Reporting to the Dean of Academic Affairs, the incumbent manages the administrative aspects of the Columbia College undergraduate curriculum, with special attention given to the Core Curriculum as the cluster of courses that forms the cornerstone of a Columbia College education--namely, Literature Humanities, Contemporary Civilization, Art Humanities, Music Humanities, and Frontiers of Science. In collaboration with the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs helps to formulate and implement policies, procedures and protocols for the undergraduate curriculum, and provides guidance and assistance about them to faculty Core Program Chairs and instructors. The Associate Dean also initiates and leads substantive discussions on curricular and policy issues regarding the Core Curriculum, including its connection to other coursework in the undergraduate curriculum and its co-curricular programs that support and enhance the delivery of the Core Curriculum and the student experience of the undergraduate curriculum more broadly. In collaboration with faculty and with College deans, the incumbent will also develop and support initiatives for faculty teaching in the Core, as well as strategies for encouraging greater faculty involvement in the central mission of the Core Program. The Associate Dean plays an important role in the leadership team of Academic Affairs in Columbia College and represents Academic Affairs at various events and on various committees as needed. The Associate Dean also supervises the staff who handle the administrative tasks necessary to mount courses and the staff who implement co-curricular programming that enhance undergraduate education.
Oversees administrative elements involved in mounting and teaching Core classes. Interprets and implements policies, procedures, and protocols for the Core Curriculum for the instructional staff of Literature Humanities, Contemporary Civilization, Art Humanities, Music Humanities, and Frontiers of Science, as well as other humanities courses related directly to Core offerings. Advises faculty and other instructors on student issues, including approaches to classroom dynamics and matters of academic dishonesty.
Oversees the coordination of faculty teaching staff of Core Curriculum classes by working closely with the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and relevant academic departments. Coordinates the processes of tracking eligibility for financial incentives and leaves and of providing teaching evaluation summaries for departments and for awards committees.
Oversees annual core preceptor recruitment selection process in in Literature Humanities, Contemporary Civilization, and other Core or Core-related courses; and helps to coordinate annual post-doc recruitment process in Frontiers of Science.
Interprets and implements policies, procedures, and protocols for the Columbia College undergraduate curriculum, to support the work of faculty teaching undergraduate courses. Advises faculty on student issues, including matters of academic dishonesty.
In collaboration with the Dean of Academic Affairs, performs regular and ad hoc assessment of the student experience of the undergraduate curriculum through analysis of data and through discussions with students and faculty.
Advises students on academic policies that are relevant to students’ experiences of the Core Curriculum and of the undergraduate curriculum more broadly. Acts as a liaison to relevant College and University offices to address concerns about students; these offices include Athletics, the Berick Center for Student Advising, Counseling and Psychological Services, Disability Services, and Student Conduct and Community Standards.
In collaboration with the Dean of Academic Affairs and the Core Program Chairs, develops and implements orientations, workshops, and supporting materials for new faculty and new preceptors teaching in the Core. In collaboration with the Dean of Academic Affairs, creates and updates printed and online materials to describe and promote the undergraduate curriculum, including the Core Curriculum and undergraduate majors, concentrations, and special concentrations.
Supervises the staff who coordinate the programming that supports the faculty teaching the Core Curriculum, including weekly faculty meetings for Core courses, course-wide lectures, and Core faculty events. Supervises the staff who coordinate the selection process for Core prizes and awards.
As scheduling allows, teach up to one section of a Core Curriculum course per semester.
Responsible for the operations of Academic Affairs that are involved in the delivery of the Core Curriculum and of the undergraduate curriculum more broadly.
Participates on relevant faculty committees as well as relevant College administrative committees. Participates in the planning of Academic Affairs efforts, initiatives, and priorities.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
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