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Senior Associate Dean Continuing Education School of Continuing Education, Cornell University

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Closing date
Jun 5, 2023

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Senior Associate Dean Continuing Education

School of Continuing Education, Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Cornell University's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE) dates back to 1876 and is dedicated to extending Ezra Cornell's vision of an institution "where any person can find instruction in any study" to include "at any time, in any place." The School was described by Cornell President Jacob Gould Schurman in his 1892 report to trustees as an "integral part of the university," and was one of the first official summer programs offered in the United States. SCE offers for-credit courses to students outside of regular academic semesters (winter and summer sessions), serving approximately 6,000 students each year, including Cornell and non-Cornell undergraduate and graduate students, high school students, international students and scholars, adult learners, professionals, area residents, and retirees. It also offers opportunities for students not matriculated in a Cornell degree program to enroll in for-credit courses during the fall and spring semesters. In Fiscal Year 2020-21, SCE mounted more than 300 classes and programs, enrolled, and registered more than 6,400 students, and collected approximately $29 million in tuition, program fees, gifts, and other resources.

Core Programs

The Cornell University Summer and Winter Sessions offer hundreds of credit-bearing on- and off-campus, online, and campus-to-career classes and programs to thousands of matriculated and non-matriculated students from around the world.

Part-time Study is designedfor non-matriculated students, including visiting high school and undergraduate students, Cornell employees, area residents, and corporate learners. Participants include students from the Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar Pre-medical Program, Cornell Prison Education Program, and National Education Equity Lab. During fall and spring semesters, part-time students register exclusively through SCE for study in Cornell classes.

Cornell University Precollege Studies offers classes year-round, including three- and six-week online and residential summer classes for motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world.

SCE also collaborates with Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) to provide academic and administrative support for the pre-medical portion of the six-year program, including facilitating recruitment of qualified faculty, ensuring quality control of courses taught, maintaining support of the Ithaca-based participating colleges, and appointing jointly with WCM-Q the Ithaca-based course directors. In addition, SCE offers advising support for WCM-Q pre-medical students and facilitates their application for admission in Cornell University's Ithaca-based schools and colleges, should they decide to obtain an undergraduate degree prior to seeking admission in the WCM-Q medical college program.

Signature Initiative

SCE is launching a new online bachelor's degree program, working closely with Cornell's Provost, the Vice Provost for External Education, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and an advisory board of Cornell faculty members. The degree will draw heavily upon existing expertise and resources of Cornell faculty and eCornell to ensure a high-quality educational experience.

Position Summary

SCE invites applications for a Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs who will provide leadership in matters relating to faculty engagement, academic program development, academic administrative procedures, and fostering learning excellence for its traditional and non-traditional student body. Academic leadership responsibilities include:

  • Maintain innovative and impactful programs and courses that align with SCE's mission and focus on teaching effectiveness, academic excellence, and operational efficiencies. Liaise with Cornell schools, colleges, departments, and faculty to develop new academic programs and courses. Oversee Summer Session, Winter Session, and Part-time Study programs including pre-college, online, domestic travel/off-campus offerings. Supervise program staff. Oversee calls for courses, course approvals, and review course evaluations. Develop and oversee academic policies and activities ensuring compliance with university policy and accreditation standards. Oversee student academic advising. Partner with the Dean to work closely with constituents from across the university in developing an undergraduate online degree program that meets Cornell's high academic standards. Represent SCE in university academic committees.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A terminal degree in a relevant field of study and at least five years of teaching experience in higher education
  • Experience in curriculum development and oversight and instructor evaluation Proven ability to work with a range of constituent groups Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, and to service Evidence of a thoughtful and effective approach to creating inclusive learning environments

Preferred Qualifications

  • Cornell experience in teaching and/or research Three to five years of experience in online education

To apply for this position, please submit the following materials online via the Cornell Careers site.

  • Letter of interest referencing the position Curriculum vitae Syllabi or equivalent for two recent courses or workshops developed and taught Corresponding teaching or facilitator evaluations Statement on contributions to diversity Names and contact information of three references Any other supporting documents, such as curriculum development materials, research papers, original case studies

Review of applications will begin in April 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Questions may be sent via email to Associate Dean for Administration, Himani Mewar, at

As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

For additional information on Cornell's Vaccination Compliance Program click here.

Employment Assistance

For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting or email

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX at voice (607) 255-2242, or email at

Applicants who do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

Notice to Applicants

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EEO Statement

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, Cornell University is a center for discovery, academic leadership, and service. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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