Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time



Minimum / Required

  • Master’s degree
  • A minimum of five years’ experience working in higher education
  • Ability to articulate a vision for the role of diversity in creating institutional excellence
  • Experience working with underrepresented students in a meaningful way

Highly Desired

  • Doctoral work and/or terminal degree
  • Supervisory experience of professional staff in higher education
  • Focused work that demonstrates knowledge of effective recruitment and retention initiatives for underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students
  • Demonstrated competence in enhancing and advancing equity in outcomes for underrepresented minority students
  • Knowledge of diversity programs that seek to educate, inform and enhance campus climate
  • Leadership in relevant professional and community organizations


The Associate Dean of Students is a student-focused position within Student Life & Services that provides leadership and strategic direction in enhancing the attainment goals for underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students (UREM) and the campus climate for all students at UW-Stout. The position reports directly to the Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) and works to enhance inclusivity with a focus on developing intercultural competence, humility and understanding within our student body.

The position plays a critical role in the academic success and retention of our under-represented racial and ethnic minority students. Recruitment and retention metrics, degree completion and successful placement after graduation of our underrepresented students, (as defined by the University of Wisconsin – System Forward 2020 Goals) will be a priority for the position.

This is a senior leadership position within Student Life & Services that provides vision to diversity initiatives for students and has a goal of assisting in creating and informing inclusive student environments.

Inclusive Excellence Leadership

  • Coordinate the educational and student success efforts of the following programs: Multicultural Student Services, TRIO Programs (McNair and Student Success Services), LGBTQIA + Programs, and Disability Services.
  • Directly supervise the Director of Multicultural Student Services, the Director of McNair and the Director of Student Support Services. An indirect supervisory relationship exists with the Director of Disability Services and the Associate Director of the MSC who serves as the supervisor to LGBTQIA + Programs.
  • Partner with appropriate university leaders in identifying strategies and opportunities for bridging the achievement gap for UREM students as defined by the University of Wisconsin-System.
  • Work collaboratively and meet at least quarterly with units and departments that support the ideals of inclusive excellence and contribute to the creation of inclusive student environments.
  • Contribute to the overall retention rate for the institution by working with campus partners to create initiatives that welcome and celebrate all students and their respective identities.
  • Be visible and available to students who desire to learn, engage and discuss diversity issues.
  • Focus on intercultural competence to promote civility, humility and understanding.
  • As appropriate, assist in mediating conflicts that may occur between individuals or groups to create understanding and to work toward meaningful resolutions to the conflict.
  • Collaboratively help to co-create a vision and an array of opportunities for students to understand their own identity.

Strategic Planning and a Campus Vision for Student Diversity Initiatives

  • Provide insight and information into the coordination of the inclusive excellence plan for the institution. Monitor the institutional advances connected with inclusive excellence. Serve as a leader and active contributor for the development of the plan.
  • Provide leadership and insight to the university strategic enrollment plan as it relates to multicultural recruitment.
  • Determine and implement strategies that will improve retention rates for students from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.
  • Meet regularly with units, not directly reporting to the position, that provide services and programming that support underrepresented populations and build bridges for students between and among all units.
  • While not having direct responsibility for the implementation of educational diversity programs and initiatives, serve as a thought leader for those programs that serve to educate the student body.
  • Articulate and assess learning outcomes for student diversity programs and initiatives.
  • Give institutional focus to closing achievement gaps for underrepresented populations.
  • Provide a comprehensive annual report that summarizes student campus-wide diversity initiatives, outlines successes and offers recommendations for focus in the upcoming year.

Administrative and Professional Responsibilities

  • Serve as the chairperson for the Bias Response Team and provide leadership in ensuring that responses to incidents are handled in a manner that is consistent with campus procedures and are aligned with applicable federal, state, UW-System or institutional policies and guidelines. Educate the campus about the team and maintain accurate reports and statistics.
  • Serve on various institutional and UW-System committees that are relevant to the position.
  • Meet regularly with the Chancellor to provide an assessment of campus diversity initiatives for students, recruitment, retention, and graduation rates for racial and ethnic minority students, and campus climate concerns for students.
  • Serve on the Diversity Bridge Team and support their efforts to develop, deliver and assess the intercultural professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.
  • Serve as a resource for students on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Provide mentorship to the advisors of the student organizations that support underrepresented populations.
  • Represent the university at various events and gatherings when asked or as appropriate.
  • Annually engage in continued relevant training and professional development to continually enhance the professional abilities of the position.


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 48 undergraduate and 26 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. Student enrollment is just over 9,500.

UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.

All undergraduate students participating in traditional, on campus-based programs are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.

Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

More information about the UW-Stout community and region: Facts and data about the university:


Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, employment will be contingent upon a criminal background check and authorization to work within the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications
  2. Resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
  4. Unofficial copies of transcripts; official transcripts required at time of hire

To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by January 22, 2019. Screening of applications may continue until the position is filled.

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

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