Penn State Beaver invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Academic Affairs (DAA) to begin July 2014 or as negotiated. The DAA is the senior campus academic officer and reports directly to the Chancellor. The DAA is responsible for providing leadership for all academic and faculty matters, and acts on behalf of the Chancellor in his or her absence or as delegated.
As a key member of the campus administrative team, the DAA works with the faculty and other staff in an environment of shared governance and cross-functional relationships. The DAA also works with colleagues from the nineteen campuses located around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania reporting to the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses. The DAA also works with other colleges and departments at the University Park campus to ensure that Penn State operates as one university geographically dispersed across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Specific campus responsibilities of the DAA include faculty recruitment, evaluation, and development; academic planning, program development, administration, and evaluation; promoting faculty and student scholarship and research; supporting innovation and excellence in teaching; enhancing a program for student recruitment, development, and retention; supporting academic enhancement activities for students, such as study-abroad, internships, and service-learning opportunities; leading efforts in grant writing and funding solicitations to support research and academic programs; and leading the faculty in outreach service to the community. In addition, the DAA is responsible for administering all budgets for academic programs, faculty development, and academic support services; supporting continuing education opportunities and marketing strategies for University degree programs (offered at this and other campuses of Penn State); supervising academic units (including registrar, division of undergraduate studies, and the Learning Center); and supporting and fostering diversity.
QUALIFICATIONS: A successful candidate will have an earned doctorate, academic administrative experience, and a minimum of five years of experience working in higher education in activities related to teaching, research and scholarship, and service. Candidates should possess strong writing and interpersonal skills, including the ability to foster teamwork and promote collaborative activities in a multidisciplinary environment. Also, candidates should possess the academic qualifications for a tenured, senior rank faculty appointment at Penn State. Essential qualifications include experience with academic planning, faculty recruitment and development, faculty governance, and budgeting, and knowledge of various approaches to active and collaborative learning. Desirable experience includes grant writing and administration, and familiarity with or expertise in the effective use of instructional technologies. This 48-week academic administrative appointment includes an excellent benefits package.
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APPLICATION: Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of four references. All applications must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word or PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin December 16, 2013 and continue until an appointment is made.
Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with university policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.