Responsibilities of the Position
The dean of undergraduate students (dean) leads the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS), a unit within Campus Life that provides resources, opportunities, and experiences for undergraduates and the larger Princeton community to develop personal, cultural, and social skills that complement and enrich their academic lives. Reporting to the vice president for campus life and serving as a member of the President’s Council, the dean is a trusted voice in leadership deliberations, an advocate for students, and a builder of community who oversees areas of residential life, student-initiated activities and governance, crisis management, and student conduct. The dean supports co-curricular activities and large-scale events and programs that welcome students into the Princeton community, enrich their experience, and celebrate their accomplishments. The dean guides strategic planning, program development, assessment, and goal implementation for all aspects of ODUS in alignment with Campus Life’s strategic plan and Princeton’s strategic framework.
The dean chairs the Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline and works with a number of university committees and departments to shape policy affecting undergraduate life. The dean maintains an especially strong partnership with the dean of the college, particularly in support of Princeton’s seven residential colleges. The dean also works closely with other Campus Life deans and directors (particularly the executive director of university health services, the director of counseling and psychological services, and the director of athletics) and with the assistant vice president for public safety to ensure the safety and well-being of Princeton students. The dean is responsible for a team of 37 staff members, a budget of $16.7 million, five campus buildings, and over 100 student organization and performance spaces.