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St. John Fisher College Associate Dean, School of Business in Rochester, New York


St. John Fisher University is an independent, liberal arts institution that provides a transformative education to approximately 3,800 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students each year. Across its five Schools, Fisher offers nearly 40 majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, education, and nursing; 11 pre-professional programs; and master’s and doctoral programs in business, nursing, education, pharmacy, and public health. The University’s residential campus boasts a robust living and learning community and a successful intercollegiate athletics program. Fisher is a community where all are welcome, regardless of religious or cultural background.

The University continues to honor its founders, the Congregation of St. Basil, by embracing their motto, “Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge.” We are located in Pittsford, N.Y., seven miles outside of the city of Rochester. The campus is situated on 164 park-like acres—a beautiful setting for a warm, friendly campus community.

The School of Business, Fisher’s first professional School created in 2002, houses undergraduate programs in accounting, finance, management, and marketing as well as an MBA . Home to more than 500 undergraduate students majoring across the undergraduate disciplines and nearly 100 graduate students in the MBA , the School of Business is known and respected for preparing job-ready and career-focused students. The School of Business has been accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) since April 2003. AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting, and is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. It represents a rigorous peer review of a school’s practices against globally set standards and plays an important role in recruiting faculty and students.


Job Responsibilities:

The School of Business ( at St. John Fisher University ( invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean starting in Summer 2024. Faculty rank will be based on candidate’s qualifications, professional experience, and scholarship The School of Business supports a teacher-scholar model and is committed to being “high touch.” As such, faculty are expected to balance research, teaching, and service expectations while also engaging with students and the Fisher community.

As Associate Dean, the incumbent will oversee faculty development and recruitment, research and grants, and academic programs in addition to providing administrative support for the School. Specific job responsibilities will include:

Faculty – Providing faculty support and development through the following activities

  • Working with department chairs to recruit, develop, and mentor faculty

  • Monitoring and projecting long-term faculty hiring needs

  • Working collaboratively with faculty to support and enhance their scholarly activities, publications, and grant applications

  • Working with department chairs and faculty to monitor and maintain faculty qualifications as specified by AACSB standards

  • Overseeing faculty awards for research, teaching, and service

Academic Programs – Overseeing and directing all academic programs offered by the School of Business and the activities associate with them:

  • Curriculum development and innovations

  • Assessment

  • New program development

  • Course scheduling and staffing

  • Advising

  • Enrollment and student success

  • Course and program review

Administration – Supporting the School, dean, and department chairs in the following areas:

  • Elevating the research culture and activities within the School

  • Championing teaching excellence and curricular innovation

  • Dissemination of scholarly endeavors in appropriate forums

  • Support for accreditation processes, including report preparation

  • Fostering collegiality and collaboration within and between units, programs, and departments, both within the School and across the University

  • Assisting the dean and department chairs in the development of annual budgets, enrollment and retention plans, and other fiscal matters and duties as assigned

Teaching in an area of expertise and interest may be available.

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong records of success in the areas of teaching, research, and service and the ability to maintain “Scholarly Academic” status under the guidelines of the School’s accrediting body AACSB International.

Education / Experience:

  • A terminal degree in a business-related discipline from an accredited college or university.

  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, able to provide proof of their permanent right to work in the US on day 1 of employment, and available to start on or around July 1, 2024.

  • A distinguished record of teaching and scholarship that would be consistent with being classified as Scholarly Academic.

  • Evidence of introducing effective innovative and engaging teaching practices.

  • Evidence of collaboration and a commitment to the University’s shared governance model.

  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups/populations and in creating a culture of trust, transparency, collegiality, and innovation.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • A successful track record in leading others and in inspiring and managing change.

  • Ability to work with faculty colleagues to establish structures that support work and responsibilities of the department. These include scheduling, curriculum and program development, promotion and tenure processes, hiring, faculty mentoring, and faculty evaluations.

  • A commitment to develop and maximize faculty members’ capabilities in their pursuits to achieving excellence in teaching and scholarship.

  • Active membership in academic and business associations/organizations.

Additional consideration will be given to candidates having one or more of the following:

  • Prior business industry experience

  • Prior management/leadership experience

  • Experience leading curricular innovations

  • Experience and interest in entrepreneurship, family business, data analytics, sales, and/or information technology management

  • Grant-writing experience

Competencies / Skills:

  • Deep respect for and engagement with students, coupled with a commitment to attract the strongest of them, preserving and extending their diversity

  • A demonstrated commitment to the principles of multiculturalism/diversity/inclusive excellence

  • Ability to connect with leaders in the business community and in the fields of marketing and management to advance the visibility and success of the School of Business

  • Collaboration/teamwork

  • Conflict management and resolution

  • Ability to conduct original research and mentor others in their research endeavors

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral

  • Ability to work with people with different learning/work styles and needs

  • Ability to develop and assess course learning outcomes and knowledge competencies

  • Proficiency in technology (e.g., Microsoft Office, Zoom, learning management systems, statistical tools, marketing-related applications, instructional technologies, etc.)

  • Time management and strong organizational skills

  • Classroom management

  • Goals-driven with the ability to get things done

  • A continuous process improvement orientation

  • Self-starter

  • Strategic, visionary thinker

  • Maintenance of AACSB academic qualification (scholarly academic)

Work Hours:

  • Availability and willingness to work mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends as necessary to fulfill job responsibilities as well as to participate in and support School of Business and University events

  • 12-month position

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of St. John Fisher University to provide Equal Employment Opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with the applicable federal, state, and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in each locality in which the University has employees.

The University does not discriminate against applicants or employees in hiring, promotion, termination or the terms and conditions of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, perceived sex, gender identity, gender expression, the status of being transgender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military status, veteran status, predisposing genetic, characteristics or genetic information, arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Title IX Coordinator is the designated University official with primary responsibility for coordinating compliance with Title IX and related federal and state laws. The Title IX Coordinator, Meg Flaherty, Ph.D., can be reached by phone (585-385-8232), email (, in-person in Campus Center 206, or outside of business hours by contacting the Office of Safety and Security (585-385-8111).