The Academic Dean of Kuyper College fills a non-tenure, academic faculty position and reports directly to the President, advising the President on all matters pertaining to the faculty and the academic programs of the College and serving on the President’s Leadership Team. The Academic Dean supervises the faculty, and personnel within the Academic Office, Library Services, and Academic Support, and represents the College’s academic programs with accreditation agencies.
The successful Academic Dean candidate will embody the role of leader, mentor, and visionary, ensuring a culture of faithful teaching and learning, engaging scholarship, and humble service. Additionally, the Academic Dean will provide collaborative and effective oversight of all academic programs and pursue innovative initiatives and continuous improvement that will further the College’s mission in the years to come.
The successful Academic Dean candidate will exhibit a vibrant personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, displaying a Christ-centered servant leadership that integrates faith and work. Critical to this is a demonstrated ability to articulate and promote a biblical, Reformed perspective in higher education. This includes a commitment to the Kuyper College Doctrinal Statement and the Statement of Allegiance.
A genuine love for God and others within the context of Christian higher education
An earned PhD or equivalent
A minimum of five years of executive administrative experience in higher education
Experience in teaching and scholarship at the post-secondary level
Knowledge of, appreciation for, and an ability to articulate and integrate a Reformed worldview into academic programs
Demonstrated innovation, leadership, mentoring and communication skills
Strengths as a visionary with gifts in implementation, planning and collaboration
Interpersonal skills – the ability to relate well with others and to develop collegiality
Intellectual curiosity – demonstrating a wide variety of interests
Skills and experience in academic program planning, administration, budgeting, research and data assessment, delegation and supervision
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About Kuyper College
Kuyper College is a leading Ministry-Focused Christian Leadership College, educating and training Christian leaders for service through the integration of high-quality academic curriculum and a biblical, Reformed worldview.
Founded in 1939, and accredited by various regional and national agencies, Kuyper College offers a variety of ministry and professional academic majors. This is the first of seven foundational elements that make Kuyper a very unique college. At Kuyper we call the sum of these elements… "TheKee" or The Kuyper Education Experience.
Other elements of TheKee include: a continuous and intentional program of Spiritual Formation to help our students become mature in their faith; comprehensive Internship and Field-Education programs with nationally recognized organizations, where students apply the knowledge and skills they've acquired in the classroom to every-day situations; an International-Education program where students have the opportunity to satisfy requirements in one of several locations throughout the world; a multi-cultural, ethnic and multi-denominational Diversity program that embraces and promotes an environment where diversity thrives; a committed ...Faculty known for their subject matter expertise with a ratio of 1 faculty member for each 15 students; and a very affordable cost for tuition and room and board-on average $6000 less per year than comparable Christian colleges-making Kuyper an Exceptional Value.
Kuyper College is located on a beautiful campus eight miles from downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan-one of the top 50 metropolitan areas in the United States.