The School of Adult Studies at Simpson University welcomes applicants for the Dean of the School of Adult Studies. The School has multiple majors and has served more than 4,000 students since its inception in 1989. Poised for growth, the SAS needs an innovative leader to respond to the demands of the market and the unique needs of non-traditional students to ensure access, engagement, and success of adults completing their bachelor’s degrees.
Provide visionary and strategic leadership regarding curriculum, programs, and best practices to serve adult learners.
Oversee the fiscal management of the department, including identifying expenditures for future programs, staffing, and activities.
Directly supervise department staff and numerous adjuncts teaching within the majors offered in SAS.
Initiate hiring of new adjunct faculty as needed for the programs within SAS in coordination with the provost.
Develop and communicate a vision for the department, unifying various stakeholders around the common vision.
Attend and participate in various committees as assigned by the provost.
Collaborate with various stakeholders within the campus and in the community including the local community colleges.
Review syllabi to ensure faith integration, high academic standards, and compliance with expectations regarding appropriate clock hours for online courses
Ensure faculty to student interaction in online courses and provide guidance on these efforts
Collaborate with Disciplinary Leads/Program Directors in creating the courses/sequences for each major in alignment with their traditional undergraduate counterparts (where applicable).
Create professional development opportunities for faculty teaching in SAS throughout the course of the academic year
Partner with Admissions in the recruitment and enrollment process of adult learners.
*The list represents an overview of the role and does not serve as an all-encompassing list of significant responsibilities associated with this vital role at Simpson University.
Master’s degree required, doctorate preferred. Graduate work should be in one of the disciplines represented in the SAS, or in a field related to education, leadership, or higher education administration.
A minimum of 5 years of experience working with online/distance education. Experience with leadership/management of online programming
Thorough understanding of the principles and best practices of andragogy and other relevant adult learning theories.
Experience leading staff and adjuncts
Experience collaborating with multiple departments to launch new online program
Applicants should be in agreement with the Simpson mission and Statement of Faith
How to apply: Applicants must apply online on the University's website using the link below. Applicants must include with their application a cover letter, cv, teaching philosophy, transcripts and personal essay regarding the integration of faith and adult higher education.
Dale H. Simmons, Ph.D. Provost Simpson University firstname.lastname@example.org
Simpson University is an evangelical, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies in Redding, California. Affiliated with the Christian and missionary Alliance, Simpson University maintains a focus on servant leadership through undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to excellence through diversity and welcome applications from women, persons of color, and member of historically underrepresented groups.
Nestled at the base of several mountain ranges on the banks of the Sacramento River, with stunning views of Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta, Redding (pop. 100,000) is located in the true northern part of California (being 3 ½ hours north of San Francisco and 1 ½ hours south of the Oregon border). Despite our close proximity to Oregon, Redding is America’s second sunniest city with a very warm and generally dry climate and an abundance of palm trees. Miles and miles of hiking and biking trails abound and there are nearly 50 waterfalls within a short drive from the city.
Simpson University, California’s only Christian university north of Sacramento, has been educating and shaping world-influencers for 100 years. Fully accredited, Simpson offers 25 liberal arts and professional studies degrees, an adult degree-completion program, graduate studies, and credential programs, serving nearly 1,000 students a year.
One of four schools of higher education of The Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination, Simpson’s students come from all over the world – the majority from California. More than 30 percent of traditional undergraduates are first-generation college students, and Simpson is a Hispanic Serving Institution with a majority minority student body.
More than two-thirds of Simpson’s full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field of study and come from major universities around the U.S. They are award-winning scholars, writers and composers who choose to be in an academic environment where they can integrate faith and learning. With a ratio of one professor for every 14 students, Simpson offers an intensely personal classroom experience. Students are encouraged to engage in original research projects with professors, result...ing in publications and national presentations that boost their graduate school and career prospects.