St. John’s University seeks a visionary and strategic leader to serve as its next Dean of The School of Education. The new Dean will be an influential voice in advancing the School as a thriving center for excellence in academics and learning. Established in 1908 as the School of Pedagogy, it was the second school in New York State to award graduate degrees to teachers.
The School of Education was renamed in 1955, and is now home to approximately 1,573 undergraduate and graduate students with locations throughout the New York metropolitan area. The School of Education is central to the University’s Vincentian mission, providing the opportunity for students from underserved communities to equip themselves to make a difference in the lives of schoolchildren throughout the region and the world, as well as to further the important research initiatives throughout the School.
Last year, St. John’s University celebrated 150 years of contributing to the betterment of the lives of its students and the communities it serves. One of the nation’s most diverse higher education institutions headquartered in the most pluralistic borough in the world’s most important financial center, St. John’s is one of the top 40 universities in the nation for social mobility, according to U.S. News & World Report.
In early 2021, the University welcomed Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., S.T.L., Ph.D., as its 18th President and successor to the effective seven-year tenure of President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D. Building upon President Gempesaw’s success, Fr. Shanley joined the University when it is well positioned to play a role in the great social moments that are emerging across society, and at a time of tremendous institutional momentum.
The next Dean will build on the solid foundation of the School’s current strengths, and engage the community in developing and implementing a compelling and innovative vision for the School’s future; ensuring financial sustainability; building community both within and beyond the School; and maximizing the School’s impact on the field of education and on individual lives. This is a unique opportunity for a forward-thinking leader who can envision the future of higher education, inspire the community, position The School of Education to adapt and innovate in a changing environment, and further enhance the School as a leader in education.
In addition, the Dean is charged with developing and advancing a strategic enrollment management strategy, and preparing its graduates for professional success, while strengthening St. John’s connection with local, national, and international communities. The Dean is also a champion for student, faculty, and staff success, while advocating for the School and all of its programs.
The ideal candidate demonstrates a track record of increasingly responsible and successful leadership roles in similar institutions. The Dean is a natural collaborator to provide unified leadership to the departments within the School, and has a strong understanding and support for the institution’s Catholic and Vincentian mission.
Possessing an earned doctoral degree in education or a related discipline, together with experience within the academy or school district-level leadership, the Dean brings at least five years of progressive academic and administrative experience at the level of dean, associate dean, department chair, or the equivalent, and familiarity with state education policy, ideally with New York State. The Dean ideally possesses a national reputation as a leader in the field of education—and a willingness to bring that expertise to bear on the local and regional neighborhood of the University, and the Catholic, public, and other private institutions therein.
Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or résumé and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile found at www.wittkieffer.com. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 3, 2021, submitted through WittKieffer’s candidate portal.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Lucy Leske, Sarah T. Miller, or Alejandra Gillette-Teran at
Consistent with its mission as a Catholic, Vincentian, metropolitan, and global institution of higher education, St. John’s University abides by all applicable federal, state, and local laws, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), sexual orientation, marital status, alienage, citizenship status, status as a victim of domestic violence, genetic predisposition or carrier status, status in the uniformed services of the United States (including veteran status), or any other characteristic protected by law. The University also abides by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University’s policy of nondiscrimination extends to employment opportunities, admission of students to its programs, and to the administration of its educational policies, scholarships, loan programs, athletics, and other institutionally administered programs or activities generally made available to students at the University.