Upper Iowa University seeks an innovative, decisive, collegial and experienced leader to serve as Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies. The Dean will work in collaboration with the faculty, other school deans, and the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs to lead, inspire and elevate the School of Business to its next level of growth, innovation and distinction.
The School of Business and Professional Studies includes the business majors, health services administration major, information and systems technology majors, the RN-BSN program, and the master’s programs of Business Administration and Sports Administration. All programs are offered online; some majors are offered at the Fayette campus in a traditional classroom and at institutional centers as hybrid (face-to-face with online components).
The Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies reports to the Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs and collaborates with deans of the other schools. The Dean is responsible for the quality of academic programs, the faculty and staff within the school, building and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders, strengthening the visibility of programs, and aligning the priorities of the school with the university. The Dean is a visionary leader for the School.
Strategic priorities for the new Dean include articulating a vision that will make the School the gold standard for business education and developing a data driven plan to achieve it; introducing academic programs that address the needs of students and the marketplace and add to the school¹s distinctiveness; supporting and developing the faculty through strategic hires and nurturing the strong spirit of collegiality and shared purpose that already exists; collaborating with the business community to develop internships and career opportunities and secure financial resources; advocating for the school within the university and externally; growing enrollment; and modeling and advancing the University¹s strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and student success.
Essential Duties Summary
Responsibilities and expectations of the Dean
A. Manage the budget of the School to support the resource needs of the school.
B. Direct the strategic planning initiatives for the school, thinking strategically and articulating the strategic vision for the school.
C. Promote curriculum development and revision, course delivery planning, and course scheduling processes for all modalities.
D. Oversee faculty and staff hiring, evaluation, and development. Direct reports include program chairs, directors, and staff.
E. Develop and monitor procedures for coordinating the activities of faculty and staff in the school.
F. Provide leadership in creating and sustaining an environment that enhances the University’s commitment to diversity.
G. Direct the strategic planning initiatives for the school, including program review and new program development.
H. Integrate protocol for student recruitment and retention.
I. Represent and promote the school to both internal and external stakeholders.
J. Partner with advancement professionals in fund-raising activities,
K. Stay current with technological developments as they pertain to the academic environment.
L. Exemplify professionalism, integrity and leadership behaviors that will reflect positively on the school at all times.
M. Promote scholarship, professional growth, innovation, service to the University, grant development, and community engagement especially as related to undergraduate teaching and learning.
Reporting directly to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, the Dean must possess the following:
- A passion for academic excellence, innovation and student success
- A minimum of a master’s degree in business, nursing, or related field within the school;
- Strong management experience (in business or in their area of expertise) building working relationships with organizations.
- Be a proven administrator and knowledgeable in personnel and fiscal management;
- Be an effective communicator in both verbally and written communication;
- Demonstrated capacity and experience creating successful and innovative programs;
- Demonstrated leadership skills;
- Teaching experience that includes traditional and online modalities;
- Adept at using data to inform decision-making
- Skill in balancing the objectives of shared governance with a bias for action and progression
- Experience at the dean level;
- Terminal degree;
- Accreditation experience (HLC, ACBSP, and/or CCNE);
- A record of successful work with the business community and fundraising
- Successful grant writing and administration experience.
- Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, pushing and pulling.
- Work is routinely performed in an office environment.
- Evenings, weekends and extended work days are often expected.
- Occasional lifting of objects up to 20 pounds.
Location Fayette, IA Special Conditions for Eligibility
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
Special Instructions to Applicants
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