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Internal to GVSU - Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Apply now Job no: 493827
Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

*****Internal to GVSU*****

Summary: The Associate Dean will lead CLAS initiatives related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) and provide the vision and action to establish CLAS as a leader in equity at the university. The AD will spearhead equity and inclusion initiatives around student success and support, pedagogy, and curriculum, faculty and staff hiring mentoring and professional development, and College structures and processes.

Responsibilities - Essential Functions: 

  • The Associate Dean will lead CLAS initiatives related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) and provide the vision and action to establish CLAS as a leader in equity at the university.
  • The AD will spearhead equity and inclusion initiatives around student success and support, pedagogy, and curriculum, faculty and staff hiring mentoring and professional development, and College structures and processes.
  • The AD will also develop a college-wide, action-focused DEIA committee and provide leadership for that group. 
  • The work will be done in collaboration with the CLAS Dean, the Dean’s team, the Division of Inclusion and Equity, the Pew Faculty
  • Teaching and Learning Center, the Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement, and other offices and colleagues around campus.
  • The CLAS Dean’s Office takes a team-based approach, and the new AD will support the work of the college broadly as well as draw on their own experiences and expertise to shape the responsibilities of this position, particularly as they relate to the emerging CLAS vision (e.g., internship coordination, community engagement, multidisciplinary initiatives, etc.).

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate scholarly or practical expertise related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
  • This could include experience with inclusive pedagogies and related student success initiatives, scholarship that engages the intellectual and cultural traditions of minoritized groups, research focused on marginalized populations or social inequality, engagement with community-based social justice work, and/or other forms of culturally sustaining teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • The candidate will possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with respect, empathy, and cultural humility, and will have demonstrated the ability to work with creativity, flexibility, persistence, optimism, and collaboration towards action.
  • Prior leadership experience is highly desirable and could be demonstrated through shared governance leadership roles, unit-level leadership positions, or other professional or community-based experiences.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas would be especially welcome: curriculum development, student support and success, inclusive hiring, inclusive pedagogies, community engagement, internship development, multidisciplinary collaboration, experiential learning, and high-impact practices.
  • Applicants should be a tenured associate or full professors in disciplines related to the liberal arts and sciences. 
  • Applications are welcomed from across the University.

Position Type and Term:

This appointment will begin January 2, 2022, with an option to begin May 6, 2022, and will be for a term of five and one-half years, renewable in 2027.  This is a twelve-month position, 75% as Associate Dean, 25% devoted to departmental teaching, service, or research/creative activities as arranged with the Dean and the unit head.  The AD will be subject to the rules for “Faculty members with administrative assignments” in section 4.2.11.3 of the Faculty Handbook.

Salary/Benefits: The AD will receive a stipend of $22,000 in addition to a regular faculty salary.  Appropriate support for professional development and contact with DEIA efforts elsewhere will be available.

Department/Division: Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Office / Academic Student Affairs

Campus: Allendale

How To Apply: Interested applicants should apply online at www.jobs.gvsu.edu and submit: a letter of interest that summarizes the candidate’s understanding of what the position entails, their vision for that role, and how their qualifications prepare them to fulfill that role; a curriculum vitae; and names and contact information for three references. Questions regarding the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Associate Dean George McBane (mcbaneg@gvsu.edu).

Application Deadline: The review process will begin on October 15, 2021. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall, titleix@gvsu.edu, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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