Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA

Sea Education Association (SEA),, now in its 50th year, is seeking a dynamic and visionary Academic Dean. Headquartered in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, MA, on Cape Cod, SEA is a global teaching, learning and research community dedicated to the exploration, understanding, and stewardship of marine and maritime environments through study on campus and at sea aboard tall ships on ocean voyages in the Atlantic and Pacific.  SEA’s full-immersion programs for undergraduates (starting as SEA Semester in 1971), gap year students, and high school students feature interdisciplinary curricula (marine science, social science, and humanities) and opportunities for leadership development. The Academic Dean will provide senior leadership for SEA faculty and academic staff, and will oversee academic program planning, execution, and administration. The Dean will liaise with academic partners and industry to maintain SEA’s high standards and visibility as an award-winning educational institution.

SEA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the development of a multicultural environment. We value input from multiple viewpoints and perspectives so that we may create a community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. As an equal opportunity provider, SEA strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ candidates.

For more information about the position, see: To apply, please send a cover letter including a statement about your qualifications for the position and a CV to  The review of applications will begin on April 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.


SEA Education Association, Woods Hole, MA


Overall Responsibilities

The Academic Dean will provide senior leadership for Sea Education Association (SEA) faculty and academic staff, oversee academic program planning, execution, and administration. The Academic Dean will liaise with industry, government, and academic partners and maintain SEA’s high standards and visibility as an award-winning educational institution.

Major Tasks


  • Supervises SEA’s faculty and visiting faculty, in fields including oceanography, marine science, maritime history, anthropology, marine policy and nautical science, including US Coast Guard licensed captains. Recommends faculty appointments and promotions to the SEA President.
  • Supervises SEA’s academic administrative staff including the Director of Student Affairs and the Academic Programs Coordinator.
  • Shares supervision with the Dean of Enrollment of the Associate Dean for Academic Partnerships.
  • Serves as a member of SEA’s Senior Management Group, providing input for strategic planning and organizational leadership.
  • Oversees a $1.7 million annual academic program budget.

Academic Programs

  • Works with the faculty to facilitate the development of new programs commensurate with SEA’s mission.
  • Actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of SEA’s academic programs on campus and at sea. Monitors the intellectual, physical, and emotional well-being of all students to ensure program success.
  • Ensures adequate staffing, planning and evaluation of all academic programs, including semester-long programs, short seminar programs, and land-based and online programs.
  • Maintains formal documentation and approvals for all SEA academic programs through Boston University and other affiliates.
  • Reviews and approves grant applications for all SEA-sponsored academic program activities and partnerships. Monitors compliance with scientific and educational grants received by SEA.
  • Facilitates faculty training and professional development.

Reporting Relationships

  • Reports to the President/CEO of SEA
  • Works closely with members of the Senior Management Group:
    • Director of Marine Operations
    • Dean of Enrollment
    • Director of Finance and Administration
    • Director of Communications and Marketing
    • Director of Development
    • President
  • Serves as liaison to the Education Committee of the SEA Board of Trustees
  • Supervises or co-supervises Associate Dean of Academic Partnerships, Faculty, Director of Student Affairs and Academic Programs Coordinator.


  • A strong educational background, as evidenced by a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a field of study related to SEA’s mission of developing ocean scholars, stewards, and leaders.
  • A record of success in obtaining external support for scholarly or educational activities.
  • Excellent teaching and communications skills as evidenced by experience teaching at the undergraduate level.
  • Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills as evidenced by experience in academic administration.
  • Satisfactory pre-employment drug test and physical exam.
  • Willingness to serve as a member of the program faculty, if needed.


The salary range for this position is $90,000 – $110,000, commensurate with experience. SEA offers a full benefits package including health, dental, vision and life insurance; retirement plans; Aflac; flexible spending accounts, and generous vacation/sick/personal time and holidays.