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Associate Dean for Facilities, Scheduling, Research and Analytics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Internal Candidates Only)

Apply now Job no: 494972
Position type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale, Michigan
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Note: To apply, candidates must be a tenured Associate or Full Professor in a discipline related to the liberal arts and sciences at Grand Valley State University.

Summary: The Associate Dean will lead all conversations in the College related to space, facilities, and equipment, manage course scheduling in CLAS, and promote creative activities, research, and grant-seeking among faculty and staff. In collaboration with the Provost’s Office and Institutional Analysis, the Associate Dean will collect, present, and interpret data to support strategic decision making in the College and to assess the College’s progress toward achieving its commitments and goals. The CLAS Dean’s Office takes a team-based approach, and the new Associate Dean will support the work of the College broadly as well as draw on their own experiences and expertise to shape the responsibilities of this position, particularly as they relate to Reach Higher 2025 and the CLAS vision and commitments.

Required Qualifications 

  • Ability to collect, organize, and interpret data
  • Experience with scheduling
  • Capacity for the fair and productive configuration and management of resources like space and equipment
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with faculty and staff in and beyond the College to solve problems and to pursue opportunities
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others respectfully, empathetically, and with cultural humility
  • Demonstrated ability to work with creativity, flexibility, persistence, and collaboration towards action
  • Tenured associate or full professor in a discipline related to the liberal arts and sciences

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior leadership experience, particularly unit head experience (e.g., shared governance leadership roles, unit-level leadership positions, or other professional or community-based experiences)
  • Active research/scholarly/creative agenda
  • Significant expertise in data analytics, scheduling, facilities configuration, and management
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: graduate education, grant proposal writing, assessment, internship development, multidisciplinary collaboration, experiential learning, high-impact practices, DEIAB, and student success initiatives.

Position type and term This appointment will begin July 7, 2024, with an option to begin May 6, 2024, and will be for a term of five years, renewable in 2029.  This is a twelve-month position, 75% as Associate Dean, 25% devoted to departmental teaching, service, or research/creative activities as arranged with the Dean and the unit head.  The Associate Dean will be subject to the rules for “Faculty members with administrative assignments” in section of the Faculty Handbook.

Salary/Benefits The Associate Dean will receive a stipend of $30,000 in addition to their regular faculty salary.  Appropriate support for professional development will be available.

How To Apply Interested applicants should apply online at and submit: a letter of interest that summarizes the candidate’s understanding of what the position entails, their vision for that role, and how their qualifications prepare them to fulfill that role; a curriculum vitae; and names and contact information for three references. Questions regarding the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Associate Dean Donovan Anderson (

Application Deadline: The review process will begin on October 16 and continue until the position is filled. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. 

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State).

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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