Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Assessment
The School of Pharmacy at South College
The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Assessment, acting under the direction of the Dean, leads the School of Pharmacy in areas related to academic programs, assessment, and accreditation. Academic affairs responsibilities include comprehensive oversight of delivery of the curriculum and academic support services and programs. Assessment responsibilities include assessing curriculum and programmatic outcomes and report generation for internal and external stakeholders. Accreditation responsibilities include maintaining accreditation records, leading self-study activities, and submitting reports to accreditors within the institution.
The Associate Dean serves as a member of the Executive Committee and holds a faculty appointment. The Associate Dean will have, as appropriate, responsibilities for teaching, scholarship and service.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provide overall leadership, direction, advocacy, communication, coordination, and assessment of the academic unit as a whole, and of the sub-units (departments and/or programs) within it.
2. Work with the Curricular Affairs Committee and faculty to ensure proper scope and depth of coverage of the curriculum; and support the faculty in effective delivery of the curriculum.
3. Serve as the liaison to institutional departments supporting delivery of the curriculum, including the departments of information technology and instructional technology.
4. Develop, maintain, and enforce campus policies and procedures.
5. Establish a formal and informal communication network so that student feedback occurs on significant issues and problems in the academic unit.
6. Communicate progression and other academic-related decisions to students.
7. Direct and coordinate the creation, publication, and implementation of the academic calendar, and class and exam schedules
8. Ensure that a system of student observation and evaluation of faculty occurs systematically, fairly and regularly.
9. Oversee and utilize the Pharmacy Academic Support Services Program (PASS Program), including the early intervention and remediation programs.
10. Support the Academic Progression and Professional Conduct Committee by preparing confidential, individual reports on students’ progress.
Assessment and Accreditation:
1. Oversee the Office of Assessment:
a. Author the assessment plan and the annual assessment report to the School of Pharmacy and the institution.
b. Assess achievement of all benchmarks included in the assessment plan and identify improvement initiatives for benchmarks not achieved.
c. Oversee achievement of the strategic plan and author annual and interim reports to the School of Pharmacy and the institution.
d. Support the Curricular Affairs Committee, and Assessment Committee by providing assessment findings, reports, and materials.
e. Serve as the liaison to all external agencies and bodies that provide materials and tools necessary to carry out assessment activities.
2. Oversee accreditation activities and programs:
a. Maintain the database for accreditation records and reports.
b. Serve as self-study chair and author self-study reports.
c. Provide an annual report to the Executive Committee on School of Pharmacy performance on accreditation standards and effectiveness of programs.
d. Ensure timely submission of required reports to accreditation bodies.
e. Communicate with accreditation bodies to enhance the understanding, training, and involvement of faculty members in accreditation standards and procedures.
f. Communicate with the Dean for review of documents and reports prior to submission to accreditation bodies.
Supervises the administrative personnel assigned to the Pharmacy Academic Support Services Program (PASS Program).
Education and Experience:
A Doctor of Pharmacy Degree or a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Social and Administrative Sciences from a U.S. accredited institution. Pharmacist licensure in Tennessee preferred but not required. Specialization and/or experience in curriculum management and assessment and the scholarship of teaching and learning required. Experience in working with ACPE and regional higher education accreditation organizations is required. Prior administrative leadership experience preferred.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required. Ability to read, analyze and interpret literature, reports, and documents required. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from internal and external stakeholders required.
Ability to author articles for School of Pharmacy publications and to effectively present information to internal and external stakeholders required.
Ability to identify issues, reach conclusions and develop responsive strategies in relation to data available required. Ability to direct data collection and analysis required.