of Minnesota Duluth values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to achieving excellence. We strongly encourage women, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, Black, Latinx, Asian American, Hawaiian/Island Pacific, mixed race, and scholars with disabilities to apply. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College's distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives and intercultural understanding with social responsibility and the ethical implications of knowledge and action.


Administration of academic programming (40%)

  • Oversee the SCSE Academic Advising Office (Advising Director reports directly to this position).
  • Investigate and adjudicate allegations of student misconduct and academic progress in collaboration with the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, Academic Advising, and EOAA as appropriate.
  • Coordinate student awards including research experiences and scholarships in collaboration with departments, advising office, and the scholarship coordinator.
  • Coordinate with department heads and administrative assistants for annual faculty workload reporting.
  • Collaborate with departments for course scheduling, program assessments and reviews, and curriculum development.
  • Measure, assess, and disseminate effectiveness of student success programming in the College.
  • Serve as the Dean's Office liaison for the College Curriculum Committee.

Student Programming (50%)

  • Evaluate and disseminate student data to inform programming and practices to support student success.
  • Provide leadership in developing and implementing the college mission and strategic plan related to student success and programming.
  • Develop and lead special projects to improve the student experience in SCSE (i.e., CUREs, Learning Assistants, PEER mentoring).
  • Supervise staff working on undergraduate student programming.
  • Establish and coordinate an SCSE student advisory group.

Dean’s Office (10%)

  • Act as the software coordinator for the College.
  • Liaise, collaborate, and coordinate with the SCSE Associate Dean of Faculty Success and other collegiate associate deans.
  • Serve as acting Dean in the Dean's absence for the purposes of signing authority and attendance at meetings to represent the Dean and the College.


Minimum qualifications

  • PhD in a STEM-related field represented within SCSE.
  • Qualifications that would warrant appointment as tenured full professor in a SCSE department.
  • Administrative experience (i.e., director, associate department head, department head, etc.).

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated track record engaging, building, and maintaining an inclusive, just, diverse, and equitable learning community for students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, flexibly, and productively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated experience leading a team or initiative.
  • Experience evaluating and synthesizing data related to student recruitment, retention, and student success.
  • Experience conducting, practicing, or disseminating Discipline-Based Educational Research in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders (students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators). 
  • Demonstrated ability for organizing and managing multiple commitments simultaneously.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To apply go to and search for Job ID 352792. Applications must include three PDF documents: an anonymized cover letter describing interest in the position, prior administrative experience, and vision for how this position fits within career goals; a curriculum vita; and a list of four professional references. Please direct questions about this position to Dean Wendy Reed ( For a description of the application steps, including a further description about the anonymized cover letter and screening rubic, please see If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access Consultant at 612-624-3316. The review of complete applications will start on March 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. 

About the Swenson College of Science and Engineering

Swenson College includes all the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, math) at UMD. With approximately 3,200 undergraduate and 240 graduate students, Swenson College is the largest college at UMD and the third largest in the University of Minnesota system.

Our departments include

We are also the home of the Large Lakes Observatory; the Iron Range Engineering Program; the Integrated Biosciences graduate program; the Water Resources Science graduate program; the Advanced Materials Center; and the Air Force ROTC Aerospace Studies program. We have close affiliations with the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and the Minnesota Sea Grant program.

Here, you will have the opportunity to engage in active learning, conduct world-class research with our faculty, take advantage of internship and co-op opportunities with our regional partners, and participate in our community-based outreach programs. We encourage you to take a closer look.

About the University of Minnesota Duluth and Duluth

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is a regional comprehensive land- and sea-grant state university. It is the second largest research university in the University of Minnesota system, with an enrollment of ~11,000 students. UMD consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities. The Duluth campus is affiliated with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and School of Medicine, and Duluth is also the site of a major US EPA Research Laboratory. There are significant opportunities for fostering existing and creating new ties with local, regional, and national industry stakeholders. UMD is committed to supporting our colleagues. The University of Minnesota has a robust policy respect to opportunity hires for partners. Parental leaves and on-campus child care are available.

Duluth, with a population of approximately 85,000 people, is located at the western tip of Lake Superior. It mixes its historic small-town feel with a with a dynamic urban economy and many cultural offerings. As a major shipping port, over 1,000 vessels from around the world pass under its iconic Aerial Lift Bridge, annually. Duluth is a popular tourist destination, with 3.5 million people visiting the city annually, for a $780 million economic impact. More information about Duluth can be found at Duluth has been named one of Outdoor magazine’s Best Outdoors Towns in 2014, celebrating its access to the outdoors and to Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake on earth by area. Duluth is home to hundreds of miles of biking, hiking, and skiing trails, including the Superior Hiking Trail, a 300+ mile trail intersecting Duluth, and the Duluth Traverse, an 85-mile multi-use biking and hiking trail stretching across town. In addition to the outdoors, the Twin Ports area has vibrant music, arts, crafts and craft brewing scenes, and a variety of award-winning restaurants. Duluth is a wonderful place to live, with great schools, health care, and affordable housing.



The Swenson College of Science & Engineering includes all the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, math) at UMD. With more than 3,200 undergraduate and 200 graduate students, Swenson College is the largest college at UMD and the third largest in the University of Minnesota system. Swenson College is the home of five science (Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics & Astronomy) and five engineering (Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering) departments. Swenson College is the home of the Large Lakes Observatory and the Advanced Materials Center. The Iron Range Engineering Program and the Air Force ROTC Aerospace Studies program are housed in Swenson College. We also are the home for the Integrated Biosciences and Water Resources Science interdisciplinary graduate programs. We have close affiliations with the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and the Minnesota Sea Grant Program. See for what we have to offer at the College and UMD, at the University of Minnesota, and in Duluth.

The University of Minnesota Duluth campus is part of the University of Minnesota public university system and is the second largest research university within the U of M system. UMD is a comprehensive university of about 11,000 students located along the shores of Lake Superior. Duluth is the largest city in northern Minnesota and part of the Twin Ports metropolitan area (Duluth, MN and Superior, WI). The Twin Ports area hosts four colleges/universities, two major hospitals, many retail and manufacturing companies, and the largest commercial port on the Great Lakes. Duluth has vibrant music, theater, and arts scenes, and a steadily increasing number of craft breweries and award-winning restaurants. Duluth offers affordable housing, an absence of appreciable traffic, and mixes its historic feel with a dynamic urban economy and many cultural offerings. Named by Outdoor Magazine as one of America’s Best Outdoors Towns, Duluth provides access to hundreds of miles of biking, hiking, and skiing trails and abundant opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and sailing.


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