Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, is seeking to hire a Dean of the College of Individualized Studies and the Center for Educational Innovation.This is a full-time administrator position within the division of Academic and Affairs and is expected to start July 1, 2021.
The vision of Metropolitan State University is to be the premier urban, public, comprehensive system university in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area where the faculty, staff and students of Metropolitan State will reflect the area’s rich diversity, build a culturally competent and anti-racist learning community and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to civic engagement.
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Employment Condition: At Will
Metropolitan State University provides an excellent, inclusive and engaging education to eliminate opportunity gaps and lead our communities to a prosperous and equitable future. Metropolitan State University is a three-time recipient of the Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, most recently in 2019. Federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution, its employees serve approximately 11,000 post-traditional learners, two-thirds of whom identify as belonging communities of color or American Indian nations, are first in their family to attend college, and/or are eligible for Pell grants. Metropolitan State is recognized by CollegeNet as a leading higher education promoter of social mobility for students (Ranked #35 out of 1458 in 2019). The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. We provide accessible, high quality liberal arts, professional and graduate education with continued emphasis on marginalized groups, including adult learners. Recognized in 2008 and 2014 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement and named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching scholarship and services designed to support an urban mission.
The University recently completed a strategic plan for the next five years with a theme of “Building a Resilient, Student Ready University.” The innovative programs and services of CIS and CEI directly support the university’s mission and strategic goals, and ensure a continued focus on innovation and student-centered program leadership
Metropolitan State University has responded to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic by offering nearly all of its courses in a fully online format for the 2020-2021 academic year, limiting any in-person instruction to courses for which in-person learning is essential for students to achieve the learning outcomes. In addition, the majority of employees are working remotely taking advantage of technological tools to engage students and complete their work. The search for this position will be conducted using web conferencing technology.
The College of Individualized Studies empowers underserved adult students to design and complete high quality, innovative degrees that value their academic and life learning in the individualized B.A. and individualized in the individualized M.A. and M.S. programs. There are just over 1000 students engaged in the B. A. in Individualized Studies degree program; and 44 students in the M.A./M.S. graduate program in Individualized Studies. The College of Individualized Studies includes: 6 faculty FTE (fixed term, pre-tenure, and post-tenure), 10 community faculty (part-time assignments), 4 professional advisors, 1 office manager, and 1 office support staff position. The total budget for the College of Individualized studies is $1.34 million.
The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) is a recently created center that includes the faculty and staff of the following units and initiatives: Center for Online Learning, Center for Faculty Development, Student-Directed Learning Office, Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence and the Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network. The Dean, unit directors, faculty and staff are working to identify additional areas of collaboration, integration and alignment around the goals of innovation. The Center for Online Learning includes 6.75 FTE and has a budget of $1.0 million; the Center for Faculty Development includes 1.49 FTE and has a budget of $168,000; and the Center for Student Directed Learning includes 1.0 FTE and has a budget of $164,000. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities provides funding for the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence and the Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network. The Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence includes 5.5 FTE and has a budget of $500,000, and the Center for Prior Learning Assessment Network includes 3.0 FTE and a budget of $250,000. More information can be found at the Center for Education Innovation website.
The Dean is charged with the leadership of the college and center to meet the strategic needs of the university and advocate on behalf of students, faculty, staff, and community partners. As the lead administrative officer, s/he is responsible for the planning, organization, development, implementation, assessment, and direction of all aspects of the college and center. The Dean is part of the Academic and Student Affairs Executive Cabinet which provides strategic leadership for the Academic and Student Affairs division, advises the Provost, and collaborates to achieve university-wide academic and student support initiatives. The Dean works closely with other university officers to advance the overall priorities and strategies of the university.
The successful candidate will have a record of accomplishment, which demonstrates the leadership competencies needed to manage these responsibilities:
Enhance and inspire an academic climate that promotes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Create an environment of mutual respect that supports a socially responsible community, enhances cultural diversity, strives for equity and inclusion, and inspires others to work toward common goals. Maintain an educational environment which support the interests and needs of underrepresented groups.
Develop, recommend, implement, and evaluate high quality innovative academic programs for the College of Individualized Studies. Promote the college’s educational and research activities. Coordinate the overall assessment and evaluation of the college’s programs.
Lead and enable the design, development, and implementation of high-quality, innovative programs, initiatives, and services in and through the Center for Educational Innovation. Plan and prioritize resources to support this work and coordinate overall assessment and evaluation. Work across multiple units within the MN State System of Colleges and Universities and the Metropolitan State University as a whole to provide leadership in identifying, planning, and implementing higher-education innovations.
Provide leadership and supervision that emphasize a commitment to inclusion and equity in the recruitment, hiring, promotion, tenure, evaluation, and professional development of faculty and staff of the College and Center. Direct the work of unit directors, faculty and staff, including the approval of faculty assignments and staff position descriptions, training, and orientation of new employees, approval and/or critique of work and performance, and approval of time records and leave requests.
Seek, develop and strengthen cooperative arrangements with other internal and external constituencies and/or institutions to expand and improve services to the university faculty, students, and the broader community. Represent the university within the academic community and in professionally related activities of the local, state, regional, and national levels, and build relationships and partnerships with organizations to support the work of the College and Center.
Participate in university planning, policy-making, and executive leadership. Manage complex tasks and adapt to changing needs and institutional goals and priorities using a collaborative and collegial work style. Foster collaboration for innovation across institutional units and constituencies.
Develop, review, and approve all College and Center program planning, budgets and fiscal plans, and implement plans within the approved budget framework
Serve on the Provost’s Academic and Student Affairs Executive Council (ASAeC) and the President’s Cabinet.
Identify, cultivate, involve, and solicit the community, alumni, and friends of the university in developing and sustaining an active external fundraising program.
Education: A doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited higher education institution.
Minimum 5 years of administrative leadership experience as a dean, coordinator, director, or department chair.at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
Minimum 5 years of faculty experience in a higher education setting at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication that effectively communicate across cultures and to multiple audiences.
Demonstrated commitment to and record of action promoting diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and equity.
Demonstrated commitment to and record of action promoting innovative and student-centered learning and learning recognition.
Demonstrated experience teaching, directing, or leading programs that serve post-traditional and/or adult learners.
Demonstrated experience developing and/or leading academic programs, approaches or modes of instruction and assessment at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Evidence of knowledge of the philosophy and principles of adult and student-centered learning and education and demonstrated record of action applying these in teaching and administration.
Demonstrated collaborative experience leading, coordinating, and supervising multi-component organizational units, such as multiple departments, centers, offices, and/or programs.
Experience seeking, developing and leading partnerships involving internal and external constituencies, such as across university units and with other system campuses, and/or with community, professional, or governmental organizations or agencies.
Knowledge of academic advising, student-engagement and retention principles and practices, and successful leadership experience with professional and faculty advisors.
Experience contributing to regional or specialized accreditation reports and/or related activities in a higher education setting.
Administrative leadership experience in a collectively bargained higher education institution and a commitment to shared governance.
Salary: This Administrator position is assigned to a Range 8, as outlined in the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (Minnesota State) Personnel Plan for Administrators (see link below), and is commensurate with education and experience. Please note: Filling of this position is dependent upon budget.
* Employment for this position is covered by the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Personnel Plan for Administrators.
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Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Closing Date:January 19, 2020__.
Qualified applicants are required to attach the following documents to their online application:
Cover letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position.
Current curriculum vita or resume.
An equity and inclusion statement.
Names of four (4) references with addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers.
Transcripts – Valid unofficial copies of your transcript showing conferred/awarded date, your name and the academic institution’s name/logo are required. We do not accept copy/paste word documents with a list of courses/grades or DARS reports. If selected for hire, official original transcripts will be required.
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About Metropolitan State University
Metropolitan State University offers over 60 baccalaureate majors, 10 master?s degrees, and 2 doctoral programs. Founded in 1971, the university is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and is the only state university in the Twin Cities. It is a comprehensive urban university committed to meeting the higher education needs of those who live and work in the 13 county metropolitan area.With a strong tradition of individualized educational programs, we are fully committed to high-quality, affordable education for working adults. Faculty, staff and more than 11,000 full- and part-time students reflect the area?s rich diversity, provide a highly student-centered environment and demonstrate unwavering commitment to civic engagement.