Dean, School of Education

Rohnert Park
Sep 13, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Sonoma State University
Dean, School of Education

Sonoma State University, a regionally serving public university committed to educational access and excellence, seeks the next Dean of the School of Education. Located north of San Francisco in California's wine country, Sonoma State drives the economic, cultural, and educational engines of the North Bay. Guided by core values of diversity and social justice, sustainability and environmental inquiry, connectivity and community engagement, and adaptability and responsiveness, Sonoma State delivers high-quality education through innovative programs that leverage the economic, cultural, and natural resources of its region. As a member of the 23-campus California State University system, Sonoma State is proud to serve a diverse student population on its beautiful campus, environmental preserves, and satellite centers. Sonoma State University is driven by a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and prepares students for meaningful citizenship in a complex world.

Since 1964, Sonoma State University has excelled in preparing effective teachers, administrators, and other school professionals in programs that are highly regarded by students and the wider educational community. The School of Education offers Teacher Credential programs in Multiple Subject, Single Subjects, and Special Education. Additionally, the dynamic Early Childhood Studies major prepares students to become knowledgeable and caring professionals who are committed to contributing to a just society through high-quality education and social service for all children and families. The School also offers advanced credentials and master's programs in Reading and Language; Administrative Services; Curriculum, Teaching and Learning; Early Childhood Education; Special Education; and Educational Leadership. The School's faculty and staff take pride in offering individualized and small group experiences for students in rigorous, focused, personalized, and highly regarded programs enhanced by carefully chosen field placements. The faculty's research agendas help create the best teachers in California and give students opportunities to actively participate in exploring real-world solutions for tomorrow's classrooms.

The Dean of the School of Education serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School, and provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership. The Dean sets and articulates the vision for the School within Sonoma State University's mission and goals, creates new opportunities for the School and the University, and directs its growth and development through shared academic governance. The Dean is responsible for promoting and improving the quality and effectiveness of the School's programs, including all aspects of teaching and learning; research, scholarship, and creative activity; and community engagement. The Dean provides leadership for assessment, accreditation, and metrics related to graduation and retention. The Dean is also responsible for fund diversification, including fundraising and development, as well as extended education programs in alignment with the goals of the School of Education. The next Dean of the School of Education must possess an earned doctorate and an academic record to support appointment at the rank of professor in the School of Education and at least five years of successful administrative experience such as serving as a dean, associate dean, department chair, or similar administrative position within P-12 school system.

A full list of qualifications and responsibilities can be found in the profile at

How to Apply: Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:

[email protected]

The position is open until filled but only applications received by November 4, 2019, can be assured full consideration. The University is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Die Hasselmo at [email protected], Beth Martin at [email protected], and Chris Butler at [email protected]. Further information about Sonoma State University is available at

SSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodation will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self -disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at (818) 677-2101.

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