Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Student Services and Professor

College of Social Work & Criminal Justice

777 Glades Road, SO-108, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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- Faculty Administrator Position Available -

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Student Services and Professor


The College of Social Work & Criminal Justice (CSWCJ) at Florida Atlantic University is seeking an established educator, scholar and leader to join our faculty and administrative team. The Associate Dean shall be appointed by the Dean of the College of Social Work & Criminal Justice with consultation from the faculty. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services is a member of the Dean’s Executive Team as well as a faculty member of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The Associate Dean fosters academic excellence within the college, that encompasses two large schools, multiple programs, centers, institutes, and delivery formats. The responsibilities for the Associate Dean fall within four main categories: 1) academic program leadership and collaboration, 2) academic integrity and growth, 3) advising services, and 4) student affairs. 


The Associate Dean will oversee academic and curricular initiatives including supervisory responsibilities for the Advising Services team and will work as a collaborative partner with the directors, faculty, and staff of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler School of Social Work. Central to this leadership role is the ability to:


  • interpret and administer academic policies and procedures;
  • coordinate efforts to ensure meeting targets of key performance metrics;
  • support the development and implementation of innovative courses and curricula/programs;
  • manage academic program evaluation and program assessment/renewal/accreditation activities; and
  • ensure adherence with accreditation and professional standards for the programs and their students. 


Guided by CSWCJ strategic plan, additional areas of leadership desired include cultivating a culture of transparency, diversity, justice, and inclusion; engaging in research innovation and synergy by bringing multidisciplinary teams together; strengthening our robust focus on students’ academic success (recruitment, retention, and recognition of excellence) and job readiness; and elevating our community engagement. 


About the University and College

Florida Atlantic University is identified as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of

Education. In 2021, FAU was ranked No. 31 in “The 50 Top Ethnically Diverse Colleges in America” by Best College Reviews. In the CSWCJ, we inspire and prepare criminal justice and social work leaders, scholars, practitioners, clinicians, and policymakers to enact positive change. Our distinguished faculty integrate theory with community-centered, evidence-based practice. In doing so, they collaborate with our staff to help develop ethical, culturally competent, and innovative professionals who analyze, implement, and evaluate criminal justice and social welfare policies, practices, and technologies; address discriminatory systems and processes; provide direct services to vulnerable and marginalized populations; and promote just and equitable outcomes for individuals, families, and communities in South Florida and beyond.  


An Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution



Position Qualifications

Qualifications for the position include a doctoral degree in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or a related field; a strong record of teaching and research in the discipline commensurate with the rank of Associate or Full Professor; experience in academic administration and/or leadership in higher education; and demonstrated experience and commitment to working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment. Areas of specialization are open. We are seeking a colleague with strong leadership skills integrated with the ability to work collaboratively, create positive change through a dynamic team-building approach, and contribute to a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment. Preferred qualifications include prior experience with academic assessments, students’ academic outcomes, and professional program development; knowledge of performance metrics and strategies to meet academic performance targets; and a strong record of proposal development and implementation of external funding for research, and educational activities.  Applicants should be prepared to explain how their leadership skills, teaching and research align with FAU’s Race to Excellence ( and bolster CSWCJ’s Strategic Plan (


Application Requirements


For more information and to apply, visit and go to Apply Now, REQ14592. When completing the online application, please upload all required documentation noted here: a curriculum vita, an educational leadership statement, names and contact info for three professional references, and a cover letter that describes: specific interest in the position; knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position; educational leadership philosophy statement; experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; and scholarly activities. 


For additional information on our College or Schools, please visit Questions regarding this position can be posted to the co-chairs of the search committee, Dr. Wendy Guastaferro ( or Dr. Diane Sherman (


The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate based on experience. Transcripts will be requested from applicants who are selected for interviews. Degrees from outside the United States must be validated by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), with an indication of the documents from which the evaluation was prepared (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts). A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. FAU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability status, protected veterans’ status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation are invited to call 561-297-6057, TTY/TDD 711.