The Assistant/Associate Dean for Online Programs is a member of the full-time faculty (rank commensurate with experience). The primary responsibilities of the Assistant/Associate Dean for Online Programs are to supervise Department Chairs/Senior Chairs for Online Programs, Program Directors for Online Programs, and faculty to insure that SACS and programmatic accreditation standards and state agency regulations are met, as well as existing and new program content delivery are of high quality and align with the pedagogy design of active and effective online learning while supporting the student experience. The incumbent is responsible for the student experience with the faculty and curriculum. The incumbent must assure that the South University philosophy: quality services to students; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion - is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position. The Assistant/Associate Dean for Online Programs also participates in activities that promote the stature of the academic programs, departments, and colleges and abides by the mandates set by the South University Board of Trustees and administration.
Key Job Elements:
- Supervise the educational process to ensure every student and faculty member is involved in a positive educational experience through the learning, teaching, and social environment.
- Retains non-teaching responsibilities as a full-time faculty member (rank), as outlined in the faculty job description and in accordance with the provisions of Faculty Supplement to the South University Employee Handbook.
- Communicates consistently and effectively with the Assistant/Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Academic Operations, college/school deans, department chairs, and other South University administrators.
- Provides leadership of and direction to Department Chairs/Senior Chairs for Online Programs, Program Directors for Online Programs, Assistant Program Directors for Online Programs, and faculty to identify initiatives to improve the student and faculty experience. Develops with these individuals action plans and drives plan completion to attain the relevant goals of the South University Strategic Plan. Provides regular assessment of progress of these initiatives in attaining goals and holds self and direct reports accountable for implementation.
- Ensures Department Chairs/Senior Chairs for Online Programs, Program Directors for Online Programs, and faculty are in compliance with South University’s academic policies and procedures, educational policies, and SACS and programmatic accreditation standards and state agency regulations.
- In close coordination with South University Institutional Assessment and related online personnel, provides leadership in the assessment process and insures that the South University Institutional Effectiveness Plan is applied to online programs and courses, with the results used to improve the student experience.
- Reviews full-time faculty candidates according to SACS and programmatic accreditation standards, along with the policies and procedures of the University, making full-time faculty (rank) hiring recommendations to the Assistant/Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Academic Operations or making full-time faculty (no rank) hiring decisions.
- Ensures proper credentialing of full-time and adjunct faculty according to SACS and programmatic accreditation standards, along with the policies and procedures of the University.
- Trains, manages, and leads the Department Chairs/Senior Chairs for Online Programs according to the policies and procedures of the University.
Supervises (through the Department Chairs/Senior Chairs for Online Programs) the full-time and adjunct faculty evaluation process, including the completion of periodic course observations for quality assurance and annual faculty evaluations, to ensure faculty provide a strong, student-focused educational environment through consistent adherence to course rubrics, student competencies, and course pedagogy
- Supervises the faculty development process in close coordination with the Department Chairs/Senior Chairs for Online Programs and related online personnel in compliance with South University faculty development policies.
- Investigates and resolves student and faculty educational problems requiring academic actions in consultation with pertinent individuals and departments, under the direction and approval of the Assistant/Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Academic Operations according to the policies and procedures of the University (including all process and documentation requirements).
- Collaborates with the Department Chairs/Senior Chairs for Online Programs to supervise the curriculum revision and development processes (including ad hoc and educational delivery issues) to ensure the achievement of program and course competencies as determined by the college and University.
Supervises course scheduling, faculty scheduling, college meetings, and other pertinent operational matters.
- As appropriate for the program, reviews the transfer of credit decision made by the Department Chair/Senior Chair for Online Programs and transfer of credit materials to affirm or alter the transfer of credit decision.
- Participates in the development and periodic meetings of the pertinent South University advisory councils.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Assistant/Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Academic Operations – South University and the Dean of the College..
South University college/school deans, department chairs, program directors, faculty, and administration at the Savannah campus and online.
Department Chairs/Senior Chairs for Online Programs – South University.
- Held positions of increasing responsibility and leadership within a university or industry setting, with online and/or academic experience a plus.
- Terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., DNP, DNS, etc.) in an appropriate to the academic discipline within the college (i.e., Nursing, Public Health, or Health Science).
- Valid, unencumbered professional licensure/certification required for individuals from particular academic disciplines (i.e., Nursing) while preferred for other academic disciplines (i.e., Public Health or Health Science).
- Teaching experience at the collegiate level, with online experience a plus.
- Strong leadership and strategic planning skills.
- Strong analytical and change management skills.
- Strong fiscal and personnel management experience.
- Experience with computerized administrative systems, including proficiency with the use of standard office applications on personal computers.
Distinction between the Assistant and Associate position levels is commensurate with academic and professional background and experience.
- Ability to read, understand, interpret, and implement accreditation criteria and state agency regulations.
- Ability to read, understand, interpret, and implement academic policies and procedures.
- Ability to resolve inquiries and complaints from employees, students, faculty, regulatory agencies, or members of the academic or business community.
- Ability to effectively present information to employees, students, faculty, academic and campus leaders, corporate leaders, and public groups.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and successfully meet deadlines.
- Ability to work effectively, cooperatively, and flexibly in a team environment.
- Ability to physically work in the United States while performing all responsibilities of the position for the University.
Work Environment & Notice
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Education Management Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.
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