Dean - School of Education

Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, Alabama
Salary is commensurate with experience
Feb 12, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

About Jacksonville State University

Founded in 1883, Jacksonville State University is a learning-centered university in Jacksonville, Ala., whose mission is to provide distinctive educational, cultural and social experiences for a diverse student population.

Located in the Appalachian foothills of northeast Alabama, almost midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, JSU is home to more than 9,000 students representing 61 countries. As a learning-centered university, it strives to challenge students academically in a responsive environment, meeting their educational, career and personal goals. As an academic institution, it seeks to produce broadly educated graduates prepared for global engagement. As a public, comprehensive university, it promotes excellence in scholarly and service activities consistent with its academic and professional strengths. For a complete list of Goals, Core Values and Strategies to fulfill this Mission, go to

Academically JSU, which has been dubbed “the friendliest campus in the South”, offers 43 undergraduate and 49 graduate programs (two at the doctoral level, 4 EdS, 6 graduate certificates and 37 masters) in a variety of disciplines that prepare graduates for meaningful careers and ongoing education. More than 40 of these programs are online. The University features six schools on its 459-acre campus - Arts and Humanities; Business and Industry; Education; Health Professions and Wellness; Human Services and Social Sciences; and Science. Most academic programs have discipline-specific accreditations, a reflection of their quality and JSU’s commitment to excellence.

For more information about the University, visit

About the Position 

Jacksonville State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean, School of Education beginning no later than July 1, 2021.

The Dean, who reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, is the chief administrator of the School, responsible for providing academic leadership that fosters excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, and community engagement/service. He/she has the responsibility for academic planning, including continuous evaluation of academic programs, and developing short- and long-term goals for academic growth. He/she is responsible for administrative functions, including but not limited to staffing, budgets, and facility management. The Dean positively represents the school and the University to all constituents and is active in advancement activities.

The School of Education offers traditional and online programs of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and educational specialist levels. The school’s theme is “Reaching a World-Class Standard”, demonstrated by its numerous national accreditation statuses. The School offers 10 undergraduate programs, 13 graduate programs and 15 distance education programs. Additionally, it has proposed six new programs to begin in Fall 2021; five at the bachelor’s level and one at the master’s level. These six programs will continue to establish JSU as the leader in teacher preparation in the state, addressing not only traditional needs and teacher shortages, but also emerging needs and trends. Following a successful rollout of these programs, the School of Education also envisions the development of a high-demand Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning, with a potential start in Academic Year 2022-23.


Overall Leadership:

  • Provide strategic leadership in establishing and achieving the School’s vision, mission, goals and student learning outcome
  • Articulate a vision and strategic plan for evaluating the academic programs and curricula and identify new programs in collaboration with program committees, faculty, staff, and students
  • Maintain effective communication with faculty, staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders
  • Inspire confidence and motivate others for engagement and innovation
  • Address conflict constructively and fairly
  • Support the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Remain loyal to the School and its purposes
  • Be visible on campus and in the community
  • Represent the School and University positively in interactions with professions and academic groups at local, state and national levels
  • Build and sustain effective relationships with a broad range of internal and external constituents
  • Encourage and facilitate supportive interdisciplinary relationships between the School and its related professions


  • Ensure compliance with regulatory and accrediting bodies for academic programs (CACREP, NCATE, AAFCS, SACSCOC)
  • Develop and maintain a systematic evaluation plan for the academic programs to ensure congruence with national standards, professional guidelines, or expected competencies and to evaluate program outcomes


  • Provide oversight for new faculty orientation programs and overall faculty/staff development, organization, evaluation, and continuous improvement of all programs
  • Facilitate the accomplishment of faculty expectations related to teaching, scholarly activity, service/community engagement, and professional practice
  • Serve as an advocate for faculty, staff, and students
  • Oversee an effective evaluation process for faculty and staff
  • Manage human capital within the School in collaboration with Human Resources


  • Act on behalf of the School to collaborate and build relationships with other University schools and departments
  • Inspire faculty and staff to work together to build and sustain outstanding academic programs with the capacity for growth
  • Utilize collaboration in establishing and maintaining robust alliances external to the department and/or University
  • Direct problem-solving involving students, faculty, staff, and agencies


  • Ensure effective management of financial resources (state funding, foundation accounts, etc.) including strategic budget planning that aligns financial needs with the mission and vision of the School and University
  • Interact with alumni and community partners to raise funds for the School and University and to enhance the reputation of the school
  • Direct departmental/school advancement and fundraising in collaboration with University Development


  • Participate in all official JSU functions as determined by the president and provost
  • Oversee delivery of classes in a manner to achieve cost-effectiveness and meet student and program needs
  • Oversee School and program procedures related to tracking, mandatory record keeping, regulatory compliance, and outcome management
  • Oversee School/department committees, serve on University and professional committees, and represent the School or University on external committees
  • Attend and participate in professional conferences and meetings on and off campus
  • Read and remain current on contracts, grants, University policies and procedures, and state and federal regulations affecting higher education
  • Promote, publicize and positively represent the programs within the School
  • Perform other duties as assigned



Knowledge of:

  • University and Division’s mission, goals and expectations
  • University policies, rules and regulations; administration and managerial procedures and practices
  • Division/Department policies, procedures, functions and related regulations, as well as organizational relationships
  • Accreditation standards and guidelines as they pertain to the programs in the School
  • Regional accreditation standards and guidelines (e.g. SACSCOC)
  • Expectations for teaching, scholarly activity, community engagement/service and collegiality
  • Best practices for experiential learning and its integration into the curriculum
  • Professional guidelines, competencies, and/or curriculum requirements for all programs
  • Education law and higher education law
  • Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point) and Adobe Acrobat
  • Administrative Banner


  • Strong analytical skills
  • Organized, attentive to detail
  • Service excellence skills (customer-focused)
  • Monitoring and assessment skills to help ensure necessary enhancements and/or corrective actions are taken
  • Quick-thinking and solutions-oriented
  • Effective oral and written communications skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Effective presentation of ideas and materials
  • Accurate data entry skills
  • Active listening skills to help ensure the needs of all parties are represented
  • Persuasive communicator with strong and highly effective interpersonal skills

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Compose a variety of memoranda and correspondence without instructions
  • Make decisions where precedents may not be established
  • Use diplomacy and discretion when giving out information and referring callers/visitors
  • Meet schedules and deadlines related to the role
  • Demonstrate flexibility in approaching tasks
  • Determine work priorities
  • Develop and maintain professional work relationships with administrators, co-workers, faculty, students and the general JSU community
  • Articulate JSU’s mission, vision, and academic programs in a succinct, compelling manner
  • Use discretion, communicate, and interact effectively with high-level donors and sponsor contacts; the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Work effectively with a wide range of constituencies and stakeholders in a diverse community
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment
  • Take initiative and make progress amidst competing priorities
  • Be an effective advocate for the University
  • Travel off-campus occasionally for professional meetings or development

Required Qualifications

  • An earned terminal degree in a discipline within the school or a related field
  • Three to five years as an academic administrator (e.g. Director, department head, or Associate Dean)
  • Faculty credentials commensurate with the rank of Professor or Associate Professor

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated pattern of sound judgement, tact, and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Experience with developing and managing budgets, faculty governance, schedule planning, student recruitment, and curriculum development

To view the complete Position Profile or apply for this position, visit

To nominate someone for this position, e-mail: [email protected]

Donna Lefort, Ed.D. and Alan Medders, Ph.D. will be assisting the University with the search. If you have questions or would like to have a confidential conversation about the position, call 256-239-2305 or e-mail [email protected] or  [email protected]

Jacksonville State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and specifically invites applications from women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities.

Candidates for this position will be considered through March 19, 2021

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