Dean of Undergraduate Studies

  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Buzzards Bay, MA
  • Jan 30, 2020
Full time   Deans & Directors

Job Description

Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of Undergraduate Studies. The new Dean will be expected to take office in the summer of 2020.

MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering bachelor and master’s degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. Located at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, MMA is an hour’s drive from the thriving urban communities of Boston and Providence and offers easy access to the pristine beaches of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

One of nine campuses of the Massachusetts state university system, MMA serves and prepares 1,780 undergraduate and graduate students for careers in the marine transportation, engineering, international maritime business, emergency management, and environmental fields. MMA has long offered a successful blend of career-focused education informed by strength in both an academic core and the discipline of regimental life. MMA graduates enjoy a competitive advantage in the marketplace: they are highly sought after due to their strong leadership qualities and work ethic.

MMA has earned consistent national recognition for its commitment to excellence. MMA is currently named as a best college in Money magazine and ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best regional universities, top public institutions, and best undergraduate engineering programs. Forbes magazine has also ranked MMA among the nation’s top 25 colleges with the best return on investment.

The Dean of Undergraduate Studies works closely with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to provide leadership for and ensure the integrity of the undergraduate program across eight academic departments. The Dean develops strategies to achieve educational goals and objectives; ensures academic integrity and quality education at the Academy; and establishes academic goals and standards for the Division of Academic Affairs. As supervisor of the Registrar’s Office, this person works with the Registrar and faculty to schedule classes and ensure that faculty loading is consistent with applicable faculty union contracts. The Dean has oversight of all personnel actions for the undergraduate faculty and administrators within the Division of Academic Affairs and assists with the screening and selection process for full-time and part-time faculty and staff. In addition to the duties associated with traditional course delivery and faculty resourcing, the Dean also manages the experiential learning program for undergraduates. The Dean may also serve as chief academic officer in the absence of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This position will manage a $12.5 million budget and supervise 11 direct reports.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Candidates should have an earned doctorate or other terminal degree and at least five years of academic leadership experience, preferably as the head of an academic department or division. Candidates with a master’s degree and substantial professional experience will be considered. The ideal candidate will bring successful experience in academic administration, experience with collective bargaining agreements, and teaching experience at the undergraduate level. This person will also demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, a deep commitment to shared governance, and an affinity for the distinctive mission and character of the Academy.

Application Details

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, but complete applications received by February 28, 2020 will be assured full consideration. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim Norfleet at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Massachusetts Maritime Academy website at

MMA is an AA/EEO/Veteran/Disabled employer. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


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Application Deadline

February 28, 2020