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Assistant Dean and Academic Program Director of the Heavin School of Arts, Sciences, and Technology

Thomas Edison State University
Trenton, New Jersey
Posted Date
Aug 17, 2023

Assistant Dean and Academic Program Director of the Heavin School of Arts, Sciences, and Technology
Heavin School of Arts and Sciences
315 West State Street Trenton, NJ 08618

Thomas Edison State University was founded in 1972 to break down barriers to degree completion. Fifty years later, it proudly serves a diverse body of adult students with innovative and professionally relevant academic programming in a predominantly online delivery. Our team of high-energy student-focused professionals is welcoming new members who are making their mark in education and are ready to help change the lives of thousands of adult students across New Jersey and around the world.
Candidates who are excited by changing lives, committed to the success of all and want to be challenged by new and innovative opportunities, should submit an application.


Thomas Edison State University (TESU) is accepting applications and nominations for a student-oriented and service-driven academic leader to serve as an Assistant Dean and Academic Program Director in the Heavin School of Arts, Sciences and Technology.  This individual will play a role in the school’s strategic direction, academic programming and community engagement for nontraditional adult students at the undergraduate level. TESU seeks a scholar/practitioner possessing the academic leadership experience and expertise to build upon the University’s longstanding commitment to developing career focused technical education programs in nuclear energy engineering technology, electronics systems engineering technology and related programs. 

The Assistant Dean and Academic Program Director will work closely with the Dean and other units at the university in the strategic planning and delivery of academic and professional programs that are current and relevant to the needs of the workforce in the energy and related industry. TESU seeks applicants who are not only academically and professionally qualified but energized to work at a fast pace and excited by innovation and the power of education to improve lives. Applicants should demonstrate their ability to build academic communities, engage students, address the educational needs of diverse and complex constituencies, and collaborate with external organizations. The ability to attract outside funding is highly desirable. The successful candidate will bring a high level of passion for the University’s mission, a deep commitment to the organizational values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and a forward-thinking, student-first approach to their work. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

Program and Curriculum Development 

•    Develop innovative academic and professional asset portfolios in high-demand, market-relevant degrees, certificates, and customized educational offerings. 
•    Lead the development, implementation and academic review of undergraduate programs and certificates in nuclear energy engineering technology, electronics systems engineering technology and other related professions.
•    Ensure that educational programs meet appropriate professional standards and oversee programmatic accreditation, specifically ABET, activities.
•    Collaboratively manage program enrollment, retention, and graduation initiatives as part of the Academic Affairs team. 
•    Create an academic community supporting diverse adult student populations. 

Community Engagement 

•    Develop and maintain partnerships and beneficial relationships, strengthening the University’s educational and service commitments. 
•    Be active in local and national professional associations and organizations related to the academic disciplines.

Funding Expansion 

•    Work with the Dean on initiatives to advance the mission of the School, including identifying and obtaining external funding to expand the work of the School. 
•    Assist the Dean in identifying University-aligned grant sources and develop grant proposals in a departmentally collaborative environment. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

•    Doctorate degree with a minimum of 2 years of experience as faculty or administrator in a higher education or similar environment with experience in developing and managing undergraduate or graduate programs .
•    At least 2 years of professional experience in nuclear energy engineering technology or related field.
•    Program oversight experience in technology or engineering professions. 
•    Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

•    Experience integrating real world examples into academic programs.
•    Experience writing grants and administering sponsored programs.


•    Understanding of work in the nuclear energy industry. 
•    Data-oriented planning and coordinating curriculum development, implementation, and review. 
•    Willingness to engage in student recruitment and retention initiatives. 
•    Experience with programmatic accreditation in engineering technology education, specifically ABET. 

Desired Characteristics:

•    Entrepreneurial spirit.
•    Ability to work collaboratively with peers.
•    Commitment to student academic and professional success.

NOTE: As a condition of employment, the candidate is required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. If a candidate is unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical or religious reasons, he/she will be required to submit a waiver request.

TESU is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in all its forms. The University values inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of its public service mission. 

Please submit the following when applying:

1.    Cover Letter highlighting your professional experience.
2.    Complete CV outlining your career and educational credentials.
3.    List of three (3) professional references including name, title, contact information and relationship to you. 

The position will remain open until filled.

*TESU strives to offer a flexible work environment while balancing the operational needs of the University.  As such, we have several options for hybrid-work schedules.  Positions determine what type of hybrid-work schedule is available and, if necessary, adjustments are made to support University operations. 

How to Apply:

Resumes and applications for this position will only be accepted online through ADP Workforce Now at: MP&lang=en_US

Thomas Edison State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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