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Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs (VPDAA)
University of Pittsburgh – Bradford

Date Posted Sep. 17, 2019
Title Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs (VPDAA)
University University of Pittsburgh – Bradford
Bradford, PA, United States
Department Academic Affairs
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Vice-(President/Provost/Chancellor)
  • Academic Affairs
    Administration - General
    Senior Administration
    University Administration

Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs (VPDAA)

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist the University of Pittsburgh – Bradford (Pitt-Bradford) in their search for a Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs (VPDAA). The University seeks an accomplished, student-centered, strategic leader with a commitment to academic excellence and a deep understanding of a liberal arts education.

The ideal candidate is a high energy, diversity-minded, results focused academic leader with a vision for the future of Pitt-Bradford. The successful candidate brings a solid record of innovative program development and academic success along with the skill to lead faculty and staff in establishing and achieving common goals. The position requires focus, dedication and expertise with first generation students and undergraduate success.

Pitt-Bradford is a unique blend of a public institution with a liberal arts focus. With a new President, the institution is poised for change and growth with a heightened focus on diversity and inclusion as well as a strategic plan blending STEM education and opportunities into a liberal arts environment. The institution will introduce more programs in Healthcare, Technology/Engineering and Environmental Sustainability.

The University desires a strong communicator capable of balancing the expectations and perspectives of multiple constituents. The successful candidate has demonstrated success in: innovative academic program development, working with diverse student bodies, and establishing program assessment and student learning outcomes, student retention initiatives and collaboration with student affairs.

Reporting directly to the President, the VPDAA is highly visible, contributing to the overall leadership of the University. The VPDAA is engaged with the entire University, interacting with all departments at all levels and must bring fresh ideas and vision. Overseeing the academic integrity of the University and providing leadership in long-range planning, budgeting, curriculum, and program development, the VPDAA will ensure compliance with various accreditation agencies at the institutional and program level as well as state accreditation and regulations. The VPDAA will ensure the academic integrity of the University and proactively support innovations in programs and methods of delivery to adapt to changing environments, demand and needs. Positions reporting to the VPDAA include: Associate and Assistant Deans, Division Chairs, and administrative support staff as well as faculty.

Key Responsibilities
1. Provide academic leadership sensitive to trends and challenges in higher education.
2. Manage the academic programs and faculty ensuring quality and relevance of education for the students, including the design, development, and accreditation process of the University’s academic programs.
3. Develop, plan, administer, and monitor budgets for units within Academic Affairs
4. Direct the work of the entire teaching faculty of the University through the various divisions and departments.
5. Guide future direction of academic programs by developing strategic plans and goals, including specific courses of action for assuring continuing accreditation and promoting student academic success.
6. Assure a faculty and professional workforce capable of high-level performance through excellent recruitment and development of faculty and staff.
7. Serve as University representative at the request of or in the absence of the President

Qualifications & Experience

  • Earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree
  • Evidence of a strong record in teaching and scholarly accomplishment sufficient to warrant tenure and appointment to full professor
  • 3 – 5 years higher education administration experience
  • Proven commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research, and student success
  • Achievements in increasing campus diversity
  • Demonstrated leadership in improving student outcomes in an environment that values diversity and inclusive excellence
  • Experience with the tenure & promotion processes
  • Knowledge of enrollment and retention management
  • Demonstrated understanding of diverse student, faculty, and staff populations and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Experience with faculty recruitment and development
  • Experience developing curriculum and program review
  • Experience with developing systems for student learning outcomes and program assessment
  • Experience with institutional and accreditation process
  • Leadership experience in the design of new degree programs
  • Extraordinary communication skills across all disciplines and constituencies
  • Appreciation for shared governance

About University of Pittsburgh – Bradford
Pitt-Bradford enrolls 1,281 students with 74% from 60 Pennsylvania counties, 14% from 27 New York counties, and 12 percent from 28 states and 17 countries. Seventy-four percent of students live on campus. Though the Bradford region is not especially diverse, 16% of Pitt-Bradford students are Black/African American, 4.5% are Hispanic, and 5.3% are Asian. Its 76 full-time and 20 part-time faculty create a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Sixty-five percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students; 91% have fewer than 30. With a contribution of $67.5 million to the regional economy in 2011 alone, Pitt-Bradford is recognized as a driving economic force within the communities it serves.

High academic standards, challenging and nurturing academic programs, and high-quality, teaching-oriented faculty have always been hallmarks of the campus. Pitt-Bradford has been increasingly recognized nationally for the quality of its education, as well as for the financial support it provides its students. The Princeton Review has named Pitt-Bradford as one of the Best Colleges in the Northeast for fifteen consecutive years. Additionally, G.I. Jobs has named Pitt-Bradford a Military Friendly School for the past nine years. In 2013, Pitt-Bradford was ranked among the top ten regional campuses in the United States by TheBestColleges. The Council for Aid to Education ranked the campus fourth highest in percentage of dollars devoted to financial aid in 2017. And, in 2016, President Obama recognized Pitt-Bradford as one of thirteen institutions excelling in enrolling and graduating Pell-eligible students.

About the Area:
Settled in the 1840s and incorporated in 1879, Bradford was one of the boomtowns of the western Pennsylvania oil rush of the late 19th century. The city’s population is currently about 8,600; the greater Bradford area is about 18,000. With an approximately five percent minority population, the city is less diverse than other regions in the state.

Described as "a cool town with a warm heart", Bradford recently completed a $3 million revitalization effort and has secured several million dollars more for streetscape improvements to the historic downtown. It also has been successful in recruiting new industries and services to the community and is interested in continuing to partner with Pitt-Bradford in innovative campus/community development projects. In 2017, Pitt-Bradford opened its Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center on the Bradford Town Square, providing exciting new academic, programming, and event space, as well as the new home of the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center. Horne, a world-renowned opera singer and a native of Bradford, has supported a variety of programs that benefit both the community of Bradford and Pitt-Bradford students.

Major employers in the Bradford region include the American Refining Group, Zippo Manufacturing Company, Case Cutlery, and the Bradford Regional Medical Center. Pitt-Bradford is moments away from a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities, including a 42-mile trail system – part of which runs through campus – boating and kayaking, camping, skiing, snowmobile and ATV trails, a state park, and access to the Allegheny National Forest. The campus is less than a one-hour drive to Lake Chautauqua and an hour and a half to both Erie, PA and Buffalo, NY. Bradford enjoys a low cost of living, and the University maintains a beautiful and historic residence for the president in a city neighborhood close to the campus.

Women and applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals with experience in a setting committed to multiculturalism and/or campus diversity are of particular interest. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

To Apply:
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