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Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

College of Arts and Sciences
North Carolina
Dependent on Qualifications
Date posted
Oct 9, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we pride ourselves on our tradition of academic excellence and our dedication to cultivating a diverse and inclusive learning environment. As a global public research university, we are seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking individual to join our faculty as a Tenured advanced associate or Full Professor, specialization open. This professor appointment may be in any field where tenure may be approved in one of our more than forty college departments. This tenured faculty position will also hold a term-limited secondary appointment as the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. We seek applicants with well-established records of research, teaching, and leadership experience, especially in undergraduate curricula. We are interested in the understanding of effective strategies for teaching, mentoring, and/or fostering student success.

Responsibilities and expectations of this role include, but are not limited to, the following:

Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

At UNC-Chapel Hill, 87% of all undergraduate students graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences, and the senior associate dean oversees the academic curricula, progress, and support of Carolina's >20,000 undergraduate students across the University. The senior associate dean for undergraduate education reports to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Working in close partnership with the College dean, as well as University leadership including the chancellor, provost, other senior associate deans, and deans from professional schools, the senior associate dean plays an integral role in shaping the strategy and advancement of undergraduate education. This collaborative approach extends to engaging with faculty members from various academic departments, the Graduate School, and dedicated professional staff. This position is the point of contact for departments during enrollment growth and as we manage enrollment in the general education curriculum.

The senior associate dean for undergraduate education is a key member of the University’s leadership team, responsible for guiding, enhancing and overseeing all aspects of the undergraduate educational experience. This position collaborates with faculty members, administrators and students to develop and implement strategic initiatives that align with our institution's mission and educational goals as driven by the strategy plan (see below). Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing visionary leadership to develop and execute innovative strategies for enhancing student learning and undergraduate education.
  • Fostering a student-centered approach, ensuring all academic programs and support services meet the diverse needs of our student population.
  • Forging collaborations with academic departments to support members of their faculty as they assess student learning within their curricula, ensuring academic rigor and relevance.
  • Advocating for the seamless integration of technology and pedagogy, fostering dynamic and effective learning experiences
  • Spearheading initiatives to enhance undergraduate research, experiential learning, and interdisciplinary studies.
  • Collaborating closely with student affairs to provide a holistic and enriching educational experience for students
  • Overseeing assessment and continuous improvement efforts related to undergraduate education outcomes, including the general education curriculum and student cohort programs.

Furthermore, this position plays a key role for the University’s "Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good" strategic plan, specifically the "Strengthen Student Success” initiative. This effort brings campus partners together to address three primary objectives:

  1. Provide a student-centered experience, strengthen success for all students and foster equity in success across student populations.
  2. Facilitate learning that is experiential and collaborative, develops individual strengths and encourages the understanding, ethical use and application of data.
  3. Expand digital and remote technologies to increase access and opportunities for Carolina students, as well as for all the people of North Carolina and beyond.

This position oversees five major units: Undergraduate Curricula, the Thrive Academic Advising Program, the Center for Student Success, Honors Carolina and Undergraduate Evaluation and Assessment. This role will manage approximately 140 personnel and an annual budget of $16.6M. See the Office of Undergraduate Education’s senior leadership team here.

Full (advanced associate) Professors teach broadly in the curricula of the tenure-appointing department, mentor and advise students, serve on departmental, school, and university-wide committees. Courses that any faculty member may teach varies depending on specialization and established course load. This position may be expected to maintain a significant research and publication agenda and to pursue appropriate external funding opportunities.

The College’s faculty administrative positions in the Office of Undergraduate Education are structured as a nine-month contract with two months’ summer salary and an administrative stipend.

Join us in redefining the undergraduate education landscape in a way that is consistent with the general principles of the Boyer (2030) Commission Report. Apply now to continue the drive to make transformative change for undergraduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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