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Dean, Undergraduate Education (CSU ONLY)

Apply now Job no: 536790
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San José
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time


Job Summary

*This recruitment is only open to current CSU employees.*

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean for Undergraduate Education (UE) provides campus leadership in all aspects of undergraduate academic matters, including undergraduate curriculum and programs, and is responsible for ensuring the integrity of all undergraduate degree programs, and the relationship of those programs to the overall success of SJSU’s students. As a member of the Academic Affairs Leadership Team (AALT), working in close coordination with the Provost, Deans, Chairs, Directors, the Academic Senate, and the Chancellor's Office of the California State University. The Dean for Undergraduate Education also collaborates on academic planning and policymaking at the campus and system level and supports policy changes and programs that reduce barriers to student success as well as the return of students to the campus.


Key Responsibilities

  • Review and approve all undergraduate new course and course modification proposals
  • Serve as primary liaison between SJSU and the Chancellor’s Office on curriculum issues
  • Coordinate annual production of University Catalog
  • Supervise CommUniverCity and Center for Community Learning and Leadership to develop and implement service learning and internship policies
  • Oversee University Studies curriculum and cultivation of pilot courses and programs that help drive student success
  • Bring partners together from within Academic Affairs and other divisions to evaluate administrative barriers to student success and create streamlined processes for students to return to campus through creative and innovative programs
  • Serve as the academic program chair for undeclared and interdisciplinary studies students not managed in a college
  • Engage with Student Success Initiatives that require leadership from Academic Affairs. Supervise the Academic Preparation Programs unit (including Supported Instruction, Early Start, and Early Assessment Program and programs such as Carnegie Statway)
  • Oversee and grow dual enrollment programs (Step-to-College and Unitrak programs)
  • Serve on Behavioral Intervention Team to proactively identify, assess, and offer a coordinated institutional response to SJSU community members whose behavior poses a risk to themselves, others and/or the campus community
  • Represent the Provost and Academic Affairs Division (and, as requested, the President) on a wide range of professional and community assignments, committees, and task forces
  • Contribute to and support planning for special projects
  • Be a key leader in partnership with the Chancellor’s Office and other CSU campuses to build larger cross-system initiatives as appropriate


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply research findings in higher education, particularly those related to curriculum and effective teaching
  • Knowledge of current educational and administrative uses of information technology within higher education
  • Ability to manage staff to create an organizational environment that promotes job satisfaction and commitment to the mission of the university
  • Interpret technical procedures and regulations
  • Write reports, business correspondence, guidelines, policy and strategic plans
  • Present information and respond to questions from staff, students, and the general public.
  • Analyze budgetary and financial data and reports
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions
  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret Title 5, Executive Orders, and University Policy concerning curricular matters and requirements for admission, retention, and graduation
  • Effective collaborative leadership style that incorporates organizational, analytical, and decision-making skills with strong change management, project management, and team-building skills.
  • Ability to manage long-term projects such as assessment of student learning, both directly and via a network of informal collaborations
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to successfully develop planning documents, proposals, budget request justifications, and other forms of communication with senior administrators and faculty


Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution
  • A minimum of six years experience in higher education leadership as chair, director, associate dean, dean or other equivalent administrative positions related to higher education


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with undergraduate curriculum/program development, general education, academic program planning and review, assessment of learning, and regional (e.g. WASC) or professional accreditation
  • Minimum four years of administrative experience within a diverse organization, broadly conceived to include diversity of culture; education; ethnicity; religion; sexual orientation; and linguistic and socio-economic background
  • Experience with issues surrounding educational effectiveness and national and statewide trends in higher education policy and practice
  • Experience with projects that foster student success, such as capstone courses, eportfolios or other high impact practices that promote student engagement, retention, and graduation
  • Experience with strategic planning, budget and personnel management, and collaborative leadership of both faculty and staff education administration, enrollment management, and information-based decision making
  • Experience with IT and database systems that support higher education administration, enrollment management, and information-based decision making.
  • Experience working with faculty senates consulting on and developing policies related to undergraduate or graduate studies



Classification: Administrator IV
Anticipated Hiring Range: $16,667/month - $17,834/month
CSU Salary Range: $ 9,625/month - $30,896/month

The final hiring salary will be commensurate with experience.

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.


Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: March 11, 2024 through March 26, 2024. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


Contact Information

University Personnel


CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment, and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third-party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.


Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at

Campus Security Authority - In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, this position is subject to ongoing review for designation as a Campus Security Authority. Individuals that are designated as Campus Security Authorities are required to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution and complete Clery Act training as determined by the university Clery Director.


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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Last Updated Apr 11, 2023