Dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies
Utica College, located in the heart of Central New York, seeks nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies. Utica College seeks an innovative and exceptional leader with a strong record of academic and professional accomplishment to serve in this key leadership position. The new Dean will have the opportunity to develop and advance a vision of progressive education, student success, and improved graduation and retention rates, in collaboration with a dynamic faculty and staff and a supportive administration.
A comprehensive, independent, coeducational private institution of higher education located in the heart of Central New York, Utica College offers an academic experience that is deeply engaging and enriching, with a vibrant and diverse community of life-long learners. Excitement, enthusiasm, and gratitude are common themes used by Utica College graduates when describing their experiences at the College.
Originally established by Syracuse University in partnership with Utica-area business and civic leaders, Utica College applied for and received its own accreditation in 1978. A 1995 agreement afforded Utica governance and autonomy as an independently chartered institution; however, Utica and Syracuse maintained an academic relationship, whereby Utica undergraduates continued to earn the Syracuse baccalaureate degree. Since 1998, the College has offered graduate degree programs, including master’s and doctoral options in a broad range of fields. In the fall of 2008, the College announced that it would transition to full independence from Syracuse University, with the entering freshman and transfer students of fall 2010 becoming the first class of a truly independent Utica College.
Today’s Utica College is a leader among educational institutions: a progressive, creative and adaptive enterprise fully committed to the exploration of pedagogical and structural innovation. The College graduates fundamentally well-educated men and women, able to guide the course of their own lives and shape the contributions they will make to the world in which they live.
UTICA COLLEGE TODAY
Since 2000, Utica College has grown remarkably, driven by the desire to meet the needs of society and its students. A commitment to entrepreneurial and strategic change has resulted in an increase of 77 percent in freshman enrollment and a 250 percent increase in total enrollment. While maintaining its commitment to its traditional programs, the College also has introduced more than 40 new academic programs, including programs in Cybersecurity, which have earned the College national and international recognition. The addition of online and blended programs, investment in the physical plant, expanded athletic offerings (from 11 to 26 programs) and the completion of a comprehensive campaign that exceeded its goal by $9 million have garnered additional recognition. In 2014, the College opened its first out-of-state campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, home to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (ABSN). It has since created a similar site in Miramar, Florida, as well.
The College has dedicated a number of new buildings, including three state-of-the-art academic buildings serving the Health Professions, Cybersecurity, Criminal Justice, and Construction Management; a new welcome center for visitors and prospective students; new suite-style residential living set to open next summer; and the 135,000 square-foot Todd and Jen Hutton Sports and Recreation Center. Moreover, it has opened the Robert Brvenik Center for Business Education in Utica’s downtown financial district.
Utica College currently enrolls approximately 5,300 full- and part-time students on campus and online, including 3,700 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students. Approximately 55% of those students are on campus, with the remaining 45% in fully online or hybrid programs.
The City of Utica is the county seat of Oneida County and an economic and cultural hub of the beautiful Mohawk Valley. Located approximately 45 miles east of Syracuse and 90 miles northwest of Albany, Utica is undergoing a revitalization and reinvention focused on nanotechnology, healthcare, higher education, and industrial services.
A diverse and inclusive community – known as the “Second Chance City” and home to one of the largest refugee populations in the United States – Utica offers a vibrant cultural scene supported by first-rate facilities such as the historic Stanley Theatre and Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art.
Outdoor and athletic opportunities include the Boilermaker Road Race (one of the largest 15K races in the country) and close proximity to both the mountains and lakes of the Adirondacks as well as the Thousand Islands of the Saint Lawrence River. In addition, the Utica College Pioneers and the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League regularly sell out the Utica Memorial Auditorium, providing both a source of pride and economic benefit to the city.
With the continued redevelopment and revitalization of the city, a number of restaurants and other establishments have opened in the downtown area, including some that have received state and national recognition.
Utica College is an important resource for the greater Utica-Rome metropolitan area and the Mohawk Valley. It not only provides myriad educational, cultural, and athletic opportunities, but plays a vital role in the economic growth of the entire region. Students participate in internships, clinical placements, and practicums in hundreds of agencies, businesses, and facilities throughout the region. Utica College’s commitment to the community and to the revitalization of the City of Utica is perhaps best illustrated by the decision to relocate the business programs in the heart of downtown. Busloads of students and faculty members commute daily to the Robert Brvenik Center for Business Education, a state-of-the-art educational facility located in a beautifully restored early twentieth-century building, the Clark City Center.
COLLEGE MISSION, VALUES, AND VISION
Utica College educates students for rewarding careers, responsible citizenship, enlightened leadership, and fulfilling lives by integrating liberal and professional study, by creating a community of learners with diverse experiences and perspectives, by balancing a commitment to its local heritage with global outreach, by encouraging lifelong learning, and by promoting scholarship in the belief that the discovery and application of knowledge enrich teaching, learning, and society.
Utica College's mission rests upon a foundation of values that guide the College community's decisions and actions. These values include the following:
Individual attention for our students
Pragmatic approaches to teaching and learning
Continual improvement in our educational and operational quality
Diversity of perspective, background, and experience in an increasingly global society
Community and professional service
Ethical behavior and integrity in all that we do
Freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas and creativity
Open, honest, and collegial communication
The well-being of others
Utica College will be the nation’s most innovative small university, inspiring students to create a future beyond their imagining.
Following the conclusion of the Middle States visit and reaccreditation this past spring, the College has now begun a comprehensive strategic planning process. It is expected that this new Strategic Plan will prioritize, among other things, student success, retention, and graduation. The next Dean of Business and Justice Studies will play a significant role in the discussions and process towards the new strategic plan, as well as the academic plan to support it.
ACADEMIC (PROVOST’S) CABINET
The Academic Cabinet includes the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; Dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies; Dean of the School of Health Professions and Education; Senior Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies; Associate Provost for Online Learning and Vice President for Online and Extended Studies; Senior Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment Management; Dean of Academic Assessment; Dean of Diversity and Inclusion; and the Dean of the Library and Learning Commons. The Assistant Vice President for Information Technology and Institutional Research also meets regularly with the Cabinet.
Utica students thrive in a community that is ethnically, socio-economically, and culturally diverse. The College serves a diverse student population: residential, commuter, adult, and online, with students representing 48 states and 39 countries.
The diversity of experiences available to students expands their possibilities. Along with career preparation, students have a firm grounding in a broad arts and sciences curriculum through general education courses and liberal arts electives. They learn by doing, as they engage in internships, pure and applied research, leadership and service activities, and off-campus study, including a number of overseas programs in such countries as the Dominican Republic, Albania, Bulgaria, and Romania. They learn in a community with students from all across the nation with differing backgrounds. Such experiences not only foster students’ cultural sensitivity, but also widen their viewpoints and their future prospects. The College also maintains standing faculty and student exchange relationships with Aberystwyth University in Wales, Åbo Akademi in Turku, Finland, and the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.
Students are involved in more than 100 campus organizations. The Utica College Pioneers compete in 26 NCAA Division III sports as a member of the Empire 8 Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Approximately 25 percent of undergraduate on-campus students participate in intercollegiate athletics. A wide selection of intramural and club sports provides additional recreational opportunities.
More than three-quarters of first-year undergraduate students reside on campus. Themed Housing units provide an exciting and unique experience for students to become even more involved with the campus community by living with students who share the same interests and with a faculty/staff mentor who shares those same interests and works with the residential floor.
The foundation of the Utica College academic experience is integration of the liberal arts, professional study, and co-curricular experiences. Utica College students gain a broad base of knowledge and skills through the liberal arts and sciences that complements programs with a career focus, developing skills that prepare them for lifelong learning and career development. Co-curricular student experiences are especially important to their development and are another aspect of Utica College’s Academic Promise. At Utica, a broad liberal-arts core of classwork is combined with learning that is gained outside the classroom, where students have opportunities to engage with the community and with colleagues and peers.
The College provides a level of personal attention unimaginable at larger institutions. Whether held on campus or online, classes are small and interactive – with a typical class size of 18 students and an average 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. This level of personal attention could not exist without a dedicated and talented faculty. As of the fall of 2018, the faculty includes 145 full-time members, most holding doctorates or the highest degree in their field. The 331 part-time and adjunct faculty members are dedicated to excellence in teaching, both on campus and online, and to sharing their industry and professional experience.
In addition to the main campus in Utica, there are academic sites in Syracuse, NY; Miramar, Florida; and St. Petersburg, Florida that are currently devoted to an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program.
The College’s academic structure includes the schools of Arts and Sciences, Business and Justice Studies, Health Professions and Education, and Online and Extended Studies. Utica College is always moving forward with innovative programs and pedagogies that expand access and improve quality. Members of the faculty are continually exploring new ideas, carving new academic pathways, and preparing students to meet the challenges of the modern workforce. Utica College offers 45 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, and 20 graduate programs, including master’s degrees, doctoral programs, and graduate-level certificates, on-campus and online. There are also numerous pre-professional and special programs.
Utica College is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College recently completed its site visit from Middle States and remains fully accredited with no required actions. In addition, a number of programs have been accredited or given recognition by discipline-specific accrediting agencies, including Chemistry, Construction Management, Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. The Business programs were recently reaccredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
School of Business and Justice Studies
The School of Business and Justice Studies includes the departments of Business and Economics; Construction Management; Economic Crime and Justice Studies (including programs in economic crime, criminal justice, and cybersecurity); and Public Relations and Journalism. The School is further enriched by an array of institutes and centers, including the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection, the Northeast Cyber Forensics Center (NCFC), the Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute, the New York Reporting Project, and the Raymond Simon Institute for Public Relations.
Degrees are offered in a wide array of disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Majors include Accounting, Business Economics, Criminal Intelligence Analysis, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, Economics, Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation, Health Studies Management; Management, Public Relations, and Sports Management. Master’s degrees are offered in Cybersecurity, Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis, Economic Crime and Fraud Management, Financial Crime and Compliance Management, General Management, and Professional Accountancy.
The School is actively planning new graduate programs in Cybersecurity (a doctorate of professional studies), and an MS in Professional Accountancy to complement the Accounting MBA, as well as an undergraduate program to help working professionals complete bachelors studies (BBA in Business Administration). In addition, several current programs plan for significant growth in the near future due to the strong national brand recognition.
Faculty within the School of Business and Justice Studies possess a wide array of knowledge and real-world experiences. The members of this highly credentialed faculty are renowned throughout their respective industries, and many are active in their respective fields of inquiry. From the ever-changing world of technology to risk management and insurance, students are given the current tools and practices needed to prepare for internship opportunities and to be successful in their careers.
School of Online and Extended Studies
Utica College offers online bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees and certificates in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Economic Crime and Fraud, Healthcare, Nursing, and Physical Therapy. Online programs are mainly asynchronous, offering quality programs when and where it is convenient for students. Faculty members are highly credentialed and offer students the support they need to be successful in an online format.
The School of Online and Extended Studies assists and oversees new online program development and provides instructional design support, academic oversight, and faculty support and training for all online/hybrid programs. This area is also responsible for managing the College’s academic
POSITION AND QUALIFICATIONS
The Dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies will provide leadership to staff in the School, as well as to the faculty who have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students through a strong commitment to small classes and high impact practices.
Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies advocates for and directs the academic operation of the School. He or she will provide leadership to support and enhance the School’s commitment to academic excellence, scholarly values, and professional study rooted in a strong liberal education in order to inspire and educate each student.
The Dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies is responsible for maintaining the quality of the academic environment of the School through the development and assessment of curriculum and the facilitation of teaching and research in an increasingly diverse community of faculty, students, and staff. The Dean advises the Provost on all matters pertaining to the School and works collaboratively with the other Deans to fulfill the academic mission of the institution. The Dean is expected to maintain a strong presence both on the traditional campus as well as at the Robert Brvenik Center for Business Education located in downtown Utica.
To be considered for the position, candidates must have an earned terminal degree or equivalent professional experience in a discipline offered within the School.
Furthermore, the successful candidate must:
hold a distinguished record of progressively advanced leadership experiences;
possess a demonstrated responsibility for a broad range of organizational areas including:
planning and assessment;
operational budgeting; and
personnel processes and procedures;
have outstanding listening, writing, and communication skills; and
possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups.
Additional preferred experiences include:
the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with all members of the College community – to listen, to engage, to persuade, and to foster individual and community-wide development;
the ability to serve as an advocate for the School to internal and external constituencies, including involvement in friend- and fund-raising activities and relationship-building;
an appreciation and demonstrated advocacy for both liberal arts and professional programs;
experience with or understanding of shared governance in the context of a collective bargaining environment;
honesty, integrity, common sense, good judgment, energy, and a sense of humor.
Utica College is actively seeking and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.
For full consideration, a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, a diversity statement, and the contact information for five professional references should be forwarded to the email address listed below no later than March 1, 2019. The diversity statement should address experiences in working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. The search process will begin immediately with the intent to fill the position no later than August 1, 2019. All application materials must be submitted electronically at: http://uc.peopleadmin.com/postings/2455
Further nominations or inquiries may be forwarded, in confidence, to: Dr. Todd Pfannestiel, Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Utica College
Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.
A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.