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The College Searches for a New Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs

The College Searches for a New Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs

4/28/2020 12:00 AM


The Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs (VPDAA) is the chief academic affairs officer of HWC and reports directly to the President. The VPDAA has overall responsibility for providing leadership, management, and supervision for academic programs, working collaboratively with senior administrative staff and faculty to achieve academic excellence and provide students with innovative teaching methods, including but not limited to the latest in educational technology and committed support services.  


  • Provides leadership for ensuring that the College provides a comprehensive array of academic programs focused on student success, including, but not limited to, coordinator of programs, course development, curriculum, and evaluation, and other academic affairs programs.     
  •  Acts on the authority of the President to oversee critical projects with a primary focus on key initiatives affecting overall college performance that typically requires cross-functional resource allocation and coordination. Accurately represents the President's position in internal meetings and discussions to help drive understanding and move decision-making forward.     
  • Provides oversight of assessment of Student Learning Outcomes and college-wide accreditation.     
  • Recommends, develops and implements academic affairs policies, procedures and practices which foster and promote student learning and academic success, and which support the educational programs of the College; recommends organizational structures, personnel and resources to ensure a student-centered/learner-centered environment at all levels; represents the College to various external entities and with outside agencies in matters relating to the College’s academic affairs.     
  • Develops, fosters, and promotes new opportunities for partnerships with public and private sector entities; provides leadership for establishing multi-year tactical and annual operational goals designed to implement the strategic goals of the College President and Board; assumes responsibility for other College affairs and matters at the discretion and in the absence of the College President     
  • Directs and supervises faculty associated with all college programs. Provides necessary support for staff to accomplish the goals and objectives of the courses taught. Advises staff in areas of improvement and regularly evaluates all faculty to provide constructive feedback on their work in accordance with Board/Union Agreement.     
  • Reviews grant opportunities and supports applications for new grants; oversees implementation of grants within the Academic Affairs area.     
  • Provides guidance to, and receives recommendations from the Faculty Council and other representative organizations regarding the planning, implementation and review of academic programs, services, activities and related matters; Maintains continuous evaluation of the economic feasibility of Academic Affairs to ensure that only those programs with appropriate priority in terms of need and demand are continued.     
  • Participates in and supervises the preparation and recommendation of detailed budgets, with cost estimates, for functions supervised. Establishes and maintains budgetary control of functions supervised.     
  • Oversees and supports a portfolio that includes: Academic Departments, Center of Excellence, Continuing Education and Career Services, Advising and Transition, Academic Support/Tutoring, Enrollment Management, Registrar, First Year Experience/College Success, New Student Orientation, Placement and Testing, Pre-College (Dual Credit and Early College), and Developmental Education.     
  • Completes other duties as assigned by the College President.     


  • A Doctorate degree in higher education, or related field aligned with the College’s instructional program.        
  • Five years of academic affairs and administrative management experience in a highly complex, multi-layered higher education institution.       
  • Strong knowledge of curriculum development and design, as well as teaching and learning pedagogies and strategies.       
  • Teaching experience, preferably at a community college.       
  • Experience as an academic leader with responsibilities in areas such as curriculum development, assessment, faculty development, or career and workforce education.       
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with educational technologies, including distance learning       
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and a commitment to: the community college mission and purpose; teaching and learning; high academic standards and student success.       
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.  


To assure best consideration, nominations and applications should be received by May 15, 2020 through our online application portal​​. The application must include a letter of interest (not more than three pages); a current resume (or curriculum vitae); and the names of five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. All applications will remain confidential pending the selection of finalists. 


To view the full search prospectus, click here​


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