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Job ID: 155526

Assistant Dean for Students
The University of Tennessee

Date Posted Mar. 9, 2021
Title Assistant Dean for Students
University The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department College of Veterinary Medicine
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Veterinary Medicine - General

The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a new position, the Assistant Dean for Students. The Assistant Dean will report to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and will provide oversight and lead recruitment, enrollment, professional development and support services for all students in the professional DVM program. In serving these functions, the Assistant Dean for Students will also lead the college’s diversity, equity and inclusion programs and promote ongoing efforts to create and sustain a positive, professional, and inclusive learning environment. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is located in Knoxville, TN. Knoxville is a short drive away from the Great Smoky Mountains and from a number of state parks and recreation areas. There are many outdoor activities available, including hiking, biking, trail running, climbing, and water sports. Knoxville also has many sporting events and a vibrant downtown with excellent restaurants, bustling farmer’s markets, and a lively arts and cultural scene including live music, theater, and many art and cultural festivals. It was recently named one of the country’s Top 100 Best Places to Live by and described as "the perfect combination of natural beauty and big city amenities". It is the home of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, which includes the UT College of Veterinary Medicine. For additional information about the UTCVM, applicants are directed to visit the college web site at:

The specific duties and responsibilities of this position are negotiable but are expected to include many of the following:

  • Support student services and events that promote success, wellness, and professional development. This includes fostering and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment, assisting with financial aid and career services, providing information on externship and internship opportunities, and assisting with a variety of other academic and non-academic concerns;
  • Serve as Director of Diversity and Inclusion and implement Diversity Action Plans;
  • Lead recruitment, admissions and enrollment activities; Chair the Admissions committee
  • Chair the Scholarships and Awards committee;
  • Advise the Associate Dean for Students in strategic planning for teaching and assessment efforts within the college;
  • Participate in the college accreditation process;
  • Provide direct and indirect oversight and supervision of additional support staff.

Required Qualifications

The applicant must have earned a DVM, PhD, or similar professional degree. Experience in a tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure-track position in a college or school of veterinary medicine is highly desired.

Skills and Preferred Experience

To be successful, the Assistant Dean for Students should have excellent administrative, project management, supervisory, counseling and communication skills and should have an understanding of issues and challenges affecting higher education. The applicant also must be able to plan strategically, establish goals, effectively set priorities, and interact and work collaboratively with a broad range of people and groups.
Candidates are also preferred to have experience in several of the following areas:

  • Practice of veterinary clinical, research or diagnostic service or extensive experience with higher education.
  • Involvement with equity, diversity, and inclusion, such as participation in related groups or activities, or completion of training modules or classes.
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative accomplishments in positions of increasing responsibility.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the intellectual, professional, and personal development of a diverse student body.
  • A history of initiating innovative and effective programs or courses.
  • A history of working collaboratively with colleagues and diverse constituencies.
  • Direct responsibility in student services and/or counseling functions. This could include a broad range of experiences such as advising students or student organizations, crisis management, and policy development and implementation.

Experience in a tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure-track position in a college or school of veterinary medicine is highly desired.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vita, and three (3) professional references using the following link:

Applications received before April 12, 2021 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled by the ideal candidate.

Direct questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Deanna Schaefer
c/o Ms. Jeanie Snider:
2407 River Drive
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee

  • All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Please reference in your cover letter when
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Contact Information

  • Dr. Deanna Schaefer C/O Ms. Jeanie Snider
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    The University of Tennessee
    2407 River Drive
    Knoxville, TN 37996-4500


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