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Dean of Undergraduate Studies - Academic Affairs

Company: Central Washington University
Location: Ellensburg
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

Job Summary

Central Washington University (CWU) announces an extraordinary opportunity to lead Undergraduate Studies at an innovative, financially stable university that provides the supportive and hands-on education students from all walks of life need to be successful. The main campus in Ellensburg is located in the beautiful foothills of the Cascade Mountains, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and is approximately 100 miles east of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area. Ellensburg features a vibrant downtown area with shops and restaurants. With an estimated population of nearly 4,000,000, Seattle Metro is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States. A substantial percentage of alumni live in the Puget Sound area providing valuable opportunities for student and professional development. CWU also has eight instructional centers around the state, in addition to a growing selection of fully online programs. CWU invites expressions of interest, nominations, and applications for the inaugural position of Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

CWU acknowledges that the Dean's work will take place on Yakama land, and that the Ellensburg campus is on lands ceded by the Pshwanapum and other bands and tribes of the Yakama Nation in the Treaty of 1855. The Yakama people remain committed stewards of this land, cherishing it and protecting it, as instructed by elders through generations, and since time immemorial. CWU is honored and grateful that the campus is located here today on their traditional lands, and offers thanks to the legacy of the original people, their lives, and their descendants.

The Dean is the leader of Undergraduate Studies, with opportunities to promote high quality academic programs and student achievement among a diverse student body. With CWU's continued commitment to equity, diversity, inclusivity, and belongingness, the Dean will collaborate with the units of Undergraduate Studies and across an engaged campus community to promote inclusion, transparency and partnership among programs, departments, and units. The Dean will be an innovative, emotionally intelligent leader who can inspire Undergraduate Studies to meet its mission of promoting a supportive, equitable, collaborative, and engaged learning environment. Under the leadership of its new president, Dr. A. James Wohlpart, CWU is currently engaged in strategic planning for the institution. The Dean will be integral to its implementation by providing vision and leadership for Undergraduate Studies.

CWU is one of three State-supported comprehensive universities in Washington State. CWU began as a normal school, became a College of Education in 1937, a state college in 1961, and a comprehensive university in 1977. Offering more than 135 bachelor's and master's degrees, the University enrolls approximately 12,000 students and employs about 1,800 faculty and staff. With its robust focus on inclusivity and diversity, more than a third of students are people of color. CWU enrolls and graduates the largest percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students of any public baccalaureate institution in the State. Additionally, the university enrolls a substantial number of international students. Undergraduate Studies encompasses the areas of General Education, Accreditation, Interdisciplinary Studies, Office of University Student Research, and Academic Advising.

The university continues to invest substantially in fundraising and development. The Dean will be engaged in fundraising and external development as the university takes steps toward launching a capital campaign. For more information about CWU, please visit www.cwu.edu . For more information on the areas of Undergraduate Studies, please visit: www.cwu.edu/provost/undergraduate-studies.

What we offer:

Our investment in you begins the day you join our team, a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, tuition assistance for you and your dependents, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. Learn more: www.cwu.edu/hr/benefits.

Tour our campus in Ellensburg here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjdhOegDa9A .

The Role:

As the inaugural leader of the unit, the Dean will have the opportunity to provide leadership for the areas of General Education, Accreditation, Interdisciplinary Studies, Office of University Student Research, and Academic Advising in the following activities: program planning, budget management, personnel actions, faculty/staff development, curriculum delivery, planning for facilities and equipment, departmental operations, and strategic planning. The Dean collaborates closely with the administration, support services, faculty, staff, and students at the university, community agencies, and the general public. The dean provides leadership in advancing the unit among its many constituencies, and in positioning the unit to respond successfully to the challenges and opportunities of contemporary higher education. The Dean will be able to enhance student success by continually improving the delivery of curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs at CWU. The Dean will actively establish partnerships with alumni, industry, government and accrediting agencies and other external constituencies to support and promote the unit's diverse departments and programs.

We seek a Dean who will foster an engaging, inclusive, challenging, and inspirational environment for students, faculty and staff, both inside and outside the classroom. The Dean takes a leadership role in offering rigorous, high-quality experiences to undergraduate students. The Dean also aids the faculty in enhancing an environment that focuses on research and creative expression in the classroom and in their professional lives. CWU is one of the most diverse public universities in Washington State and the Dean will be responsible for creating opportunities for development around issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

The Dean is a responsive thinker and leader who helps guide the process of establishing priorities, building consensus and commitment, and making decisions that enhance the mission and future direction of the unit. The Dean understands the challenges and changes affecting higher education in the United States, particularly at public comprehensive universities.

Job Duties

Planning and Policy Development
- Lead in the development, delivery, and evaluation of academic programs represented in Undergraduate Studies
- Lead Undergraduate Studies' academic, strategic, and development planning efforts
- Develop, in consultation with department heads, program directors, policies and procedures to guide the functions of Undergraduate Studies
- Establish and oversee committees to facilitate the affairs of Undergraduate Studies

Budget Management
- Plan and control expenditure within the established budget
- Oversee Undergraduate Studies' strategic budgetary planning

Resource Development
- Collaborate with University Advancement to lead Undergraduate Studies efforts to raise funds from sources external to the university
- Support faculty efforts to secure extramural funding
- Plan and monitor the use of funds held in the CWU Foundation in support of faculty development and other programmatic needs in Undergraduate Studies

Student Development
- Work with departments and programs in the unit to enhance academic experiences of students enrolled in unit courses and programs
- Work with the Office of University Student Research to promote and facilitate faculty-mentored undergraduate research and creative activity, and other high impact practices
- Provide comprehensive evaluation and continuous improvement of advising services and university policy related to academic advising
- Collaborate with the college deans, Academic Advising Council (AAC), staff, and other stakeholders and individuals to provide strategic planning and operational oversight for all undergraduate advising functions at the university to ensure effective advising practices are delivered to all CWU students regardless of site or program modality

Curriculum Development and Management

- Collaborate with faculty to encourage and support:

planning, developing, assessing, and improving unit curricula, including General Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies curricula
preparing effective catalog descriptions
compiling, reviewing, and acting on information gathered for assessment and accreditation (specialized programs and university-level)
delivering face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses
leading implementation of high impact practices in curricula

- Facilitate and assist with university accreditation through Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Work with Institutional Effectiveness, academic deans, department chairs, program directors, Faculty Senate, and Student Life professionals to implement program planning and evaluation processes that support regional accreditation
- Provide support to academic deans in specialized program accreditation

General Education
- Manage General Education Program by working with faculty and General Education Committee and providing guidance for assessment, data collection, and reporting
- Integrate General Education Program assessment on an annual basis with university strategic planning
- Provide data on General Education program effectiveness to the university at large

- Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution
Accumulated record of teaching effectiveness, professional leadership, and scholarship sufficient to support tenure and appointment as a full professor in one of the university's academic departments
Demonstrated successful administrative, leadership, and budget experience in an institution of higher education
Demonstrated commitment to supporting and engaging students of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds to expand and enhance their educational experience and career goals in accordance with the university philosophy supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and academic success
Oversight and preparation of accreditation reports and/or in conducting accreditation reviews
Excellent interpersonal communication, writing, and speaking skills
Evidence of academic vision for the unit that embraces justice, equity, and inclusion
Ability to foster collaborative and inclusive relationships with faculty, staff, students, and administrators
Experience supporting the curriculum process, including proposals through assessment, undergraduate research, scholarship, and/or creative experiences
OR applicable combination of education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position

Preferred Qualifications

Administration of an academic department or academic unit
Raising funds from sources external to the institution
Incorporating technology and multiple delivery modes in curriculum and educational programs
Developing program-level strategic plans
Developing, reviewing, assessing, and evaluating academic programs
Demonstrated experience in faculty personnel evaluation
Experience recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff
A record of promoting inclusivity in the work environment
Experience or interest in mentoring students from a variety of backgrounds
Life experiences that demonstrate an ability to contribute to CWU's commitment to inclusion and diversity
Demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for minoritized students through culturally competent and inclusive programming
Experience working in a unionized environment


Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines, and work schedules.
Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create an environment that supports and embraces diversity.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary : Commensurate with education and experience

Schedule/Appointment : Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (1 hour lunch)

Working Conditions : Work is performed in an indoor office setting with frequent in-person interactions. It is essential to be able to remain at a desk/computer workstation for prolonged periods of time, perform extensive data entry and other computer-related tasks and create/maintain filing systems for departmental records. Some evening or weekend work and/or occasional travel may be required.

Benefits : CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance, along with vacation and sick leave plans depending on employment classification. For additional information please visit: https://www.cwu.edu/hr/benefits

An employee of CWU may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program if the employee has student loans. To learn more, visit: https://ofm.wa.gov/state-human-resources/public-service-loan-forgiveness-program.

How To Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:

A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting; and

Curriculum Vitae OR Resume including work history, education, training.

Screening Begins: April 22, 2022

**Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information

Name: Ediz Kaykayoglu
Title: Dean, Extended and Global Education
Email: Ediz.Kaykayoglu@cwu.edu
Phone: (509) 963-1412
Website: www.cwu.edu/provost/undergraduate-studies

Please contact Human Resources at hr@cwu.edu or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

Conditions of Employment

Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21.14.1 , CWU employees are to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of October 2021. Your vaccination status will be verified if/when a job offer is made. Information about how to apply for medical and religious accommodations are available here: www.cwu.edu/hr/ . Failure to meet the vaccination policy (or approval of a medical or religious accommodation) will result in revocation of the offer.

Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to sign a Sexual Misconduct disclosure in pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080and submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.

Keywords: Central Washington University, Yakima , Dean of Undergraduate Studies - Academic Affairs, Other , Ellensburg, Washington

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