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Dean of Academic Affairs & Retention

South University
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 25, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Deans, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Other Student Affairs, Executive, Provosts
Employment Type
Full Time
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Monday, June 20, 2022 What's next for you is the first priority for us! With over 45 programs from associate to doctoral degrees, South University is a private institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities that spark the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population.

Our 120-year story—past, present and future—is a history formed by the many individuals who have developed the education and spirit of community that have become our pledge to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of South University. Online and at our 8 locations and 2 learning sites, we take pride in our welcoming environment; one-on-one support and personalized attention that helps students define goals and identify the means to pursue them. Our small classes feature hands-on experiences that not only shape students' skills and excellence in their chosen fields but also shape their characters through encouraging community involvement, volunteerism and the pursuit of life-long learning.

Visit today to learn more about what makes us stand apart as a place to Belong, Believe and Become, a place where you can make a difference in the lives of students eager to learn and grow.

South University, the right direction for a brighter future.






Tuition Assistant Program

Long/Short Term Disability

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Program

401K Match

Generous Paid Time Off

12 Paid Holidays

* includes domestic partner coverage

Oversee the delivery of high-quality academic programs and exceptional student support on the campus.
  • Serve as a member and rotating facilitator of the campus Executive Committee.
  • Ensure, with other EC team members, that a collaborative and positive culture is maintained on the campus.
  • Create and execute an effective faculty on-boarding.
  • At the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (AVCAA) institute processes to assure that all Faculty are being appropriately supervised, developed and evaluated.
  • Provide input so that the AVCAA can manage the course scheduling process.
  • Under the direction of the AVCAA, manage a robust and effective Continuing Student Review process, consistent with best practices developed by the University. Generate CSR reports and distribute to all Program Directors, EC team members, ACs and ASC weekly.
  • Lead the Student Success Committee on the Campus.
  • Effectively manage the Academic Counselors and Academic Success Coordinator to maximize retention to graduation.
  • Identify students needing support or assistance, working with Dean of Student Affairs, Academic Counselors, and Academic Success Center. Create success plans for identified students.
  • Assess all first-time and re-entry students for strengths and areas that need attention; develop programs to address areas of deficiency.
  • Assist faculty and staff in identifying trends and researching best practices in student persistence and program completion, and then implementing on the Campus as applicable and practical.
  • Explore, assess, examine and take steps to eliminate the barriers that prevent college students from graduating on time. Stay current on student retention data, research, and programs regarding traditional and non-traditional commuter students through reading publications and attending targeted workshops.
  • In coordination with the AVCAA, oversee academic policy and procedures, including institutional policies, students' rights and responsibilities, and academic policies and procedures.
  • Oversee the dissemination of the Academic Calendar, Academic Catalogs, Student Handbooks and Campus Registration Bulletins to Campus stakeholders.
  • Interface with the Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Career Services and Program Advisory Councils to assess the competitiveness of our graduates.
  • Comply with South University policies and local and state Regulations.
  • Serve as the lead person on the campus for CampusVue, providing management and training for Campus stakeholders.
  • Actively participate in the University's institutional effectiveness process and ensure programmatic and institutional standards are met or exceeded on the campus.
  • In partnership with the Vice Chancellor for Compliance, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and College Deans, coordinate compliance of the campus's educational practices with national, state and regional regulations, and ensure the appropriate accrediting criteria and requirements are maintained.

    • Meet data needs and reporting responsibilities with the Director of Institutional Research.
    • Meet reporting needs working in conjunction with the AVCAA.
    • Coordinate administration of Faculty and Student Surveys.
    • Provide CampusVue training for appropriate staff at the campuses and central office.
    • Provide ad hoc reports to campus, University Administration and executive team as requested.
    JOB REQUIREMENTS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

    • A minimum of 7 years of academic operations leadership experience in a university setting (registrar and/or admissions experience a plus).
    • Terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution in either higher education, leadership, or in an area related to one of the University's academic programs.
    • Relevant teaching experience in a university.
    • Ability to resolve inquiries and complaints from employees, students, regulatory agencies, or members of the academic or business community.
    • Ability to effectively present information to faculty and academic and campus leaders, university leaders, and public groups.

    The individual must be able to travel out of the local area occasionally on an overnight basis as required to participate in a variety of conferences and meetings.


    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email, video conference, and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess.

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