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Harvard University Allston Burr Resident Dean in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title Allston Burr Resident Dean

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Dean of Students, Harvard College

Position Description

Harvard College is a residential college comprising four areas of the first-year Yard and 12 upperclass Houses and the non-residential Dudley Community. Each of the 12 upperclass Houses employs an Allston Burr Resident Dean, who serves as the dean of students under the direction of the Faculty Deans and the Dean of Harvard College. The Resident Dean is responsible for the academic progress and personal welfare of the undergraduate students in the House. The Resident Dean represents students at the Administrative Board and Honor Council; works with departments on academic issues affecting individual students; and teaches one course per semester in an FAS department. Like the Faculty Deans, the Resident Dean provides friendly guidance and support through meals in the House dining hall, participation in House activities, office hours, and casual contact.

The Allston Burr Resident Dean’s primary responsibility is to foster the academic progress and personal welfare of the undergraduates in one Harvard House, which accommodates between 400-550 students. The Resident Dean works closely with Faculty Deans, the Dean of Students, the Administrative Board and Honor Council, the House Staff, Counseling and Mental Health Services, University Health Services, the Bureau of Study Counsel, and the Advising Programs Office. The Resident Dean is a member of the Administrative Board of Harvard College, which meets weekly during term time to consider undergraduate petitions for exceptions to College rules, as well as unsatisfactory academic records and matters of College discipline. The Resident Dean plays a critical role in both individual and community crisis management and in-House disciplinary incidents.

This is a 12-month academic appointment with administrative responsibilities and is accompanied by a second appointment within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as a Lecturer. Residing in the House, the Resident Dean advises individual students on issues ranging from academic, interpersonal, and community concerns, to advice on fellowship and professional opportunities. Appointments are for an initial term of five-years with the first year of the appointment considered probationary.

Allston Burr Resident Deans are appointed by, and report to, the Faculty Deans and the Dean of Harvard College or the Dean’s delegate.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate required. Must be qualified to teach as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Additional Qualifications

Ability to advise and counsel undergraduate students about academic opportunities and support resources, interest and experience in academic administration and student life, and excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Preference will be given to candidates who have taught undergraduates and have worked in a residential environment. Applicants should also be familiar with residential crisis management and disciplinary responsibilities. Successful candidates in the past have brought a variety of life and work experiences to the position.

Special Instructions

Allston Burr Resident Dean appointments in the Houses begin July 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin on March 25, 2021.

Please include a CV and cover letter with your application. Materials related to teaching, including but not limited to a teaching statement and sample syllabi, may be requested at a later date. Any questions can be directed to Vanessa Osgood or Catherine Shapiro.

Contact Information

Any questions can be directed to Vanessa Osgood at or Catherine Shapiro at

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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