Reporting to the Dean of the College, the Dean of Studies has oversight of academic advising of all students, the development and coordination of the senior year academic advising program, and for the provision to students and faculty of services in support of the instructional programs of the college.
Dean of Studies
Reports to Title
Dean of the College
Full or Part Time
Number Of Months
Position End Date (if temporary)
2012 -00007- AS
Position Summary Information
Essential Duties Summary
1. Oversees all academic advising of students:
• Provide strategic leadership in the coordination of a first rate, cohesive academic advising curriculum to engage and support students in their achievement of academic excellence.
• Appoint, train, and manage the staff of the Office of the Dean of Studies, including deans and advisers for classes, transfers, pre-professional students, foreign students, and other designated student groups.
• Select, inform, and monitor the advising activities of faculty first year and sophomore advisers.
• Consult with and provide support for department chairpersons and major advisers.
• Inform students and faculty of relevant matters pertaining to academic policies and practices.
• Annually review and assess effectiveness of programmatic efforts in the achievement of learning outcomes.
2. Implement college policies, as enunciated by the faculty, regarding degree requirements, individual programs and honors, academic regulations, and exceptions to general rules and procedures.
• Chair the Faculty Committee on Programs and Academic Standing, conveys the committee’s decisions to faculty and students, and transmits the Committee’s policy recommendations to the Committee on Instruction.
• Chair the Academic Review meetings and implements the resulting decisions.
• Serve on the Faculty Honors Committee to select recipients of honors, prizes, and fellowships.
3. Serve as resource and adviser to the entire senior class for virtually all matters except the planning and signing of programs:
• Advise seniors on requirements, uncertainty about their status, or other pre-graduation problems.
• Counsel seniors identified as having difficulty with their course work.
• Grant permission for part-time enrollment in consultation with Dean of the College.
• Consult with seniors filing petitions to the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing.
• Consult with members of the faculty and parents as needed.
• Supervise withdrawals and readmissions of students with senior standing.
• Counsel seniors registered in absentia.
• Assist with Honor Board when dealing with seniors charged with infractions of the honor code.
4. Consult with the Registrar on matters affecting the creation, composition, and maintenance of student records, the compilation of statistical reports, and the carrying out of studies relevant to the academic functions of the College.
5. Responsible for readmitting students, for the policies and practices governing withdrawals, and for granting exceptions to normal administrative regulations regarding enrollment in the College.
6. Consult with the Associate Dean for Student Life in the development of extra-curricular-academic options in the residence halls and in dealing with the general student issues and needs.
7. Consult with members of Dean’s Evaluation Committee to assure coordinated support of individual students and student groups.
8. Serve or delegates responsibility to serve as a liaison with Columbia University as follows:
• School of Engineering and Applied Science – advise students interested in the 3-2 program or interested in transferring to SEAS .
• School of International and Public Affairs – advise students interested in applying in the junior year to the joint program with SIPA .
• Business School – confer with seniors interested in taking courses at the Business School.
• Law School – inform the Law School of status of students admitted to the AILE program and serve as their adviser while they are registered in absentia.
• Other Columbia divisions – counsel students interested in the professional option programs with other divisions of Columbia, such as the School of Social Work, the Dental School, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons to serve as adviser to those admitted and registered there in absentia.
9. Work in collaboration with the Title IX and Community Conduct Director to address issues concerning academic or conduct related discipline. Serves on the following committees and others as requested:
• Committee on Programs and Academic Standing
• Committee on Honors
• Academic Review Board
• Orientation Advisory Committee
• Dean of the College’s Deans and Directors
• Pre-health Professions Committee
10. Represent the College at conferences, meetings, and public functions as requested.
Required Qualification Summary
• Master’s degree in an aspect of the liberal arts or student services.
• Seven to 10 years in higher education administrative positions with specific focus in one or more specialties of student personnel work
• Excellent skills in critical analysis, decision-making and problem solving.
• Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically for the short- and long-term.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to effectively educate faculty, staff and students.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish rapport and credibility with a wide-range of constituencies.
• Ability to be flexible and work without direct supervision.
• Able to collaborate, influence and command the respect and confidence of faculty, students and other campus partners.
• Strong organizational skills; evidence of self-motivation; demonstrated ability to plan, schedule and work independently and in teams.
• Ability to handle multiple assignments and changing priorities quickly and efficiently as circumstances dictate.
• Ability to synthesize a wide variety of data and compile appropriate reports using spreadsheets and other appropriate software.
• Ability to articulate the relevance of a women’s college.
Preferred Qualification Summary
• Doctoral degree.
• Teaching experience at the undergraduate level
• Knowledge of Barnard College
Physical Demands Summary
Posting Detail Information
Barnard College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and from individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
Open Until Filled