Director, Center for Academic Equity

New Orleans, LA

Tulane University

Director, Center for Academic Equity

Newcomb-Tulane College

Tulane University

New Orleans, Louisiana


The Director of the Center for Academic Equity at Tulane University will provide the overall administration of developing, implementing, and evaluating programs that ensure that all students admitted to the university have the tools to thrive and flourish academically. The Director is the primary liaison representing the academic concerns of underrepresented students within the undergraduate college, Newcomb-Tulane College, and working with partners in Student Affairs and other university personnel. The Director will assume a leadership role in building and fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, restoration, reconciliation, and accessibility efforts locally, nationally and internationally, in the context of undergraduate education.


President Mike Fitts identified the founding of the Center as a priority and provided funding to establish it in 2017, with the mission of providing, supporting and overseeing academic programming for students attending Tulane as part of the Posse or College Track programs. CAE now coordinates the academic needs of students who, because of their backgrounds, require additional resources in transitioning to and thriving in college, such as students of color, first-generation college students, students of low socio-economic status, those with DACA status, LGBTQ+ students, and others. In Fall 2020 the Center will move into a newly renovated space in Richardson Hall, directly across from the Carolyn Barber Pierre Center for Intercultural Life.


The Center for Academic Equity remains the academic home for Posse and College Track programs, including a summer bridge program. CAE runs a resource lending library, weekly lunches on topics related to equity and diversity, summer research fellowships, a major research symposium for students to present research, and workshops on finding and paying for internships, scholarships, and on the hidden curriculum. CAE also partners with other campus units on study abroad programs, academic advising, career opportunities, tutoring, summer school, and more. CAE offers under-resourced students a way to connect with academic resources across campus and helps them navigate the complexities of higher education.


The Director reports to the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in Newcomb-Tulane College and manages a staff of three. The duties below are representative of the duties of the position and are not intended to cover all the duties performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this position.




Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee high-level planning on a diverse slate of programs designed to help underrepresented and marginalized students succeed academically;
  • Work collaboratively with the leadership team in NTC to set and advance strategic priorities and policies related to academic equity, diversity and inclusion;
  • Plan, implement, conduct, and evaluate competency and needs assessments of students to determine the types of services required;
  • Create and maintain mechanisms to connect students with the resources they need in various departments across campus, especially with the Carolyn Barber Pierre Center for Intercultural Life, as well as Counseling and Psychological Services, the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility, the Academic Learning and Tutoring Center, Success Coaching, Career Services, Academic Advising and the Center for Global Education;
  • Manage a staff of three, including a program coordinator, an administrative secretary, and an associate director;
  • Oversee a budget of approximately $500,000, in addition to endowed accounts;
  • Work with NTC leadership and University advancement on efforts to raise money for programs that serve underrepresented and marginalized student populations;
  • Work directly with students to connect them to campus resources;
  • Provide guidance and support to individuals, departments and programs in identifying and improving policies, practices and other factors that result in inequitable outcomes for students;
  • Collaborate with administration and faculty to support the infusion of culturally relevant pedagogy and practices into the college curricula and programs;
  • Oversee the evaluation of CAE’s portfolio of programs;
  • Lead and support highly visible educational events and activities to support and promote institutional diversity and equity;
  • Work with Enrollment Management to ensure the application of a holistic admissions process and monitoring of diversity and inclusion strategies;
  • Engage with external constituencies, including faculty and staff, current and prospective students, community members, donors, and alumni as a visible and accessible member of Newcomb-Tulane College;
  • Identify funding opportunities related to academic equity and work with campus partners to apply for and facilitate grants.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in one’s discipline;
  • Expertise in equity, inclusion and diversity initiatives in higher education;
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Management experience;
  • Strategic and project management capabilities coupled with strong analytic and critical thinking skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and activities, as well as manage multiple and competing priorities;
  • Experience working with budgets and an understanding of sound financial practices;
  • Ability to navigate complex campus structures and contexts with political acumen to effect institutional change for diverse communities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in one’s discipline;
  • Academic research, teaching experience, and/or administrative experience focusing on diverse populations;
  • Experience providing administrative leadership and management of human, physical, and financial resources dedicated to supporting diverse campus populations;
  • Proven ability to use knowledge of research, theory, and history of historically marginalized communities, grounded in social justice, equity, and inclusion;
  • Experience in program evaluation.

    Sage Search Partners is assisting Tulane with this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications (cover letter and CV) can be submitted to Paula Fazli, Partner: or Patricia Herzog, Partner:

    Tulane University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory, diverse work and learning environment. Tulane does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, military status, veteran status (or any other classification protected by applicable law) in any of its programs, activities, or employment.

Posted: 01/03/2020