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Dean of

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies

Position Profile

A growing university with an inspiring mission to transform the lives of its students, Adelphi University, New York, has key elements for success in place: strong new leadership, world-class faculty, a compelling new strategic plan and an extraordinary commitment to diversity. Now we seek an inspirational new dean to lead our College of Professional and Continuing Studies.


It's an exciting time in the history of Adelphi University, New York. U.S. News & World Report ranked Adelphi University as a Best College nationwide in the National Universities category. We've climbed 27 places in the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Top U.S. College rankings, and rose 52 spots in Money magazine's Best Colleges for Your Money list.

Due to our strong growth in enrollment, Eduventures named us one of just two national winners of its 2018 Eduventures Innovation Award. We have high national rankings for several schools and programs, in addition to being a Forbes Top College and a Princeton Review Best Northeastern College. Adelphi University has also received the 2018 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, one of the top 2 percent of universities nationwide to receive this recognition for initiatives in the field of diversity.

We now invite nominations and applications for the position of dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies (CPCS). We're looking for a proven, innovative and collaborative leader capable of bringing a bold, creative vision and strong organizational and management skills to the position.

The dean of CPCS will provide academic and administrative leadership and support for the College. The dean will take the lead while working in a spirit of shared governance with faculty in defining and developing College goals, policies and practices and will play a key role in implementing the University's long-range strategic vision defined within Momentum: The Strategic Plan for Adelphi University, 2015-2021-most notably, Adelphi's relentless dedication to student success.

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies was established in 1973 as the Adult Baccalaureate Learning Experience (ABLE) to help working adults obtain a college degree. Over the years, the program was housed in University College and in the summer of 2017, was renamed the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

The Mission of the College Revolves Around the Following Principles:


We strive to be the finest adult education program in the region-and the nation. Our emphasis on quality focuses on every area, from internationally known faculty members to regional and national program accreditations. Even the details count: we continually update staff and student services to cater to our working nontraditional students.


Our students are busy professionals-and often they're also busy parents-and we work diligently to meet their needs, so convenience is key. Our extensive online web and portal presence simplifies things, along with our night, weekend, online, blended and accelerated courses. Even more, we have extended office hours and streamlined student services.

Career Focused

We constantly add courses and evolve our programs so that our degrees lead to a variety of cutting-edge industries and fields. Our programs are also designed to directly and indirectly link to graduate school programs and external credentials. We teach our students to think as confident, professional leaders.

Technology Infused

There is an emphasis today on technological skills and abilities for 21st-century careers-and we aim to take it even further. Our classrooms and faculty members are outfitted with the latest in instructional technology. Our live courses use multimedia and state-of-the-art software and hardware, and our online and blended courses use the most advanced course management systems available. Most importantly, we not only teach our students how to use technology effectively, but also how to think and excel in an increasingly technological world.


Our mission is to provide higher education to students of all income levels. We've reduced tuition and fees and offer extensive grants and scholarships to nontraditional students. We also issue college credit for relevant and substantial work or volunteer experience, which streamlines our degree programs so our students can enter their fields at an accelerated pace.

Personal and Supportive

We care, and our students appreciate a personal touch. This means that we offer a lot of pre-enrollment advising, one consistent point of contact with a College of Professional and Continuing Studies staff member throughout an entire degree program, and smaller classes that are filled with fellow nontraditional students.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

The College offers the following degrees:

* A.A. in Liberal Arts
* A.A. in Liberal Arts - Pre-Nursing Concentration
* A.S. in Emergency Services Administration
* B.A. in Fine Arts
* B.A. in Liberal Studies
* B.A. in Literature
* B.A. in Psychology
* B.A. in Social Sciences
* B.S. in Business
* B.S. in Criminal Justice
* B.S. in Emergency Services Administration
* M.S. in Emergency Management
* M.S. in Healthcare Informatics
* Undergraduate Certificates: Certificate in Accounting: Basic, Certificate in Accounting: Advanced
* Post Baccalaureate and Graduate Certificates: Certificate in Basic Sciences for Health Professions, Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management, Advanced Certificate in Healthcare Informatics

Adelphi University

Located just 23 miles from New York City, Adelphi is a private university in the midst of one of the most dynamic phases of its 122-year history. With record enrollments, an increasingly diverse student body and faculty, expanding graduate programs, and growing financial and administrative strength, Adelphi is being transformed just as it is transforming the lives of its students through its personalized approach to higher education.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island's oldest private coeducational university, serving more than 8,100 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, at learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four-Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university known for small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success.

With powerful partnerships throughout the New York area, more than 115,000 graduates around the world, a growing enrollment of students from 41 states and 58 countries, and rising rankings from top publications and organizations, Adelphi is strongly positioned for the future.

The University is an independent, doctoral-granting institution with more than 100 different degrees at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional levels.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing our students with the finest education in the region as well as offering vital services to our local communities. As the University turns its strategic plan-Momentum-into a vision for the future, the University community has come together to accomplish mutual goals centered on scholarship and student achievement.

Adelphi University comprises eight colleges and schools:

* College of Arts and Sciences
* College of Education and Health Sciences
* College of Nursing and Public Health
* College of Professional and Continuing Studies
* Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
* Honors College
* Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
* School of Social Work

From our original Garden City, New York, footprint of three buildings, Adelphi's main campus has grown to encompass 29 buildings on 75 pastoral acres in Garden City, the heart of Nassau County.

New York City ranks in the top five most visited cities (Forbes 2018), No. 1 most influential city in the world (Business Insider 2018), No. 1 city in the world for finance (The Telegraph 2018) and best city in the world (Time Out 2018).

Our Garden City students, faculty and staff have access to Long Island's culture, shopping, parks and world-famous beaches. With the Long Island Rail Road within walking distance and free shuttles offered to and from local train stations, the greatest city in the world is just a short ride away. We enjoy trips to New York's restaurants, Broadway theaters and iconic venues such as Central Park, Ellis Island, Yankee Stadium, the Museum of Modern Art, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center and Barclays Center.

We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of students. In addition to full-time study, students can enroll in part-time or accelerated programs, participate in our increasing number of online courses or attend classes at one of our learning hubs-our thriving center in downtown Manhattan, two learning hubs in the Hudson Valley Center and one in New York's Suffolk County.

Academic Profile

The Carnegie Classification identifies Adelphi University as a doctoral university with moderate research activity.

Our academic programs reflect 21st-century curricula and pedagogies. With a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and average class size of 21, our students get personalized instruction and mentorship from their professors, who make use of high-impact instructional practices and seek out opportunities for students to do research and participate in internships and fieldwork.

Adelphi University has been nationally and internationally recognized and cited by several well-respected organizations. Here are just a few of our accolades:

* The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Forbes named Adelphi a top choice for quality education.
* U.S. News & World Report listed Adelphi as a Best College nationwide and a Best Value School.
* Money magazine listed Adelphi as a Best College for Your Money.
* U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Social Work in the top 15 percent of social work graduate programs nationwide.
* The Center for World University Rankings placed Adelphi fourth in the world for psychology/psychoanalysis.

There are 356 full-time faculty members who teach at Adelphi, of which nearly 90 percent have earned the highest degree in their fields. Adelphi faculty members regularly collaborate with colleagues and students in their research, often across disciplines, schools and colleges.

Students and faculty need state-of-the-art resources to reach their goals. That's why the University has invested millions of dollars in infrastructure. We've renovated our facilities, upgraded technology and classrooms, dramatically improved our libraries-both facilities and collections-and invested in new equipment. An ambitious campus expansion project over the last decade resulted in the completion and opening of the following buildings:

* Adele and Herbert J. Klapper Center for Fine Arts
* Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
* Alice Brown Early Learning Center
* Center for Recreation and Sports
* Nexus Building-the inspiring new home of the College of Nursing and Public Health as well as the Office of Academic Services and Retention and the Office of University Admissions

In addition, our Manhattan Center has been renovated and our University Center is undergoing a complete renovation, which will double our dining, health services and gallery spaces.

Student Profile

In Fall 2018, there were a total of 8,146 undergraduate and graduate students attending Adelphi University. Twenty-two percent of our undergraduates live on campus.

Our student body reflects the diversity of the New York metropolitan region.

* Our students come from 41 states and 58 countries.
* 18 percent of our graduate students are international students.
* 45 percent of Adelphi's students are students of color.
* More than 20 percent are first-generation students.
* Adelphi is a Yellow Ribbon school for veterans.
* Students with autism spectrum disorder get the support and services they need through our renowned Bridges to Adelphi program.

Our community of students is diverse, but they share a commitment to academic success, an appreciation of their access to faculty members who give them the personalized attention they desire, and a willingness to make a real difference in the world. Students work closely with faculty and peers as well as with members of local communities on projects, research and fieldwork. Adelphi students are making their mark across academic fields and country borders.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity encompasses the range of human differences that includes age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic status, belief systems, thought styles, military experience and education. At Adelphi, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We believe diversity is a powerful driver of innovation and that students, faculty and staff grow when in a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone is accepted and respected.

We have made great progress in becoming a model of diversity and inclusion. We recently appointed our first vice president for diversity and inclusion, who was key in forming the University's Diversity Committee. Thanks to those efforts, Adelphi initiated the groundbreaking Diversity Certificate Program for faculty and staff, a program that local public schools are emulating. We continue to grow our mentoring programs for students of color, first-generation students, veterans and the LGBTQ+ community.

In 2016, Adelphi University saw the largest increase in students of color in our history. We built upon this success, revising our recruitment strategies to attract diverse faculty, students, staff and administrators to further improve. As a result, in 2017 and again in 2018, we welcomed an exceptionally diverse group of new faculty-a cohort composed of about 40 percent faculty of color. Initiatives by the University's Diversity Committee and the athletics department's Diversity and Inclusion Council have increased openness and understanding on campus and won awards from national organizations, including a prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity, four and a half stars and Premier Campus designation from the Campus Pride Index, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine's 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award for our Horace G. McDonell Science Research Fellowship program, and recognition of President Christine M. Riordan as one of the "Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond" by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Additionally, the University is making our campus facilities more gender inclusive and accessible to those with both physical and mental differences.


There are more than 115,000 Adelphi alumni worldwide. Notable alumni include:

* Ron Bruder, American entrepreneur who runs Middle East education nonprofits, named on the Time 100
* Alice Hoffman, New York Times best-selling author
* Jonathan Larson, creator of the Broadway musical RENT
* Gregory W. Meeks, congressman from New York's Sixth District, representing Queens
* Chuck D (Carlton Ridenhour), musician, author, lecturer, founder and frontman of the hip-hop group Public Enemy
* Al Trautwig, sports broadcaster for television's NBC, MSG Network and USA Network
* Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning author of children's literature
* Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate, longtime producer of The Howard Stern Show

University Leadership

President Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.

Adelphi University President Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in leadership development, team building, and diversity and inclusion, and is recognized for her groundbreaking initiatives to personalize and transform the higher education experience. Since beginning her appointment as Adelphi University's 10th president in 2015, Dr. Riordan has launched a remarkable turnaround strategy that has resulted in Adelphi enrolling the largest first-year classes in its history in both Fall 2016 and Fall 2017, as well as increased funds raised and greater recognition.

Dr. Riordan has published more than 60 academic and business press articles, is authoring a book on leadership and is a frequent speaker on leadership and overcoming challenges. She has been interviewed and written articles for media outlets such as The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, CareerBuilder and Psychology Today.

Dr. Riordan serves on the board of directors of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX) and is chair of the nominating and governance committee and serves on the compensation committee. She previously served on the audit committee. She is on the board of directors of the Long Island Association (LIA), a leading business organization on Long Island, and has been appointed chair of the LIA Women's Collaborative. She is also a trustee of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE) and is a member of the President's Advisory Council at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Riordan is also chair of the President's Council for the Northeast-10 Conference.

Executive Vice President and Provost Steve Everett, D.M.A.

A widely respected and extensively accomplished composer, conductor and professor of music, Dr. Everett was appointed provost of Adelphi University commencing July 1, 2018. Prior to joining Adelphi, Dr. Everett was dean of the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and professor of music at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In that role, he oversaw four schools with numerous programs as well as the Gallery 400 art gallery, the renowned Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the university's UIC Innovation Center-an exciting interdisciplinary research center and incubation hub that bridges research and education with industry.

His work at the University of Illinois at Chicago was preceded by 23 years at Emory University in Atlanta, where he served as assistant vice provost for academic affairs, among other leadership positions. At Emory, he also served as president of the University Senate, chair of the Faculty Council, chair of the Department of Music and interim director of the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Dr. Everett also co-chaired the university's Commission on the Liberal Arts, a task force created to explore innovative ways to enrich the liberal arts experience. In 1998, Dr. Everett received the Mayor's Fellowship in the Arts, awarded by the City of Atlanta, the city's highest recognition of artistic achievement.

In addition to these accomplishments and honors, Dr. Everett has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, a guest composer at numerous conservatories around the world and a noted researcher. As a result of two medical research projects, he was awarded a courtesy faculty appointment to the University of Illinois at Chicago's Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Everett earned his doctoral degree in composition from the University of Illinois and received two master's degrees, in music theory and trumpet performance, from Florida State University.

Momentum: The Strategic Plan for Adelphi University 2015-2021

Momentum, the University's Strategic Plan, is guiding dynamic growth and development across all facets of the University. Centered on six transformational goals, Momentum seeks to advance around:

An Emphasis on World-Class Academics

Adelphi already offers the intellectual rigor and talented faculty that create a unique educational experience. We will enhance the value of an Adelphi degree by deepening the caliber of the teaching, the programs and the research and creative work in order to increase the impact of every student's (and professor's) years with us.

A Relentless Focus on Student Success

As we grow, Adelphi will continue to set the standard for committing to the individual student-and growing their intellectual curiosity, ability and potential-in order to produce generations of curious, compassionate, successful people.

A Model of Diversity and Inclusion

Adelphi's reputation as a community that values, welcomes and inspires every individual-among our students, faculty and staff-will grow on a national level.

A Powerfully Connected University

We will extend the reach and resources of our community through a potent network of relationships. We'll bring together faculty, staff, families, alumni and business and industry partners, maximizing our traditional associations here on Long Island as well as in the great city that is our neighbor.

Financial and Operational Strength

Growing stronger means growing smart by incrementally improving existing resources and operations, while integrating new and complementary ones, to form a seamlessly high-functioning, highly regarded enterprise.

Global Recognition and Renown

We will become an outstanding private university, known everywhere for our academics, our four exciting New York locations (in Garden City, Manhattan, Suffolk County and Hudson Valley) and our experiential learning. Rankings, awards and media coverage will advance both our brand and the Adelphi Advantage, all around the world.

These six goals are touchstones for all aspects of the University and are grounded in concrete initiatives designed to produce measurable results in our dedication to transform the lives of our students. To read more about the Momentum plan, visit https://strategic-plan.adelphi.edu/.

Position Profile

Reporting to the provost, the dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies will lead the College through a period of redefinition and expansion of its educational programs and administer all aspects of the College's programs including instructional and support services. The dean of CPCS will oversee development and implementation of online programs in collaboration with the deans and faculty in schools and colleges across the University. The dean will lead a revitalization of the College's programs and chart an aggressive agenda for future educational opportunities to make an Adelphi education accessible to nontraditional students from all backgrounds.

Leadership Priorities

The next dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies will have the charge to make a significant and lasting impact on the College's future. Specific priorities for the next dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies include, but are not limited to:

* Program Development - Explore new initiatives for nontraditional learners in cooperation with department chairs, academic deans and administrative officers; including future plans for expansion into certificate programs, interdisciplinary programs and continuing education.
* Create a Collaborative Vision for the College - The dean will work with faculty, students, staff and other administrators to align the vision for the College with the University's Momentum Strategic Plan. Given the growth of programs and enrollments, the dean, through listening and meaningful engagement with the College's constituencies, will set a path forward that identifies programmatic priorities, strategic growth opportunities, innovative approaches to utilizing resources and space and methods for increasing CPCS's reputation and commitment to inclusive excellence.
* Develop Partnerships and Affiliations - Identify and cultivate current and new strategic partnerships to support targeted education programs and activities.
* Development and Oversight of Adelphi Online - Lead and support a campus dialogue around high-quality distance education and help to define and implement an institutional strategy for distance education.
* Guide the Growth of New Programs - The College of Professional and Continuing Studies is in the process of introducing new programs and continues to look for offerings that serve professionals and both traditional and nontraditional students' interests and community needs. The dean will play a central role in stewarding new programs and successfully integrating them into the College. The dean will also support the accreditation and reaccreditation processes for all existing and newly eligible programs.
* Increase the Philanthropic Support for the College - The dean will seek external funding for the College by working with the Office of Advancement to identify and cultivate relationships with foundations, corporations, alumni and other donors who support the mission and vision of the College.
* Attract and Retain Talented Faculty and Staff - As the College's leader, the dean will have significant opportunities to interact with accomplished faculty and administrators across the nation. The dean will authentically and persuasively share CPCS's story to recruit new colleagues from within and outside of the University and retain valued members of the faculty and staff. Particular benefit will come from engaging accomplished professionals who serve in adjunct faculty roles and considering optimal approaches for their training, scheduling and participation in the College.

Candidate Desired Qualities and Qualifications

To best serve Adelphi University, the ideal candidate will have many of the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:


* A record of increasing responsibility in academic and administrative leadership roles in higher education, including demonstrated ability in managing a complex academic organization and effectively interacting with faculty, staff, students and external constituents.
* Visionary leadership skills with the ability to set challenging and attainable goals and priorities, work with and inspire others to high levels of professional achievement, leverage ideas into action and lead and navigate as the University grows.
* Strong influence and relationship skills and the ability to command respect and earn the trust of individuals within and outside the University.
* Strong communication and perceptive interpersonal skills, including excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to express respect for diverse viewpoints and inspire the various constituencies both inside and outside the academic community.
* Confidence and poise to lead the College with the ability to represent the College and University to all constituents and to become an effective advocate for our students and their success.
* Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity, affirmative action/equal opportunity and achievement in increasing campus diversity.

Experience/Knowledge in the Field

* Experience working at an institution of higher education within a unit focused on professional and continuing studies with a robust online dimension.
* Personal philosophy that fully embraces a professional approach to advanced professional studies as well as continuing education for nontraditional students.
* Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain partnerships and affiliations within the local, regional and national professional communities as they support and relate to CPCS programs.
* Administrative acumen, including knowledge of financial planning and budgets, strategic planning and implementation, and program marketing.
* Experience in development, marketing and delivery of quality online academic programs.
* A commitment to the international and multicultural dimensions of the College and the professions it serves.
* Knowledge in the evaluation of academic programs, the assessment of learning outcomes and the accreditation process.

Collaboration, Management and Organizational Skills

* Evidence of excellent organizational skills and organizational development skills, including a clear sense of goals, timeliness and transparency.
* Proven ability to recruit and retain high-quality students and work closely with enrollment management to bring a personalized approach to the student experience from the first point of contact to graduation and beyond.
* The resolve to confront challenges and make difficult decisions, negotiate conflicts and demonstrate and promote integrity and high ethical standards within the institution.
* Ability to work in a student-centered environment and interact effectively with a variety of constituents on and off campus.
* Collaborative skills in teaming with colleagues and working with a unionized, innovative, energetic faculty as well as with unionized staff; ability to work collegially across the institution, build relationships and motivate, mobilize and energize others to work together.
* Dedication to faculty engagement and shared governance; willingness to engage in thoughtful discussion with faculty to envision and implement College change and evolution.

Successful candidates will demonstrate an authentic sense of humanity, care and respect for all individuals within the University and its communities; value and exhibit honest and ethical behavior; and be willing to listen to and consider differing points of view.

Information for Candidates

This position is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2019. The salary and benefits will be competitive.

For best consideration, please apply online or send nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest in confidence electronically to sgrogg@adelphi.edu.

Adelphi University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to building a diverse workforce. It strongly encourages applications from women, underrepresented groups, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and veterans. Adelphi University is an EEO/AA employer.

About Adelphi University

Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs , The College of Arts and Sciences, the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, Adult Undergraduate Program (ABLE), and the Schools of Business, Education, Nursing, and Social Work , the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls 8,000 students from 44 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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