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Academic Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Northwood University
Midland, Michigan, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 7, 2023


Northwood University seeks a proven scholar with a vision for promoting excellence in teaching, research, scholarly activities, as well as service. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership expertise in many facets, including the recruitment and retention of high-caliber faculty, development and growth of academic programs, industry relations, creation and oversight of academic budgets, the development and implementation of the University’s academic strategic plan, and uphold and promote the Northwood University mission, core values, outcomes, ethics, and strategic plan.

Northwood University is a teaching-focused university with accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in business-related disciplines. The Academic Dean for Undergraduate Programs will oversee all degree programs offered to undergraduate students at both the traditional residential campus and online and hybrid offerings for adult learners.


  • Provide academic and intellectual leadership, direction, advocacy, communication, and coordination across all undergraduate programs and across the University.
  • Lead the implementation of the University’s academic strategic plan across undergraduate programs.
  • Help create and maintain a climate that celebrates intellectual freedom, inquiry, reflection, and respect for intellectual property and differing/diverse opinions.
  • Cultivate a cooperative, collegial work climate which enhances communication, trust, and productivity of and among faculty, students, and staff and across organizational areas.
  • Promote and support the University’s philosophy, The Northwood Idea.
  • Support scholarship and research among faculty and students.
Program Oversight and Direction:
  • Ensure that undergraduate departments continually develop and maintain excellent teaching and scholarship standards.
  • Support assessment of the departments and/or programs and courses within it.
  • Support program reviews and program development initiatives.
  • Engage with industry advisory councils for undergraduate programs and support implementation of recommendations as appropriate.
  • Support curricular growth and offerings, curricular scheduling and delivery.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and accreditation requirements.
  • Through collaboration with faculty and other administrators, document and report program outcomes in support of accreditation requirements, including assessment plans and results, faculty qualifications and scholarly activity, and continuous improvement of curriculum and delivery.
Personnel Development and Evaluation:
  • Provide oversight for all undergraduate faculty and staff recruitment.
  • Support the efforts of the Center for Excellence in faculty development.
  • Make recommendations concerning the appointment and continuation of undergraduate department chairs to the Academic Vice President and Provost.
  • Make recommendations to the Academic Vice President and Provost in matters of promotion, renewal, and continuance of faculty members as appropriate.
Enrollment Management:
  • Support the efforts of University-wide Persistence Council in the areas of student persistence and graduation.
  • Support enrollment strategy and initiatives of the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Steering Council.
Other Key Responsibilities:
  • Through application of the Responsibility Center Management (RCM) model, create and manage academic budgets.
  • Oversee the academic complaint, grievance, and appeal management process.
  • Represent the academic unit to the Academic Vice President and Provost and University leadership teams.
  • Actively participate in councils and committees as appointed by the Academic Vice President and Provost and ensure implementation of their decisions and initiatives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Academic Vice President and Provost.

  • Possess terminal degree in a discipline appropriate for faculty within the operating unit.
  • A minimum of three years of successful administrative experience, including the supervision of faculty.
  • A minimum of three years of full-time teaching experience at the post-secondary level.
Distinguishing Characteristics:
  • A proven scholar with recent and ongoing documented thought leadership applicable to higher education leadership or another discipline that supports the University’s mission.
  • Current knowledge of issues in higher education.
  • Alignment with the philosophy of the University and its commitment to the American enterprise system, in and out of the classroom, on campus and elsewhere.
  • Demonstrated success with development and implementation of strategic planning initiatives.
  • Strong commitment to continuous quality improvement.
  • Ability to foster partnerships and cross-unit/department working relationship in support of University-wide initiatives.

Northwood University has an institutional philosophy that emphasizes free enterprise in a context of limited government and individual responsibility. The ideal candidate will have a strong attraction to the mission and core values of Northwood University.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University’s outcomes at and be prepared to speak to their personal philosophy in this regard.

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