Administrative Careers - Academic Advising, Administrative Careers - Curriculum Development
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.
Core Curriculum: Coordinate the development of the Core curriculum in conjunction with Core Curriculum Committee and academic programs that house core curriculum. The mission and learning outcomes for core are overseen by the Core Curriculum Committee, and this group provides ongoing accountability for student learning, mission, and contextualizing the Christian liberal arts tradition to student needs within higher education. Because the First Year Seminar program introduces the mission and philosophy of the Core curriculum, special attention will be given to collaborating with Student Success in learning outcomes, curriculum, and course offerings.
Core Curriculum Committee: Coordinate the Core Curriculum Committee and determine the necessary subcommittees given the ongoing priorities of the Committee. The Core Curriculum Committee provides an ongoing process for the management and improvement of Core education and ensures that the Core Mission Statement will be central to both the liberal arts and sciences and the biblical studies and theology portions of the Core curriculum.
Teaching in the Core: Teach a minimum of 3 units per academic year in the Core.
Faculty Development: Collaborate with the Office of Faculty Advancement to coordinate and systematize support to resource, equip and train faculty who are teaching in the Core.
Assessment & Research: Collaboration with Educational Effectiveness in scheduling annual assessment of Core learning outcomes, including WSCUC Core Competencies, across represented disciplines, leading and training faculty in annual assessment, reporting of assessment findings, and enacting curricular changes and implementation stemming from assessment data. Responsibilities also include leading the program review of the Core curriculum and establishing assessment protocols and procedures (e.g. a Core assessment committee or task force).
Transfer Systems: Provides support for the articulation of core courses with community colleges.
Course Offerings: Oversees coordination with Academic Advising and the Registrar for course availability. Collaborates with special programs to ensure appropriate delivery and offerings of core courses (e.g., online options, degree completion, study abroad).
University Communication: Ensures effective and timely communication to various audiences including faculty, current students (e.g., website, email, myaccount), incoming students (promoting the benefits of the core curriculum), and university leadership (e.g., Academic Deans, Academic Advising, Registrar).
Committee Responsibilities: Core Curriculum Committee, Core Assessment Committee(s), and additional committees as appropriate.
Required Education, qualifications, and experience:
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.
Additional Salary Information: Ten month contract
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.
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