Dean, School of Professional & Continuing Education

  • James Madison University
  • Harrisonburg, VA, USA
  • Apr 09, 2024
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Job Description


Dean, School of Professional & Continuing Education

James Madison University

The School of Professional & Continuing Education (SPCE) at James Madison University invites applications for the position of dean to begin July 1.

SPCE delivers quality educational opportunities for individuals and communities by providing access to innovative and dynamic experiences for learners throughout their lives. Our mission is to advance JMU's vision by responding to individual, scholarly, business, and community needs through transformative educational programs and experiences.

Housed within SPCE are:
• Adult Degree Program
• Certificate programs
• Lifelong Learning Institute
• Online Graduate Programs
• Programs for Non-Traditional Learners
• Professional Development
• Youth Programs

SPCE administers various graduate and undergraduate programs in partnership with colleges across the university and engages in university initiatives to extend educational opportunities to alumni and partners throughout the Commonwealth.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate should be able to lead and manage the School of Professional & Continuing Education to provide vision, mission, personnel management, budget oversight and operations management. Other responsibilities include:

• Supporting Academic Affairs sustainability, adaptability and growth by advocating for non-traditional, pre-traditional, and post-traditional learners;
• Collaborating with deans and unit leaders across campus to develop sustainable new programs and partnerships;
• Leveraging alumni and corporate partner networks to develop and expand access to JMU educational programs in regions across the state in partnership with administration.
• Expanding workforce development initiatives through the creation of innovative and accessible educational programs and partnerships;
• Coordinating and expanding youth programs across campus, with particular attention paid to centralizing administrative processes and procedures for all programs involving minors on campus and improving efficiency and compliance;
• Expanding SPCE's collaboration with The Graduate School, with a focus on recruitment for online curriculum programs; and
• Increasing coordination between University Studies and SPCE in curricular programming and delivery.
• Representing the school to internal and external constituents and advocating for faculty and student interests through external fundraising.
• Developing new certificate and micro-credential programming to expand JMU's footprint and competitiveness in these areas.

The dean of SPCE reports directly to Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and serves on Academic Council, Academic Affairs' senior leadership team. This is a 12-month appointment.


Preferred and Required Qualifications


The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree in a relevant discipline and an alignment of professional experiences or understanding of the duties and responsibilities listed above. The ideal candidate will possess leadership experience. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to building an equitable and inclusive scholarly environment

Application Details (to apply use the Apply Now button below.)

To learn more and to apply, go to and reference posting number 20000324. Review of applications begins 5/5/2024. Pay is commensurate with experience.
James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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