Dean, School of Education and Psychology

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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.

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Job No:
Posted: 5/1/2021
Application Due: 7/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time