Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences (CEBS) at Western Kentucky University
seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Dean. We seek a dynamic, student-centered,
innovative academic leader. The Dean is a member of the University’s Council of Academic
Deans and reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. CEBS is
comprised of the School of Teacher Education; the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program;
and the Departments of Counseling and Student Affairs; Educational Administration,
Leadership, and Research; Military Science and Leadership; and Psychology. It is the only
WKU college housing programs at the undergraduate, Masters, Specialist, and Doctoral levels.
CEBS has been nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education (NCATE), its Counseling programs are Council for Accreditation of Counseling &
Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited, and its School Psychology program is
fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). U.S. News & World
Report has ranked CEBS among the Best Education Programs 2018 and the College is listed
among the Top 20 Online Master’s of Elementary Education Degree Programs on Online
Established in 1906, WKU's main campus is located on a hill overlooking the city of Bowling
Green (population est. 60,000), and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful campuses in the
nation. Bowling Green, Kentucky is an ethnically and racially diverse city about 110 miles south
of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville. More than 50 different languages are spoken in
and around Bowling Green and people from 35 nationalities call the area home. We seek to
attract research- and teaching-active, culturally and academically diverse faculty members.
The university ’s population of approximately 20,000 students includes 35% first generation
university/college, 15% underrepresented minority, and 6% international students.
A comprehensive university, WKU is student-centered and focuses on applied research that
expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation.
In addition, WKU serves the communities of Elizabethtown/Fort Knox, Glasgow, and
Owensboro through its regional campuses. Western Kentucky University is ranked #32 on the
Best Colleges in Regional Universities-South by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. The
institution is honored to be listed among the best schools for veterans for the 7th year in a row
and is ranked 5th overall in the nation for the best online bachelor ’ s program. SACSCOC
reaffirmed the University's accreditation for 10 years in 2015.
We seek candidates with an established record of innovative, student-centered leadership and
successful enrollment growth strategies. Candidates should have prior experience as a
department chair, director, or comparable position of responsibility, including experience with
budgeting and fiscal oversight. They should have a record of developing effective leaders within
the organization, building strategic partnerships with constituency groups, enhancing
undergraduate and graduate research, and engaging productively with faculty who represent
different approaches to research, scholarship, and teaching. The position requires credentials
appropriate for appointment at the rank of full professor.
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Western Kentucky University in this search.
Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is
made. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by February 16, 2018, to
receive optimal consideration. Inquiries, applications and nominations are strongly encouraged
and will be considered in confidence. Application materials should include a letter addressing
how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a curriculum vitae and
contact information for at least three references. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and
application materials should be directed to:
Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Marion Frenche, Principal & Practice Leader, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
c/o Western Kentucky University – Dean, COEBS
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272
Applications will be considered in confidence, but the name and curriculum vitae of finalists will be
released prior to on-campus meetings with key constituency groups as part of the final interview process.
University policy and state law require a thorough background investigation of finalists.
Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin,
creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age,
uniformed services, veteran status, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical
education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or
selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University
ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.