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Dean, School of Education and Psychology

Alcorn State University
Lorman, MS

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Special Instructions:

For full consideration, applicants should include and upload the following as separate documents:
1) a letter of interest addressing the broad themes in the position summary
2) a curriculum vitae
3) transcripts
4) a leadership statement
5) list of five references and
6) a diversity statement describing the candidate’s experiences with diversity in teaching, research, service, and/or industry.

Job Title:

Dean, School of Education and Psychology

FLSA Status:


Posted Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience.

Employment Status:

Full Time


School of Education & Psychology

Minimum Qualifications:

•Earned Ph.D. or Ed. D. degree in Education, Psychology, Counseling or a closely related field from an accredited institution.
•A minimum of ten (10) years of progressive experience with academic leadership.
•Experience with CAEP accreditation.

Purpose of Job:

The University seeks a visionary/imaginative leader, distinguished scholar and proven academic administrator to serve as Dean in this fast paced, changing, complex landscape of today. This energetic leader will shape the critical growth, competence and leadership prominence of the School of Education and Psychology in the nation by preparing and fulfilling the imminent need for creative, futuristic teachers, administrators, higher education professionals, and psychologists. The Dean monitors market-driven, evolving needs in Education and Psychology to deliver imaginative and bold programs, by strategically leveraging the School’s human, fiscal and technological resources and simultaneously creating a universal culture of access and agility.

Scope of Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the School, responsible for advancing the robust and progressive vision and mission of the School, collaborating with dean(s)/faculty to fashion new, insightful, instruction programs of cross-disciplinary and scholarly work, while enriching current programs. The Dean is a valuable member of the Provost’s Executive Leadership Team and the Deans’ Council, maximizing the reputation of the School through this and other professional associations and being a very successful fund-raiser.

Essential Job Functions :

The Dean, School of Education and Psychology, through thoughtful leadership, will foster an environment of collaboration, diversity, inclusion and equity in student enrollment and engagement, innovative program design, varied research agenda and community partnerships to promote the School’s reputation for placing creative educators in the nation.

The Dean will meaningfully create, strengthen and expand partnerships with School Districts and other community agencies for PK to 12 grades, support and revitalize the community, in addition to playing a key role in securing research opportunities through local, regional or external sponsors.

The Dean will oversee and is responsible for the effectiveness of academic instruction, research, engagement and partnerships through student-based outcomes and program reviews on an ongoing basis to ensure the School’s strong performance and continued accreditation.

As a strong contributor fulfilling the School’s inherent value of social responsibility, the Dean will engage multi-disciplinary scholars and other sponsors through research to arrive at holistic and collaborative solutions.

In this evolving academic scene for the next few years, the Dean is also expected to sustain the anticipated growth of the School by effective fund-raising, good stewardship of resources and budgeting planning.

As an approachable leader, the Dean is student-centric with a sharp focus on multi-cultural/diverse student access and success programs.

The Dean must display a deep commitment to students, faculty, and community, by developing individual and collective trajectories, while increasing the School’s network of external partnerships with all potential providers for future placements, collaborative research and outreach efforts.

The Dean provides oversight for Undergraduate and Graduate programs which currently serve over 300 students with projected growth to meet the region’s demands of a spectrum of educators and psychologists.



A demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, distinction in research and outstanding scholarship with evidence of professional achievements appropriate for appointment as a tenured associate or full professor in the School of Education & Psychology.

Established success leading effective innovation in academic programming and research centers and creating meaningful partnerships with School Districts and Community Resource Centers is a preferred. Experience with and impact of multiple methodologies of instruction on students is an advantage.

Administrative experience as department chair, associate dean or equivalent level with involvement in fiscal planning & budgets, ability to lead and engage faculty groups, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, leadership and participation in shared governance are desired.

A decisive yet diplomatic leader with unquestionable integrity, courage, concurrently taking calculated risks and building capacity is a plus.

Evidence of effectiveness in oral and written communication with the ability to build consensus while being a transformative leader is also a vital requirement.

Licensing and Certifications :


Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Experience with CAEP accreditation.

Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds:




Extended Work Hours:


Number of Vacancies:




Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

Alcorn State University

Equal Employment Opportunity and Notice of Non-Discrimination
Alcorn State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Alcorn State University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

Advertising Summary:

Excellent Benefits Package


Institutional Statement

Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally-competitive leaders and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships which benefit the surrounding communities, states, nation and world.


Alcorn is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second oldest state supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi. When it was founded in 1871, the institution’s three major study components were the four year college track, the two year track, and the three year graded track. The students spent the mornings from seven o’clock until noon in classes. In the afternoon, they worked in the various shops for eight cents per hour. Room and board, including laundry, equated to five dollars a month.

Alcorn State University was founded as the result of the people of Mississippi’s efforts to educate the descendants of formerly enslaved Africans. It was named in honor of the sitting governor of Mississippi, James L. Alcorn. The site was originally occupied by Oakland College, a school established by Presbyterians in 1828. The state of Mississippi purchased the Oakland College campus for $40,000 and named it Alcorn University with the first president being Hiram R. Revels. Revels resigned his seat as a United States senator to assume the post. The state legislature provided $50,000 in cash for ten successive years for establishment and overall operation of the college. Additionally, proceeds from the sale of 30 acres of land for $188,928 yielded three-fifths of the proceeds for Alcorn, totaling $113,400. These proceeds were used only for the agricultural and mechanical components of the college.

In 1878, Alcorn University became Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College. The original purchase of 225 acres of land had grown to over a 1700 acre campus. Alcorn is situated in Claiborne County, seven miles west of Lorman, Mississippi, 80 miles south of the capital city Jackson, Mississippi, 45 miles south of Vicksburg, Mississippi and 40 miles north of Natchez, Mississippi. The college was exclusively for males at first, but eventually women were admitted. A dormitory for women was built in 1902. Over time facilities increased from three historic buildings to more than 80 modern structures. 

In 1974, Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College became Alcorn State University. Governor William L. Waller signed House Bill 298, granting this status. Alcorn has thrived by continuously accomplishing dynamic goals and objectives despite limited resource allocations from the state. By the early 1990s, Alcorn’s physical plant and academic programs had grown from just a name change into a more diversified university. The student population is now representative of more than 65 counties, more than 30 states and at least 18 foreign countries. The university provides an undergraduate education that enables students to successfully pursue work in graduate and professional schools, engage in teaching, and enter other professions. As Mississippi recognized the importance of educating all citizens, Alcorn grew in status and importance.

Alcorn State University began with eight faculty members in 1871 and today there are more than 800 faculty and staff. The student body has grown from 179 students to more than 4,000 students from all over the world with varied ethnic backgrounds. Although early graduates of Alcorn had limited horizons, today’s graduates are successful in their chosen professions and many are outstanding entrepreneurs. Throughout Alcorn’s history, the leadership and faculty remained committed to restoring and enhancing the institution’s image and to attracting young people whose interest is the pursuit and receipt of a quality education. Over the decades, “the college that excelled against great odds”, has now become one of the leading universities in the nation. Alcorn State University operates seven divisions with degree programs in more than 50 areas including the bachelors, masters, and educational specialist degrees.

The collaborative strength and contributions of Alcorn’s past seventeen presidents during its 140 years of existence have enabled the institution to excel. On November 30, 2010, the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted unanimously to appoint Dr. M. Christopher Brown II as Alcorn State University’s 18th president. President Brown’s background and vision are strategically aligned with Alcorn’s history and tradition. He is poised to expeditiously move Alcorn State University to the next level of excellence. 

Dr. Josephine M. Posey 

Against Great Odds: The History of Alcorn State (1994)


Alcorn is in Claiborne County, Mississippi, seven miles west of Lorman, seventeen miles southwest of Port Gibson, and about halfway between Vicksburg, to the north, and Natchez, to the south.


At Alcorn, seven schools offer a number of diverse programs for undergraduate and graduate studies leading to the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and specialist degrees. 

Enriching program opportunities include:

The Honors Program is a rewarding option for students who wish to further enhance their academic experience. It brings together students and teachers who share exceptional intellectual commitment in an atmosphere that strengthens scholarship, leadership and creativity.

Global Programs helps students broaden their perspectives and become more competitive in today’s international marketplace. Besides coordinating exciting study-abroad opportunities, Global Programs brings worldwide perspectives to campus through exchange programs and special events.

Alcorn offers Pre-professional Programs to prepare students for a successful transition to specialized studies in the fields of law, engineering, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and dentistry.


Approximately 2,946 full-time undergraduates (1,037 men; 1,909 women), 350 part-time undergraduates (97 men; 253 women), 722 graduate students (154; 568), total enrollment 4,018.


Alcorn State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees.

The University also holds accreditation with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the American Dietetics Association, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Industrial Technology and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.


At Alcorn, it’s easy to make friends — and make a difference. With such a wide range and more than 50 student groups and organizations, there’s one to suit every personality, interest, skill set and schedule.

Without ever leaving campus, students can volunteer — as Peer educators, Student Ambassadors and Orientation Guides, to name just a few possibilities. In addition, many student groups coordinate volunteer opportunities off-campus in surrounding communities and public schools.


The Alcorn Braves have won numerous athletic championships. And many of our alumni have found success as professional athletes. Alcorn State is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division I.

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