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Associate Dean, Social and Behavioral Sciences (Internal)
Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah
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Date Posted 01/23/2019
Salary Commensurate with experience -  
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Title

Associate Dean, Social and Behavioral Sciences (Internal)

Open Internally or Externally


If faculty, tenure track status

Not Applicable

Reports to (title)

Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences



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Job Summary

The Associate Dean (AD) for Social and Behavioral Sciences heads the Department and provides leadership, management, and motivation for Department personnel, supervising and coordinating Departmental processes and procedures to insure high-quality education and training for Salt Lake Community College students. The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and serves as a member of the Dean’s administrative team.

The AD for the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department is responsible for shaping the department’s success, growth, and future. The AD has a direct influence over the professional growth and development of individual faculty and students. The work and effort of the AD transcends routine management tasks. The AD must clarify, communicate, and implement the department’s vision, mission, guiding principles, goals, and expectations. Acting as the primary spokesperson for assigned faculty and students, the AD works with the College administration, peer institutions, the community, and prospective students in the critical areas of curriculum development, recruitment and retention. The AD must proactively facilitate professional teamwork among faculty members in order to achieve the desired vision and mission as the best skills, knowledge, and attitudes of faculty are implemented in a collective effort to achieve that end. The AD’s are at-will.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

A. Personnel
1. Ensure that College personnel policy and procedure is appropriately applied to personnel matters within the department.
2. Coordinate and approve Academic Support Compensation within guidelines in the Academic Guide and others established by the College.
3. Utilize College policy and procedure to resolve faculty and staff grievances, concerns, and problems.
4. Coordinate and evaluate the professional activities of all members of the department, to include providing guidance to faculty regarding professional growth, evaluation, and tenure. Participate in the tenure process as described in policy. Assist the Office of Human Resources and Faculty Development Office in coordinating and facilitating necessary faculty records.
5. Consult with faculty members and the Dean regarding faculty recruitment, appointments, promotion, sabbatical leave, faculty retention, and other personnel matters, adhering to all appropriate policies and procedures.
6. Hire, orient and supervise and (if needed) discipline adjunct instructors and coordinate with assigned faculty and other College offices in their orientation, training, and mentoring, and help adjunct instructors to develop pedagogic skills and collegiality within the department.
7. In collaboration with the Dean and Provost, verify and manage the assignment of the full-time faculty teaching assignments in compliance with established procedures and directives.
8. Provide for the management and supervision of assigned support staff and facilitate support for faculty teaching and service activities.
9. Appoint appropriate task forces and work groups within the department.
10. Schedule and coordinate work-study students, lab coordinators, readers, graders, and aides where applicable.

B: Leadership
1. Provide leadership, support, and supervision for department or division faculty and staff.
2. Coordinate department or division faculty and staff in endeavors to achieve the College’s mission and strategic plan.
3. Help the department or division faculty to establish an appropriate vision and appropriate goals that have a clear tie to the College’s mission, and coordinate efforts to achieve those goals.

C: Academic Programs
1. Assist the Dean in developing new and modifying existing programs to promote student learning outcomes and program effectiveness. This may involve activities such as the following: Collecting and utilizing survey data and student interest data; developing program grant proposals; developing program budgets and cost data; determining program impact; preparing and coordinating articulation agreements; implementing Concurrent Enrollment processes; coordinating transfer information; coordinating utilization of facilities.
2. Initiate, plan, and oversee implementation of all academic offerings in the division or department, with appropriate involvement of assigned faculty and staff, the Dean, and College planning bodies. Wherever appropriate, utilize and report the advice of Program Advisory Committees (PACs) and provide staff support for PACs.
3. Along with the dean, take a leading role in academic program quality and assessment of student learning outcomes. Serve on the school Curriculum Committee and Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee. Assist with department- and College-wide evaluations for agencies such as the Board of Regents, the Northwest Association of Colleges and Universities, and provide leadership for disciplinary and/or processional accreditation.
4. Ensure inter-department/inter-division coordination and cooperation, communicating effectively with the dean, the department members, and other members of the College community.
5. Meet with department or division members on a regular basis to ensure coordination, communication, and dissemination of information.
6. Ensure that the class schedule meets students’ needs, while at the same time being fiscally responsible and efficient. Participate in College-wide scheduling processes in a timely manner, meeting all established deadlines. Coordinate with regional directors in scheduling classes at the College’s various sites. When classes must be canceled, coordinate with affected students, the Scheduling Office, and facilities administrators.
7. Support the exploration, scheduling, improvement, and use of learning modalities and delivery methods, including flexibly scheduled learning, distance learning, and classroom technologies.
8. Ensure that the College catalog is accurate, well written, and current, and assist in the preparation of all relevant College documents, including the class schedule, brochures, etc.
9. Maintain an inventory of current course syllabi, and monitor the development of new and revised syllabi.

D. Students
1. Serve as liaison for the department or division, especially for students. This requires that the AD’s office be covered, such that students and staff will normally find the AD’s office attended and open for business during regular business hours.
2. Coordinate with Student Affairs and department or division members to provide appropriate advisement and consultation for students in department and division programs.
3. Coordinate with Student Affairs and faculty members to recruit students to department programs.
4. Participate in admission processes for selective programs, and help adjudicate student grievances as described in the Code of Student Conduct, and serve as a liaison for students and adjunct faculty members.
5. Promote successful student transfer and/or job placement and/or cooperative education placement.
6. Coordinate with Student Affairs in the administration of financial aid and scholarships.

E. Budget:
1. Monitor department inventory, supplies, and capital equipment.
2. Prepare and maintain a department or division budget.
3. Coordinate the informed budget process among department or division members and initiate budget requests with their justifications.
4. Maintain fiscal control of department budgets, ensuring that department funds are used in accordance with all College policy and state statute.

F. Teaching
Teaching: As leaders of faculty, it is important that ADs have appropriate
familiarity with the faculty roles and duties within the department. Therefore, ADs
are permitted to teach one class per term, depending on the needs of the department
or division. Deans are responsible to insure that AD teaching schedules do not
detract from their primary administrative duties in accordance with:
1. SLCC Policies and Procedures 3.02 (Consultation/Other Employment
Activities) III.A:
All personnel of the College holding full-time salaried positions shall give
full services to the work of the College during scheduled work periods.
2. SLCC Policies and Procedures 3.03 (Conflict of Interest) IV.A.3
Other College Employment. No employee should be paid twice for
performing the same service.
Therefore, all AD teaching requests require prior consultation with and approval
from the appropriate Dean. Deans are required to sign AD overload teaching
contracts. Additionally, Deans must document their approval in a signed memo to
the Provost of Academic Affairs with cc to the AD. If an AD overload assignment
occurs during normal AD duty hours (per section ‘Appointment of ADs,’ Part G.)
the memo must also specify a plan for the AD to make up any full-time work effort
which will be supplanted by the overload teaching assignment. Compensation for
teaching will be at the overload rate.
G. Other duties as assigned.

Coordinate faculty and staff development with pertinent College personnel.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
1. Qualifications for a faculty member in the department/division in the Social and Behavioral Sciences at SLCC. (A minimum of a master’s degree in a discipline within Social and Behavioral Sciences.)

2. Have served as full-time faculty member who have taught for at least three years (may include administrators returning to teaching, retired faculty members who want to return, etc.).

3. Evidence of significant and productive participation in department-level processes such as scheduling, program review, department test preparation and administration, curriculum development, student issues, and other department tasks.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge & Skills:

1. Innovative, collaborative and flexible management style.

2. Ability to work in a team setting.

3. Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.

4. Ability to address faculty, staff, and student issues in a positive manner at the department or division level and in collaboration with other college departments, divisions, and administrators.

5. Ability to meet deadlines.

6. Integrity and high ethical standards, and an ability to engender trust.

7. Excellent computer skills.

8. Ability to lead, direct, and manage departmental personnel, making appropriate decisions.

9. Ability to manage the department or division in compliance with College policies, procedures, guidelines, and direction.

10. Commitment to keep the College accessible to a diverse urban population and ability to promote cultural, economic, and ethnic diversity.

Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, ability, culture, ethnic background, to maintain good working relationships across the College. Ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities and special needs.

Special Instructions

Salt Lake Community College will complete a criminal background check on the finalist.


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