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Associate Dean, Arts and Humanities

Kirkwood Community College

February 14, 2020
Job location:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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To advance the college's mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.

The Arts and Humanities department includes disciplines in Anthropology, Art, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theatre and World Languages (American Sign Language, French, and Spanish). Under minimal supervision and in collaboration with the Dean, the Associate Dean is responsible for the everyday Arts and Humanities Department academic operation and management of office staff, and approximately 20 adjunct faculty. The Associate Dean must convey a professional and positive image as a representative of Kirkwood Community College. Must exercise exceptional organizational expertise, independent judgment, initiative, and confidentiality in the prosperous operation of the department. Requires the capability to lead, supervise, problem solve and interact positively with a diverse group of people. An knowledge of technology in higher education and office productivity is necessary.

   » Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
   » Collaborate with Mutual Accountcapability- working together with a availability to take ownership and account for our actions.
   » Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
   » Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
   » Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.

tasks/Job responsibilities:
   » Plan, coordinate and promote credit programming and initiatives with the department faculty and staff in collaboration with the Dean, Department Coordinator and other college departments.
   » Identify current and emerging trends and opportunities in the disciplines represented in the department to develop and maintain visionary and responsive courses, student support services, and community partnerships.
   » Lead and supervise adjunct faculty, including those teaching Arts and Humanities courses at off-site locations to ensure curriculum consistency.
   » Promote adjunct faculty development; recommend, coordinate, and lead activities to meet faculty development and program goals.
   » Plan, coordinate, and promote programming and initiatives with the department faculty in collaboration with the Dean, and other college departments.
   » Develop, implement, and supervise applicable program goals, operating policies, and procedures in collaboration with the Dean.
   » Monitor student enrollment; work collaboratively to develop marketing, recruitment, and retention strategies.
   » Manage day-to-day program operations including student registration policies/procedures, student issues, supervising office staff, faculty communications and other departmental activities.
   » Assist in faculty workload decisions to insure appropriate staffing, equity, and efficient resource utilization.
   » Assist with department budget allocation and monitoring.
   » Provide leadership abilities and point of contact for faculty and staff in the absence of the Dean.

   » Be able and willing to represent the College in a positive manner with prospective, former and current students, faculty, administrators, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve.
   » Assume responsibility; deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
   » Establish and maintain good working relationships with students, colleagues, staff, administrators, and the general public.
   » Read, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form
   » Possess strong human relations expertise; get along with diverse personalities.
   » Possess a working knowledge of personal computers, educational media equipment and technologies to problem solve technical issues with faculty.
   » Be a creative, energetic, and self-motivated individual who demonstrates leadership abilities, strong public relations expertise, professional appearance, positive attitude and collaborative work habits within the department, and in active participation in college activities.
   » Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and practices, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts difference.
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job tasks/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other tasks as assigned.

Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional standing, walking, using and reaching with hands and arms, lifting up to 10 pounds, and climbing or balancing. Frequent sitting and talking and hearing.
MINIMUM Appropriate qualifications:
   » Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in one of the disciplines represented in the department or closely related field with a minimum of 18 graduate credits in the discipline.
   » Demonstrated prosperous teaching practice in higher education.
   » Three years of related leadership abilities practice.
   » Community college teaching practice.
   » knowledge of applied arts disciplines.
   » Ph.D. in one of the department disciplines.


Kirkwood Community College declares and affirms that Information technology values and respects diversity and inclusion in all College-sponsored events, all employment practices, and all educational programs and activities. The College will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of persons on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, religion, or discapability.
Anyone who has questions or complaints should contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, or by phone to (319) 398-5572, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560, Fax: (312) 730-1576, Email address: E-Mail:

Internal Number: 00506

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About Kirkwood Community College
At Kirkwood Community College, we are focused on success. Whether you are a prospective student or parent, an employer or simply someone who cares about the growth and vitality of eastern Iowa-you have an energetic, committed partner with us at Kirkwood. Since the mid-1960s our graduates have worked, raised families and prospered in this area. More than 70,000 of these grads have applied their academic degrees to work in a host of fields. Tens of thousands more have enjoyed life-enriching practices through our Continuing Education programs. As our college has grown, so have the tools and facilities to meet the changing needs of our Creative Corridor. A key part of that growth in service is our network of regional centers. Kirkwood employees have long set the standard for innovative talent, visionary spirit and overall excellence in their work. Being part of Kirkwood means being part of a deep commitment to the success of every student, every day.

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