Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Penn State University

Dickinson Law, Carlisle
Campus City:
Carlisle, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Dickinson Law
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PENN STATE’S DICKINSON LAW is conducting a search for an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. We welcome candidates with outstanding academic credentials across all areas of law, and we especially welcome applications from candidates who will add to the diversity of our educational community. Founded in 1834, Dickinson Law is the oldest law school in Pennsylvania and one of the oldest in the United States. It is one of Penn State’s two, separately accredited law schools. Our administration, faculty, staff, and students benefit from the reputation, network, and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration that come with being a part of one of the world’s preeminent research universities. Visit us at: The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs provides leadership and vision in support of the law school’s mission to prepare students to practice greatness. This position announcement is intentionally inclusive. As such, internal and external candidates are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, the status—tenured or tenure track—will be determined by the successful candidate’s record. Reporting directly to the Dean, this position is responsible for the administration of the law school’s J.D., LL.M., Non-JD, and joint degree programs with the following specific duties and responsibilities: Provides counsel to the Dean on all matters relating to the administration of the law school’s degree programs, works closely with the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services, the Assistant Dean for Admissions, the Financial Officer, and the Assistant Dean for Career Services, and participates in strategic planning and assessment efforts. Administers have primary responsibility for management of the law school’s J.D., LL.M., Non-JD, and joint degree programs, with a focus on ensuring compliance with the policies and procedures of university, law school, and the relevant accrediting entities. Works closely with faculty, staff, and students to advance the law school’s goal of strengthening its commitment to a broadly diverse, inclusive, supportive, and intellectually engaged community. Provides oversight and leadership on all reporting and accreditation projects. Provides oversight and leadership on curricular innovation and learning outcomes; academic policies; experiential learning programs; certificate programs; adjunct and part-time faculty recruiting, hiring, review and development; community engagement; and best practice administration. Provides oversight and leadership on assessments of academic programs and courses, and compiles data for internal and external evaluation, assessment, and accreditation. Collaborates with the relevant law school faculty committees on faculty appointments and faculty research, development, and mentoring programs. Collaborates with law school faculty and staff, University-wide offices, and counterparts at other academic units within the university to identify interdisciplinary curricular and research synergies. Collaborates with the Director of Non-J.D. programs on various international programs and initiatives, that include, but are not limited to: providing international student and visiting scholar service supports; implementing international agreements; and facilitating the law school’s study abroad and exchange programs. Supervises the director of experiential learning, the law school registrar, three full-time administrative support staff, and part-time and adjunct faculty. Oversees the Office of the Registrar, which performs all enrollment functions, coordinates the class schedule, coordinates exam administration, coordinates student faculty evaluation, and determines class rank and academic honors. Responsible for other related duties as assigned in furtherance of organizational needs. Candidates should have a J.D. from an accredited law school, outstanding academic credentials, and demonstrated experience in law school administration or similar educational organizations, as reflected by the required knowledge, skills and abilities listed below: An ability to collaborate across organizational boundaries and with diverse constituencies, and an ability to interact and work collaboratively with a broad range of people and groups. Direct responsibility for a broad range of academic affairs & faculty research functions, including experience with curriculum development, faculty development, student advising, policy and program development, and implementation. Excellent administrative, project management, and supervisory skills. Ability to assess and evaluate policy and program effectiveness, capacity and willingness to lead and assist with strategic planning, and ability to establish goals, set priorities, and successfully implement policies and programs. Knowledge and understanding of issues affecting higher education, and the ability to work collaboratively to resolve such issues consistent with university, law school, and accrediting entity rules, regulations, and standards. Exceptional written, verbal, organizational and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated commitment to the intellectual, professional, and personal development of a diverse student body. Experience or PhD in a relevant field and familiarity with the administrative structure of a large university is desired. Teaching experience--with an emphasis on practice readiness, formative and summative assessment, and bar success--is desired, as well as the ability and willingness to contribute to the academic curriculum. Please contact Professors Amy Gaudion,, and/or Michael Mogill,, (Search Committee Co-Chairs) if you have any questions or if you are interested in applying for the position. Dickinson Law strongly encourages women, minorities, and others who would enrich the diversity of our academic community to apply. To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout the university, see: Penn State Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Inquiries may be sent to Professor Amy Gaudion (Search Committee Chair) at To apply, submit a letter and curriculum vitae through the Penn State jobs website at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088