Department Tippie College of Business
Working Title Associate Dean - Undergraduate Program
Rank FM05 Associate Dean

Internal and External Search

Current Tippie College of Business faculty on the following tracks are eligible for consideration: Tenured faculty, Clinical-track faculty (associate level and higher), and Instructional-track faculty (associate level and higher). Faculty outside of the University of Iowa are also eligible for consideration with rank that would allow appointment at the rank of associate level or higher on the tenured, clinical, or instructional track in one of the six academic departments in  Tippie.

The associate dean’s faculty rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The selected candidate will be appointed within one of Tippie’s six academic departments at a rank of an associate level or higher on the tenured, clinical, or instructional track based on their experience and qualifications. Appointment with tenure is possible if the associate dean already has a distinguished teaching, research, and service record that meets the standard tenure requirements for all tenured College of Business faculty. The College’s primary aim, however, is to recruit a leader and faculty colleague who will execute the associate dean’s administrative and teaching responsibilities with great effectiveness.   

Position Description

The associate dean is responsible for the planning, operations, and communications strategy  of  the undergraduate program  within the  Tippie  College of Business. This individual is responsible for  oversight of the Undergraduate Program Office (UPO) and  a  program that includes  six  majors, three  certificates, and  one  minor.  Working with the  UPO  leadership team, the associate dean is responsible for strategy development and implementation, budgeting, program planning and implementation  including the undergraduate core curriculum, as well as admissions and financial aid,  academic advising, and the student experience  including the signature experiential learning program  Tippie RISE. The associate dean represents the program  to a large group of internal (faculty, departmental executive officers, and other college/university units) and external (alumni, donors, and employers) constituencies.  

There is an expectation that the person in this position will maintain effective, civil, and respectful working relationships with the University of Iowa campus community and uphold a high standard of cultural competency and respect for difference that represents the  Tippie  College of Business’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Key Areas of Responsibility

Strategic Planning

  • Direct the development, implementation and evaluation of  the undergraduate program mission, values, and goals, including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)  goals
  • Maintain and update the UPO strategic dashboard to ensure continued alignment with the college’s strategic plan and with the competitive pressures associated with maintaining a world-class undergraduate program.
  • With the college leadership, develop long-term strategies to deliver a world-class undergraduate educational experience that keeps  pace with industry trends, including planning processes, program portfolio, and program delivery.
  • Coordinate and continuously improve plans to increase student success  and well-being, including but not limited to four-year graduation rates, along with reducing any associated equity gaps.
  • Ensure regular review and consultation  on  undergraduate program mission, values and goals  with relevant stakeholders.

Operations Management

Includes oversight of the following functions and the teams who execute those functions:

  • Direct the development and implementation of policies and procedures relevant to  the undergraduate program, including:  Admission, academic misconduct, course planning and scheduling (particularly for BUS and core undergraduate program courses), experiential learning, retention, graduation, and financial  aid management. 
  • Stakeholder relationship management with students, staff, and faculty to ensure  high levels of satisfaction and  compliance with  college and university  policies and procedures.  
  • Serve as final decision maker for undergraduate appeals and complaints coming from within UPO and from the departments. 
  • With  college leadership, develop new services to improve the undergraduate student experience. 
  • Represent and negotiate resource and program needs, including dialogue and compliance  with  other university offices. 
  • Lead ongoing curricular reviews and benchmarking  studies. 
  • Assist in the implementation of approved curricular changes. 
  • Help with collecting and  tracking of  Assurance of Learning (AOL)  data related to AACSB  accreditation. 
  • Attend undergraduate program events on- and off-site. 
  • Encourage the development of student organizations, student organization programming, and student leaders consistent with the college’s and undergraduate program’s goals. 
  • Plan and execute graduation ceremonies. 
  • Work with alumni and student leaders via the Young Alumni Board and  Tippie  Senate.  
  • Build successful track record of superior personal and organizational service delivery. 
  • Coordinate and monitor  the  undergraduate program  operational budget. 
  • Plan, mobilize, and distribute resources to fulfill strategic objectives while maintaining accountability and ethical standards. 
  • Collaborate with the Stead Technology Services Group (STSG) and  UI Information Technology Services (ITS) to ensure technology  available to students  on campus and remotely  is  optimized to meet program needs. 
  • Collaborate with STSG  and ITS to ensure technology available to  UPO  staff on campus and remotely is optimized and supports their success.  

Human Resources

  • Supervise Assistant Dean and other high-level staff within the undergraduate program office.
  • Establish and lead a high-performing team.
  • Support and retain staff through growth and development as individuals  and as teams.

Communication and Outreach

  • Maintain compliance with the regulatory frameworks around web, privacy, and accessibility
  • Implement web governance solutions to maintain site health, streamline quality assurance, monitor downtime, and ensure compliance with applicable laws
  • Ensure that Tippie’s editorial tone on the web is consistent with the way it appears in other platforms
  • Adhere to the college’s messaging platform when communicating with key external audiences

Education Requirement

Holder of the doctorate, terminal degree, or other advanced degree in an academic or professional discipline.

Required Qualifications

  • Must meet one of the following categories:
    • a current Tippie College of Business Tenured faculty, Clinical-track faculty (associate level and higher), or Instructional-track faculty (associate level and higher) OR
    • an outside faculty member qualified for appointment at the associate level or higher on the tenured, clinical or instructional track in one of the six academic departments in Tippie (Accounting, Business Analytics, Economics, Finance, Management and Entrepreneurship, or Marketing).  
  • Relevant broad experience with undergraduate business education.
  • A record of demonstrating a high degree of judgment, diplomacy, and confidentiality. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to equal opportunity and access, human rights, and to the critical role that diversity must play in all public institutions.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of University of Iowa systems and/or higher education policies, procedures, and regulations. 
  • Experience working with top-level collegiate and central administrators. 
  • Experience and success with multiple task management. 

Reporting and Supervision 

The associate dean for the Undergraduate Program  reports to the Dean and exercises functional and administrative supervision over staff.  


This is a 100% appointment. The associate dean position includes an administrative stipend and reduced teaching responsibilities  (One course per year for  tenured  faculty,  two courses per year for instructional or clinical track faculty).  The administrative appointment is at will with a renewable  three-year term.   

About the Tippie College of Business

Tippie is a Top-25 public business school. We’re known for our academic rigor, our work ethic, and our Iowa-nice culture. We are over 3,000 students in programs spanning BBA to PhD. We are six academic departments—accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and entrepreneurship, and business analytics. We are eight centers and institutes, and three student-managed endowment funds. We are 50,000 alumni and growing. We hold the gold standard of accreditations, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and have maintained the accreditation since 1923. Our leadership is forward-thinking and pioneering, and our advisory boards serve as eyes and ears to industry.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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