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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

University of the Pacific
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 16, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Primary Purpose and Essential Functions:
The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs supports the University and School of Pharmacy mission and vision as a tenure-able (Associate/Full Professor) faculty member who leads the School of Pharmacy in areas related to curricular and programmatic development, including academic program innovation, and assessment. The Associate Dean supports the Dean in academic and curricular matters, and the preparation of accreditation and School- and University-level reports and projects. The Associate Dean is a member of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy Cabinet and acts as an ex officio member of select School Standing Committees relevant to their expertise and job responsibilities (including curriculum, assessment, academic standards). The Associate Dean should have a demonstrated record of academic administration, including the development and maintenance of new and/or revised programs, assessment, experience with faculty development, team building, and budget and personnel management. The incumbent must have strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to adapt and lead in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

Essential Functions:

Related to Curricular Affairs (PharmD):
  • Ensure the curriculum is compliant with ACPE accreditation standards, including electives and co-curricular elements.
  • Ensure that the curriculum is adaptive to current pharmacy practice standards and regulations
  • Lead and advance new curricular initiatives (eg. dual or new degrees/tracks, electives, micro-credentialing), including convening ad hoc working groups as needed.
  • Collaborate with the Director of inter-professional education to facilitate its integration into the academic program.
  • Develop and maintain a continuous quality improvement process for the curricular structure, content, procedures, and outcomes.
  • Develop and coordinate mechanisms and processes to support and report student progression (eg. enrollment, orientation, remediation, leave of absence, graduation certification).
  • Create and update academic policies and documents (including templates, student handbook, catalog), as appropriate, and ensure that they are disseminated to and implemented by appropriate stakeholders in the School and University.
  • Ensure the accurate dissemination of academic information regarding the program in coordination with relevant support units, and internal and external stakeholders to ensure effective delivery of the curriculum (eg. IT, registrar, financial aid, student services, library, department chairs, course coordinators).
  • Ensure the creation of the academic calendar, course schedules, classroom assignments.
  • Ensure and provide oversight, coordination, and training for academic advising and tutoring services.
  • Related to Other Curricular Affairs (Non-PharmD):
  • Support and coordinate efforts as needed with administrators and faculty in other related programs (eg. pre-pharmacy, graduate, business) to optimize the experience and success of PharmD students.
  • Related to Assessment:
  • In collaboration with Director of Assessment and Accreditation: lead faculty, staff, and administrators in identifying, designing, developing, and implementing strategies, tools and processes for a comprehensive assessment plan that meets accreditation standards.
  • Lead the collection and review of data to maintain teaching quality (eg. course evaluations, teaching evaluations, teaching qualifications).
  • Promote faculty and staff development to support effective assessment (eg. training, advising, best practices).
  • Promote curricular and programmatic assessment, in a manner that ensures continuous quality improvements (eg. timely course and faculty evaluations, programmatic effectiveness, AACP surveys).
  • Oversee the preparation and dissemination of assessment data, and related policies and procedures (eg. accreditation data and reporting, imbedded assessments in the academic calendar, student and faculty handbooks, catalog revisions, the strategic plan, annual reports).
  • Oversee the use of programmatic information for different internal and external stakeholders using multiple communication platforms.
  • Provide leadership for accreditation, including professional and regional.
  • Stimulate and lead assessment research and scholarship.
  • Related to General Administration and Faculty Responsibilities:
  • Supervise and mentor staff in the Office of Academic Affairs, Director of Assessment and Accreditation and Director of Inter-professional Education.
  • Project and manage the budget related to curricular and assessment needs, including the identification of new resources that may be needed.
  • Promote the development of partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to support the curricular and assessment missions of the School.
  • Develop and support retention efforts within the School
  • Promote collaborations amongst faculty, staff and administrators to support the mission of the School and University.
  • Help promote the visibility and reputation of the School and University.
  • Serve as an ex officio and advisor for select School committees and organizations as assigned by the Dean.
  • Provide leadership in the coordination and enforcement of School and University policies.
  • Contribute to advancing teaching, research/scholarship, and service to support the mission of the School.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned by the Dean.

University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • PharmD, PhD and/or other doctoral degree.
  • Experience in pharmacy education and administration.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Key member or close involvement with pharmacy accreditation process.
  • Five or more (5+) years of experience in pharmacy education administration.
  • Progressively responsible leadership experience in curricular and program development, accreditation, assessment, budget and personnel management.

Skills/Knowledge and Expertise:
  • Demonstrated record of academic teaching, scholarly activity, professional service, and the leadership skills necessary to promote these qualities among faculty.
  • Experience in administration, including program and curricular development, assessment, policy development, personnel management, and budget management.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to create and lead functional teams, through productive collaborations and partnerships, to achieve targeted goals.
  • Strong problem solving skills, with a demonstrated track record of identifying and filling needs in a proactive manner.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and the ability to set priorities in a dynamic and complex environment to ensure that critical deadlines and milestones are met.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the enthusiasm and motivation to facilitate the growth and development of programs in the School.
  • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.
  • Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is primarily performed in a standard office environment with use of a computer. Requires extended periods of sitting and repetitive hand/wrist motion while using computer keyboard. Occasional standing, walking across campus, climbing stairs, bending, stooping and reaching. Occasional lifting up to twenty-five (25) pounds or more.

Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:
Work schedule is dependent on department need.

Special Instructions:
This recruitment will remain open until filled.

To learn more about this opportunity, view the prospectus.

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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.

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