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The University of South Florida selects Harris Search Associates to lead Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Studies search - Harris Search Associates

The University of South Florida selects Harris Search Associates to lead Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Studies search 

The University of South Florida has selected Harris Search Associates to lead Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Studies search.  

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 25 research university among public institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion.

The University of South Florida seeks a dynamic and visionary academic leader who will strengthen the university’s student success initiative and position the university for eligibility in the American Association of Universities. USF has made unprecedented gains in its efforts to accelerate college completion rates, increasing the six-year graduation rate from 48% to 68% since it established the Student Success Task Force in 2009. The new Senior Associate Vice President Dean of Undergraduate Studies will serve as the principal architect and administrator of undergraduate academic programs and support services.

The Office of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) works in partnership with the academic colleges in the development, review and enhancement of the undergraduate programs to assist faculty to provide outstanding undergraduate education for students. The members of the UGS collaborate with faculty to establish and administer academic policies, assist with undergraduate curriculum development and review, and support proposals for new and revised programs and courses through the various approval processes. In addition to assisting with the academic programs offered by the colleges, Undergraduate Studies administers a number of academic programs, the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS), the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS), and Exploratory College Majors (ECM).

Undergraduate Studies provides a strong set of student success focused departments and initiatives designed to make it more likely that students will successfully navigate the complexities of the transition to college and the baccalaureate experience. The Academic Success Center provides tutoring, a writing studio, and a SMART Lab designed to provide hands-on learning for STEM related coursework. The Office of Academic Advocacy promotes student persistence by utilizing predictive analytics platforms to identify at-risk students and coordinate targeted interventions. The Office of Orientation offers intentional and specific programming for first year students, transfer students, international students and their families. The Office of Undergraduate Research encourages students to engage in faculty-mentored research opportunities and other high-impact practices that promote undergraduate student success. These and other programs provide coordinated opportunities for students to develop their identities and intellectual competencies for successful careers and lifelong learning.

The new Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Studies will bring passion and expertise to the university’s ongoing student success initiative. The ideal candidate will support, motivate, and drive academic programs and students to higher levels of performance. The new AVP and Dean will develop and apply best practices and policies, some of them already implemented, such as the SMART Lab, others in development, such as predictive analytics, and others not yet known or applied. The new AVP and Dean will also engage students directly, encouraging them to participate actively in their own educational experience as they develop their own identities, competencies, self-motivation, and self-regulation.

A copy of the ad is attached below, the detailed profile will be avilable for review soon.

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