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Caldwell University Announces New Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Barbara A. CheslerCaldwell, N.J., February 23, 2015 – Caldwell University has announced the appointment of Dr. Barbara A. Chesler as its new vice president for academic affairs effective June 15, 2015.

In making the announcement, Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner said “Caldwell is delighted to welcome Dr. Chesler.  She has enjoyed a strong working relationship with faculty members, the division of student affairs and external constituencies at her previous institutions and we will surely benefit from the depth of her experience.”

Dr. Chesler brings special expertise in online development and programming, assessment and accreditation, development of new programs and fundraising.  Her academic career has provided her with increasing levels of administrative responsibility at institutions in Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia. She most recently served as dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at Columbus State University.  Her extensive background also includes holding positions as associate provost for assessment and accreditation and associate dean of the Spandoni College of Education at Coastal Carolina University.  She has worked as a professor and overseen graduate programs at Longwood University and Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

At Caldwell, she will hold administrative responsibility for all academic departments, academic programs, and academic support services and will serve on the president’s cabinet.

Dr. Chesler said she is thrilled to receive the appointment. “My recent visit to campus introduced me to members of a campus community who made sure that students at Caldwell were given opportunities to ignite their passions and later impact the world.   I am excited about the many possibilities we will have to work together to sustain the growth of the institution.”

She has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, a master’s from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and an Ed.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Caldwell University Seeks Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Caldwell University seeks an accomplished academic leader for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs. As the chief academic officer, the Vice President for Academic Affairs holds administrative responsibility for all academic departments, academic programs, and academic support services, and serves on the president’s cabinet. The new Vice President for Academic Affairs will assume office during the summer of 2015.

Located in Caldwell New Jersey, approximately 20 miles from New York City, Caldwell University is a Catholic coeducational university founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic. The institution is proudly celebrating two major milestones in 2014. This September, Caldwell celebrated its 75th anniversary, and in July the institution completed the final phase of its transition to university status. The culmination of a two-year process, this change reflects the growth and vibrancy of the campus over the past few years. Caldwell is a comprehensive university rooted in the liberal arts, with a core curriculum that provides each student with a value-centered education, grounded in the Dominican educational tradition. A faculty dedicated to student development helps Caldwell students succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Qualifications:
The incoming Vice President for Academic Affairs must hold an earned doctorate, possess significant experience in positions of increasing responsibility in academic administration, and demonstrate a record of accomplishment in teaching and scholarship sufficient to warrant faculty status. The successful candidate must be able to embrace and advance the mission and core values of Caldwell University, which are founded upon Dominican and Catholic traditions.

The University is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. A complete prospectus is available at http://academic-search.com/data/files/CaldwellVPAAProfile.pdf. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter addressing the criteria listed above, a curriculum vitae or resume, and a list of at least five professional references with full contact information and a note indicating the nature of the candidate’s working relationship with each; references will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and
expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to CaldwellVPAA@academic-search.com.

Applications received by November 21, 2014, are assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Andrea Warren Hamos at andrea.hamos@academic-search.com or (202) 263-7477, or Eric Richtmyer at eric.richtmyer@academic-search.com or (202) 263-7485.

Caldwell University is an EOE.

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Caldwell University seeks an accomplished academic leader for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs. As the chief academic officer, the Vice
President for Academic Affairs holds administrative responsibility for all academic departments, academic programs, and academic support services, and
serves on the president’s cabinet. The new Vice President for Academic Affairs will assume office during the summer of 2015.

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Formal Search Underway for Vice President of Academic Affairs

Caldwell University has launched a formal search for a Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The campus members of the search committee are:

  • Chair of Search Committee – Virginia Rich, MAT, JD, Professor, Business Division

Members

  • Domenic Maffei, Ph.D., Associate Professor Political Science, Chair, History Department
  • Michelle Mione – Student representative
  • Meghan Moran, Assistant Director of Student Engagement
  • Kenneth Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D, The Alvin Calman Professor in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Theodora Sirota, Ph.D., R.N., CNL, PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Marnie Sperling, M.S.N., R.N., D.M.D., FN-CSA, Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Sister Kathleen Tuite, O.P., M.A., Ed.S., Vice President, Student Life
  • Ian White, University Registrar and Director of Institutional Research

The search committee is working with Academic Search, an executive search firm dedicated to serving higher education institutions and related organizations. It is the only search firm in the nation with a formal relationship to a premier leadership development program. Based in Washington, D.C., Academic Search  is the wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), a not-for-profit organization that provides leadership identification, development, and support programs to academic leaders in various administrative positions across all sectors of higher education. Caldwell is working with Andrea Warren Hamos, Ph.D. and Eric Richtmyer, Ph.D. of Academic Search.

Communication from the chair of the search committee Professor Virginia Rich will be circulated throughout the academic year during the search process.

The timeline for the search is as follows:

Fall Semester:

  • Pre-search visit with Academic Search and search committee formation
  • University profile and advertisement for VPAA position to be developed and published. Launch Search.
  • Committee review and screening of applications.
  • Search committee conducts neutral site interviews.

Spring Semester:

  • On campus visits by finalists.
  • Gather comments/feedback from campus on candidates.
  • Search committee presents recommendations.
  • Decision/announcement of VPAA.

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