Academic Dean - College of Education

Job description

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Job_Type: Full Time
Job_Number: 02351
Closing: Continuous
Location: Main Campus
Division: ACE

General Summary

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) invites applications and nominations for an innovative, collaborative, and transformative educator to serve as Dean of the College of Education (COE). The COE Dean's primary responsibility is ensuring academic excellence and supporting and developing faculty as teachers, scholars, and community partners. It is anticipated that the new Dean will fully assume the position on July 1, 2021.

A key member of the Provost's leadership team, the Dean reports to and works with the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. The Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer in the College, overseeing strategic planning; budgets; fundraising; curriculum; student recruitment and retention; faculty and staff recruitment, development, support, evaluation, and retention; program development; assessment and reporting; accreditation activities; administration; and community outreach.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Dean provides overall leadership, direction, advocacy, communication, coordination, and assessment of the College as a whole, and of the undergraduate and graduate programs within it. The Dean establishes and maintains a collegial work climate, cooperatively leading the College towards improved productivity and relevancy, ensuring academic integrity and curricular coherence of all programs embraced within it. The Dean pursues and brings new ideas and innovative academic practices to the college, working with the faculty to maintain and enhance academic quality, foster applied learning, and sustain high impact educational outcomes such as undergraduate research, community partnerships, and international studies and global experiences. EMU seeks an academic leader with a demonstrated commitment to educational access, student recruitment and retention, student success, and a record of garnering philanthropic support.

We are looking for a dean who is:

  • An adaptive and creative leader who values and practices relational ways of knowing, caring, and being as primary ways of interacting with others;
  • A systems thinker with the capacity to lead the College through practices, policies, and communication that reflect equity, diversity, advocacy, and shared decision-making;
  • An open-minded learner able to engage in self-reflection and negotiate diverse perspectives;
  • An optimistic, knowledgeable visionary who keeps abreast of future educator preparation trends and needs, and is intentional in co-constructing strategic planning through shared decision making with students, faculty, staff, and community partners;
  • A skilled communicator and a receptive listener, who is able to appreciate and articulate the initiatives and priorities of the College to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • A compassionate, empathetic, inclusive, and equity focused leader who actively seeks to connect with others to inform and improve their leadership.


Qualified candidates will possess a documented track record for building reciprocal, transformative school, university, and community partnerships. Candidates will have an understanding of the College's primary professional programs, which include counseling, leadership development, special education, speech pathology, and teacher education.

The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate and accomplishments appropriate for appointment as a tenured professor in an academic field of study offered at EMU, and a record of achievement in teaching, research, and professional service.

A leader in teaching and education, EMU was founded in 1849 as Michigan State Normal School. The university belongs to the Mid-American Conference and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. EMU is a Carnegie-designated doctoral institution (R2)—high research activity. The College of Education is divided into three departments and offers over 85 majors and minors and over 30 graduate degrees and has one of the oldest Special Education programs in the United States. The mission of the College of Education is to inspire, educate, and prepare professionals to be outstanding educators, leaders, and scholars in urban, global, and diverse educational and community settings.

Eastern Michigan University enrolls a diverse population of approximately 21,000 students. The EMU campus is located in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor community, five miles from downtown Ann Arbor, 35 miles west of Detroit, and 50 miles from Toledo. Chicago, Cleveland and Toronto are each a half-day's drive away.

Supplemental Information

Review of completed applications will begin upon receipt and will continue until the position is filled.

To be guaranteed consideration, applications must be completed by March 15, 2021.

If contacted, you will be asked to present official transcripts of your highest degree earned at the time of interview.


Eastern Michigan University offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance; a TIAA-CREF retirement plan with employer contributions; an outstanding vacation and time off policy; a tuition waiver program and much more.

Click here to view highlights of the University's total rewards program.

For specific information by employment classification, click here to review the Benefits in Brief information.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report

The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report is available online

The report contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Noncampus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report, you can stop by the Department of Public Safety at 1200 Oakwood St. or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 734-487-0892 or emailing [email protected]





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Posted: 2/5/2021
Application Due: 3/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time