THE OPPORTUNITY

Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of undergraduate studies. The new dean will be expected to take office in the summer of 2020.

The Position

ROLE OF THE DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

The dean of undergraduate studies works closely with the provost and vice president for academic affairs to provide leadership for and ensure the integrity of the undergraduate program across eight academic departments. The dean develops strategies to achieve educational goals and objectives; ensures academic integrity and quality education at the Academy; and establishes academic goals and standards for the Division of Academic Affairs. As supervisor of the Registrar’s Office, this person works with the registrar and faculty to schedule classes and ensure that faculty loading is consistent with applicable faculty union contracts. The dean has oversight of all personnel actions for the undergraduate faculty and administrators within the Division of Academic Affairs and assists with the screening and selection process for full-time and part-time faculty and staff. In addition to the duties associated with traditional course delivery and faculty resourcing, the dean also manages the experiential learning program for undergraduates. The dean may also serve as chief academic officer in the absence of the provost and vice president for academic affairs. The position will manage a $12.5 million budget and supervise 11 direct reports.

HISTORY OF THE POSITION

Captain Michael Cuff, acting interim dean of undergraduate studies has announced his intention to retire at the end of June 2020. Joining the Massachusetts state college system first in 1984, Cuff joined Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1995 when he became the director of financial aid, and was later named registrar. In 2018, he was appointed to the deanship on an acting basis and has provided leadership for MMA’s undergraduate programs, academic policy, and related administrative offices.

MMA has retained Spelman Johnson to assist in recruiting Cuff’s successor, who will hold the title dean of undergraduate studies.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is seeking a strategic, visionary leader to be its next undergraduate dean. Serving as the Academy’s leader of undergraduate programming, the dean will address the following priorities, among others:

Collaborate with the provost and the president’s senior leadership team

Working in close partnership with the provost and the senior leadership team, the dean will play a pivotal role in achieving the Academy’s strategic goals and vision of excellence. Leading the undergraduate program, the dean will ensure the integrity of all academic programs and have broad influence in shaping the future of teaching and learning at the Academy. This requires a talented and experienced academic leader with an open and transparent style, who can effectively exchange ideas and opinions with a broad range of diverse constituencies and who can contribute effectively to the overall administration of the institution.

Continue to evolve the academic program

The dean will work collaboratively with the provost, president, senior leadership team, deans, department chairs, and faculty to advance the academic mission of the institution and further develop its academic programs. The dean will be responsible for curricular development and academic innovation, to ensure the undergraduate program is well-positioned to maintain and strengthen MMA’s status as a national leader in maritime education. The dean will build upon the work that has been done in revising and expanding the curriculum while creating, supporting and sustaining an environment of assessment, adaptation, and continuous improvement.

Inspire, support, and lead the Academy’s talented and dedicated faculty

To be successful, the dean must build strong rapport with faculty, gain their confidence and trust, and support their ongoing development through strategic decision-making, thoughtful resource allocation, and inspirational leadership. A central responsibility is to recruit, guide, retain, evaluate, and support faculty in their efforts to provide a rigorous educational experience for all students. The dean will attend to the factors that support faculty success, rewarding collaboration and entrepreneurship while recognizing and supporting faculty’s central teaching, mentoring, and advising responsibilities. The dean will promote excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, as well as establishing priorities and plans for faculty development.

Leverage influence to ensure accreditation, policy compliance and assessment procedures

The dean works closely with the provost and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to ensure effective assessment of the undergraduate program. The primary objective of the Academy’s assessment model is to establish a practice of research that informs planning and assures the effectiveness of MMA’s academic programs in meeting established learning outcomes and external accreditation standards, as well as the requirements of governmental agencies and professional societies. In addition to regional accreditation by the New England Commission on Higher Education, specific programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

Encourage collaboration across the institution

The dean will work to bring a committed community of faculty and staff together in supporting student success through the Academy’s academic and co-curricular programs. Partnering with the vice president for student services to create an atmosphere centered on holistic student development is an important priority. Through collaboration and clear communication, the dean will strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration and build a more integrated approach to advising and mentoring at the Academy.

Support an environment of inclusive excellence

The dean will intentionally partner with the campus community to strengthen MMA’s commitment to supporting a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The dean will support academic faculty and staff in effectively working with students from all backgrounds and identities and dedicate time and resources in the recruitment and retention of faculty, which draws from diverse backgrounds.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

The dean of undergraduate studies will work with provost and vice president for academic affairs to determine specific measures of success and their respective timetables. The successful dean will establish a positive relationship with the faculty, work with department chairs to make fair resourcing decisions, identify research and learning opportunities for both faculty and students, and advance the Academy’s standing as the state maritime school of choice.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

Candidates should have an earned doctorate or other terminal degree and at least five years of academic leadership experience, preferably as the head of an academic department or division. Candidates with a master’s degree and substantial professional experience will be considered. The ideal candidate will bring successful experience in academic administration, working with collective bargaining agreements, and teaching at the undergraduate level as well as excellent oral and written communication skills, a deep commitment to shared governance, and an affinity for the distinctive mission and character of the Academy.

While no single candidate will likely have all the ideal characteristics, candidates should possess many of the following strengths:

Visionary Leader

The successful candidate will develop and sustain strong and collegial relationships with faculty, students, staff, and administrators; balance advocacy with the needs of the wider campus community; and provide strategic direction for the academic division.

Faculty Supporter

The dean must demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development of all faculty.  An understanding and appreciation of the role of scholarly research in the teaching and learning process is strongly preferred.

Collaborative Partner

The dean must invest in developing meaningful and significant relationships across the campus community and be responsive to the needs of all faculty, staff and students prioritizing inclusivity, integrity ,and communication.

Proponent of Diversity  

In close partnership with the Academy’s Office of Intercultural Engagement, the dean must devote time to inclusive excellence through specific actions that support the Academy’s diversity goals in the recruitment, hiring, and retention of talented and diverse faculty and staff.  In addition, the dean works extensively in implementing strategies to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for students of diverse backgrounds.

Thoughtful Innovator

In concert with the new paradigms in higher education, the dean must be familiar with innovative pedagogies and online learning, and have the capacity to value an interdisciplinary community.

Strategic Thinker

Working closely with the provost, the dean will assist in developing a strategic vision for the Academy with a keen eye toward enrollment growth and curricular development.

Institution & Location

OFFICE OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

The Office of Academic Affairs supports the academic endeavors of Massachusetts Maritime Academy through strategic planning, resource allocation and budget analysis, and development and enforcement of operational and academic policies. The office coordinates matters relating to assessment, institutional effectiveness, accreditations, and credentialing. The office provides administration for student academic support and resources and is responsible for faculty contracts, professional development, and committee support.

The following departments comprise the Office of Academic Affairs:

Academic Resource Center   https://www.maritime.edu/department/arc
Career and Professional Serviceshttps://www.maritime.edu/career-professional-services
Disability Resources  https://www.maritime.edu/ada
Emergency Management https://www.maritime.edu/emergency-management-em
Engineeringhttps://www.maritime.edu/engineering
Humanitieshttps://www.maritime.edu/humanities
Institutional Effectiveness https://www.maritime.edu/institutional-effectiveness
International Maritime Business https://www.maritime.edu/international-maritime-business
Libraryhttps://www.maritime.edu/mmalibrary
Marine Science, Safety and Environmental Protectionhttps://www.maritime.edu/environmental-protection-safety-and-emergency-management
Marine Transportation  https://www.maritime.edu/marine-transportation
Mariner Credentialing  https://www.maritime.edu/mariner-credentialing
Naval Sciencehttps://www.maritime.edu/department/naval-science
Registrarhttps://www.maritime.edu/registrar
Science and Mathematicshttps://www.maritime.edu/science-mathematics
Social Sciencehttps://www.maritime.edu/social-science

 

Leadership

Captain Brigid Myers Pavilonis, PhD – Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Captain Brigid Pavilonis is the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Responsible for the delivery of seven academic majors and the general education of the cadets, she also leads the Academy’s efforts in career placement, licensing opportunities and scholastic support services. Pavilonis has worked in academia for the last 20 years, most recently serving at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Recently retired from the Coast Guard after 28 years, Pavilonis’ operational assignments included tours as the response department head at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and as a deck watch officer aboard USCGC RELIANCE in New Castle, New Hampshire.

Pavilonis is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a BS in government. She earned her master’s and PhD in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her scholarly interests include irregular war, conflict resolution, and national security. She is the author of several book chapters and book reviews concerning U.S. operations in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2014, she was presented with the “Spirit of the Bear” leadership, teaching, and mentoring award—which she describes as one of the best honors she has ever received.

She resides in East Greenwich, RI with her husband, Tim, and two children, Kyra and Tim.

MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY: AN OVERVIEW

Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. Located at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, MMA is an hour’s drive from the thriving urban communities of Boston and Providence and offers easy access to the pristine beaches of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

One of nine campuses of the Massachusetts state university system, MMA serves and prepares 1,780 undergraduate and graduate students for careers in the marine transportation, engineering, international maritime business, emergency management, and environmental fields. MMA has long offered a successful blend of career-focused education informed by strength in both an academic core and the discipline of regimental life. MMA graduates enjoy a competitive advantage in the marketplace: they are highly sought after due to their strong leadership qualities and work ethic.

MMA has earned consistent national recognition for its commitment to excellence. MMA is currently named as a best college in Money magazine and ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best regional universities, top public institutions, and best undergraduate engineering programs. Forbes magazine has also ranked MMA among the nation’s top 25 colleges with the best return on investment.

Mission

The mission of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy is to provide a quality education for graduates serving in the merchant marine, the military services, and those who serve the interests of the Commonwealth, nation and global marketplace. The Academy does so by combining a rigorous academic program with a regimented lifestyle that instills honor, responsibility, discipline, and leadership.

Motto

“Discipline, Knowledge, Leadership” — One must have the discipline to acquire knowledge and both are required to be a good leader.

Vision Statement

We serve the transportation, engineering, environmental, and industrial—as well as the maritime and commercial—business interests of the Commonwealth and nation, but our traditions, values, ethics, and aspirations are all rooted in the mariner’s profession, and we will remain true to our roots in all we undertake. We will carry out this part of our mission by identifying ways to meet these broader goals, through graduate, undergraduate, and non-credit programs, which build on the distinctive competencies we have developed during more than a century as a maritime academy. We will seek to instill in all undergraduates officer-like qualities, regardless of whether any choose to seek a commission. We will continue the honorable tradition we share with other American military colleges of producing the Citizen-Sailor/Soldier, equally prepared to serve the community in peace and the nation in war.

As we broaden our scope of academic offerings, the emphasis on curricular design will continue to adhere to our educational philosophy: Learn – Do – Learn. This successful learning model has been developed through our license-track programs and includes as an essential element, opportunities for the practical application of theories and concepts learned through sea terms, commercial shipping experiences or internships in real world corporate settings.

While alternative student life models will co-exist at the Academy, especially in graduate and evening programs, the Regiment of Cadets will remain, as it has for more than a century, the central feature of undergraduate residence life. The mission of the Regiment will continue to be the development in its members of character, honor, discipline, integrity, leadership, and self-discipline. The limited option of civilian status for non-traditional students will be carefully managed to serve the needs of those students while avoiding unintended negative impacts on the Regiment.

Our commitment to lifelong learning, especially in the form of continuing professional education in our areas of special expertise, but also through workforce development and similar activities supporting the economic progress of the Commonwealth and all its citizens, will lead us to develop creative and innovative program delivery strategies reaching far beyond our Taylor’s Point campus.

In all we do, the Academy will uphold the rights and dignity of the individual, whether student, faculty, or staff; will never discriminate on basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, national origin, age, religion or disability; and will strive to create and maintain a learning community based on fairness and civility in the pursuit of knowledge.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy aspires to excellence in all it undertakes. Specifically, we aspire to become and remain the foremost institution of maritime higher education in the world, and will, through the development and application of appropriate measures and benchmarks, strive continuously toward that goal.

Strategic Plan

The following governing objectives create the framework for Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s long-range institutional goals:

  • Achieve a more diverse 1,800-member student body by 2020
  • Enhance and improve both excellence and diversity of our student body, faculty, and staff
  • Improve institutional effectiveness
  • Optimize available resources in support of the mission of the Academy

MMA’s strategic plan (FY 2016-2020) is available at: http://www.maritime.edu/sites/default/files/mma_5-year_strategic_plan_fy_2016-20_0.pdf

Institutional Background

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a fully accredited, four year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. The Academy is located on Taylor’s Point in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, and prepares students for careers in the marine transportation, engineering, maritime business, emergency management, and environmental fields.

MMA’s campus is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to train the next generation of industry leaders. The Academy’s rigorous academics and hands-on approach to building leadership and professional skills fully prepare students for successful careers. The proof: most MMA graduates are employed in well-paying, career-track positions within 90-days of graduation.

The Academy experience is unique. The Regiment of Cadets and regimental-style uniforms play an important role in campus life at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The Regiment reinforces that status at the Academy is not an entitlement based on gender, race, or socio-economic class; it is earned through hard work, honor, and integrity. Though MMA is structured as a regimented academy designed to grow effective leaders, only cadets who volunteer for commissioning programs have military obligations during and after their time at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Through Sea Terms and Cooperative Education Programs, undergraduates log invaluable career experience during their four-year pursuit of a bachelor’s degree, often while traveling to foreign countries.  Upon graduation, MMA’s cadets are distinctly qualified to lead as licensed maritime professionals, skilled business managers, ship safety officers, commissioned military officers, and more.

The United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) recognizes the Academy as one of six state maritime colleges approved to prepare graduates for federal license examination as third mate, ocean vessels, unlimited tonnage or third assistant engineer, steam or motor, unlimited horsepower.

Extracurricular activities are viewed as a way to cultivate pride in the Academy tradition as well as maintain the Academy’s Tradition of Pride. All cadets encouraged to participate in the wide variety of activities and athletics offered at MMA. An impressive 40 percent of cadets are athletes on one or more of MMA’s competitive NCAA and ECAC Division III college teams.

https://www.maritime.edu/about-mma

Buzzards Bay, MA

Buzzards Bay is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Bourne in Barnstable County. The population was 3,859 at the 2010 census. It is the most populous of the five CDPs in Bourne. Along with Bournedale and Sagamore Beach, it is one of only three communities in Barnstable County that are northwest of the Cape Cod Canal. Excessively drained sand underlies most of the community and the majority is mapped as Carver soil series.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.9 square miles 1.9 square miles of it is land and 1.0 square mile of it is water, consisting primarily of Buttermilk Bay, an arm of Buzzards Bay that forms the western edge of the CDP.

Buzzards Bay was originally Wampanoag territory. The “buzzards” for which the town was named were most likely turkey vultures or ospreys. Buzzards Bay was settled by Europeans in 1621. Among the community’s most prominent residents was President of the United States Grover Cleveland, who maintained a “Summer White House” at his home at Agawam Point in Buzzards Bay. Cleveland’s home, a local landmark, was destroyed by fire on December 10, 1973.

Accreditation

MMA’s initial accreditation as a college was granted by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in 1974 and was renewed in 1980, 1990, 2001 and 2011. In addition, specific programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

Governance

As one of the nine Massachusetts Commonwealth Universities, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is overseen by a Board of Trustees, which is in turn overseen by the Board of Higher Education (BHE). Tasked with defining the mission of and coordinating the Commonwealth’s system of public higher education and its institutions, the BHE also oversees the University of Massachusetts system and the state’s 15 community colleges. The BHE reports to the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth. The Department of Higher Education, headed by a Commissioner, is the executive arm of the BHE.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Board of Trustees is comprised of eleven members: nine appointed by the Governor, one by the Academy’s alumni body, and the last by the student body. The board meets, on campus, a minimum of eight times a year in the presence of Academy staff and the public. There are currently six committees within the Board of Trustees, including the audit and governance committee, education committee, facilities and finance committee, marine operations committee, and the student life committee. Each of these committees is led by a chairperson and is supported by an executive staff member appointed by the President.

Leadership

Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald   USMS, President

Rear Admiral McDonald is the president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime academies in the country. Founded in 1891, the Academy has been training business leaders, ship captains, engineers, and professional officers in the 19th, 20th, and now the 21st century. Offering seven undergraduate and two graduate majors, the Academy is one of two “special mission” public universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Upon graduation from the Academy in 1985, McDonald pursued an engineering career and earned an MS in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He returned to his alma mater in 1995 to serve as director of cooperative education, a role in which he developed and implemented the cooperative education program and dramatically increased placement rates for undergraduate interns and graduating seniors. Appointed as dean of enrollment management in 1999, he led the rebranding of the Academy which resulted in a dramatic increase in numbers and diversity of incoming freshmen. He has since served as vice president for operations, heading up a major campus building expansion, and as executive vice president. McDonald holds a law and policy doctorate from Northeastern University and has served as an adjunct professor in the Academy’s emergency management graduate program. He assumed the role of president in August 2015 following unanimous votes of the MMA Board of Trustees and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, with the rank of Rear Admiral conferred by the U.S. Maritime Administrator.

President McDonald is active in or has served on several community and professional organizations including the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, Barnstable School Committee, Sturgis Charter School, Cape Cod Collaborative, and the Marine Society at Salem. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, President McDonald now resides in Marstons Mills with his wife Beth and their two children Kathryn and Harrison.

https://www.maritime.edu/presidents-office

The Academic Program

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Energy Systems Engineering
  • Facilities Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Emergency Management
  • Marine Safety & Environmental Protection
  • International Maritime Business
  • Marine Transportation

https://www.maritime.edu/undergraduate-degrees

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Science in Facilities Management
  • Master of Science in Emergency Management
  • Master of Science in Maritime Business Management

https://www.maritime.edu/graduate-programs-0

The Faculty

The faculty of Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a dedicated group of individuals whose expertise is anything but limited. MMA’s faculty goes beyond the classroom experience typical of other universities.

In order to train students to operate and control the Academy’s vessels, several faculty members sail with the students during Sea Term.

As of Fall 2017, Massachusetts Maritime Academy had 168 faculty members (104 FTE), split nearly evenly between full- and part-time members. The ratio of students to faculty was 16:1.

The Student Body

Fall 2017

Total Undergraduates    1,688

  • 87% Men
  • 13% Women

Total Graduates                   92

  • 77 % Men
  • 23% Women

Student retention and graduation rates: 88 percent freshman-to-sophomore retention rate; 75 percent six-year graduation rate

Additional information is available at https://www.maritime.edu/sites/default/files/mma_key_data_elements_2017-18_snapshot.pdf.

Athletics and Student Life

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is an NCAA Division III school offering intercollegiate competition in 11 sports, taking the field in school colors blue and gold as the Buccaneers. There are both men’s and women’s teams in crew, cross-country running, lacrosse, riflery, sailing, soccer, and track and field. The Academy offers baseball and football for men, and volleyball and softball for women. Intramural sports are offered in basketball, racquetball, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, table tennis, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and water polo.

The athletics facilities of the Academy have improved dramatically over the last decade and now rank among the best in the region. New renovations to Clean Harbors Stadium include two turf fields and seating. Additional renovations to the athletic complex include cardiovascular and weight training facilities, as well as a new locker room and meeting areas dedicated to women’s varsity programs. The cardiovascular and weight training equipment on the Kennedy have also been updated.

MMA hosts a Regimental Band, Honor Guard, and Drill Team (Seventh Company), first formed in 1945 as a jazz band that evolved into a field band for Academy formations and ceremonies. Today a unit built on an axiom of service to Academy, community, and country whenever called upon, Seventh Company performs at events and parades during fall, winter, Sea Term, and spring semesters.

The MMA Student Government Association represents the student body as an independent entity from the regiment of cadets. Serving as the liaison among the administration, regiment, outside organizations, and the student body, the SGA ensures efficient and prudent use of student fees, provides quality opportunities for academic and extracurricular experiences, and promotes student involvement in Academy clubs, organizations, events, and activities. Actions of the SGA are approved by the President and the Board of Trustees.

Tuition and Fees

The following costs apply to students entering, or being re-admitted to MMA beginning in the fall of 2018 and beyond:

Academic Resource Center   https://www.maritime.edu/department/arc
Career and Professional Serviceshttps://www.maritime.edu/career-professional-services
Disability Resources  https://www.maritime.edu/ada
Emergency Management https://www.maritime.edu/emergency-management-em
Engineeringhttps://www.maritime.edu/engineering
Humanitieshttps://www.maritime.edu/humanities
Institutional Effectiveness https://www.maritime.edu/institutional-effectiveness
International Maritime Business https://www.maritime.edu/international-maritime-business
Libraryhttps://www.maritime.edu/mmalibrary
Marine Science, Safety and Environmental Protectionhttps://www.maritime.edu/environmental-protection-safety-and-emergency-management
Marine Transportation  https://www.maritime.edu/marine-transportation
Mariner Credentialing  https://www.maritime.edu/mariner-credentialing
Naval Sciencehttps://www.maritime.edu/department/naval-science
Registrarhttps://www.maritime.edu/registrar
Science and Mathematicshttps://www.maritime.edu/science-mathematics
Social Sciencehttps://www.maritime.edu/social-science

*All Marine Science, Safety and Environmental Protection and Emergency Management majors as well as Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation majors that live south of Portland, ME.

For additional information regarding tuition and fees, visit https://www.maritime.edu/tuition-and-fees-2018-2019.

Assessment and Continuous Improvement

MMA is committed to the systematic collection, analysis, and use of data for continuous improvement of student learning. The chart below depicts MMA’s system of assessment, beginning with the collection of student learning outcomes data at the course and academic department levels. Data is also collected at the institutional level and shared with the campus-wide assessment committee, with recommendations to the provost and vice president for academic affairs and the Board of Trustees.

MMA National & Regional Rankings

Below are recent highlights of MMA’s ranking in various reports and lists: 

US News and World Report – 2019 Best Colleges Rankings
#19, Best Regional Universities North
#4, Top Public Schools (Regional Universities North)
#57 (tie), Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (at schools where doctorate is not offered)

Additional recognitions (Regional Universities North):
Recognized among schools with the highest average first-year student retention rates
Recognized among schools with the highest 6-year graduation rates
Recognized among schools with the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students

Money Magazine – 2018-2019 Best Colleges Rankings
#21 (national)
#12 among the 50 Best Public Colleges
#4 among the 50 Best Small Colleges
#2 among the 50 Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into

PayScale – 2018 College Education Return on Investment (ROI) Rankings*
#21, Best Value Colleges (national)
#12, Best Value Colleges (public colleges)
#3, Best Value Colleges (Massachusetts)

*Rankings data reflect the 20-year net ROI for on campus students at in-state rates with no financial aid.
When 20-year net ROI is annualized, MMA is tied at #7 nationally.

PayScale – 2018 Colleges with Highest Salary Potential
#96, all four-year institutions
#22, public four-year institutions
#15, four-year institutions in Massachusetts

US Department of Education College Scorecard
One of 23 four-year schools with low costs that lead to high incomes (published 9/12/2015)

Washington Monthly – 2018 College Guide and Rankings
#1 Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast)
#36 National Universities (Masters level institutions)

Victory Media – Military Friendly School List 2018-2019
Military Friendly Schools designation

College Factual  – 2018 Rankings
#1, Best Colleges for the Money (all undergraduates, Massachusetts)
#6, Best Colleges for the Money (all undergraduates, New England)

College Raptor – 2019 Rankings
Recognized among Hidden Gems in the Northeast

The Chronicle List
Recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as among 4-year public institutions with the best 4-year graduation rates*

*for students who began their students in the fall of 2011

Business First – 2017 Rankings of U.S. Public Colleges
#98 (national)

Investopedia
27 colleges with the highest-earning graduates (published 4/14/2017)

SmartAsset.com – 2017 Best Value Colleges
#3 Best Value Colleges (Massachusetts)

OnlineColleges.com – 2017 Rankings
#4, Top Colleges in Massachusetts

Brookings Institution 2015 Value-Added Rankings Using College Scorecard Data
#5 (Four-year or higher colleges with the highest value-added, Table 3)
#11 (Four-year colleges with the largest increase in value-added, Table 5)

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Ranking Your College*
#9 (20 four-year colleges whose students go on to earn the highest salaries in the labor market 10 years after beginning their studies)
#10, tied (same listing adjusted for choice of major, students’ academic preparation, and likelihood of graduate degree attainment)

*analysis based on U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, 2015

Benefits Overview

Benefits Overview

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental and Vision Plans
  • Retirement Options
  • Life Insurance Plans
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Pre-Tax Benefits
  • Tuition Remission

https://www.maritime.edu/payroll-benefits

Application & Nomination

Application and Nomination

Applications, including a position-specific cover letter and resume, may be submitted online at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to Jim Norfleet at jmn@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Massachusetts Maritime Academy website at www.maritime.edu

MMA is an AA/EEO/Veteran/Disability employer. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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