Dean, College of Education

Kutztown, Pennsylvania, United States

Job description

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the Dean of the College of Education. The University seeks a dynamic individual who will lead and transform the college and serve as its primary advocate across the university and in the community. The position is available on January 2, 2018, with a start date no later than July 1, 2018.

Our prominent College of Education offers a rigorous academic environment and an intensive teacher preparation program, with college programs accredited by NCATE/CAEP and CACREP. Kutztown University has a strong tradition of preparing professionals to enter the field of education stemming from its Normal School origins over 150 years ago. Today, the College is composed of five departments: Special Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Library & Learning Technologies, and Counselor Education; in addition, the College includes a Student Affairs program. The College offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, including the Ed. D. in Transformational Teaching and Learning. The programs blend a strong knowledge base in the content area, an understanding of human development, and a grounding in pedagogy, with frequent and continuous field experiences. Students acquire the essential knowledge, skills and dispositions that contribute to the development of professionals who strive for continual excellence and follow the College of Education model of lifelong learning. Through partnerships with public schools and communities across the state and around the country, faculty and students engage in scholarship and research activities across disciplines.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean will be the chief executive of the College, defining its standard of excellence. Working closely and collaboratively with the faculty and department chairs, the Dean will set the strategic objectives for the College and will lead the creation and implementation of programs and actions to realize them. The Dean will also be responsible for implementing College and University policies, overseeing all support services, and addressing needs of students, faculty, and staff in the College. The Dean will also work with faculty, the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs and the KU Foundation to attract external public and private support for the College.

Minimum Qualifications:
The chosen candidate will have an earned doctorate from an accredited institution in a discipline related to one of the fields in the College; a minimum of five years of teaching and five years of administrative experience at the department chair level or above; experience in the management of personnel resources and budgeting; and an understanding of accreditation processes, including NCATE/CAEP, standards and their application. A successful candidate can demonstrate the ability to lead and support a faculty of highly engaged teacher/scholar/mentors and to collaborate with other leaders across campus and in the community. Individuals should have a successful record of experience leading the development of innovation in teacher education.

Preferred Qualifications:
Dean’s level experience; demonstrated deep knowledge of the entire process of accreditation and approval of teacher preparation programs; familiarity with CACREP; recent successful engagement and collaboration with K12 schools; experience with development, instruction, or implementation of online and blended education; successful experience assisting departments in developing new and revising existing curricula and programs; experience with initiating and supporting efforts for access and success of students; development of program innovations to increase student enrollment and retention; fostering a climate to facilitate professional development and collaboration; familiarity with recruiting, retaining and supporting highly qualified and diverse faculty and students; experience in a collective bargaining environment; successful grant and fundraising experience; experience working with diverse populations; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

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How to apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received no later than close of business, September 22, 2017. All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application system only, at: Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application, and the contact information of five references, one of whom should be the applicant’s current or immediate past supervisor. Application letters should specifically address the minimum and preferred qualifications listed above. Successful on campus interview, reference checks, background clearances (PA Criminal, Child Abuse Clearance and FBI Clearance), submission of official transcripts and demonstration of ability are requisite qualifications for all positions.

The University is very interested in hiring employees who have extensive experience with diverse populations.

Comprising four colleges - Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts - Kutztown University of Pennsylvania offers a wide range of outstanding academic programs to prepare individuals for successful careers.