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Senior Associate Dean – Academic and Student Affairs
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Date Posted Oct. 7, 2021
Title Senior Associate Dean – Academic and Student Affairs
University University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
St. Paul, MN, United States
Department College of Veterinary Medicine
Application Deadline Applications encouraged by October 29, 2021 with review beginning in November.
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate Professor
    Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Veterinary Medicine - General
The primary responsibility of the Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs is to provide strategic leadership and coordination of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs within the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Senior Associate Dean also provides leadership surrounding accreditation to enhance the college's capabilities in quality and continuous improvement. The Senior Associate Dean serves as an advisor to the Dean on academic matters including broader educational initiatives, a focus on institutional effectiveness, program planning, and evaluation. Specific responsibilities will include the following:

● Provide leadership and strategic direction for the delivery and outcomes assessments of the CVM’s professional curriculum
● Provide oversight for the DVM curriculum, including the work of the Associate Dean for Education and Assistant Dean for Curriculum
● Provide leadership in the development of CVM educational policies
● Provide oversight of strategic initiatives for education including Community Medicine and Competency-based Veterinary Education
● Responsible for conducting and supporting outcomes assessment in collaboration with faculty, administrators, and professional staff to support continuous improvement of the teaching and learning environment
● Provide oversight of AVMA Council on Education accreditation processes and reporting
● Represent the CVM professional educational mission on U of M and national committees including:
○ Health Sciences Associate Deans
○ Professional Education Council
○ Academic Affairs Committee of the American Association of College of Veterinary Medicine
● Build and maintain relationships with external partners that support our educational mission.

● Provide leadership and supervision for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs to support recruitment, admissions, advising, registration, scheduling, student wellbeing, events, mentorship, career planning, financial aid, and student debt management
● Serve as liaison between the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and Office of Graduate Programs to be inclusive of graduate students in program development and delivery where appropriate
● Provide oversight for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs budget
● Provide oversight for the CVM eLearning strategies, including CVM Office of Online Learning (COOL)
● Provide leadership for student academic support and advising, including support of students with documented disabilities Admissions Leadership:
● Provide leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts related to current students and the recruitment of prospective students
● Develop innovative partnerships for recruitment of under-served career paths and populations.

The Senior Associate Dean or their designee serve on the Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy, Admissions Committee, Student Promotions Committee and other ad hoc committees as needed. The Senior Associate Dean is a member of the CVM Administrative Council and reports directly to the Dean on all matters related to academic and student affairs. The Senior Associate Dean is expected to participate in classroom instruction and clinical or laboratory teaching consistent with their area of expertise.

Required Qualifications:
● Advanced degree in a field closely related to the position. (e.g., DVM/VMD, EdD, PhD, etc.)
● Applicants should have sufficient experience and accomplishments for appointment at the rank of associate professor or professor in either a contract or a tenure-track position
● Experienced administrator with background to include leadership, such as oversight of academic and student affairs or like unit at an institution of higher education
● Strong team leadership, organizational, and communication skills
● Evidence of being highly collaborative and able to assist with conflict resolution
● Demonstrated commitment to educating and empowering diverse students, and advancing the college’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:
● Record of publication and/or scholarship in their field of expertise
● Enthusiasm for and evidence of involvement with leading competency-based education initiatives
● Proven record of student advocacy and support of student wellness.

The 12-month salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
● Competitive wages, paid vacation and holidays
● Comprehensive medical, dental, and pharmacy benefits
● Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
● Excellent retirement plans with generous employer contribution and immediate vesting
● Employer-paid disability and life insurance
● Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
● Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75% of eligible tuition
● Opportunities for professional development leave
● Opportunities for growth and promotion
● Employee Assistance Program

For more information regarding benefits:

Working at the College of Veterinary Medicine: (
The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine affects the lives of animals and people every day through educational, research, service, and outreach programs. We are dedicated to the education of future and current veterinarians and biomedical scientists and the discovery of new knowledge and skills. Established in 1947, the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is Minnesota’s only veterinary college. Fully accredited, the college has graduated nearly 4,000 veterinarians and hundreds of scientists. The college's faculty is nationally and internationally recognized for teaching and research excellence. Signature research includes infectious disease, genomics, comparative medicine, raptor conservation, public health, epidemiology and dairy, swine, and avian medicine.

The college is also home to the Veterinary Medical Center, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Leatherdale Equine Center and The Raptor Center. The college embraces the “One Health” concept, which aims to transform new knowledge into better health for animals, people, and the environment. The college also plays an important role in the health of the community by assuring food safety, conducting biomedical research, preventing zoonotic diseases, and enhancing our physical and psychological well-being through the care of companion animals and the protection of Minnesota’s wildlife natural resources.

Working at the University of Minnesota: (
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant and diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

Living and Working in Minnesota:
The State offers a multitude of indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including parks, camping, hiking, fishing, skiing, skidooing, and cycling. “Since at least 2001, the state has claimed to have more miles of bike trails than any other in the U.S. For 2017, Minnesota was ranked as the 2nd most bicycle-friendly state by the League of American Bicyclists”. The Twin Cities metropolitan area is home to several major league sports teams and offers a wide array of theater, arts, live music, and excellent restaurants. These attributes contribute to making Minnesota the safest state in the U.S., the Best State for Women, and the Best State to Raise a Family (WalletHub, 2019). The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport is ranked as 1st for Most On-Time Airport Worldwide (OAG Aviation Group, Punctuality League 2018 Report). In addition, Minnesota ranks 3rd amongst states in Quality of Life (Forbes, 2018), Opportunity (U.S. News & World Report, 2019), for Millenials (WalletHub, 2018), for jobs (WalletHub, 2018) and is considered 3rd in America’s Best States to Live (CNBC, 2018) and Best State Overall (U.S. News & World Report, 2019). Minnesota also ranks 6th in infrastructure (U.S. News & World Report, 2019).

Apply online at: (search for Job #343658). Candidates should attach 1) letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of intent highlighting accomplishments, experience and interests, including teaching and/or research if appropriate (maximum three pages), 4) names, addresses and email contact information for three (3) professional references, and 5) DEI written statement (see instructions below). Applicants will be notified before references are contacted. Combine all parts of the application (letter, CV, statements of intent, reference information, and DEI written statement) into a single document before uploading.

References will be contacted only for those applicants who are being considered for an invitation to interview. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Direct inquiries about the position to: Dr. Sandra Godden, Chair, email:, phone: 651-399-3816.

Applications encouraged by October 29, 2021 with review beginning in November.

Note: Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. The University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine seeks to recruit qualified candidates who will benefit from interactions with peers of varied backgrounds and who have different life experiences, perspectives, and goals in order to prepare professionals for dealing effectively in an increasingly diverse and global workforce. The College is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community and support the College's efforts to embrace principles of inclusion, equity, justice, and diversity. Acknowledging that there are many different types of diversity as well as many ways to support inclusion, applicants with diverse backgrounds and/or those who have demonstrated participation in diversity and inclusion efforts are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the University: and at the College:

To be considered for this position, in addition to the standard application process, all applicants must submit a separate written statement on: why diversity and inclusion are important to you and offer specific examples of how you have demonstrated this commitment.

Applicants are encouraged to reflect on their philosophy of diversity, experiences, and how diversity affects the workplace and Veterinary Medicine. The maximum word length is 500 words. For the sake of examples these are provided, but not limited to:
-created a program that impacted low-income communities
-identified a need in care for a certain community and met that need
-currently working on one’s own professional development in DEI and attending DEI conference, etc.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Dr. Sandra Godden
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    St. Paul, MN


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