Dean, College of Education

Tallahassee, Florida
Mar 09, 2018
Faculty Jobs
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Florida State University (FSU) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Education. FSU seeks an innovative and collaborative leader with a strong record of scholarship, administrative and interpersonal communication skills, and development experience who will work collaboratively with the College's faculty, staff, students, and others to advance the College's academic excellence and its international and national reputation. The new dean will work with the FSU community to advance the university's academic mission and goal of being a “Top 25” public university.

Position Summary

The Dean will serve as the chief academic officer and administrator of the College of Education and will be responsible for the ethical leadership and management of the College, including strategic, operational, and financial matters. The Dean will work collaboratively with faculty, students, staff, alumni, the academy, and the community to pursue the College's mission.

The Dean will focus on student success, seek excellence in the College's programs, and build interdisciplinary opportunities to address emerging educational needs. In addition, the Dean will promote and support the College's research and scholarly activity, ensure that faculty have the necessary mentoring and faculty development support needed to build successful careers at FSU, and foster an environment that embraces diversity and inclusiveness.

Fundraising and development activities are of critical importance to the College. As such, the Dean will be expected to work closely with the FSU Foundation and coordinate the activities of the College's development team to build relationships and connect donors with philanthropic opportunities.


The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. or equivalent from an accredited institution and have an excellent record of scholarship that merits tenure at the level of Professor at Florida State University. The Dean will possess an outstanding record of leadership, advocacy, and service. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • a strong record of decision making, management, and administrative experience including setting priorities, and managing diverse personnel and complex budgets;
  • an exemplary record of promoting scholarship and research;
  • experience in recruiting and retaining students, advancing student success, and building academic excellence; and
  • the ability to work with faculty, staff, students, community partners, alumni, and donors on initiatives and efforts to advance the College.

College of Education

The College of Education's academic programs and faculty are among the best in the nation. The FSU College of Education is the oldest College of Education in Florida with approximately 100 faculty and 45 staff. Over 1800 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of educational leadership and policy studies, educational psychology and learning systems, sport management, and teacher education. The College offers online programs, including the university's first online doctoral program, and engages in technology-based learning and instruction. The College of Education prepares students to be teachers, counselors, leaders of schools and universities, education researchers, psychologists, instructional designers, and policymakers whose efforts touch every aspect of education.

The College has successfully developed partnerships with public, private, and not-for-profit entities outside the university, and with other colleges within the institution. The faculty has a strong commitment to scholarship with annual research expenditures totaling nearly $14.7 million last year to support students and further our knowledge and understanding of education policy and practice. The College has management responsibility for the Florida State University Schools and Pembroke Pines Charter School, and partnerships that include the FSU-Teach Program, the Learning Systems Institute, and the Florida Center for Reading Research. Through these collaborative efforts and partnerships, the College focuses on the integration of research, evidence-based practice, and policy formulation. For more information regarding the FSU College of Education, please visit

The University

One of the nation's most elite public research universities and one of the largest and oldest of the 12 institutions of higher learning in the State University System of Florida, Florida State University offers a distinctive academic environment. Florida State University provides a challenging and formative environment for students, faculty, and staff. The university's more than 41,000 students have the opportunity to work and study amidst a diverse and outstanding faculty that includes members of the National Academies, Guggenheim Fellowship recipients, and many Fulbright Scholars. The university is supported by approximately 14,000 employees and an annual operating budget of $1.4 billion.

Florida State University has been designated as a preeminent research university in the state by the Florida Legislature as a result of having met a set of rigorous benchmarks. Anchored by its main campus in Tallahassee, the state's capital, the university also has branch campuses in Panama City, Florida, and the Republic of Panama, with permanent study centers in Florence, Italy; London, England; and Valencia, Spain.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer over 300 undergraduate, masters, specialist, doctoral, and professional programs, including medicine and law. Additional information about Florida State University, including its history and programs, can be found at

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current resume and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via email is strongly encouraged. Nominations should include the contact information of the nominee.

In accordance with the State of Florida's open records laws, all applications and letters of interest will be made public. Application materials should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner

Will Gates, Partner

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

6512 Painter Avenue

Whittier, CA 90601


Refer to code “FSU-COE” in subject line

FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

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