Associate Vice President for Adult Education and Dean of Graduate Studies

Technological advancements, social changes, and economic demands in the 21st century have made graduate and continuing studies one of the most exciting elements of higher education. You can be part of this historical moment by leading Alvernia University’s commitment to academic excellence for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Alvernia University was founded in 1958 by the Bernardine Franciscan sisters as an undergraduate college preparing Sisters to teach. Today, as a private coeducational Franciscan university rooted in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, and committed to educating underrepresented populations, Alvernia is a rigorous, caring, and inclusive learning community committed to academic excellence and to being and fostering broadly educated lifelong learners, reflective professionals and engaged citizens, and ethical learners with moral courage.

The University enrolls approximately 3,000 students (1,500 traditional undergraduates, 620 continuing education students, 780 graduate, and 50 doctoral students). Its suburban, 123-acre campus outside Reading is within easy driving distance of Philadelphia along the New York to Washington, D.C. corridor. In addition, Alvernia has two satellite academic centers in Philadelphia and Pottsville plus numerous other offsite locations in Pennsylvania. The academic program has grown to include 50 undergraduate programs of study, eight master’s degrees, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Leadership, principal and teacher certifications, degree completion programs, and the Seniors College, an innovative program serving hundreds of senior citizens.

The AVP/Dean of Graduate Studies is responsible for three main areas; Academic Quality, Revenue Growth, and Student Services. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the overall leadership of the School including strategic planning and goal setting, growth and viability, and regional and programmatic accreditation. This position ensures day-to-day supervision, professional development and evaluation of staff and faculty. The AVP/Dean also collaborates with the Provost and the Vice President for Enrollment Management to strengthen and create programs and services that anticipate and fulfill the expanding community needs. This position plays a visible role within the community and builds partnerships that result in the delivery of educational services.

The AVP/Dean supervises a team of six on our main campus and satellite locations and is responsible for gross revenue over 12 million dollars. The incumbent oversees an entrepreneurial outreach program for continuing education and supports liaison activities to expand and develop collaborative partnerships with businesses and school districts in the Alvernia influence. Other responsibilities include ensuring that programs are in compliance with all state and federal education regulations and guidelines, and developing and maintaining the annual budget. The AVP/Dean works cooperatively with the President’s senior leadership team, College Deans, Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, and the Graduate Academic Council to ensure successful achievement of institutional and divisional goals.

The successful candidate will demonstrate and communicate clear educational vision for graduate and continuing studies. The AVP/Dean must be committed to promoting the academic success of every graduate and continuing study student while believing in and supporting the University’s philosophy, mission, and values. The candidate must have a record of effectiveness in representing the graduate and continuing studies program and communicating the mission of the University with many stakeholders, including alumni, prospective students and their families, corporate, and community members. An earned Doctorate degree is required.

The search is being conducted by Ed-Exec, Inc. in Glastonbury, CT. Please do not contact the University. Interested individuals should send a letter describing their interest and qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information including e-mail address and telephone number for five references in confidence. All correspondence should be sent electronically with the subject line AVP/Dean (Microsoft Word attachments preferred) to:

For full consideration, all materials must be received by Wednesday May 27th, 2009. Applications are being reviewed as submitted, and the search will continue until the position is filled

Alvernia University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and minorities to apply.

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