Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
$30,000 in addition to the salary commensurate with the faculty rank
Posted Date
Jan 30, 2023

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The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver is accepting applications for an Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs).  MCE is a graduate professional school dedicated to creating positive change by unleashing the power of learning. The college infuses social justice, diversity, and inclusion across its advanced degrees in curriculum and instruction, counseling psychology, early childhood special education, education leadership and public policy, higher education, research methods and library information science, school counseling, school psychology, and teacher preparation. MCE’s mission is to be a force for positive change in the lives of individuals, organizations, and communities by preparing highly competent, socially responsible, ethical, and caring professionals; engaging in learning partnerships; contributing high-quality research; and modeling excellence in all our educational programs.

Position Summary

The University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education ( invites applications for an Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, a vital member of the MCE Dean Leadership team. We seek a dynamic and visionary leader with prior experience coordinating or administering academic programs. The Associate Dean will report to the Dean of MCE, providing strategic leadership and effective administration to advance the mission of the College. This position requires a demonstrated commitment to the overall success of the college, including faculty, student, and staff success; who uses data and research to inform organizational decisions; and who is committed to supporting and enacting MCE’s values around diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

The Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, in collaboration with the Dean, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice, Assistant Deans and Department Chairs (“MCE Leaders”), will ensure that MCE’s various programs exceeds accreditation benchmarks and sustains strong reputational excellence through mission-driven goals and objectives. The Associate Dean will assist in stewarding the College’s evolving strategic plan, meet regularly with campus stakeholders, and work collaboratively and collegially with faculty, staff, students, and administrators. The Associate Dean will also oversee the student experience and student-related matters for the College to ensure a high-quality student learning experience for all students, and to ensure access and success for underrepresented students.

This appointment is a 12-month position and will commence on July 1, 2023. It is intended to be a three-year appointment.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities of the position include:

Academic Affairs:

  • Exercise initiative and facilitate development of new academic programs (e.g., on the ground and online) in collaboration with department chairs and program coordinators
  • Conduct annual assessments every other year of each program to determine program viability (e.g., number of masters and doctoral students, number of faculty, projected enrollments in required courses, and all associated budget implications) and provide a report to the Dean offering recommendations to balance high quality student experiences with budget considerations.
  • Support existing academic programs and accreditation, including handbooks, degree requirements, program assessment, liaison to 2U (MCE’s online programs) which engages aspects of the contractual agreement with 2U and MCE as well as student enrollment and recruitment.
  • IN collaboration with the Associate Dean of Faculty and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice, Department Chairs and Center directors build and strengthen relationships with internal and external partners (e.g., CAHASS, community organizations, school partners) to support new programs.
  • Support a strong leadership team of Department Chairs to support academic excellence in all our programs and ensure expeditious scheduling and optimize faculty workloads, and resolution of student and administrative issues.
  • Oversee academic exceptions, appeals, and dismissals in collaboration with department chairs.
  • Engage in strategic planning, collaborate with Department Chairs and the Associate director for accreditation and Assessment to gather and interpret data to determine programmatic needs and advise the Dean on programs and approaches that advance MCE strategic needs.
  • Work collaboratively with MCE Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, and Department Chairs to implement policies as appropriate.
  • Represent MCE to Graduate Council and Internationalization Council.

Student Affairs:

  • Support the College of Education Student Association (COESA) and work with the faculty representative to promote COESA’s success.
  • Demonstrate commitment to student support and success and support along the student experience continuum to supporting diverse student populations.
  • Address and resolve student issues and concerns that escalate to the Dean’s Office.
  • Provide a forum to hear student concerns and communicate college-wide updates.
  • Represent MCE to Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs including participation in the Student Affairs Collective, a monthly meeting organized by the Division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence.
  • Support students in developing skills necessary for enacting Inclusive Excellence.
  • Partner with Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Department Chairs to support the research experience and training of graduate students.

Administrative Leadership:

  • Contribute to the overall success of the College and University through participation in the Dean’s Leadership Team, College-Wide Leadership Team, and the evolving strategic planning process and MCE priorities
  • Support a strong leadership team of Department Chairs through regular meetings and developmental opportunities.
  • Oversee data gathering and decision making (e.g., record keeping of course enrollments, budgets, student data, accreditation data.)
  • Develop, build, and maintain relationships with MCE’S Internal partners such as the Office of Graduate Education, Division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence, and the Office of Internationalization, and external partners such as industry representatives, advisory committee members, community partners, and other groups and organizations.
  • Contribute to discussions of the annual budget process.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree from a regionally accredited university in a discipline (or closely related field) offered through MCE
  • Currently appointed at the Associate or Professor rank
  • Experience successfully coordinating or administering academic programs
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment and collaboratively and collegially with faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in and lead out-of-the-box, creative problem solving to ensure high quality student experiences while also attending to budget constraints and faculty workloads
  • Demonstrated performance in making sound, independent judgments
  • Strong process management skills, analytical abilities, and attention to detail
  • Excellent computer skills including complete familiarity with MS Office suite.

Depending on the background of the candidate, the opportunity for appointment as a faculty member at the rank Associate or full Professor may be possible. If a current DU faculty member is chosen for this position, this individual will have the opportunity to retain their current series, rank, and tenure status. With the faculty appointment, the primary affiliation for employment status and benefits will be as a faculty. This is a twelve-month position.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 5:00 p.m. (MST) February 28, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. This appointment is a 12-month position and will commence on July 1, 2023. It is intended to be a three-year appointment.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:

The Associate Dean administrative stipend is $30,000 in addition to the salary commensurate with the faculty rank. There are not teaching responsibilities associated with this position.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Cover letter outlining your desire and qualifications for the position.
  • Write a one-page statement that addresses issues related to leading diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice initiatives in administrative, research, teaching and/or service responsibilities. We seek a broad engagement in diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice initiatives that span multiple communities and identities (e.g., related to gender, LGBTQIA+, race/ethnicity, rurality, urbanicity, socioeconomic status, etc.).
  • CV/Resume
  • List the contact information of 3 professional references

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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