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College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Assistant Dean
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Date Posted Feb. 25, 2020
Title College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Assistant Dean
University University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA, United States
Department College of Natural Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Administration - Academic Unit
    University Administration
College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Assistant Dean
University of Massachusetts Amherst

The CNS Assistant Dean serves as the primary Academic Dean for undergraduates enrolled as primary majors within the college. The Assistant Dean assists students, faculty, advisors, and occasionally parents (with FERPA release) with issues pertaining to academic policy, progress towards degree, and academic standing.

  • Serve as the primary CNS Academic Dean for undergraduate students. Responsible for the receipt, review, and determinations for all Dean actions including:
  • Academic discipline
  • Appeals for immediate reinstatement
  • Advising follow up with students in academic discipline
  • Petitions to the Committee on Admissions and Records
  • University withdrawals
  • Approvals of Satisfactory Academic Progress Plans for financial aid requests
  • Approvals to exceed 10/12 semesters
  • Late withdrawals from courses
  • Late course additions
  • Exceptions to college requirements
  • Grade change approvals
  • Serve as CNS Lead on University Policy and Program Adherence.
  • Serve as a Resource and Coordinate with Academic Advisors in the CNS Advising Center and in the CNS departments to support students.
  • Serve as Primary Major Advisor for Students in the Science Major (all concentrations).
  • Participate in College and University Committees.

  • Master’s degree in a science, education, or related field; Ph.D. or E.D. preferred.
  • 5 years of experience in college level programs focused on student academic success and progress.
  • Familiarity with UMass Amherst student advising data platforms.
  • Able to successfully interact with a student body representing a range of socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm, some nights and weekends.

Salary Information
Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Submit a letter of application, resume, a statement of your advising philosophy and experience in student success, a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and contact information for three professional references. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. (

Apply by March 23, 2020 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search will remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

Please submit an application online at the following link:

About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

  • UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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