Dean of Academics and Equity

José M. Torres, PhD, President of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) invites you to apply for this leadership opportunity to foster a uniquely challenging, highly personalized program of advanced study for our talented students who understand and share our passion for our mission.  The Dean of Academics and Equity supports all students by scaffolding and accelerating instruction based on student needs. The successful candidate will begin July 1, 2020.

Position Summary

The faculty of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is committed to offering an innovative student-centered, constructivist curricula designed to engage students in generative, critical thought.  As the leader of the academic programs of the residential academy, the Dean advances curriculum and assessment aligned to revised Standards of Significant Learning (SSLs) that transitions the Academy to competency and performance-based instruction. The Dean is also responsible for supporting and advancing equity and excellence throughout the academic programs.  Development of an assessment plan including a critical review of appropriate metrics and measures is an instrumental element of this role. Inherent with this role is the willingness and ability to collaborate with, gather input from, and consider input from students, parents, and staff, including faculty. In addition, the Dean will collaborate closely with the Principal, the Dean of Faculty and Equity, and the Dean of Student Support and Equity to support the Academy’s mission.



  1. Supervise
    • Student Inquiry and Research (SIR) Management team
    • Faculty in partnership with the Dean of Faculty, and the Principal and Chief Academic Officer
    • Administrative support with others in the Principal’s Office
  2. Plan, implement and evaluate curriculum design and assessment
    • Make a general assessment of IMSA’s intended curriculum
    • Promote and facilitate interdisciplinary curriculum throughout IMSA’s academic programs 
    • Implement UN-SDGs into curriculum as part of IMSA’s identity as a learning laboratory
  3. Assess student learning and student learning outcomes
    • Review, revise, and embed into all course syllabi the Standards of Significant Learning (SSLs) in collaboration with faculty
    • Create and implement a plan to incorporate the work of Office of Institutional Research in the creation and assessment of IMSA’s intended curriculum by each academic team
    • Evaluate and revise assessments as appropriate to ensure equity
  4. Lead the accreditation process
  5. Lead the process of new course adoption
    • Ensure Learning Opportunities (the course catalogue) is updated and provided for Board approval
    • Review and recommend revised graduation requirements as needed
    • Identify and recommend culturally appropriate and responsive, student-centered  curriculum, materials and approaches for the Academy
  6. Serve as program manager of the Mastery Transcript Consortium
  7. Facilitate the implementation of Equity and Excellence in curriculum and assessments
    • Review existing policies and practices through an equity lens for their impact on the intended curriculum; develop faculty accountabilities and metrics as applicable in collaboration with Principal’s Office
    • Implement policies and accountability plans related to the scope of this position

Critical Competencies 

  • Honesty/Integrity.  Earns trust and maintains confidences.  Acts ethically and keeps commitments.
  • Organization and Planning.  Plans, organizes, prioritizes, schedules and budgets in an efficient, productive and timely manner.  Focuses on key priorities.
  • Advocacy.  Champions the growth and needs of faculty within a collaborative environment that takes into account the needs and goals of the entire organization. 
  • Thoughtfulness.  Is proactive, deliberate, solicits and is open to critical feedback and new ideas and is decisive. 
  • Emotional Intelligence.  Demonstrates the ability to effectively recognize, understand and manage one’s own emotions, as well as effectively recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others.  Uses such knowledge to guide thinking, behavior and problem solving.
  • Gifted and Talented Experience.  Demonstrates knowledge of STEM education and/or field(s) and the unique needs and qualities of gifted and talented students from diverse populations. 
  • Analytical Thinking.  Structures and processes qualitative or quantitative data and draws insightful conclusions from it. 
  • Effective Leadership.  Demonstrates empowering, purposeful, inclusive, relationship-building abilities that motivate and influence faculty and academic staff to achieve common goals.  Envisions, leads and manages innovative initiatives. Adapts quickly to changing priorities and conditions. Manages and mentors faculty to improve pedagogy and practice, and faculty and staff to improve performance.  Demonstrates persistence, tenacity and willingness to “go the distance” to get something done.
  • Cultural Competence.  Demonstrating value for, and relating to, one’s own and others’ cultural identity (e.g., language, heritage, and experiences); effectively communicating and collaborating with diverse individuals and groups; applying positive strategies to address social injustices; and instruction and interaction that allow Culturally, Linguistically, and Economically Diverse (CLED) and Marginalized groups to maintain the integrity of their cultural identity, while succeeding academically, socially-emotionally and/or professionally. 



Formal Preparation and Experience:

The Dean of Academics and Equity position requires: 

  • Advanced degree; STEM field preferred;
  • Minimum of five years teaching high-school or college level students;
  • Significant leadership experience in secondary or higher education;
  • Bilingual in Spanish desired. 

Salary and Benefits:

The position of Dean of Academics and Equity is an exempt, full-time, twelve-month position.  Salary will be no less than $105,000 and commensurate with the training and experience expected at this level of employment.  An excellent comprehensive benefits package is provided, including health and life insurance in addition to retirement benefits.  The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS).

Application Process:

Applicants must include a letter of interest, resume and a statement of personal philosophy on the meaning and practical application of  “equity in education”. Applications will be accepted and reviewed as received until the position is filled; however, priority will be given to those received on or before April 12, 2020.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, or national origin.  This policy also includes all disabled applicants, including disabled Vietnam era veterans.  IMSA utilizes only job-related criteria in making decisions concerning applicants and employees.