University of Alaska Anchorage
Dean, Community and Technical College
The University of Alaska Anchorage invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Community and Technical College (CTC). Reporting directly to the Provost, the next dean will provide leadership to CTC, UAA’s college for workforce development and serving its community college mission. The dean is expected to assume office for Fall 2022.
About the University
Surrounded by natural beauty in an urban environment, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) offers a gateway to innovative thinking, learning, and exploration. The mission of the University is to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement, and creative expression. As a comprehensive open-access university, UAA is committed to excellence, student success, access, and workforce development. CTC plays an integral role in these priorities. UAA’s comprehensive curriculum offers programs leading to the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as vocational and professional certificates.
With a total student population of nearly 18,000, UAA is the largest of the three public post-secondary institutions in the University of Alaska system. The University is committed to serving the higher-education needs of the state, its communities, and its diverse peoples. While the main campus is in Anchorage, UAA includes community campuses in Homer, Kodiak, Palmer, Kenai, and Valdez as well as Middle Colleges for high-school students in Anchorage, Palmer and Eagle River. UAA students experience a hands-on education in and out of the classroom, with unique opportunities in academics, research, and leadership--both locally and globally. UAA’s students and faculty come from diverse backgrounds, yet the university community is firmly rooted in Alaska. Together, the community celebrates the cultural richness of its Southcentral Alaska location, the ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina Athabascan, Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, and Eyak peoples.
With an ethnically and culturally diverse population of over 300,000, Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska. Residents have access to world-class arts, entertainment, dining, and recreational activities, including two planetariums, the Imaginarium Science Discovery Center, the Anchorage Museum, and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene including a professional opera company and symphony orchestra. The Anchorage School District is one of the 100 largest in the United States and one of the most diverse in the nation, with over 100 languages spoken by its students.
Located between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet, Anchorage has a moderate, northern maritime climate with average winter temperatures around 20 degrees F and average summer temperatures around 65 degrees F. On the summer solstice, Anchorage receives 20 hours of daylight, compared to the winter solstice where it receives about five and a half hours. Anchorage offers year-round outdoor recreation and natural beauty with ready access to state and national forests and parks as well as a network of more than 250 miles of hiking, biking, skiing, and dog-mushing trails. It has more than 120 municipal parks. Anchorage residents enjoy a high quality of life, immersed (as they are) in a landscape of rugged, natural beauty yet with easy access to modern conveniences, state-of-the-art medical care, and wonderful cultural experiences. The diverse Alaskan community takes great pride in its commitment to inclusive, independent, and thoughtful engagement.
UAA is located in the University and Medical (UMED) District, which is the second largest employment center in Alaska. The UMED District includes two of the largest hospitals in the state as well as the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the state psychiatric hospital, the largest juvenile justice facility, and two universities. UAA maintains strong relationships with its UMED partners for community-engaged teaching, research, and service. These include the Consortium Library, which serves both UAA and Alaska Pacific University. UAA’s main campus also maintains close connections with Anchorage-based government, business, and nonprofit employers. These give students a wide range of opportunities for internships, research, and real-world experience.
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is the largest airport in Alaska. It offers frequent flights to destinations in the Lower 48, and to international destinations also.
UAA supports Alaska’s workforce development by educating traditional undergraduate students as well as a large number of working, degree-seeking students. It enrolls nearly 18,000 at the Anchorage campus and across the community campuses. Nearly 60% of students are female and 40% male, and 91% of students are Alaska residents. 33.4% identify as a racial or ethnic minority. The average age of UAA students is 28.5 years, with 53% above age 25. There is an opportunity to increase UAA’s international-student population and increase the number of students served from out of state. UAA is largely a commuter campus, and 59% of students in Anchorage attend part time as do 86% of students at the community campuses.
UAA's intercollegiate athletics program plays an integral role in engaging the community and the state. The University is currently home to two Division I sports teams and seven Division II sports teams. UAA Athletics has routinely ranked in the top 10% nationally in the prestigious Learfield Director's Cup and is headquartered in the Alaska Airlines Center, UAA's on-campus 5,000-seat, state-of-the-art sports complex. In the last ten years, Seawolf Athletics has produced 224 All-Americans, 42 Conference Team Titles, 221 Individual Conference Champions, and 15 Individual National Championships.
Students engage in over 100 academic and social clubs and organizations on campus including five Greek organizations. UAA boasts an amazing on-campus housing community that features a variety of housing and dining options. UAA is also home to a variety of engaging student-run organizations, such as Concert Board, KRUA 88.1 FM radio station, Seawolf Debate, The Northern Light newspaper, and USUAA. USUAA (the Union of Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage) is recognized by the University of Alaska Board of Regents as the governing body for students enrolled at UAA.
Student Affairs and Academic Affairs collaborate regularly to plan and review enrollment strategies, and to ensure supportive and developmental experiences that help students establish a deep sense of belonging, connections with the campus, and activities that synthesize curricular and co-curricular learning experiences.
Structure and Governance of the University
Established in 1917, The University of Alaska is a land-, sea- and space-grant system of higher education that serves more than 26,000 full- and part-time students. The UA system’s three universities—University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Southeast—are separately accredited institutions with 13 community campuses and extended learning centers across the state.
The University of Alaska's System Governance Council provides a forum and a mechanism whereby faculty, staff and students may present issues and positions for discussion throughout the university system; may seek mutual support, may speak with a common voice, and may act together on issues affecting the general welfare of the university system as a whole.
Council members are elected from the system-wide Faculty Alliance, Staff Alliance, and Coalition of Student Leaders. These, in turn, are comprised of members of the Faculty Senate, Staff Council, and student government organizations from the three universities. The Alumni Associations from each campus also elect members to represent them on the System Governance Council.
While the System Governance Council is a collaborative body examining and discussing issues of interest across the university system, faculty governance and responsibility for curriculum, degree requirements, and academic policy resides at UAA.
The Academic Program
The University of Alaska Anchorage is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Prior to 1974, UAA existed as an extension of the University of Alaska with no separate accreditation status. Since the merger of the University of Alaska and Community College systems in 1987, a single accreditation status has applied to all campuses of UAA. Following the 2018 self-study and site visit, in January 2019 the Board of Commissioners of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities reaffirmed UAA’s institutional accreditation with four commendations. Planning is already underway for the next cycle, which includes NWCCU’s new Eligibility Requirements and Standards. In addition, more than 40 of UAA’s academic programs have been recognized for the high quality of their programs through approval and/or accreditations based on discipline or professional standards.
UAA offers a full complement of programs and courses, including in high-demand fields such as engineering, health, and business as well as in the liberal arts, the fine arts, and the sciences. UAA career and technical education programs are closely aligned with Alaska’s core industries such as tourism, aviation, geology, fisheries, oil, and gas. Many courses are designed with the flexibility to accommodate students who work or have a family, and the campus houses a range of student success and support centers. A growing number of programs and courses are delivered using asynchronous and hybrid in-class/distance delivery modalities.
While recent statewide discussions on the university budget and restructuring have focused attention on the academic programs and possibilities for consolidation (see the Report of Expedited Program Review), the University of Alaska Anchorage has continued to offer innovative and comprehensive programs including certificates and associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees through five academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Policy, the College of Engineering, the College of Health, and the Community & Technical College. The Graduate School is home to graduate students across all academic programs at UAA, and the Honors College is a learning community funding experiential learning and research opportunities that take students beyond the classroom to engage in personalized programs and work in partnership with faculty.
The Community and Technical College
The UAA Community and Technical College (CTC) builds Alaska’s workforce and fosters student success through quality education and technical training. CTC is a large and diverse college of the University of Alaska Anchorage. The CTC Office of the Dean administers programs ranging from Aviation Technology to Transportation & Power to Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration. CTC also welcomes every UAA student through essential first-year and GER courses and academic support, administered through the departments of Communication, Quantitative Studies, and Writing. This supports the community college mission of open access and academic readiness. The Dean provides curricular and programmatic oversight of career and technical programs, along with first-year academic programming, at the UAA Community Campuses in collaboration with their Directors, Chairs, and faculty. Full-time (regular) college personnel number approximately 100 faculty and staff. The CTC delivers instruction through more than 20 programs ranging from occupational endorsement certificates to bachelor’s degrees. In addition, the college offers non-credit and professional development instruction that supports workforce needs. Through quality programming and innovative practices, CTC supports the workforce of Alaska, as well as virtually every incoming student on their pathway to success.
The Dean of the Community and Technical College
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of CTC is a member of the University’s management team and participates in setting direction and advocating for the College, promoting CTC as an active participant in, and a principal contributor to, the quality of life in the community.
The Dean is responsible for the effective administration of the Community and Technical College. This responsibility covers all academic and administrative matters within the College including, but not limited to, organization, planning, personnel, budget, curriculum, instruction, students, research, space, and equipment. In collaboration with the faculty and staff of the College and in full alignment with the UAA 2025 Strategic Plan and other plans and goals of the University, the Dean will establish the broad direction for the College. The Dean will lead the allocation of College resources among the various units and programs in fulfillment of those goals.
The Dean effectively represents CTC and its programs to the University and (by working with staff in University Advancement) the wider community. Similarly, the Dean engages with staff and faculty in seeking philanthropic support, and effectively stewards College endowments, annual funds, and other gifts.
The Dean is assisted by an administrative team of Associate Deans, department Directors and Chairs, Director of Finance and Operations, Fiscal & Personnel Specialist, and Senior Academic & Student Affairs Manager.
● A sincere desire coupled with a well-informed perspective to serve UAA and be part of the Alaskan experience
● Earned terminal degree in a discipline represented in the College
● A record of experience and qualification sufficient to merit the award of tenure at the rank of Professor within a discipline represented in the College
● Progressively responsible leadership experience as a dean, associate dean, chair, director, or similar position in academic administration
● Experience with and commitment to shared governance and faculty development
● Ability to advocate on behalf of the College and to articulate a compelling case for the value of a liberal arts education in an ever-changing and increasingly interconnected world
● Understanding of general budgeting, resource allocation, and fund raising
● Experience and commitment to student success efforts in a diverse learning environment
Procedure for Candidacy
Please include a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
To ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55PM Alaska Standard Time on January 14, 2022. Applications received after this time may not be considered. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2022. This recruitment will remain open until filled.
*Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.
University Non-Discrimination Statement
The University of Alaska Anchorage is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/titleIXcompliance/nondiscrimination.
University Diversity Statement
At UAA, valuing diversity is integral to excellence. Diversity maximizes our potential for creativity, innovation, educational excellence, and outstanding service to our communities. The University fosters an inclusive, welcoming and respectful campus community that promotes diversity, civility, equity, inclusion, and an appreciation for each unique member of our academic community. UAA promotes and celebrates diversity through its academic and community support programs, committees, and councils. We honor diverse experiences and perspectives and strive to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments where all are treated with respect. UAA strives to support its unique and diverse community by employing faculty who come from a myriad of different backgrounds.
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.