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Assistant Dean for Student Success

Posted: 06/26/2022

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Job no: 500492
Department: Education Health & Society College
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Administration
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No

Job Title: Assistant Dean for Student Success

Job Summary:
The Assistant Dean for Student Success is a member of the College of Education, Health, and Society (EHS) Dean’s leadership team and will lead, assess, and support the college’s culture of student success in order to enhance EHS students’ sense of belonging, academic integration, and academic and professional success. The Assistant Dean serves as the lead divisional advisor and directs the EHS Success Center, which serves as a one-stop-shop for EHS student inquiries, advising, career development and support. The role includes coordinating and developing an integrated approach for the college’s recruitment, advising, retention, career services, and other related programmatic activities.

Duties/Physical Demands:
The Assistant Dean for Student Success has the following duties:

  • Provides overall leadership for the EHS Success Center, ensuring that it implements evidence-based practices to achieve its mission of being a one-stop-shop for supporting all students (i.e., prospective, undergraduate, graduate, and alumni) in their academic and post-graduation success.
  • Implements continuing improvement processes so that we routinely assess the impact of the Center’s activities on student success and uses that data to refine and improve what we do.
  • Serves as the College’s lead on understanding innovations in the areas of student success and ensures that the College implements evidence-based practices to support the success of all students.
  • Leads development and implementation of the division’s strategic enrollment management and retention planning in collaboration with EHS’s Data and Planning Analyst.
  • Chairs the College’s Student Success Task Force, which provides overall direction and coordination of activities related to increasing retention rates, closing equity gaps, reducing time to degree, and ensuring that academic and administrative offices are utilizing data to make decisions about student success.
  • Leads the College’s undergraduate advising team, including providing oversight and management of the team of central advisors and coordinating with all chief departmental advisors. In addition,
    • oversees and coordinates the policies, procedures, and administrative functions relating to undergraduate student advising for EHS.
    • facilitates professional development for professional advisors and faculty academic mentors to include implementation of the university advising modules and current technology.
  • Leads, develops and supervises divisional undergraduate recruitment efforts, including developing presentations and providing advice on promotional materials.
  • Coordinates with EHS academic departments and appropriate university offices’ strategies and activities to increase applications to and yield in graduate programs.
  • Oversees orientation programs for domestic, transfer, and international students including the development of programming and presentations.
  • Engages in University-level service, including the University Undergraduate Academic Advising Council, Orientation and Transition Committee, and University Admission Liaison Committee.
  • Coordinates nomination and selection processes for EHS, University, and external student recognitions, such as awards and national fellowships.
  • Staffs the Dean’s Undergraduate and Graduate Student Leadership Councils, which coordinate community building activities in the College and serve in an advisory capacity to the Dean.
  • Administers petitioning process for undergraduate students. Convenes the divisional undergraduate petition committee and serves on the university Interdivisional (ID) Committee of Advisors.
  • Coordinates annual editing of the bulletin and guidebook; counsels on course registration, degree completion and approves grade changes. Serves as divisional contact to the Registrar’s office.
  • Provides organizational leadership for the divisional commencement ceremonies.
  • Develops annual student success budget.
  • Participates in evening and weekend events as necessary to fulfill role.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel/Counseling, Counseling, discipline reflective of those within EHS, or a closely related field; 7 + years of experience.
  • Position not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Consideration may be given to candidates who have excellent organizational and verbal/written communication skills; proven ability to collaborate with diverse populations, which may include administrative staff, faculty, chairs, admissions/ recruitment/advising groups; evidence of customer service orientation and problem-solving skills; ability to work nights and weekends; confidentiality and discretion in all matters; ability to work effectively in teams and communicate with a diverse set of individuals with varying roles, responsibilities, and experiences; ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities as well as respond with precision and accuracy to requests on deadlines of short duration; effective communication and organizational skills with ability to use them in a fast-paced and productive environment; strong attention to detail. Interpersonal skills that result in the advancement of Miami University and EHS goals through effective working relationships with stakeholders.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a statement of philosophy of student success (including the role of advising). The search committee will request letters of recommendation from the references submitted in the application. Inquiries may be directed to Denise Taliaferro Baszile at 

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Date to Begin Screening Applicants:

Screening of applicants will begin July 13, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Benefits Eligible:



A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

Advertised: 29 Jun 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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