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Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Office: Academic Affairs

Reports to: Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Work Period: 12 month

Hours: Full-time

Overtime: Exempt

Job Grade: 12

General Summary: Provides direction for and shapes the liberal arts General Education curriculum, with special focus on the global and inclusive leadership curricular initiatives that inform the SUMMIT curriculum, including signature high impact experiences. Maintains robust connections between Agnes Scott and the broader higher ed community, keeping the SUMMIT experience informed by best practices in higher education, and promoting Agnes Scott's innovative experiences. Reports to the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

Diversity is a core value at Agnes Scott. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all students, staff, and faculty. We believe that an organizational culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging among Agnes Scott staff and faculty ensures we are best able to provide an equitable, inclusive and diverse learning environment where all our students feel that they belong.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Oversees the design and implementation of the SUMMIT general education curriculum, inclusive of universal high impact experiences and of SUMMIT student learning outcomes in the majors. Works with faculty stakeholders and within the shared governance structure to revise and evolve curriculum.
  2. Supervises and provides vision for the Center for Global Learning and the Assistant Dean of Inclusive Leadership, as well as for the student learning support Centers and chairs the Academic Assessment Committee.
  3. Monitors and engages external environments for both awareness of best practices and trends in innovative undergraduate education, and for promotion of the Agnes Scott SUMMIT experience.
  4. Manages key projects and opportunities that arise related to SUMMIT curricular priorities.
  5. Works with Advancement to identify and cultivate partners who can advance goals related to SUMMIT curriculum and experiences.
  6. Coordinates with the VPAA/Dean of College and Finance and Administration to manage overall expenditures related to SUMMIT initiatives, and manages the SUMMIT office budget.
  7. Leads assessment of SUMMIT and its components.

REQUIREMENTS Updated March 11, 2024

Education : Doctorate, or terminal master's degree.

Experience : Significant experience from an accredited institution in curricular design/review/implementation; a successful record of operational or project management experience; proven ability to develop and implement new initiatives; and experience managing resources wisely. Experience teaching at a college level plus faculty status. Proficiency in a language other than English is a plus.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a capacity to communicate passionately and knowledgeably.
  • Academic expertise, or equivalent experience, that demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of global learning and/or leadership development, post-graduate success, and educational innovation.
  • Record of successful conference presentations and scholarship.
  • Broad working knowledge of leadership in practice.
  • Resourceful, creative, entrepreneurial, and visionary spirit.
  • Strategic and flexible thinking.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity in its many forms.
  • Proactive, effective, and efficient experience partnering with internal and external constituents and in cultivating relationships.
  • Record of collaborative, decisive, transparent, and timely decision-making.
  • Leadership that inspires trust and instills confidence.
  • Fundraising and/or grant-writing experience.
  • Global perspective and cross-cultural competence.
  • A demonstrated understanding of and support for the college's commitment to women's education
Physical Demands

Intermittent sitting, standing, stooping, crouching, walking, moving of light objects. Work is performed in an office.


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

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