Dean of the School of Online Education

Johnson University invites applications for the full-time position of Dean of the School of Online Education beginning Fall 2022.

This position meaningfully advances the mission of the University with a primary focus on promoting, managing, and developing online education courses and programs. This position reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost and includes faculty status. Please submit cover letter, resume/CV and three professional references to , Provost.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Organize the structure of the department to reflect best practices in higher education.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to promote efficient operations in the department.
  • Develop and monitor the budget for the department, including payment of memberships and subscriptions.
  • Plan development of online programs and courses and provide resources and support for their development.
  • Supervise the management of online courses.
  • Provide educational resources and professional development opportunities for online course designers and instructors.
  • Supervise instructional designers and support staff.
  • Track important data and regularly assess the effectiveness of online courses and programs.
  • Serve on the Academic Council, Academic Administration Team, and Strategic Planning Team.
  • Serve on other University committees as requested by the Provost and/or President.
  • Meet regularly with the Provost as scheduled.
  • Work with the deans to promote interdisciplinary and inter-school collaboration, cooperation, and communication with regard to online education.
  • Work with the Advancement Office to raise support for online programs.
  • Work with the Admissions Office to recruit students and increase enrollment.
  • Work with the Academic Support Center to ensure adequate assistance is provided to online students.
  • Develop and implement retention strategies for online students.
  • May be asked to teach courses in the area of competence in face-to-face, online, or hybrid formats.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Director of Online Resources
  • At least one instructional designer
  • One marketing and recruiting position
  • Part-time student workers

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • A commitment to Johnson University’s mission, core values, and statement of faith.
  • Ability to work effectively within a Christian, church-related environment.
  • Advanced skills in administration, organization, and problem-solving.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with faculty and staff across a broad array of disciplines.
  • Knowledge of and experience with instructional design for online courses.
  • The ability to use learning management systems at an advanced level (Sakai is the system used by Johnson).


  • Terminal degree in a field related to online education preferred
  • Prior experience in supervision of online education programs

Equal Employment Opportunity Provider

Johnson University is a Christian university affiliated with Christian churches and churches of Christ. Its mission is to educate students for “Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.” Accordingly, Johnson University seeks to hire and educate individuals who share its vision and core values to carry out that mission. Johnson University does not unlawfully discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment practices.

Johnson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or disability–if such disability may be accommodated without undue hardship—in provision of educational opportunities, programs and activities, or employment opportunities and benefits, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent amendments to that act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and subsequent re-authorization of that act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and subsequent amendments to that act.

The University, however, reserves the right under those provisions to make certain employment decisions based on religion, marital status, or sex consistent with the University’s religious beliefs when establishing qualifications for certain positions. Further, as a Christian ministry, the University retains the right to select those who serve in ministerial positions, as that term has been defined by the courts in the context of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, based on criteria established by the University without regard to Title VII, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law governing the employment relationship.