Assistant Dean for Neighborhood SSC
We seek an Assistant Dean for Student Success Initiatives and Director of the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC).
Leadership of an interdisciplinary team focused on academic, personal, and social success for undergraduate students is central to this role. The NSSC is an integrated, multi-functional support system for all undergraduate students, with hubs in the five residential areas of campus and services for off-campus students. The NSSC is composed of four major functions: Academic Advising, Engagement and Student Success (e.g. Collaborative Learning Center, Spartan Success Scholars), Bridge and Transition Programs (e.g. Dow STEM, Detroit Scholars), and personnel that provide administrative support.
The five Neighborhood Engagement Centers feature academic support (e.g., tutoring in math, chemistry, economics; writing and research help; space for group and individual study), academic advising through a network of professional and peer advisors, and opportunities for psychosocial development (e.g., career exploration, intercultural education, health and wellness, leadership). In addition to the Engagement Centers, the position oversees campus use of student success surveys and are an organizational partner for the Provost's student success transformation initiatives (e.g., predictive and learning analytics, non-cognitive assessments, participation in the University Innovation Alliance [UIA]). The position reports to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. Our operational approach is a partnership across academic affairs and colleges, student affairs and services, and auxiliary enterprises.
The Assistant Dean will lead the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) in supporting undergraduate student success; in collaboration with campus partners, set strategic direction for NSSC; collaborate with other Student Success Steering Committee leaders to provide vision for the University's strategic priority of enhancing the student experience; lead development and assessment of ongoing and new student success programs and policies within the neighborhoods; supervise Executive Assistant, five Neighborhood directors, and other program specific staff, ensure on-going outcomes assessment and associated program adjustments; serve as central facilitator of communication and dissemination of student success efforts on and off campus; oversee budget of $2.4 million, and lead a team of more than thirty full-time professionals (advisors, engagement directors, program coordinators, academic support service providers, etc.) and support staff, in addition to over 100 part- time student staff (tutors, academic transition coaches, peer assistants, etc.).
The position requires knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a terminal degree (Ph.D. preferred) and five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in higher education institutions; organizational, financial management, personnel management, and program development and assessment skills; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. We seek an individual with a commitment to undergraduate student success; demonstrated ability to set a vision and lead a team toward it in the context of a complex organization; demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in support of the pedagogical success of the undergraduate population; demonstrated facilitative and collaborative management style, strong communication, interpersonal skills and persuasion skills; and excellent leadership, teamwork, and self-motivation.
The ideal candidate will also have knowledge of undergraduate student success concepts, theories and/or practice; experience teaching, advising, leading, and/or mentoring diverse undergraduate students; and experience working with faculty, other academic partners, and administrators in a higher education setting.
Required Application Materials
Applications should include a letter of interest comprising a short statement of qualifications; curriculum vitae and names of three references.
Applications will be received no later than January 29, 2018.