CALS Associate Dean of Academic Innovation Position Description

Position Description:

Internal applicants are invited for the CALS position of Associate Dean for Academic Innovation (formerly Academic Programs).  This position is the key leadership role for the wide spectrum of activities related to undergraduate education, and some inter-related activities with Graduate Education, Extension/Outreach, Research, Operations, Diversity and Global Engagement (each with their own Associate or Assistant Dean).  The Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Innovation includes the college units and activities for Student Services, Breton Center, Career Services and Recruiting.

This position reports to the Dean of CALS and is a core member of the college leadership team. Duties include supporting all academic units within the college, participation in inter-collegiate and university-wide efforts related to undergraduates, and representational responsibilities with external groups.  This position will support and lead innovation in academic programming, including providing key organizational support and advancement of high-impact and value-added educational programming across the college and/or in collaboration with other ISU colleges. 

The position will be 80-90% administrative, with the remaining time available for personal teaching, research or Extension/outreach work at ISU in the tenure home department or in support of college-wide activities.

This position serves at the pleasure of the dean.

Position responsibilities include:

• Undergraduate student recruitment and student retention

• Undergraduate student services (orientation, classification, standards, records, advising, etc.)

• Undergraduate career services

• Undergraduate multicultural student affairs 

• Undergraduate student scholarships

• Administrative contact for undergraduate student organizations 

• Co-teaching the Dean's leadership seminar for undergraduates 

• Distance education (undergraduate, graduate and non-credit)

• Engage and develop community college relations

• Active participant in the CALS promotion and tenure processes

• College, University, Regents and NIFA Teaching awards for faculty and staff (except Morrill, Distinguished, University, Carver, Andre, Wallace, Rossman-Manatt)

• Participate in college committees (Academic Affairs, Curriculum, Recruitment, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Outcomes Assessment, Professional Development, Honors, Student Scholarships, Transfer and Articulation, Technology  Advancement)

• Organize the Dean's Student Advisory Committee meetings

• Represent the college on university level committees:  Undergraduate Program Council, Committee to Review Residence Appeals, Committee to review English proficiency standards for non-native speakers, Data Sciences group (academic program development)

• Represent the college at the Academic Program Section meetings in November and March preparation for accreditation reviews/visits

• Participate in student judging contests, with students clubs and organizations, with various kinds of high school and students/community visits, with formal ceremonies like commencement and honors, with training for faculty and staff related to the academic missions, and with various banquets, events, weekend and evening activities related to students and, and related.

• Leadership of curriculum innovation and continuous improvement (outcomes assessment, etc.)

• Leadership of extra-curricular activities and innovations.

• Leadership of teaching and advising faculty development (workshops, learning communities, etc.)

• Assist with fund raising and donor stewardship

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Current tenured faculty rank of Professor in any ISU CALS department.

Established record of accomplishment in higher education teaching and learning, and leadership of the same. 

Record of strong collaborative approach to scholarship in all university mission areas.

Able and available to travel throughout Iowa and sometimes nationally, including overnight as needed, driver’s license required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated effectiveness in working with external partners that support teaching and learning.

Evidence of educational innovation in higher education.

Evidence of career impact within higher education related specifically to teaching and learning Demonstrated evidence of success with respect to undergraduate recruitment, retention, matriculation, and/or success.

You are invited to celebrate the new CALS Endowed Dean's Chair

The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences invites you to a special ceremony honoring Dr. Daniel J. Robison as he receives his Endowed Dean's Chair medallion.

Wednesday, April 24  |  4 p.m.
Leonard and Evelyn Dolezal Auditorium
Curtiss Hall
Iowa State University

Reception will follow in the Neil and Darlene Harl Commons in Curtiss Hall.
Parking is available at the Memorial Union parking ramp and
the east parking deck near the Gerdin Business Building.

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