The Lyman Briggs College (LBC) Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Advising & Student Success is part of the college leadership team, focused on student success, and is responsible for leading the college's undergraduate student success and academic advising team. LBC is an undergraduate, residential college at MSU that is focused on understanding science in its societal contexts. LBC provides a living-learning community for its students, faculty, advisors, and staff who live or work in Holmes Hall. The college has nearly 2000 students in over 35 different majors, faculty members representing a wide range of disciplines, and a highly engaged Student Success & Advising Team (SSA) comprising eight individuals. This dynamic team possesses expertise and holds responsibilities in multiple areas including: academic advising, education abroad and away, student transitions, recruiting a diverse student body, fostering an inclusive environment. The Assistant Dean collaborates with and reports to the college Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning.
The Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Advising & Student Success is responsible for the college's undergraduate academic advisement and promoting initiatives that foster student success and inclusive excellence. They have specific supervisory responsibilities for academic advising, student transitions, degree attainment, and related activities that promote student success and support the goals and mission of Lyman Briggs College. They are also part of the college leadership team, contributing to strategic planning efforts to improve student success.
The Assistant Dean will:
Support, manage, and supervise a team of professional advisors and administrative staff who:
Work effectively with undergraduate students to accomplish their academic goals;
Develop and maintain academic advising programs and initiatives;
Coordinate and conduct orientation sessions for new students;
Pursue professional development and areas of interest/expertise;
Serve on college and university committees;
Advocate for students’ best interests when policy, procedural, and curricular decisions across the college and university are under review;
Implement student recruitment, transition, and retention efforts.
Liaise with the Office of the Registrar and coordinate/collaborate with advisors to perform academic administrative tasks regarding student records (ASUS, coordinating graduation audits, readmittance, etc.
Liaise with the Office of the Registrar and the Dean’s Office for college course scheduling, including using data to predict student demand for courses.
Collaborate with the SSA Team and the Dean’s Office on strategic decision-making using student success data and metrics.
Manage SSA Team budgets.
Make personnel decisions.
Collaborate with REHS on student welfare and living-learning issues, as appropriate.
Engage with recruitment for the College, including in partnership with the University Admissions Office.
Represent the college and the SSA Team on college and university committees.
Remain current on academic curriculum and assist with student academic advising needs.
Communicate effectively and openly with the advising team to provide current and accurate information.
Develop and sustain collaborative relationships throughout campus to support, deepen, and improve academic advising.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
PhD Degree in higher education, educational leadership, student affairs, or related field;
Substantial professional experience in a college/university setting;
Deep understanding of and appreciation for academic advising as a crucial component of the undergraduate experience;
Deep understanding of and appreciation for how issues of equity and access impact undergraduate student success;
Leadership skills including the ability to unite and promote an inclusive team environment;
Demonstrated ability to manage a team of professionals and serve as a leader for undergraduate education;
Experience with data management, data analytics, metrics, and assessment related to undergraduate education and student success;
Superior administrative and organizational skills, including planning and problem solving;
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Demonstrated participation in programs designed to promote inclusion and multicultural perspectives, especially in relation to undergraduate education and student success;
Knowledge of university policies, procedures and systems, including Campus Solutions;
Professional activity with state and/or national organizations in Academic Advising and Student Success;
Commitment to the pursuit of continuous professional development, both for themselves and the SSA Team, to keep the college innovating and applying best practices in undergraduate advising and student success
Required Application Materials
An Advising Philosophy Statement which includes discussion of your approach to leadership and your previous efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Names and email addresses of three professional references
Applications must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State University Human Resources website. Questions related to this position should be directed to Associate Dean Dr. Georgina Montgomery (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
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LBC is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that excellence and diversity are achieved through shared trust and respect, open access, and proactive inclusion.
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