RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION
Reporting to the vice president of student success and equity, the dean of institutional equity will oversee programs, services, and initiatives that positively move the needle on equitable student success through leveraging best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The dean, in collaboration with stakeholders across the college, will lead and coordinate the college’s efforts in identifying and implementing equity-minded programs, managing and supporting cutting-edge DEI research with practical application strategies based on data, developing culture management initiatives, and addressing issues that impact equitable educational outcomes for specific demographic populations within the institution. The dean will collaborate with faculty to expand and deepen learning about diversity in the curriculum and support faculty and staff to create a more vibrant, supportive campus climate. In addition, the dean will serve as the ADA compliance officer for the College; assess the effectiveness of initiatives to enhance diversity, inclusion, and belonging; help identify policies and best practices for hiring and retaining more diverse faculty and staff; and identify trends in diversity and technology to develop innovative learning strategies for the college. The dean will provide day-to-day management and oversight for student success and equity initiatives and lead a dynamic staff of 36, including six student success and equity program directors. The salary range is $72,000-$95,149.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS
A master’s degree in social foundations of education, social science, human relations, student affairs, or a related field, and five or more years of experience advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in a comprehensive organization are required. Other requirements include three years of supervisory experience and direct oversight of an organization’s/institution’s diversity, equity, and inclusion office/unit. Preferred qualifications include five years of supervisory experience and a demonstrated philosophy compatible with that of a comprehensive urban community college.
In addition to the qualifications stated above, key stakeholders identified the following list of additional capabilities and attributes of a successful candidate.
- A professional demeanor, good sense of humor, highly organized and disciplined, and able to relate easily to a wide range of groups
- A documented capacity to lead, mentor, develop, and inspire a creative, goal-oriented, and resourceful group of staff
- A deep understanding of issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, and how these impact an entire campus community
- A demonstrated commitment to a robust collaborative style and the capacity to build bridges to other departments, faculty, students, and the community
- A strategic thinker, partner, and executor with a deep understanding of factors that impact the retention, success, and advancement of minoritized students
- A proven record of implementing change, establishing a vision and direction for a department, motivating staff and students to embrace change, and successfully creating new programs and initiatives to enhance the quality of campus life for a diverse student body
- Exceptional listening, interpersonal, and communication skills to articulate a vision, direction, and purpose and earn the respect and confidence of the faculty, staff, and students
- The ability to anticipate and address challenges proactively, with systems-level thinking and working toward institutional change, rather than simply reacting to them or focusing on individual remedies to issues as they present themselves
- A deep understanding of national perspectives and best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion
HISTORY OF THE POSITION
Formerly titled the dean of student success and equity, the dean of institutional equity position, was created and realigned to focus on equity. The previous dean served for three years and separated from Tulsa Community College (TCC) in April 2022 to accept a promotional leadership role at a four-year institution. Keidron Dotson, associate vice president of student success at TCC, serves as the interim dean of institutional equity until the position is filled.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF THE ROLE
In transitioning to Tulsa Community College, the dean of institutional equity may likely encounter the following opportunities and challenges.
- There is genuine excitement that, with a new dean coming onboard, there will be opportunities for deeper facilitation of a culture of creativity, innovation, and progressive thinking.
- The dean will work to establish a favorable climate for all students, faculty, and staff on the Tulsa Community College campus.
- The dean will find an engaged environment ready to support diversity, equity, and inclusion endeavors.
- The dean will be expected to work collaboratively with divisional leadership to analyze, contribute to, and define plans that are best practices for the division and the campus moving forward.
- The dean must assess the skills and knowledge of the staff, develop a strong sense of teamwork, build working relationships that emphasize an engaging and collaborative work environment, and provide professional development opportunities.
- The dean must ensure that direct reports will be defined as a strong, highly functioning, well-regarded, and resilient team that works with synergy and shared purpose, readily collaborating across departmental and division lines with a demonstrated commitment to student success.
- Institutional leadership is progressive and committed to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and the position’s goals. However, the dean must strategically outline early, mid-range, and long-term goals.
- While there are numerous departments and offices on campus highly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, efforts are often splintered and, therefore, less effective than they might be. The dean will help bring units together to discuss diversity efforts and, more importantly, share ideas and resources to develop a more comprehensive and collaborative approach to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion at TCC.
- This position presents an exciting and challenging opportunity for a talented and accomplished leader with a documented history of successfully developing and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs.
- Campus stakeholders desire an experienced leader to be relationship-focused, infuse new energy, possess innovative ideas, and provide a sense of direction and purpose within the organization.
- The dean must be respectful of the accomplishments of their predecessor while simultaneously moving forward to implement innovative strategies for service delivery, develop staff, and support students. These efforts will be both challenging and rewarding.
- The dean must assess and analyze program and service outcomes and determine priorities for change that will enhance the quality of services, optimize available resources, and create a culture of shared vision and purpose among staff.
MEASURES OF SUCCESS
At an appropriate interval after joining Tulsa Community College, the following items will initially define success for the new dean.
- The dean will have demonstrated the ability to provide vision, progressive leadership, and strategic direction and will have outlined short- and long-term institutional goals regarding institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion. The dean will have established systems that survey and measure TCC’s diversity goals across all aspects of the campus and use that data to develop future goals and improvement opportunities and strategic plans that will keep the institution moving forward on its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- The dean will have earned the respect of the institution and campus community through broad buy-in, positive working relationships, accessibility, and honest, open communication to DEI initiatives.
- The dean will have maintained a steady focus on and advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and will have ensured TCC will continue efforts to create a welcoming and inclusive environment in which all stakeholders feel supported, valued, and empowered to thrive.
- The dean will have maintained a proactive, highly visible, approachable, well-respected, and established leadership presence on campus that is credible, collegial, and highly effective.
- The dean will have built social and community capital and established as a trusted partner, messenger, and problem solver with a solid, innovative vision, and passion for the role, while remaining diligent during change.
- The dean will have maintained an overall positive reputation and be regarded as a knowledgeable and resourceful leader who understands and values collaboration and operates with appropriate political acumen and dexterity.
- The dean will have developed cohesive working relationships with key college community members and learned departmental and institutional systems. Positive partnerships will have been built within the college and with important external stakeholder groups.
- The dean will have created equitable learning experiences across the board for faculty, staff, and students.
OVERVIEW OF THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion collaborates with stakeholders across the college to foster and sustain an environment of inclusiveness that empowers students, staff, and faculty to achieve the highest potential without fear of prejudice or bias. Recognizing that historical circumstances and social structures produce imbalances in privilege, power, and opportunity, Tulsa Community College strives to cultivate a climate that maximizes the potential of all.
Eunice Tarver, PhD – Vice President of Student Success and Equity
As an executive champion with over a decade of proven experience in delivering dynamic leadership to internal and external community constituents within higher education, Eunice Tarver is lauded as a strong forward thinking leader who demonstrates the ability to develop meaningful relationships and sound strategic plans to motivate individuals to work towards achieving equitable student success.
Dr. Tarver currently leads as the vice president of student success and equity and is committed to shaping and prioritizing a transformational and holistic student experience by providing oversight, direction and support for a wide range of student focused initiatives and programs including enrollment and retention services, accessibility resources, international student services, wellness, assessment management, student life, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Dr. Tarver earned a PhD in education from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a BA in psychology from Oklahoma State University. She is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class of 57 and a recipient of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa’s Madam President Award. She serves on the City of Tulsa’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee, Teach for America Greater Tulsa’s Board of Directors, the Zarrow Foundation’s 1921 Race Massacre Commemoration Fund Advisory Board, and the ProsperOK Advisory Committee. Dr. Tarver is proud to be a mother of three and the wife of a Tulsa Firefighter. Dr. Tarver’s passion is opening the door as wide as possible for students to access and complete a quality education that leads to a family sustaining wage.
Eunice Tarver oversees an expanded collaboration between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs with Dr. Angela Sivadon, senior vice president and chief academic officer. This is intentional work to design a student experience that is both responsive to the shifts from the coronavirus pandemic and at the same time support for an inclusive and equitable learning experience.
Joining the college in 2010, Tarver served as an academic counselor and two years later was promoted to director of student development for the metro campus. She was also an adjunct faculty member in the Developmental Psychology and Human Relations department. In 2015, Tarver was named assistant vice president for diversity, equity & inclusion and promoted to provost in 2017. Prior to joining TCC, Tarver served as site director of the YWCA’s north Tulsa location.
Serving approximately 21,500 students, Tulsa Community College (TCC) is Oklahoma’s largest multi-campus community college, located on four fully-equipped campuses in the Tulsa area (Metro, Northeast, Southeast, and West) and in several other community campuses in the suburban areas. Founded in 1970, TCC consistently ranks among the elite of the nation’s 1,309 community colleges in associate degrees awarded, serves more college students in northeastern Oklahoma than any other public college or university, and reports one of the largest freshman classes in Oklahoma every year. With an average age of 24 and an underrepresented student population of over 46%, TCC offers over 120 associate degree and professional certificate programs. In 2021, TCC was recognized with two prestigious national awards from the American Association of Community Colleges: exceptional work in student success outcomes leading to higher graduation rates and the institution’s strategic efforts in safety preparedness and planning.
Leigh B. Goodson, PhD – President and CEO
Leigh B. Goodson has served as president and chief executive officer of Tulsa Community College since July 2014. As president at TCC, she successfully launched and met the college’s $20 million campaign, developed Oklahoma’s first “early college high school program,” gained TCC acceptance into the American Association of Community College Pathways Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is a key contributing member of the Tulsa Higher Education Consortium, a collaborative partnership with local universities. In 2021, under her leadership, TCC won the AACC’s Award of Excellence in both the Student Success category and Safety and Planning.
Dr. Goodson earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Research and Evaluation from OSU, a Master of Science in Organizational Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from OSU. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma class XXIII and Leadership Tulsa Class 35 and completed an Aspen Presidential Fellowship in 2016. In 2020, The Journal Record recognized Goodson as Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO in the public category. It inducted her into the Circle of Excellence for being honored three times as a 50 Making a Difference honoree at its annual Woman of the Year event. She is an active member of her community; currently, she serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Tulsa Area United Way, Jobs for the Future Policy Trust, CCCSE National Advisory Board, and Tulsa Regional Chamber. She is a sought-after local and national guest speaker on various topics, including leadership development and community college student success. Goodson has invested herself and her education career, having formerly served as a university faculty member, university administrator, and school board member for Tulsa Public Schools. Her priority and passion are student success.
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- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Life/AD&D Insurance
- Disability Insurance
- Voluntary Benefits
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