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Dean, Liberal Arts - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Austin Community College District in Austin, Texas
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Date Posted January 07, 2020
Faculty-Liberal Arts-Human Development & Family Studies
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline 02/14/2020

Dean, Liberal Arts - Social and Behavioral Sciences


Closing Date: 01/03/2020
Take me to ACC's online application.

Position Information


Rio Grande


Generally Monday through Friday, 8:00-5:00. Occasional evening or weekend hours as required for college-wide or instructional events.


Salary Commensurate Upon Experience.

FLSA Status


Reports To

Associate Vice President, Academic Transfer Programs

Criminal Background Check

Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.

College Profile


Austin Community College (ACC) is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each fall and spring semester. We embrace our identity as a community college as reflected in our mission statement. We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriately applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.
As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:

  • Reflects the diversity of our community.

  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching.

  • Is attracted by the college mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities.

  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for underrepresented populations.

  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others.

Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC.


Our Mission


The Austin Community College District promotes student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in its service area.
For more information, see http://www.austincc.edu/about-acc/mission-statement.


Commitment to Equity and Inclusion


ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and underrepresented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.
As an open-access and low-cost institution, ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. The College values and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the College community. 


General Statement of Job


To establish and maintain an equity-minded and student success-focused teaching, learning, and working environment where faculty, staff, and students are appropriately served within available resources on a college wide basis; to provide strategic and data-informed instructional leadership; to ensure the effective administration of assigned disciplines; and to promote innovative and intentional instructional goals and objectives conducive to student success. To provide oversight and support of assigned programs in Liberal Arts - Social and Behavioral Sciences dean area (Anthropology/Archaeology, Economics, General Studies & Student Development, Geography, Government, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, and Sociology).  To work collaboratively with the Dean of Liberal Arts - Humanities & Communications in support of strategic, programmatic, and operational consistency in the Liberal Arts Area of Study.


Description of Duties and Tasks

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  1. Essential Job Functions: Provides equity-minded leadership in developing, implementing, and maintaining curriculum and programs that respond to community needs, prepare all students for success, reflect high standards and best practices in program delivery, and meet the external requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and applicable specialized accrediting organizations.

  2. Student/Faculty Issues: Provides leadership in addressing and resolving student complaints, grade appeals, academic dishonesty appeals, faculty complaints and grievances, employee complaints against supervisor, or other student, staff, or faculty issues, where appropriate.

  3. Management: Supports the selection of department chairs who will engage in future-focused and innovative leadership of their departments.  Supervises and evaluates department chairs and assistant deans.  Ensures consistent and appropriate application of administrative rules within assigned academic areas, including overseeing robust faculty evaluation processes, hiring of equity-minded and diverse faculty and staff, strategic course schedule development, strategic planning and budgeting, safety, facilities, equipment and software needs, and preparation of reports as required. Hires, supervises, and evaluates support staff. Initiates and manages special projects and assignments. Participates in shared governance through service on college wide councils and committees.

  4. Curriculum/Instruction: Provides equity-minded and data-informed leadership and advocacy in the planning, implementing, assessing and ongoing improvement of all curriculum, instructional modalities, courses, and programs within assigned academic areas. Ensures that all faculty within assigned academic areas are appropriately qualified and meet ongoing professional development standards. Ensures that programs comply with college standards, regulatory requirements and/or accreditation standards where appropriate, and reflect best practices in teaching and learning. Convenes advisory committees as needed, works with Grants Development Office, and maintains community, university, and school district partnerships in support of programmatic goals.

  5. Dual Credit:  Provides strategic leadership, oversight, and data-informed support for dual credit programs, faculty and students, including Early College High Schools and dual enrollment programs across the ACC District.  Partners with area independent school districts and ACC's Office of College & High School Relations in support of excellence in dual credit instruction.

  6. Area of Study: Provides leadership and advocacy for the assigned area of study jointly with the Dean of Liberal Arts - Humanities & Communications, including strategic planning, communication, robust student and faculty engagement, joint efforts of instruction and student affairs to support student success, and community-building with external partners where appropriate.



Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.


  •  Demonstrated expertise in project planning, development, and implementation.

  •  Demonstrated knowledge of current research and state and/or national initiatives designed to enhance student access, persistence, and success.

  •  Demonstrated ability to present information and summary reports internally and to the public.

  •  Understanding of the community college philosophy and mission.

  •  Demonstrated ability to handle the demands and requirements of senior-level management in higher education.

  •  Demonstrated expertise in effective, equity-minded, and ethical leadership, including an understanding of Servant-Leadership.



Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.


  •  Working in a collaborative manner with diverse constituencies.

  •  Maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials.

  •  Working effectively with a diverse and multi-cultural student body and staff.

  •  Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.

  •  Providing leadership at all levels of the college.

  •  Planning, prioritizing, and problem-solving.

  •  Handling multiple projects and meeting deadlines.

  •  Planning and managing budgets and human resource needs.


Technology Skills


  •  Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.


Required Work Experience


  • Five years related work experience including supervision/management.


Preferred Work Experience


  •  Supervision/management in a higher education academic environment.


Required Education


  • Master's degree. As required for faculty. Must meet SACSCOC faculty qualifications for the subject(s) areas taught. See the current year Faculty Qualifications Table located at www.austincc.edu/facstaff/faculty-credentials. Experience cannot be substituted for required, applicable educational level.


Preferred Education


  •  Doctorate.


Physical Requirements


  •  Work is performed in a standard office or similar environment.

  •  Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling.

  •  Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.




  • Provide resources for safe operation of units. Create and support workplace safety.


ACC Benefits Overview

Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.


The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under the Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.

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