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Associate Dean, Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
California State University, Northridge

Northridge, CA

CSUN’s Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

About the University:

One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor’s degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelor’s degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond. 

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About the College:

The Mike Curb college of Arts, Media, and Communication includes the departments of Art, Cinema and Television Arts, Communication Studies, Journalism, Music, and Theatre with approximately 110 tenured/tenure-track faculty and over 5,300 undergraduate and graduate students. The Mike Curb College is one of CSUN’s most publically visible colleges, producing art exhibitions, theatrical productions, music performances, speech and debate competitions, film screenings, and news programs. The College’s facilities include art galleries, theatres, screening rooms, performance halls, and film and television studios as well as a vast array of student labs that range from theatrical costume shops to virtual reality studios. The College is also home to many high impact educational practices including student-run, faculty-mentored groups such as VISCOM (a creative agency), Agency 398 (public relations), The Sundial (journalism), and Five of Five (music and entertainment label), as well as many impactful capstone experiences such as Senior Film Projects in Cinema and Television Arts and Senior Recitals in Music. In addition, the college hosts the following centers, institutes, and community outreach initiatives: The Entertainment Industry Institute, the Center for Visual Communication (VISCOM), The Music Therapy Wellness Clinic, Teenage Drama Workshop, Youth Orchestra, and Communication for Youth.

The Position of Associate Dean, Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication (CSU Employees Only):

The Associate Dean assists the Dean in carrying out the mission of the college and serves as acting Dean in the Dean’s absence. The Associate Dean participates in regular meetings of the Administrative Council, serves as Executive Secretary of the College Academic Council (the college’s curriculum body), and leads the college’s Student Success Team. Under the direction of the Dean, the Associate Dean plays a leadership role in planning and carrying out college student success initiatives, helping to ensure that the college meets student success goals, as well as participating in university student success initiatives. The Associate Dean supervises the director of the college Student Resource Center/Educational Opportunities Program (SRC/EOP) Satellite and the college’s Graduation/Retention specialist, and coordinates advising activities in concert with the Director of the SRC/EOP and department chairs. The Associate Dean provides creative and effective leadership in curriculum development and delivery; keeps departments informed of curricular deadlines; and provides assistance and advice as well as oversight of curricular resource implications as proposals move through committees to final approval. In conjunction with the Manager of Academic Resources (MAR), the Associate Dean carries out the Dean’s office review of the schedule of classes build to ensure that Full Time Equivalent Student (FTES) projections match targets and instructional resources are used appropriately; monitors enrollment during the registration periods; assists departments in making necessary adjustments; and actively responds to unexpected enrollment trends. The Associate Dean coordinates and assists departments in program review and/or reaccreditation processes by consulting when needed in the preparation of self-studies, meeting with outside evaluators, and participating in discussion and implementation of changes. The Associate Dean plays a leadership role in overseeing college assessment activities so that they are productive and effective; serves as coordinator for student grievances, grade appeals, disciplinary issues, and other student concerns, consulting with department chairs, faculty, and staff both inside and outside of the college, as appropriate, to ensure fair and equitable outcomes; participates in outreach and recruitment activities on and off campus; participates in strategic planning and implementation; serves as the college representative for the planning of Commencement exercises; participates in college development and advancement efforts; and performs other duties as assigned. 


Required qualifications include an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution in an academic discipline appropriate to the college; tenured faculty member at the rank of associate professor or above; demonstrated excellence in university-level teaching; demonstrated record of substantial scholarly, creative, and/or professional accomplishment; significant experience in academic administration or faculty governance; demonstrated ability to serve effectively and collegially as a member of an academic administrative team; demonstrated ability to lead teams and committees with collaborative leadership style; ability to effectively manage multiple responsibilities and identify and solve organizational problems; excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills to deal discreetly and effectively with sensitive student, faculty, and staff issues; demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, and use data in decision-making processes and ability to clearly explain the use of data in these processes; computer skills relevant to academic administration and project management. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability and commitment to work effectively with diverse populations and provide leadership in responding to and enriching the diverse and international profile of this institution.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information: This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission. The selected candidate is required to pass a thorough background investigation. Additionally, the person holding this position is considered a “mandatory reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements as set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Effective Date of Appointment: expected January 18, 2018, depending on availability of candidate.

How to Apply: Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application utilizing link and must attach a cover letter that addresses the qualifications above and a current resume, including names of three professional references. Note – internal candidates should apply through the portal by accessing the View Job Openings/Apply link on the Human Resources / Employee pagelet.

Review of applications begins November 23, 2017, and continues until position is filled. For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit the link below:

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer

California State University, Northridge is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services.


Deadline: 11-23-2017

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