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Dean, College of Education

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The Pennsylvania State University seeks candidates for the position of Dean of the College of Education.  Penn State, the land-grant University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is one University geographically distributed, with 23 other campuses located throughout the Commonwealth, the online World Campus, and the centralized administrative hub at University Park.  Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University, the Dean serves as the principal academic and administrative officer of the College and will lead faculty and staff who are committed to providing extraordinary education, conducting research with impact, and fostering a community with distinction.

The College of Education has a well-deserved global reputation of excellence in instruction and research, boasting several programs ranked in the top ten in the nation, including Vocational/Technical Education (#2), Higher Education Administration (#4), Student Counseling and Personnel Services (#5), and Administration and Supervision (#9). Through in-residence, blended, and World Campus online offerings, the College enrolls 1,865 undergraduate and 1,758 graduate students.  The College faculty includes 116 tenure line and 79 fixed-term full-time faculty within the Departments of Curriculum & Instruction; Education Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education; and Learning and Performance Systems which offer 8 undergraduate, 27 masters, and 18 doctoral degree programs, as well as 12 professional certification programs.  The College currently hosts 11 research centers and clinics supporting a wide range of activities in support of its mission.  The College has an endowment of $52 million with 307 defined funds.  The operating budget for the College is approximately $50 million, with the World Campus generating additional income.  In the most recent period, College of Education faculty members were involved in over $20 million in sponsored research projects.

The College of Education has been accredited since 1965 by the NCATE (now CAEP) as well as by APA, CACREP, CORE, AMLE, CEC, ELCC, and NAEYC.

The College of Education seeks a distinguished scholar, with credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of professor, to continue developing and building the College as a national and international leader.  Prior leadership experience with responsibility for strategic planning, fundraising, managing complex budgets, personnel management, curriculum and program development, and fostering research and scholarship is desirable, along with the ability to inspire students to expand their knowledge and positively influence a multicultural, global society.  In addition, the successful candidate should be a visionary leader with a demonstrated record of transparent communication; provide experience in supporting and expanding a wide variety of research activities, demonstrate a commitment to high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary education, as well as diversity and inclusion; hold a record of accomplishment in research and teaching; have experience with accreditation; and display familiarity with national issues affecting undergraduate and graduate education. The Dean will be an effective collaborator and an engaged and visible leader both on campus and beyond, able to advance the missions of both the college and the university.

The University, through the provost, has retained Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, a national executive search consulting firm, to assist in the search. The review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, requests for the detailed position profile, and application material, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of five professional references should be forwarded in confidence to:

Steve Leo, Partner

Vicki Henderson, Senior Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

[email protected]


The search will continue until an appointment is made. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Final candidate(s) for the position must complete a full background check process, including education, employment, credit, motor vehicle verifications, criminal, and child abuse as appropriate.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.




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Posted: 1/25/2019
Application Due: 3/26/2019
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