Associate Dean for Accreditation and Institutional Improvement
Full-time, administrative position
Under the direction of the provost/accreditation liaison officer (ALO), the associate dean manages regional and special accreditation for the university and its schools. The associate dean attends training and participates in accreditation related activities with other university administrators and faculty members, and trains others on accreditation requirements, processes and expectations. With the provost, the associate dean coordinates and co-chairs the university’s Continuous Improvement Committee to guide accreditation processes and inspire the university community to continuous improvement and achievement of student learning. The associate dean serves with the associate dean for institutional effectiveness and director of institutional research to research and collect data relating to educational effectiveness, university effectiveness and improvement, and to integrate them for the broader community and accreditation reports. With the provost/ALO, the associate dean maintains the university’s repository (electronic and physical) of accreditation resources, policies and evidence for accreditation reporting. The associate dean leads in coordinating accreditation preparation and reporting for the university including comprehensive reports, substantive change requests, all other accreditation processes. The associate dean also works with the deans of the schools in specialized accreditation processes, and coordinates the university portion of such reports.
- Oversees and directs accreditation applications and other related documents for the necessary approvals for start-up activities, ongoing accreditations, annual renewals, new academic programs, substantive changes, and reaffirmations.
- Oversees and manages ongoing regulatory compliance audits and research as requested.
- Manages all university accreditation efforts so that reports are submitted and requirements met in a timely, professional and effective way.
- Leads in managing accreditation visits.
- Monitors information from accrediting agencies and disseminates timely updates to appropriate unit administration, faculty, staff and partners.
- Supports specialized accreditation efforts in documenting student achievement and continuous program improvement.
- Coordinates, chairs or co-chairs accreditation efforts, teams, and brings to conclusion projects, reports and resources.
- Stays abreast of current policy issues and trends regarding assessment, accountability and institutional effectiveness.
- Collaborates and instructs on accreditation requirements, efforts and policies.
- Serves as a clearinghouse and data source for accreditation resources, artifacts and other materials representing the university’s assessment of student learning outcomes and continuous improvement efforts.
- Reviews and edits appropriate publications/electronic communications for compliance with state/federal regulations and approval requirements.
- Participates as an active report writer in the accreditation process.
- As part of professional training and preparation, serves as invited on accreditation visiting teams in regional or specialized accreditation efforts.
- Interacts collaboratively and communicates effectively with all units of the university, both academic and non-academic, and fosters linkages among campus sites.
- Supervises and manages staff and/or student workers including hiring, training and evaluating job performance of employees.
- With the provost/ALO and others, serves as an accreditation resource person for university personnel.
- Attends accreditation meetings regularly, and represents Fresno Pacific University and the university’s ALO as needed.
- Terminal degree in a traditional academic field or higher education. Doctoral candidates will be considered.
- Progressive experience as professor/academic administration or college/university administration; five years minimum.
- Successful experience with accreditation processes and policy, report writing and educational policy.
- Demonstrated knowledge of current outcomes assessment policy and practice.
- Ability to coordinate large group efforts, encourage commitment and creativity, and instruct in both fluid and technical procedures.
- Demonstrated excellent organizational and communication skills both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as both a member of a team and team leader.
- Commitment to the Christian faith and the university’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning.
- Involvement in a local church.
- Experience with accreditation visits at home institution.
- Experience with accreditation as visiting team member.
Download and complete an application form.
Send a letter of application, a completed faculty administrative application form (including personal statements), curriculum vita, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts or placement file to:
- Stephen Varvis, Ph.D., Provost
- Fresno Pacific University
- 1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 2006
- Fresno, CA 93702
- Or email: FPUProv@fresno.edu
Fresno Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or physical handicap in its hiring practices. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.