LMC- small western NC private college invites applications for Dean, Natural & Behavioral Science.

Location
Banner Elk, North Carolina
Salary
Salary commensurate with experience.
Posted
March 24 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Academia

Title: Dean of the School of Natural & Behavioral Science 

School: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Lees-McRae is a small, four-year, liberal arts college, serving Appalachia and the Southeastern United States. The College is located in the town of Banner Elk in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Banner Elk is nestled between two popular ski areas and is within a short drive of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail.  The area is popular to outdoor enthusiasts: skiing, cycling, hiking, climbing and fly fishing are among the many attractions. The college also owns and maintains the Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station and the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  Please visit our website at www.lmc.edu.

Summary/Objective

The School of Natural and Behavioral Science at Lees-McRae College invites applications for the position of Dean at the faculty rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, commensurate with experience.  This is a 12-month position.   The School houses programs including Biology, Criminal Justice, Exercise Science, Human Services, Nutrition Science, Psychology, and Wildlife Biology.  At the time of hire, the successful applicant must have completed a terminal degree in a School discipline. The School has a current need for teaching support in the life sciences. 

Dean: This position has a .5 FTE reassignment from teaching for administrative duties. The Dean is responsible for the daily operation, organization, administration, general effectiveness, and supervision of faculty and programs within the School. In addition, the Dean must demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to developing quality academic programs.  School-level strategic planning, development, and accreditation are expected as required.

Essential Functions

Teaching:

  • The Dean will be required to teach a 6-credit hours per semester in her/his discipline as assigned by the Program Coordinator. The successful candidate will provide evidence of innovative teaching and curriculum development.  Teaching responsibilities include but are not limited to: classroom management, student assessment, and assessment of student learning.
  • Maintain professional standards of practice in teaching in the classroom
  • Meet LMC standards for course syllabi creation and submission, classroom management, use of technology, grade submission, and records management.

Administrative Leadership:

  • Operation of the Academic School: maintain efficient and effective academic operations; staffing; timely construction of course schedules; construction and oversight of School budget; oversight of physical facilities.
  • Faculty: Make recommendations regarding hiring of new personnel; evaluate faculty including annual reviews and promotion processes; encourage and assist with professional development of faculty.
  • Curriculum and assessment:  Assure quality curriculum and facilitate changes through requisite committees; assure program assessment is conducted each semester and year.
  • Represent the School at Deans Council, administrative functions, and public forums.

Advising

  • Support student success through mentoring, tutoring, and advising.
  • Assign advising loads to School faculty

Scholarship and Professional Development

  • Maintain currency in education and application through continuing education activities and professional development. 
  • Promote and support undergraduate research opportunities.

Service

  • Serve on committees of the College, School, and Faculty Senate.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled faculty/administrative meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Provost

Competencies

  1. Ethical Conduct.
  2. Composure; diplomacy
  3. Collaborative colleague and leader
  4. Thoroughness
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills
  6. Highly organized, detail-oriented, ability to consistently multi-task.

Supervisory Responsibility

The successful candidate will lead in attracting and developing faculty and staff members in cooperation with the program directors, coordinators and the provost. Plan, assign, and evaluate work performance and address faculty and staff issues when they arise, making the proper reports to academic leadership. S/he will assure careful oversight of physical and other resources in the School.

Minimum Qualifications.

PhD in a discipline represented by the School and earned at an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education. 

At least 3 years of successful teaching in a university setting.  At least 3 years of successful, responsible administrative experience leading a department or School in the natural and/or behavioral sciences

Preferred Qualifications.

PhD in a discipline represented by the School and earned at an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education. At least 5 years of successful teaching in a college or university setting and at least 5 years of successful, responsible administrative experience leading a department or School in the natural and/or behavioral sciences.

Work Environment

Normal office environment where there is no physical discomfort due to temperature, dust, noise and the like.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Ability to stand for periods of time.

The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Travel

None required.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To apply, please complete application on the LMC website to include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and the names of three references with contact information.

Any questions regarding the application process, please contact Tammy Franklin at franklin@lmc.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Lees-McRae College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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