Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (46160)

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 14, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Other Academic Affairs, Deans, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is soliciting applications for the position of Associate Dean for Student Affairs. THIS POSITION IS OPEN ONLY TO CURRENT COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES FACULTY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA.

This Associate Dean position has responsibility for the undergraduate mission of CLAS, and directs the Academic Advising Center (AAC), a unit with 27 full-time faculty (including academic advisors and lecturers), and 8 staff employees, along with graduate assistants and undergraduate student assistants. The work of the AAC incorporates residential student academic advising, UF Online student academic advising, the Beyond120 experiential learning and professional development program, and CLAS transfer student recruitment and admissions. It serves several university-level functions, including pre-health advising, pre-law advising, freshman orientation (Preview), exploratory student programs and advising, and support for students in the Promise program. In addition, the Associate Dean currently serves as a member of the UF Advisory Council for Undergraduate Affairs, the University Curriculum Committee, and as the primary CLAS liaison to a variety of offices, including the Career Connections Center, CLAS Advancement, Dean of Students Office, Disability Resource Center, Enrollment Management, Hawkins Center, Honors Program, the Innovation Academy, and UF Student Success. The position is available starting August 1, 2022.

Required Qualifications:
  • Commitment to the undergraduate mission of UF and CLAS, including
    • Liberal education across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences
    • Complementary classroom and experiential learning experiences
    • Mentoring for student success
  • Significant experience as Chair or Undergraduate Coordinator
  • Broad understanding of UF’s undergraduate curriculum
  • Ability to think strategically, analytically, and flexibly
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills
  • Strong listening skills across constituencies, and an inclination to use them
  • Willingness to promote change
  • Strong diplomatic and conflict resolution skills
  • Dedication to the development of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture for college faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to work within a team and, when necessary, to advocate on behalf of team members
  • Experience working successfully in a diverse and fast-paced office
  • Ability to represent CLAS in a professional manner and effectively collaborate with external constituencies
  • Faculty member in UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A robust record of administrative and/or university experience.
  • Rank of Professor, advanced Associate Professor, or comparable rank and/or experience
  • Experience with curriculum development and General Education
  • Familiarity with the UF student information system
For consideration, applications must be submitted online at and must include:

(1) a letter of application (not to exceed three single-spaced pages) that explains your advising philosophy along with your relevant experiences and goals for this position,

(2) a current CV (not to exceed three single-spaced pages),

(3) contact information for three references (of whom at least two must be faculty members at the University of Florida), and

(4) a short essay (not to exceed one single-spaced page) responding to the following prompt: “The management dimension of this particular Associate Dean position is profound. The successful candidate will manage undergraduate students as well as professional staff; work with the highest levels of the university administration; and, increasingly, represent CLAS to donors, internship providers, etc. Draw on your past experience in relevant roles to explain how you plan to approach these varied management tasks.”

The position will remain open until filled, but for full consideration please submit application materials by Friday, November 19, 2021.

CLAS faculty, students, and staff are invited to submit nominations by contacting any member of the search and screening committee. This committee will be chaired by Associate Dean Trysh Travis and include the following members:
  • Glenn Kepic, Assoc. Director of the Academic Advising Center and Director of Online Advising
  • Nigel Richardson, Assistant Director for New Student Transitions
  • Jennifer Coenen, Coordinator of First-Year Writing, University Writing Program
  • Selman Hershfield, Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Physics
  • Jodi Lane, Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator, Departmenrt of Sociology and Criminology & Law
  • Sarah Liu, BS Candidate, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience; CLAS Ambassadors
The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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