Carlow University seeks an innovative leader for the newly created position of Dean of Academic Administration.
Carlow University is a comprehensive, women-centered Catholic University located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1929 by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow is situated in a culturally diverse urban setting neighboring Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University. With an enrollment of 2,200 graduate and undergraduate students, both women and men, Carlow is known for its academic excellence, dedication to individual attention, and a commitment to the liberal arts tradition and career development. Thirty-four undergraduate majors - including dual degree programs with Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne University, and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - 12 master's degree programs, and two doctorates are offered through the University's two undergraduate colleges and the graduate school. One of the 16 member institutions of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education, Carlow is recognized for educating traditional students and adult learners for a lifetime of leadership and service.
The Dean of Academic Administration will be a senior member of the Provost Leadership team reporting directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean is expected to advance the mission of Carlow University by participating in the collaborative development and implementation of a master academic plan intended to revitalize the undergraduate curriculum and position the undergraduate and graduate enterprises within a 21st century learning environment.
In broad terms, this individual will assume leadership to improve our academic systems operations; promote the development of new academic initiatives; and lead the establishment of a research infrastructure for faculty and student research. The Dean will research administrative policies, procedures, and guidelines; plan improvements; demonstrate familiarity with multiple approaches to problem-solving and be responsible for developing and presenting cost analyses, design considerations, and implementation timelines. She/he will support the other academic deans in the management of the academic budget for the University; and cultivate and maintain relationships across the University as well as educational institutions, agencies, and business organizations in the region.
The position requires an innovative, dynamic, and imaginative leader strongly committed to the teaching/learning process and the welfare of students, faculty, and staff.
The successful candidate will possess the following attributes: (1) a terminal degree in keeping with a senior-level administrative position; (2) administrative experience in higher education equivalent to the level of director or higher; (3) demonstrated commitment to serving a diverse community, fostering an inclusive environment where everyone is valued and respected, and working effectively within an environment that values shared governance; (4) demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, administration, department chairs, staff, other campus personnel, and external constituencies; (5) excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills; (6) experience in assessment of program outcomes and demonstrated ability to bring complex projects to successful completion; (7) excellent advocacy, resource management, and planning skills; and (8) a commitment to the values of liberal education and to the mission and Catholic identity of the University. Carlow University places a high value on community engagement.
Interested candidates should submit (1) a cover letter clearly addressing how their experience, current responsibilities, and qualifications meet the standards identified above; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; and (3) the names, e-mail and mailing addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references. Only completed application packets will be advanced for consideration.
This is a full-time benefits eligible position. Candidates will be subject to a criminal history check. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Consideration of candidates will begin on March 14, 2011. The search will remain open until the position is filled. The new Dean is expected to take office on or about August 1, 2011.
Carlow University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to the recruitment of underrepresented group.