Grand View University aspires to serve a diverse community of learners- students, faculty, and staff- in an inclusive and equitable environment with the goal of empowering all to achieve their fullest potential. Our objective is to sustain a campus environment that is free from the power imbalances and institutional biases that contribute to systems of oppression, while preparing our students to stand against those inequities when they leave Grand View.
Grand View University is dedicated to the goal of an inclusive campus where people of diverse identities feel welcomed and empowered to shape our culture and processes. At Grand View University we view diversity through the collective or group and we welcome and affirm the thoughts and experiences each distinct member brings to our community of learners.
The Academic Dean is an essential member of the Provost’s leadership team and is primarily responsible for the effective functioning of the faculty and undergraduate academic programs, while the Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) is primarily responsible for graduate programs. The Dean provides support for the Department Chairs and ensures that they and, by extension the academic departments, fulfill their responsibilities. In addition, by supporting the Provost and collaborating with the Vice Provost for GPS and other members of the Provost’s team, the Dean contributes to the functions and operations of the University as a whole, including institution-wide strategic planning, the allocation of resources, and leading projects and initiatives involving a broad range of constituencies around campus.
Grand View is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through 2024-25. Several academic programs are also in accreditation cycles that require the Dean’s attention. The Dean and Vice Provost, in collaboration with the Provost and Faculty Senate, will continue to examine and assess academic program offerings at all levels to ensure continuing growth in student population and net revenue. A new Dean will be expected to contribute to the ongoing implementation of initiatives launched in recent years and will further refine an academic program vision that points to a sustainable future.
Administration – manage personnel issues; collaborate with appropriate stakeholders on managing existing programs and developing new undergraduate programs; participate in various student appeal processes; contribute to oversight of academic advising; serve on designated standing faculty committees and ad hoc task forces; collaborate with the Registrar to uphold academic policies
Budget and Facilities – develop, monitor, and oversee the College budget and oversee departmental budgets; monitor and oversee the undergraduate course schedule; monitor and oversee faculty workload arrangements; ensure effective oversight of departmental facilities
Faculty Personnel – work with departments to prepare faculty search requests and recommend searches to the Provost in alignment with institutional needs; extend and negotiate offers for full-time faculty positions; complete a written evaluation for all full-time non-tenured faculty members and full-time tenured faculty members seeking promotion; develop and implement an ongoing program of professional development for department chairs; collaborate with the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) to ensure faculty development programming meets the faculty’s needs
Planning – participate in planning efforts at departmental, College, and University levels; advocate for and work with departments to meet resource needs such as facilities, faculty positions, technology, and budgets.
All applicants must apply through our online application system.
Grand View University is an equal opportunity employer. The University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates, including women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities. A pre-employment background check is required.
Candidates must hold an earned terminal degree appropriate for their discipline, have the faculty experience suited to appointment as a tenured Professor, and have experience as a department chair (or equivalent), associate dean, or dean.
Candidates are asked to submit documents in MS Word or Adobe PDF format: (1) a letter of interest reflecting on the leadership attributes noted above, (2) a resume/CV, and (3) the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. References will not be contacted without first securing the permission of the candidate. The University is seeking a diverse pool of candidates. To receive full consideration, materials should be received on or before February 20, 2023. Ideally, the starting date for the position is July 1, 2023.
Grand View is a Liberal Arts University that supports a diverse student population of approximately 2200 full and part-time students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. A University of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Grand View was founded in 1896 and is located in Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines offers exceptional facilities for the enjoyment of lectures, concerts, museums, sporting events, and other cultural opportunities. Grand View welcomes traditional students and adult learners representing a wide range of religious and cultural backgrounds.