Dean of Students

Interviews Scheduled:

Following are Open Forum events for each of the Dean of Student candidates.  The candidates have been asked to make a 15-20 minute presentation with time reserved for your questions and interaction with the candidate. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Joe Abhold - Resume  
  1:00 - 2:00 pm--Ho-Chunk (Davies 320E)


Friday, August 2, 2013
Phil Covington - Resume  
  1:00 - 2:00 pm--Ho-Chunk (Davies 320E)

Monday, August 5, 2013
Mark Rameker - Resume   
  1:00 - 2:00 pm--Ho-Chunk (Davies 320E)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Gayle Spencer -  Resume

  1:00 - 2:00 pm--Menomonie (Davies 320F)




The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire seeks a talented, experienced individual to serve as Dean of Students and who will create environments and innovative opportunities that support students' academic success and personal growth by ensuring a mutually reinforcing relationship between academic and non-academic student life. This is a full-time annual position with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2013.


The Dean of Students will build strong relationships with students, faculty, and staff from all areas of the campus. S/he will serve as a strong student advocate, mediating conflict, and use creative thinking in exploring solutions and innovative ideas. With a personal style that is professional and approachable, the Dean of Students will engender trust and foster a collegial environment. S/he will be a mentor and role model for students. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be a visionary, strategic, collaborative, and inclusive leader who possesses personal and professional integrity, extraordinary communication skills, and a strong commitment to excellence. S/he will demonstrate qualities such as empathy, humility, transparency, accessibility, trustworthiness,intercultural competence, a good sense of humor, and diplomacy.

The successful candidate will have a record of leadership accomplishments in a collegial environment; the ability to execute successfully in crisis situations; a great deal of initiative and creativity in dealing with complex and sometimes sensitive issues; excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills; the ability to handle confidential information. She/he will also demonstrate leadership in planning, implementing, evaluating and advocating for a wide range of learning opportunities and services with a student-centered approach; experience in financial management and staff development; knowledge of issues and trends in student learning and outcomes assessment, policy development and strategic planning; and the ability to lead a team of diverse constituents and individuals to foster collaboration and engagement between the campus and the broader community.

The Dean of Students will report to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and be responsible for a portfolio of departments that focus onthe individual student and their success, including: Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Student Senate, Student Legal Services, Center for the Awareness of Sexual Assault, and the Dean of Students Office. Direct reports will include three directors, associate dean, assistant dean, student attorney, and program assistant.

The successful candidate will serve on the Chancellor's Cabinet.



  • Completed Master's degree in a related field.
  • Record of success as an educational administrator.
  • Strong record with Student Judicial Affairs, Emergency Response, advising Student Government and/or university clubs and organizations.
  • Experience supporting students from diverse and multicultural backgrounds.
  • Commitment to support academics and student learning outcomes.
  • Knowledge of student development theory and practice.
  • Dedication to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming learning environment for all.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A sense of humor.
  • Knowledge and experience with legal issues in Higher Education is highly desirable.


  • A terminal degree.
  • Ten years working in Student Affairs/Higher Education, in progressively more responsible positions.

Application Procedure

Applications are submitted electronically. Interested candidates should apply online at:

You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the Dean of Students position (Job ID# 9086) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.

Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format (a single pdf file is required):

  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information of three references.

If you have application questions, please email .

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by July 8, 2013. Screening may continue, however, until the position is filled.

A criminal background check will be required prior to employment.

To learn more, visit the Web site:

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO employer dedicated to enhancing equity, diversity and inclusivity.

Posted 6/12/13