POSITION SUMMARY: This role reports to the Assistant Provost for Educational Effectiveness, and oversees all aspects of the core curriculum in collaboration with academic programs that house the core. This includes leadership, implementation, faculty training/development, and coordination of functions, staff, procedures, assessments, and budgets. The Assistant Dean is responsible to lead continuous improvement efforts for the core curriculum based on assessment of student learning and in alignment with Biola’s vision, mission, and strategic planning. The Assistant Dean facilitates partnership with academic programs in core mission, learning outcomes, and course mapping. Direction of the General Studies program largely involves the First Year Seminar program, which includes creation of curriculum, coordination of the course, and support of professors teaching this course. Additionally, the Assistant Dean provides academic oversight of GNST courses more broadly.
Master’s degree in a core discipline or its foreign equivalent is required. An earned doctorate or terminal degree in a core discipline is strongly preferred.
Demonstration of commitment to a Christian liberal arts curriculum.
Knowledge of trends in higher education, specifically those related to undergraduate education.
Evidence of strong leadership skills, communication skills, and administrative ability.
Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with faculty, deans, department chairs, and administrative functions.
Experience with student learning outcomes assessment and familiarity with WSCUC Core Competencies
Demonstrated understanding of the varied learning contexts to ensure the thriving of an increasingly diverse student body.
Previous experience with program administration and/or curriculum development is desirable, though not required.
About Biola University
Biola University's Doctrinal Statement remains the foundational document regarding the theological position of the University. Biola's position from its inception has been and remains Christian, Protestant and theologically conservative. Prospective and existing employees must affirm that their personal theological beliefs are in agreement with the Biola Doctrinal Statement. A prospective or an existing employee's church affiliation will be considered in determining his or her understanding of and compliance with Biola's theological position.
All positions at Biola University require applicants to pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment. This includes a review of any pending charges or convictions. Once a conditional offer of employment is extended, Biola utilizes the services of HireRight, a third-party agency, to conduct a criminal background check. Biola also reserves the right to expand the search if applicable for the position (e.g., a Department of Transportation search for positions that require driving).