Loyola Marymount University
The Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs will coordinate Loyola Law School’s (LLS) curriculum. The Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs will report to the Associate Dean for Faculty and will work collaboratively as a team with the other Associate Deans, departments, and faculty involved in academic planning and programs, especially the following: the Associate Deans overseeing Clinical & Experiential Learning, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Efforts, and Student Services; the Registrar and Student Affairs departments; faculty directors of various academic programs, such as the Lawyering Skills, Bar, Academic Success, and Graduate Programs; and faculty advisors for the academic concentrations/specializations
Position Specific Responsibilities/Accountabilities
Course Planning and Scheduling – 50%
One of the primary responsibilities will be to develop and plan the course schedule, including Intersession and Summer terms. This involves determining Loyola’s curricular needs, faculty availability, and faculty preferences, and maintaining sufficient course offerings for the first year and upper-level required courses, first-year electives, Bar courses, upper-division writing courses, experiential opportunities, Concentrations, and graduate programs. This also involves identifying opportunities and deficiencies in the curriculum. Course planning and scheduling will be done in collaboration with the Registrar, the Associate Dean for Faculty, the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs & Experiential Learning, and the faculty directors/advisors overseeing the various academic programs mentioned above.
Coordination of Adjunct Faculty Recruitment, Hiring, and Evaluation Processes – 15%
The Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs will identify areas where adjunct faculty may be needed, and work with the relevant associate deans, faculty directors/advisors, and the Human Resources department to coordinate the recruitment, hiring, and training of adjunct faculty. This includes planning and coordinating a Teaching Orientation for new adjunct faculty. In collaboration with the Associate Dean for Faculty, the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs will also manage the process for ensuring regular peer reviews of adjunct faculty.
Compliance with Accreditation Standards & Institutional Requirements – 20%
The Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs will be responsible for ensuring that the curriculum complies with accreditation standards, as well as the standards and requirements in LLS and university policy. This includes assisting in the collection/analysis of data and development of reports as necessary to ensure and demonstrate compliance and helping to ensure LLS standards are updated as necessary. This involves working closely with the Associate Deans, Registrar, relevant faculty committees, and other relevant LLS and university departments. The Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs will also work with the Associate Dean for Faculty, the Registrar, and the Curriculum Committee to ensure that faculty proposing new courses obtain the requisite approval before the first time a course is offered and before it is added to the permanent curriculum.
Support for Other Programming/Planning Related to Course Offerings – 5%
Each year, the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs plans and facilitates various course advising presentations for students. For the fall, spring, and summer terms, the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs also collaborates with the Registrar’s Office to develop the exam schedules. From time-to-time, other course-related needs or issues will arise that require the support and/or involvement of the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.
Budgeting – 5%
With respect to developing and planning the course schedule, the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs will need to be mindful of budgeting in terms of the (1) total adjunct compensation each year, and (2) total overloads and stipends paid to full-time faculty. The Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs must also be mindful of staying within budget for other activities or events. This involves working closely with the Fiscal Affairs department and the Associate Deans for Faculty and Clinical Programs & Experiential Learning.
Supporting the Associate Dean for Faculty on Special Projects or Strategic Initiatives – 5%
From time-to-time, projects may arise that require the support and/or involvement of the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.
Loyola Marymount University Expectations
Exhibit behavior that supports the mission, vision, and values of the university. Communicate and employ interpersonal actions that model high standards of professional, responsible, accountable, and ethical conduct. Demonstrate a commitment to outstanding customer service.
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