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Associate Dean, Undergraduate Advising - School of Arts & Sciences
Tufts University

Date Posted Mar. 11, 2022
Title Associate Dean, Undergraduate Advising - School of Arts & Sciences
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department School of Arts & Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Academic Advising


The professionals in Undergraduate Education foster student growth, empowerment, and success by serving, advising, guiding, nurturing, and celebrating our students, and working with them and our faculty to solve problems so that students may successfully navigate the university. We focus on the academic aspect of students’ lives at Tufts, providing information, advice, and support to help them successfully complete their degrees in a timely manner while ensuring that our students have an enriching and rewarding academic experience.


To that end, we provide students with advising, academic support, direction, and accurate information. We also provide academic enrichment programs and opportunities so that students may reach their full potential and achieve their best. We collaborate with faculty and other departments to advocate for students and improve the academic experience for all students as well as the policies governing undergraduate study at Tufts.

What You'll Do

This position will work in person on campus for at least half the work week during the fall and spring semesters while classes are in session, with more flexibility for remote work over the summer and during school breaks. There are periods of time and events in which in-person participation is required, especially during New Student Orientation and Commencement.


The Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising supports students in their engagement with the curriculum, helps them understand the university's policies and procedures, and provides guidance on academic and intellectual direction, academic difficulty, course work, extended absence from class, choice of major, change of advisor, and leave of absence, among other things. The Associate Dean will work with the same group of undergraduate students in the School of Arts & Sciences throughout their entire Tufts experience to provide continuity of care and develop knowledge of each student’s strengths and needs. The dean actively engages with students, their parents, and faculty to keep students on track to graduate, monitor students in academic difficulty, and make recommendations to a faculty committee regarding students’ academic standing.


The Associate Dean interacts frequently with faculty by serving on committees and by providing guidance on academic policies to individual instructors. The dean will work as a team with other Associate Deans to enforce academic policies, improve administrative procedures, and decide petitions regarding exceptions to academic rules and graduations requirements. This team of deans collaborates with other departments, including academic departments, Dean of Student Affairs Office, Student Accessibility and Academic Resource Center, and Global Education. In addition to the duties listed above, the Associate Dean may serve as advisor for a specialized student cohort or will oversee a special advising program.                          

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired by a Master’s degree.
  • Five years of experience advising, teaching, mentoring or significantly interacting with college students.
  • Superb written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or other advanced degree preferred. Ph.D. or other earned doctorate is advantageous but not required.
  • At least one year of experience with educational program management or other academic administrative leadership preferred.
  • Additional experience working in other areas of university student services, such as student affairs, college learning center, multicultural affairs, bridge programs, and retention programs is beneficial.
  • Understanding of and commitment to issues of diversity in a university setting.


Special Work Schedule Requirements:

Some evening and weekend hours required.



An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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