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The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual with a strong background in higher education; a commitment to access for all of the university’s talented students; and deep experience in administrative leadership to serve as Director of the Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP). Established in 1983 as an early diversity initiative, CSP has grown in size, scope, and stature. Today it is a community of scholars -- faculty, students, advisors and staff -- organized around principles of diversity, access, equity and inclusion. Together, members of the community promote academic excellence and champion personal growth and wellness for all students within the program and at the U-M at large. This is a 100% academic/administrative leadership position that sits within LSA’s Division of Undergraduate Education.
CSP serves over 3,000 students across multiple schools and colleges, including the College of Engineering, the Ross School of Business, Kinesiology and Nursing. Many are the first in their family to go to college, come from populations historically underrepresented at the University, or attended under-resourced high schools, both urban and rural. The program plays a high-profile role in the College’s and the University’s commitment to access, diversity and inclusion for all of its undergraduates - from admission to graduation. Achieving parity in access to high-impact practices is intertwined with the goal of closing any gaps in the high rates of retention and graduation that is a hallmark of a Michigan education. CSP is equally dedicated to fostering a sense of belonging on the campus of this large, public institution.
As an academic success program and a large-scale learning community, the Comprehensive Studies Program offers holistic academic advising, supplemental instruction and tutoring, intensive CSP seminars, financial aid advising, mentoring, and psychological counseling through a partnership with the U-M Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). CSP also provides oversight for the University’s Summer Bridge Scholars Program, which recently welcomed its 43rd class, as well as CSP Summer, a separate program for CSP students admitted to the U-M in the summer. While these students are admitted through the program as first-year students, many choose to remain part of the community throughout their undergraduate careers at Michigan, taking advantage of test prep programs (MCAT, LSAT, GRE) and other initiatives aimed at juniors and seniors with majors across LSA and U-M. More information can be found on the CSP website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/csp/.
The Director of CSP is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the program and for setting a tone of professionalism, mutual respect, and creativity. The Director provides leadership and oversight for a 45-member staff, including the program’s 25 faculty members, and direct supervision for members of the CSP leadership team. The Director also oversees the program’s $4 million budget. Work on fundraising and donor stewardship is another key element of the role, working closely with LSA Advancement. Because LSA is committed to ensuring that the program is best-in-class locally and nationally, assessment of student learning and achievement is equally important. The CSP Director works collaboratively with University Athletics, the Office of University Admissions and the Office of Enrollment Management, Student Life, University Housing and the other advising centers within LSA.
Supervision of CSP Leadership Staff & Administrative Oversight (40%)
The CSP Director has direct supervisory reports and convenes regular meetings with a senior leadership team. Together the team thinks strategically and plans new initiatives and programmatic changes. The Director works closely with the LSA Finance budget analysts as well as the unit’s Associate Director of Operations on the unit’s budget; has high-level oversight of the CSP curriculum, along with the hiring and training of Lecturers who are members of the Lecturers Employment Organization (LEO); and manages a collection of policies and procedures that span HR and administrative issues.
Stewardship & Fundraising & Outreach (25%)
The Director is the public face of CSP, interacting with students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and donors. The unit has a large and robust donor base that we are seeking to enhance. The ability to communicate around the unit’s goals and successes is essential. The new Director should also plan on devoting time to public presentations of various sizes, individual meetings with donors, both on campus and at locations that will require travel.
Collaborative Campus Partnerships (20%)
CSP maintains myriad partnerships that must be preserved and, where possible, deepened. The Director meets regularly with departmental chairs and faculty, with units across the College, especially Student Academic Affairs and the LSA Newnan Advising Center, and, as needed, with the LSA Dean’s Office. Beyond the College, these partnerships and collaborations extend to other schools and colleges on campus, with admissions and representatives from Athletics, Housing, as well as Student Life and other units in both the Provost and the President’s Offices. The new director will also join a set of dedicated leaders working on facets of the University and College’s Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Program Assessment & Research (15%)
CSP has increasingly moved into an era of evidence-based decision making and general program assessment in order to identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. The unit has also been developing its own models of advising and instruction and seeks to employ better formative assessment as part of this process. At minimum, candidates should be comfortable with and ideally excited by evidence-based approaches to both formative and summative assessment as well as with national benchmarking as we continue to meet our institutional commitment to make CSP the “best-in-class” student academic support program in the country.
Ph.D. or Ed.D., or the equivalent combination of education and experience required, with three years’ experience in program development and academic administrative leadership and a strong academic background in higher education issues.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and student retention in the academy and the ability to relate to a wide range of people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
Demonstrated ability to work well with and collaborate with faculty and students.
Strong background in staff development and supervision, including demonstrated ability to recruit, retain, mentor and support a diverse staff.
Experience with the special opportunities and challenges encountered by particular student populations, e.g., student athletes, transfer students, international students, first- generation students, students from rural locations, etc.
Demonstrated ability to manage various aspects of complex organizations, and proven ability to lead teams, integrate activities, and manage change in line with unit-level and university-level strategic visions.
Knowledge of innovations and best practices in academic student success programs, advising, curricular development, and assessment.
Proven ability to multitask in a fast-paced work environment, to work well independently and collaboratively, and to adhere to the College’s high standards of professionalism.
Familiarity with program evaluation/assessment experience.
Direct experience managing budgets.
Enthusiasm for fundraising and donor stewardship.
Exemplary written and oral communications skills.
Ph.D. or Ed.D.,with at least seven years’ experience in a complex academic environment focused on diversity and retention, administration, and program development.
Extensive hands-on involvement with change management.
Demonstrated commitment to and experience with staff professional development.
Demonstrated large-scale program evaluation/assessment.
Direct experience with donor stewardship and fundraising.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.
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