Assistant Dean, Student Success, College of Arts and Science

at University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Assistant Dean, Student Success, College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Academic Services

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Work type: Staff

Location: Newark

Categories: Academic Administration, Full Time



The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the University of Delaware is nationally recognized for its exceptional educational experiences and for integrating instruction, research, and public engagement. With 24 academic departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, more than 25 centers, programs, and institutes, and featuring outstanding research and teaching facilities, CAS serves over 7,500 students, is supported by approximately 400 staff, and maintains annual operating expenditures of over $121M. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and sciences education and a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression, with sponsored research expenditures totaling more than $38.6M per fiscal year.

The Undergraduate Academic Services (UAS) unit of the CAS Dean’s Office is committed to providing advisement, academic services, and co-curricular coaching to support the success and retention of all students in the college.

Under the limited direction of the Senior Assistant Dean, the Assistant Dean is responsible for developing and managing programs and projects within CAS to provide co-curricular student support and to connect students to existing support resources and experiential programs at UD. The Assistant Dean directly supervises staff who provide co-curricular coaching for CAS students. The Assistant Dean assists in planning and implementing programming, as well as setting goals and proposing solutions to issues which affect the quality of service provided to our students.


+ Develop and lead programs in the College, to intentionally provide CAS students with co-curricular resources and experiences, such as peer and alumni mentoring, internship opportunities, research opportunities, scholarship opportunities, and career services.

+ Serve as a key partner in UD’s grant-funded student research program with Fox Chase Cancer Center.

+ Work closely with UD’s Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team to develop relationships with alumni for experiential learning opportunities, such as internships and mentoring.

+ Work to intentionally build, implement, and assess effective peer and alumni mentoring programs for all CAS students.

+ Work with faculty to develop and coordinate specialized student support programs, such as the Legal Professional Preparatory Program (LP3).

+ Build relationships with UD resources outside of CAS and leverage these relationships to effectively connect CAS students to appropriate co-curricular supports and experiences, such as academic support, counseling, disability services, financial support, student organizations, study abroad opportunities, etc.

+ Convene the leaders of the existing CAS support resources to ensure coordination and sharing of best practices. Develop and maintain a system to ensure that all UD students are aware of these resources and that they are conveniently accessed through UAS. These resources include the Writing Center, the Mathematical Sciences Learning Lab, the Physics Help Center, the Language Proficiency Center, the Interdisciplinary Science and Learning Laboratories, the Center for Secondary Teacher Education, the Medical Scholars Program, and Military Science.

+ Develop a metrics-based approach to identify equity gaps, based on measures such as four-year graduation rates, academic probation rates, etc. Identify target populations for specific outreach and programs and work with college leadership to design and implement programs to address the identified gaps.

+ Manage staff who provide co-curricular coaching for all CAS students in all years.

+ Manage staff who provide support for Associate in Arts Program (AAP) graduates who are transitioning to their bachelor’s degree programs.

+ Represent the College on various University and College committees regarding student engagement, retention, and success.

+ Support the College’s recruitment efforts by representing the College at University-level recruitment events.

+ Performs job-related duties as assigned.


+ Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, with minimum of four years’ directly related experience. Degree in student personnel, college counseling, or related field preferred.

+ Ability to effectively lead, supervise, train, and mentor professional staff.

+ Effective leadership, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

+ Ability to present effectively to small and large groups.

+ Ability to work productively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

+ Ability to develop and implement short- and long-term goals and have working knowledge of planning principles and practices.

+ Comprehensive knowledge of University academic programs, policies and procedures.

+ Ability to communicate effectively and solve problems with university-wide constituencies.

+ Experience developing and maintaining partnerships.

+ Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data.

+ Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in the campus community.

+ Proficient computer skills including use of presentation, spreadsheet, and database software.

+ Experience with PeopleSoft UDSIS preferred, and retention or student success software (such as EAB Student Success Collaborative) preferred.

+ Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.

+ Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.


+ May require some evening and weekend hours.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Applications close: Nov 08 2021 Eastern Standard Time

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Posted On: Oct 21, 2021

Updated On: Nov 12, 2021