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Associate Dean of Arts & Social Sciences

Pikes Peak State College
Job Location:
Colorado Springs
Liberal Arts Deans

This is a NON-CLASSIFIED employment opportunity.  Visit the State of Colorado for Classified employment opportunities.   

The Associate Dean of Arts & Humanities assists the Executive Dean by providing leadership in and management of division operations. The Associate Dean represents the division to the broader instructional environment, while conveying the policies of the College and implementing those policies within the division. The Associate Dean shall maintain commitment to quality instruction, the primary objective of the institution.

The college offers the possibility for alternative work arrangements such as flexplace, remote work, or flextime scheduling upon completion of training and department needs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completed Master’s degree in the social sciences or arts field.
  • Three years of full-time or five years of part-time higher education teaching experience in the social sciences or arts.
  • Two years of successful administrative or leadership experience in higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population.

Professional level experience is defined by the Colorado Division of Human Resources: A position that involves the exercise of discretion, analytical skill, judgment, personal accountability, and responsibility for creating, developing, integrating, applying, or sharing an organized body of knowledge.  Colorado revised statute (C.R.S. 24-50-135(1) allows colleges to exempt positions from the State Personnel Classified System that are determined to be professional level work.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completed Ed.D. or a Ph.D. in the arts or social sciences.
  • Four or more years of full-time teaching higher education teaching experience in the arts or social sciences.
  • Three or more years of successful supervisory administrative or supervisory leadership experience in a two-year college environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise and evaluate faculty and part-time instructors.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability with increased duties and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with CTE instructional programs and practices, curriculum development, assessment, and accreditation.
  • Demonstrated experience with conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrated ability and resilience to embrace change in the ever-changing environment of higher education.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak fluent Spanish.

For full consideration, all application materials must be received by 4:00 p.m. on July 17, 2024.  Applications accepted until position is filled.  

Must be a State of Colorado resident or able to relocate to Colorado prior to first date of employment.

Application Instructions: Application must be submitted online.  Incomplete applications may not receive full consideration.  A complete application will include:

  • Cover letter - Address the minimum and preferred qualifications in the order listed on the job announcement.
  • Resume - Reflect experience, education, knowledge, skills, and abilities.  
  • Unofficial Transcripts - Unofficial transcripts for all degrees conferred.  Official transcripts are required if hired for the position.  
  • Professional References - Provide names and contact information for three recent professional references who can address your expertise and background for this position.

This position may be eligible for a variety of employee benefits.  Pikes Peak State College participates in the Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) contribution rates.

Note: Prior submission of application materials will not be considered.

Essential FunctionsGeneral Duties, Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Manage and support faculty so they can successfully manage and support students.
  • Oversee supervision and leadership of all assigned faculty and departments.
  • Work with faculty who need improvement.
  • Evaluate faculty.
  • Make recommendations to the ED on the retention, dismissal, or probationary status of faculty and staff according to prescribed policies and procedures, as assigned.
  • Handle student concerns of full-time faculty.
  • Support Chairs with student concerns of part-time faculty.
  • Develop, implement, and assess a rigorous and relevant curriculum with department chairs, faculty and other stakeholders.
  • Actively encourage the use of emerging learning-centered processes by faculty members in division.
  • Supervise the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of appropriate regular and adjunct faculty (assist the Chairs) classified staff, APT and others within the division, as delegated by the ED.
  • Assist the ED with identifying new faculty or staff positions.
  • Scheduling: Assist the ED in the coordination and implementation of faculty teaching assignments and workload, as delegated.
  • Assist the ED and Chairs with college Assessment.
  • Oversee assessment processes.
  • Actively participate in committee work that promotes the goals of the division and the institution.
  • Actively participate in community activities and advisory boards.
  • Assist the ED, where appropriate, in building relationships with the division and community partners.
  • Assist the ED with the oversight of the development and management of the division budget, as assigned.
  • Assist the ED with the planning and management of the physical facilities assigned to the division.
  • Communicate department requests to the ED for room changes, scheduling requests, instructor changes, etc.
  • Coordinate with departments for updating fliers and websites; assist with marketing departments.
  • Work with Learning Commons, Advising & Testing, and eLearning as needed.
  • Attend periodic New Faculty Academy events.
  • Assure that Curriculum Committee forms and HLC program change request forms are completed.
  • Coordinate faculty representation at Curriculum Committee meeting when a department has an item on the agenda.
  • Coordinate CC, CETL, EP, and Senate membership for the division with faculty and ED.
  • Assist the Chairs with Program Review and completion.
  • Assist the ED and Chairs in planning for discipline specific program growth, particularly in areas where enrollment is low and programs are in danger.
  • Professionally develop faculty: work with them on teaching, self-advocating, etc. as needed.
  • Support the ED in Downtown Campus revitalization.
  • Assist the ED with Downtown Campus management.
  • Attend meetings upon request.
  • Serve as a community contact for your cluster of disciplines.
  • Provide weekly updates to ED.
  • Work on projects that contribute to AHSS or the DTC that you find engaging and meaningful.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Executive Dean.
  • Able to divide time between the three main campuses and remote work.

As part of the State of Colorado, PPSC offers a competitive benefits package:

This job description reflects Pikes Peak State College’s best effort to describe the essential duties and qualifications of the job.  It is not an exhaustive statement of all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of the job.  This document is not intended to exclude an opportunity for modifications consistent with providing reasonable accommodation.   

EEO Statement: Pikes Peak State College is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act institution.  We value diversity, strive for a more unified campus where all people are valued, treated fairly, and possess a sense of belonging.  Pikes Peak State College encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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