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Academic Director

Academic Director - Communication, Criminal Justice and Psychology

Fort Wayne, Indiana



The Academic Director must ensure that the academic programs adhere to the academic policies, procedures, and philosophy of Trine University to provide students with a quality educational experience that will assist them in achieving their academic and career goals. Additionally, this position has the responsibility of collaborating with other academic professionals, business leaders, and members of the community with the purpose of attracting and recruiting new students to Trine University.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaboration with Directors of Admission in oversight of budgets and fiscal responsibilities.
  • Training and support of staff including adjunct instructors.
  • Collaboration with the Director of Online Learning and Director of Instructional Development to ensure all faculty teaching in any CGPS modality are appropriately qualified, trained, and certified.
  • The Academic Director has responsibility for assisting the Assistant Vice President for CGPS in planning, implementation and evaluation of all assigned programs and efforts, which seek to enroll an academically talented and culturally diverse student body.
  • Prepares and submits reports as necessary.
  • Assumes responsibility and maintains the academic operations of additional programs when a position is vacated.
  • Academic advising (Ensuring each student is enrolled in courses which are efficient for their degree program and with an academic workload which is compatible with the student’s individual work/life situation).
  • Provides each student with their preferred type of advising and registration appointments (face-to-face, correspondence, etc.) in a timely and effective manner.
  • Retention management (Provides student advising and support to ensure all capable and motivated students complete a Trine University degree program).
  • Registration management (Personally registers, manages faculty who register students, or ensures students register for the correct classes at the correct time).
  • Maintains records (Updates the Jenzabar database with appropriate information related to the status of a candidate).
  • Academic Directors should, within reason, make themselves available to their student populations as much as possible.
  • Seeks out and participates in recruiting activities that lead to the admission of new students, including support and collaboration with the Directors of Admission to develop an annual enrollment marketing plan to establish and attain enrollment objectives.
  • Develop partnerships with regional corporations and businesses pertaining to assigned academic programs.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with regional academic professionals (department chairs, deans, etc.) from other institutions (i.e. community colleges) in the academic area with the potential to serve as feeder programs into CGPS programming.
  • Provides educational opportunities (i.e. webinars, information sessions) for interested parties and community members regarding current and new CGPS programming.

Education and/or Experience

Master's Degree in the field of study of academic oversite is preferred. 

Outstanding Benefits

Trine University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Some benefits offered include:

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, flex spending, HSA accounts
  • Life Insurance – a variety of voluntary life options are available along with an employer paid employee life policy valued at 1½ times annual salary
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Retirement – after one year of full-time service you are eligible for an employer contribution of 5% and up to an additional 5% employer match
  • Education – after 6 months of full-time service, undergraduate education benefits are available for employee, spouse, and dependent children


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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Review of applicants begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Trine University is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, citizenship status, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless such basis constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification. Trine will comply with its legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and for religious beliefs.

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