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Dean, Harold Walter Siebens School of Business
Harold Walter Siebens School of Business in Storm Lake, Iowa
 
 
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Date Posted October 27, 2017
Category
Graduate Business School -Executive-Dean
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 

Buena Vista University (BVU) seeks applications and nominations for the position of: 

Dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business. 
BVU seeks an exceptional and ambitious leader to head the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business as their next Dean. The Dean will be a strong "hands-on" manager who is prepared to bring vision and leadership to the school of business. 

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY 
Buena Vista College (which became Buena Vista University in 1995) was founded by the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1891. The college was first granted accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1952. A graduate program in education received accreditation in March 1995, and this is when it transitioned from a college to a university. 
Over time, the campus has grown from four buildings in a small area to nearly two dozen buildings which cover a handful blocks along the shores of Storm Lake. The first college building, known as "Old Main," was opened in 1892 and was the primary building on campus until it was destroyed by fire in 1956. Around that time, a major expansion program was initiated with construction of three residence halls, a science building, a physical education complex, a library, a campus center, an auditorium and a classroom-administration building during the 1950s and 1960s. 

Buena Vista launched a new era in May 1980 when they received an anonymous $18 million gift. Five years later, the anonymous donor was revealed as the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum was dedicated in the name of the benefactor. This gift started the creation of a competitive college endowment, which supported physical construction and renovation, as well as further development of regionally recognized academic programs. It made possible such distinctive programs as the William W. Siebens American Heritage Lecture Series and the Academic & Cultural Events Series (ACES). 

An institutional self-study indicated the need to strengthen the college library and information resources, leading to construction of the Library and Information Technology Center in 1994-95. In 2001, the $9.5 million Lamberti Recreation Center opened, featuring three multipurpose courts and a six-lane, 200-meter indoor track. In 2004, BVU dedicated the Estelle Siebens Science Center. The 70,000-square foot building features 24 offices, 18 laboratories, seven classrooms and three research areas. In 2008, renovations to the old science building were completed and the building was rededicated as the Social Sciences & Art Hall. In addition, a new building connected to the hall, the Center for Ceramics and Sculpture, was completed. 
Throughout the years, Buena Vista has recognized needs and trends and adapted to meet them. In the mid-70s, the institution opened its first satellite location to help serve the needs of non-traditional students who could not attend classes in Storm Lake. Today, there are 16 locations across the state of Iowa as well as an online program for expanded learning opportunities. In August 2000, BVU became the nation's first "wireless community" when they gave laptop computers to all full-time students and faculty at the Storm Lake campus with the ability to connect to the campus-wide wireless network. 

POSITION SUMMARY 
As the Chief Administrative Officer of a school at BVU, the Dean coordinates all operations. The Dean reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty (VPAA/DOF). The dean supervises the faculty members and staff employees of the school and carries out the essential duties outlined below. 

Essential Duties 
1. Oversee the academic programs of the school 
a. Supervise development and implementation of program academic plans across the school 
b. Assure quality assessment planning, collection and analysis of data, implementation of plans, and assessment of effectiveness of changes made in response to data collected by each program 
c. With appropriate faculty members, develop a multi-year plan for purchase, replacement, and repair of equipment 
d. Monitor facility needs, report deficiencies, and seek solutions 
e. Oversee scheduling of classes 
f. Nurture a climate supportive of high academic standards and accountability within the school 
g. Assure proper training in such areas as human subjects research, laboratory safety, clinical safety, HIPPA, FERPA, and other areas that are controlled by Federal or State regulations 
h. Work with the Registrar's office to evaluate course descriptions and/or syllabi from other accredited institutions of higher education to determine appropriate course credit for transfer to BVU 
i. Collaborate within the school and with other BVU schools to develop, implement and assess interdisciplinary majors and minors 
2. Oversee the budget and expenditures for the school 
a. Approve faculty expenditures, including usage of faculty development funds 
b. Consult with VPAA/DOF to set faculty salaries and allocate increases 
3. Work closely with Institutional Advancement 
a. Identify and pursue fund raising opportunities in cooperation with the VP of Institutional Advancement and the VPAA/DOF 
b. Execute appropriate use of all endowed fund and gift account income by supplementing the operating budget, enhancing student learning opportunities, and increasing faculty development opportunities 
c. Prepare appropriate reports for donors 
4. Serve as liaison between school faculty and staff and VPAA/DOF 
a. Attend Deans' Council meetings 
b. Attend regular individual meeting with VPAA/DOF 
c. Attend additional meetings as needed 
5. Conduct regular meetings of the school faculty 
6. Serve as the point of contact for the school for recruitment and retention strategies 
7. Meet with prospective students and other guests as requested, if possible, and encourage faculty members to do the same 
8. Evaluate and mentor faculty members in the school (Primarily Storm Lake, not OSG) 
a. For probationary tenure track faculty members 
i. Assist in organizing the Peer Review team for each probationary faculty member 
ii. Observe and give written feedback on at least one class per semester for each faculty member 
iii. Write an annual review for each faculty member 
iv. Meet annually with each faculty member and the VPAA/DOF to review progress and areas of concern 
v. Oversee the mid-point review process for each faculty member 
vi. Assist each faculty member throughout the promotion and tenure process, including the assembly of the "Red Book" dossier and the preparation of the justification for tenure letter 
vii. Assure that faculty members carefully follow the processes in the Faculty Handbook 
viii. Oversee the final school promotion and tenure reviews and write the final report, with recommendations, for each faculty member 
b. Annually review the performance of all non-tenure track faculty members and recommend renewal or not and document in writing any areas of concern 
c. Annually review the effectiveness of each tenured faculty member, document any areas of concern, and initiate post-tenure review as directed in the Faculty Handbook when necessary 
d. For each year, report generally to the VPAA/DOF on the effectiveness of faculty members as teachers, based on the standardized evaluations and other pertinent factors; report in detail of faculty members of concern or of note. 
e. Oversee the hiring, professional development activities, and effectiveness of all Storm Lake adjunct faculty members 
9. Oversee all school faculty searches, including serving as chair of each search committee except where the direct supervisor will be the chair of a department 
a. Set salaries for positions in consolation with VPAA/DOF 
b. Recommend candidates for hire to VPAA/DOF 
c. Offer positions and negotiate salaries and other terms with candidates approved for hire 
10. Develop workload plans with each faculty member, and supervise appropriate use of "Plus 3" and overloads in consultation with the VPAA/DOF and Deans' Council 
11. Work closely with the Dean of OSG and staff to 
a. Align academic programs, including learning objectives, assessment plans, syllabi and textbooks as closely as possible between OSG and SL 
b. monitor qualifications and, as appropriate, performance of OSG faculty members 
12. Work with students across the school 
a. Monitor student achievements and morale 
b. Address student problems raised by either students or faculty members and refer them if appropriate 
c. Evaluate and make recommendations concerning special academic actions 
d. Monitor compliance with ADA, FERPA, IRB, and other regulating documents 
e. Support faculty initiatives to improve recruitment and retention initiatives and student experiences at BVU 
13. Participate in accreditation activities 
a. Oversee and participate in assessment activities as requested by the Director of Assessment, the Director of General Education, and/or the VPAA/DOF 
b. Participate in preparation for HLC reaccreditation and other related activities as requested 
c. Oversee the implementation and/or continuation of specialized accreditation and licensure programs, as appropriate 
14. In consultation with the VPAA/DOF, actively participated in professional development activities to improve as an administrator and create and grow a professional network off-campus 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
The Dean must have an advanced degree appropriate for the school of business. Typically, this will be an earned doctorate or other terminal degree in the field.
A demonstrated track record of success as a Program Director, Associate Dean, Dean, or other relevant position in a school of business or other relevant academic post.
Candidates with exceptional business experience along with teaching experience will be considered.
The Position is based in Storm Lake, Iowa. Relocation assistance is provided.
PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY 
The search is being conducted by Ed-Exec, Inc. in Glastonbury, CT. Please do not contact the University. Interested individuals should send a resume in confidence. All correspondence should be sent electronically with the subject line Dean of Business (Microsoft Word attachments preferred) to: 

Vincent Scaramuzzo 
President, Ed-Exec, Inc. 
vincent@ed-exec.com

 

Contact: Vincent Scaramuzzo
Ed-Exec, Inc.
Email Address: vincent@ed-exec.com

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