The Opportunity

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is seeking an innovative and experienced leader to serve as the next executive director of student conduct and academic integrity in the Office of the Dean of Students. This individual will have an extraordinary opportunity to shape and lead a high profile office at one of the most renowned and respected institutions in higher education.

Ranked among the largest and leading research universities in the country, UT Austin is a diverse learning community and home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty. UT Austin is the flagship school of The University of Texas System, which includes eight academic universities and six health institutions statewide. As a bold, ambitious leader, the university is committed to achieving excellence in undergraduate education, graduate education, research, and public service, while working to change the world through groundbreaking research and cutting-edge teaching and learning techniques. At UT Austin, tradition and innovation blend seamlessly to provide students with a robust collegiate experience. The capital of Texas, Austin has a population of approximately 950,000 and is recognized for its creative and entrepreneurial spirit, high quality of life, and progressive cultural, music, and arts environment.

The Position

Role of the Executive Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity for the University of Texas at Austin

Reporting to the vice president for student affairs and dean of students, the executive director of student conduct and academic integrity will advance the educational mission of the university by providing strategic leadership and vision for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Office of the Dean of Students. The executive director will serve as the university’s senior conduct officer and have primary responsibility for the development, interpretation, and application of policy and procedure related to academic integrity and student conduct, including overseeing management, workflow, and case intake that includes high profile, complex and urgent cases. Further, the executive director will be responsible for the administration of the student conduct process for academic, non-academic, and student organization matters, including the investigation and resolution of complaints with emphasis on student ethical development.

The executive director will engage with students, faculty, legal affairs, Office of the President, law enforcement, attorneys representing students, parents, community members, and other stakeholders as appropriate, for consultation, collaboration, training, and prevention pertaining to student conduct, education, and problem solving. Additionally, the executive director will:

  • provide timely updates to the vice president for student affairs via regular engagement in strategic problem solving, including issue briefings and consultation;
  • oversee and sustain the quality of outreach and marketing initiatives including matters ranging from annual reports, assessment plans, website content, publications, and launching new initiatives;
  • provide primary leadership on technology and communication-based initiatives for the Student Conduct and Academic Integrity unit, including database customization, software, and communication efforts;
  • assist or lead special assignments within the university, Office of the Dean of Students and the Division of Student Affairs, including committee appointments; and,
  • serve as a resource on student conduct matters both institutionally and nationally.

The executive director will manage the unit budget of approximately $600,000 and provide supervision that includes full-time employees and student graduate research assistants and/or graduate assistants.

History of the Position

Andel Fils-Aime served as the director of student conduct and academic integrity from November 2015 through February 2020. Fils-Aime joined Valencia College (FL) as the dean of students in March of 2020. John Dalton, currently the associate vice president for investigations and adjudication, served as the interim director of student conduct and academic integrity from February to July of 2020.

Carol Longoria, deputy to the vice president for student affairs, is currently serving as the interim director of student conduct and academic integrity. Longoria brings to this role nearly 25 years of legal and higher education experience, including the last eight years at UT Austin.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

In transitioning to UT Austin, the executive director of student conduct and academic integrity may encounter a number of opportunities and challenges as shared by university stakeholders.

  • UT Austin is a large and complex environment. The executive director will have a significant task in getting to know the systems, personnel, and procedures of the university. As part of the acclimation process, the executive director will need to develop, reinforce, and enhance collaborative relationships amongst important stakeholder groups on campus. A listening tour is strongly encouraged.
  • As UT The University of Texas at Austin has an administrative culture that is fast-paced and change-oriented, the new executive director will need to “hit the ground running” to immerse themself into understanding the UT Austin Student Code of Conduct and Institutional Rules, develop a confident working knowledge of the UT Austin conduct process, and advance the overall changes in the pipeline for student conduct and academic integrity initiatives.
  • As the executive director transitions into the position, it will be very important to develop a strong sense of staff “team” and build working relationships that emphasize a collaborative work environment. Generally speaking, campus stakeholders noted the importance of creating an environment of teamwork and effective delegation of general management responsibilities so that a new executive director will be able to focus on prioritizing strategic initiatives.
  • The executive director must be respectful of the accomplishments of the unit and their predecessor while simultaneously moving forward to implement innovative student conduct and academic integrity initiatives that positively impact the campus community. These efforts will be both challenging and rewarding.
  • The staff desire an experienced leader who will focus on relationships, infuse new energy and innovative ideas, and provide a sense of direction and purpose within the organization. The executive director will also need to emphasize the professional growth of staff to enhance broader leadership skills, and promote dialog regarding trends and best practices.
  • Having a command of legal issues in higher education, including broad knowledge of Title IX, as well as the ability to translate legal process and language into lay terms will be very important in the execution of the executive director’s duties. The executive director must be articulate, confident, and capable of holding firmly to the tenets and principles of the code of conduct.
  • The executive director must continue to assess the Student Code of Conduct and Institutional Rules as they relate to the changing academic environment which includes issues such as distance learning, online harassment, doxing, and emerging issues and trends due to cases centered on COVID-19 and Title IX.
  • The executive director must be able to successfully balance the administrative demands of a leadership position within a culture that also expects that the position will be highly visible, collaborative, and accessible to a variety of campus stakeholders.
  • The executive director will need to work towards enhancing a preventative student conduct and academic integrity model that encourages positive student behavior.
  • There is significant interest and desire for the executive director to collaborate and build upon a restorative justice approach adopted by the university. Campus stakeholders underscored that students are highly supportive of this initiative.
  • There is genuine excitement that, with a new executive director coming on-board, there will be opportunities for progressive thinking and creative change management.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining the university, the following items will define success for the new executive director of student conduct and academic integrity:

  • The executive director will maintain a proactive, highly visible, well-respected, and established leadership presence on campus that is credible, collegial, collaborative, and positively received.
  • The student conduct and academic integrity staff will feel supported, valued, and 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.
  • UT Austin student community is aware of their rights and responsibilities.
  • The executive director will have established themself as a conduct expert with faculty, staff, and students.

Qualification and Characteristics

The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree in student affairs administration, educational policy, law or other relevant field, with ten years of progressively responsible leadership experience in student conduct or higher education administration, including the adjudication and grievance process for student misconduct, academic discipline, residence life conduct management, or a community agency related to student development. Qualified candidates possessing a terminal degree and a minimum of eight years of relevant leadership experience are strongly encouraged to apply. The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who are a proven champion of student learning; possess strong analytical, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; and are a collaborative decision maker.

The ideal candidate will:

  • have a keen ability to acquire information and ideas from others;
  • share resources based on strategic needs with other colleagues;
  • factor functional concerns and needs into strategy;
  • incorporate long term strategic directions and goals into an operational model;
  • delegate responsibility for overseeing functional tasks to direct reports; and,
  • engage important stakeholders in learning.

In order to succeed in this critical position, UT Austin stakeholders indicated the new executive director should be someone who:

  • has strong analytical writing skills;
  • is a strong communicator and can facilitate transparency;
  • has an interpersonal skillset that allows them to communicate challenging information in ways that are respectful but clear;
  • understands and appreciates the complexity of the public higher education landscape;
  • is instinctively collegial and a natural collaborator;
  • values prevention initiatives and a proactive approach to student conduct;
  • is savvy and has high-level political acumen;
  • respects and values due process;
  • has a growth mindset;
  • has confidence in their work and knowledge of student conduct issues;
  • able to readily respond to the demands of the position while still being personable;
  • is friendly and student-centered;
  • can balance conviction with flexibility; and,
  • is involved in professional development and leadership at the regional or national level.

An Overview of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity In the Office of the Dean of Students

The Student Conduct and Academic Integrity unit in the Office of the Dean of Students supports the educational mission of UT Austin by upholding the university’s standards of student conduct and academic integrity through a fair and objective process that is grounded in the University Code of Conduct and Student Honor Code.

By fostering self-reflection, promoting civility, and encouraging personal responsibility, the unit’s goal is that students learn from their mistakes and succeed in their academic endeavors.

Code of Conduct

The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the university is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.

Student Honor Code

‘As a student of The University of Texas at Austin, I shall abide by the core values of the University and uphold academic integrity.’

Student Discipline and Conduct Policies and Procedures

Our Work

The core functions of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Office of the Dean of Students include:

  • policy development, interpretation and implementation;
  • overseeing the student conduct adjudication process;
  • case intake and management;
  • support and advising for the Student Conduct Advisory Committee and the Peer Ambassadors;
  • educational outreach and programming for the University community;
  • maintaining and administering the student conduct management system (Symplicity Advocate); and,
  • serving as a source of expertise and support to faculty, staff and students regarding student and organizational conduct and academic integrity issues.

The office currently comprises 11 staff members (8 full time staff and 3 student staff).

Organizational Chart

An Overview of the Division of Student Affairs

UT Austin’s Division of Student Affairs works with academic partners, staff, parents, and student leaders to influence UT Austin students in Living the Longhorn Life®. The Division of Student Affairs comprises the following departments:

Within these nine departments, 37 units and 39 facilities offer first-class programs, facilities and services. They include 15 residence halls, dining facilities, medical and mental health services, new student orientation, recreational sports, and two university unions. The Division employs 1,500 students annually and supports 1,000 student organizations, student emergency and veteran services, and leadership programs.

Read the Division of Student Affairs Impact Report here:

https://studentaffairs.utexas.edu/sites/default/files/2019-2020%20Impact%20Report-Web-HiRes-with%20Insert.pdf

Leadership of the Division of Student Affairs

Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly began serving as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at UT Austin in September of 2016. She collaborates with students, faculty and staff to help create a safe and welcoming campus where students can thrive through healthy learning environments.

Dr. Lilly joined the university as senior associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students in April of 2006. She leads a diverse portfolio of nine departments in the Division of Student Affairs that are dedicated to providing a cutting-edge student experience from orientation through graduation. As a College of Education faculty member in the department of Educational Administration, Dr. Lilly co-chairs dissertations and teaches graduate level courses, helping to shape the next generation of higher education professionals.

For over 30 years, Dr. Lilly has been committed to helping students have a successful college experience. She began her career as a student union program coordinator followed by progressive leadership roles in student affairs at major universities. Before joining UT Austin, she served as assistant vice chancellor of student affairs administration at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Active in the community, Dr. Lilly served on the board of trustees for St. Michael’s Catholic Academy. She also served on the Caritas of Austin Community Advisory Board and the Austin Child Guidance Center Board of Directors. A graduate of Leadership Texas, Dr. Lilly is a member of American Association of University Women and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Lilly earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of California at Irvine, a master’s in education at California State University, San Bernardino, and a doctorate in education administration at the University of Southern California.

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

In 1839, the Congress of the Republic of Texas ordered that a site be set aside to meet the state’s higher education needs. After a series of delays over the next several decades, the state legislature reinvigorated the project in 1876, calling for the establishment of a “university of the first class.” Austin was selected as the site for the new university in 1881, and construction began on the original Main Building in November 1882. Less than one year later, on September 15, 1883, UT Austin opened with one building, eight professors, one proctor, and 221 students — and a mission to change the world.

Today, UT Austin is a world-renowned higher education, research, and public service institution serving more than 51,000 students annually through 18 top-ranked colleges and schools. Amid the backdrop of Austin, Texas, a city recognized for its creative and entrepreneurial spirit, the university provides a place to explore countless opportunities for tomorrow’s artists, scientists, athletes, doctors, entrepreneurs, and engineers.

Students feel the inescapable pull of the UT Austin spirit in a million ways. For some, it’s finding that secret studying spot tucked away in a quiet library full of ancient manuscripts; for others, it’s the raising of the “Hook’em Horns” hand sign which is one of the most recognizable marks of school pride around the world. Whatever the case, the university’s many traditions help to strengthen and bind its community together as Longhorns — proud, ambitious and determined to change the world.

Austin, TX

Imagine a city bursting with an entrepreneurial spirit, a commitment to personal freedom, and a passion for unearthing new discoveries. Add a vibrant, internationally renowned music, film, and art scene, along with a thriving economy that leads the way in the technology, engineering, and health-care industries. Throw in a glittering lake running through the center of the city, big blue skies, gleaming Texas sunshine, and the natural beauty of the surrounding Hill Country. Underline all of that with an open-minded sense of community, a serious commitment to breakfast tacos, and a deep appreciation for all kinds of people and all kinds of dreams.

With more than 200 venues and dozens of shows every day and night, Austin lives up to its reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World. And that’s not to mention Austin’s many museums, galleries, and theaters sprinkled all across the city. From historic country dance halls to state-of-the-art amphitheaters to cozy, independent movie theaters, creative opportunities abound.

From the cool, clear, spring-fed waters of Barton Springs Pool to lush, shady Greenbelt trails, Austin is the perfect city for the active lifestyle, with tons of opportunities for swimming, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, and more. Go for a jog on the hike and bike trail, climb up Mount Bonnell at sunset, or find some other way to explore the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

Given the immense talent pool UT Austin produces, it is no surprise that technology companies such as Dell, IBM, Intel, Apple, Samsung, and National Instruments have established major operations in Austin. Rated the best place to live in America by U.S. News & World Report (2017) and the number one “city of the future” by Forbes (2016), Austin is also becoming a top destination for entrepreneurs and was recently named one of the best startup cities in the country.

For more information about Austin, TX, visit the Chamber of Commerce at https://www.austinchamber.com/index.php.

Mission

The mission of UT Austin is to achieve excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research, and public service. The university provides superior and comprehensive educational opportunities at the baccalaureate through doctoral and special professional educational levels.

The university contributes to the advancement of society through research, creative activity, scholarly inquiry, and the development and dissemination of new knowledge, including the commercialization of university discoveries. The university preserves and promotes the arts, benefits the state’s economy, serves the citizens through public programs, and provides other public service.

Core Purpose

To transform lives for the benefit of society.

Core Values

  • Learning — A caring community, all of us students, helping one another grow.
  • Discovery — Expanding knowledge and human understanding.
  • Freedom — To seek the truth and express it.
  • Leadership — The will to excel with integrity and the spirit that nothing is impossible.
  • Individual Opportunity — Many options, diverse people and ideas, one university.
  • Responsibility — To serve as a catalyst for positive change in Texas and beyond.

Leadership

Jay Hartzell, Interim President

Jay Hartzell is the interim president of UT Austin. He holds the Lois and Richard Folger Dean’s Leadership Chair, the Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership, and the Trammell Crow Regents Professorship in Business. He is also a Texas Ex.

Prior to serving as interim president, Hartzell served as the 12th dean of the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, one of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the country. As dean for over four years, Hartzell launched the Goff Real Estate Labs, elevated the Canfield Business Honors program and opened Rowling Hall, the home of UT Austin’s MBA program. He helped create many significant partnerships with colleges and schools across campus including the Dell Medical School, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Natural Sciences, and the Moody College of Communication. He also established the position of associate dean of diversity and inclusion at the McCombs School and the McCombs Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Hartzell joined UT in 2001 after teaching at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Prior to his time as dean, he held several key administrative roles at the McCombs School of Business. His most notable positions include his service as the senior associate dean for academic affairs, chair of the Finance Department and executive director of the McCombs School’s Real Estate Finance and Investment Center.

Hartzell holds a B.S. in business administration and economics (cum laude) from Trinity University and a Ph.D. in finance from UT Austin. His research focuses on real estate finance, corporate finance and corporate governance. His articles have been published in leading journals in the field, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Real Estate Economics, and The Review of Financial Studies.

Hartzell currently serves on the boards of directors for MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE: MTG), the Texas Exes and Austin Habitat for Humanity. He previously served as a member of the board of directors of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. In addition to his academic experience, he previously worked as a consultant with Hewitt Associates.

The Academic Program

Academic excellence is an essential part of the UT Austin experience, and accordingly the university offers dozens of top-ranked programs with a proven record of success. UT Austin is one of the top 20 public universities according to U.S. News & World Report, with the number one accounting, Latin American history, and petroleum engineering graduate programs in the country — plus more than 15 undergraduate programs and more than 40 graduate programs ranked in the top ten nationally.

  • Undergraduate degree programs: 156
  • Undergraduate fields of study: 170+
  • Graduate degree programs: 139 (237 including doctoral)
  • Courses: 12,400+
  • Study abroad programs: 400
  • Countries where study abroad is offered: 78
  • Fulbright Scholars: 112
  • Rhodes Scholars: 31
  • Marshall Scholars: 23

The Student Body

Enrollment (Fall 2019)

  • Undergraduate students: 40,163
  • Graduate and Professional students: 10,927
  • Total students: 51,090
  • Number of states represented: 50
  • Percentage of out-of-state students: 10.3 percent
  • Number of countries represented: 124
  • Percentage of international students: 11.5 percent
  •  Gender
    • Women: 53.3%
    • Men: 46.7%
  •  Ethnicity/Race
    • White: 39.9%
    • LatinX: 21.7%
    • Asian: 19.5%
    • Foreign: 10.0%
    • Black: 4.9%
    • Two or more (excluding LatinX/Black): 2.7%
    • Unknown: 1.2%
    • American Indian: 0.1%
    • Hawaiian/Pac. Islander: 0.1%

Benefits Overview

  • Medical Insurance
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Life Insurance Plans
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Plans

For more information: https://hr.utexas.edu/prospective/benefits

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin Friday, September 25, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel Frendian at mrf@spelmanjohnson.com or Quincy Martin III at qm3@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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