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Dean, Morgridge College of Education

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
$250,000 - $260,000

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The Opportunity

The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) seeks a dean who will provide transformational leadership to prepare future generations of professional practitioners and scholars in education and mental health professionals. That leadership involves offering academic programs of the highest quality for students; promoting and improving research and scholarship to advance knowledge; advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion among all members of the college community; promoting the work of the college externally; and engaging community partners across the state to establish mutually beneficial partnerships.

As the education sector continues to leverage lessons from this COVID period, the next leader of MCE will have the ability to position the college strategically (internally and externally) to further define, build, and enhance MCE’s identity. The next leader of MCE will need to provide visionary and inspirational leadership to meet the opportunities and challenges unique to MCE.

One of the most critical opportunities for the next dean will be fostering the collective talent within the college, who each bring diverse identities and perspectives to the work of MCE. The next leader must join and demonstrate a strong commitment to MCE’s diversity, equity, and inclusion journey. They must lead with an understanding and value of all forms of diversity- racial/ethnic, gender, socio-economic, disability, political identity, LGBTQIA, career status- to create meaningful systems change with the college and its community. Through this work, the college will manifest an equity-based approach to solving problems and providing quality programs.

The dean will also join the University of Denver as it continues to build its national reputation as a private institution dedicated to the public good. The next leader will need to build paths for increasing enrollments while diversifying the portfolio of program options and delivery. As the college continues to evolve, the dean will aim to support the unique needs of multiple faculty lines and promote research, teaching, and interdisciplinary work.

Academic Profile

The University enrolls approximately 14,000 students from all regions of the United States and over 85 foreign countries in its distinguished undergraduate liberal arts and sciences and graduate and professional programs. The University’s academic programs are led by eleven academic deans. Each program features cutting-edge curricula, professor-led courses and access to the latest tools and technology. The 12:1 student- to-faculty ratio and small class sizes allow personalized instruction as well as multiple opportunities for research, exploration, and holistic student development. There are more than 700 full-time appointed faculty members, of which 90 percent have earned the highest degree in their fields. DU faculty often collaborate on scholarly inquiry and pedagogical reflection with faculty and students from other disciplines, divisions, schools, and colleges across campus, as well as with community partners. These efforts—and many others like them—deepen the University’s intellectual portfolio and expand the opportunities available for its faculty and students. U.S. News and World Report lists the University of Denver among the nation’s top 100 universities. The Carnegie Classifications identify DU as a “Doctoral University: High Research Activity.”

Student Life

In Fall 2020, there were 5,699 undergraduates and 8,157 graduate students. Four and a half percent of students are international, 60 percent of students are female, and over a quarter identify as domestic students of color. DU students display great ethnic, cultural, and spiritual diversity. What binds them together is a commitment to creativity and scholarly excellence, attention and access to professors and an insatiable curiosity and drive to make a difference in the world. Students work closely with faculty, staff, peers, members of the broader Denver/Rocky Mountain area, and international communities on projects, research, and fieldwork. They cross disciplines to discover new perspectives and approaches to problem-solving. To prepare students for the challenges of productive citizenship, the University of Denver offers rigorous programs that emphasize critical thinking, innovative problem solving, ethical leadership and global engagement. When students leave DU, they are ready to make a difference in organizations and communities around the world.


The University has total annually budgeted revenues of $538 million and total endowment assets exceeding $786 million as of June 30, 2019. The University’s research partnerships with corporations include Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance, DePuy, Arrow Electronics, DaVita, Ball Corporation, and others.

Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

DU has a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The DEI Action Plan serves as a guide to DU’s abiding commitment to truly embody a forward-looking institution and community where all can belong, contribute, and thrive. Three senior administrators in the chancellor’s cabinet have direct accountability for DEI work: the vice chancellor for student life and inclusive excellence, the vice chancellor for human resources and inclusive community and the vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, who provides overarching thought leadership for DEI work on campus.

DU is fully committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse community and promotes the full participation and prosperity of all of its members. The University embraces a distinctive philosophy that employs senior leadership as catalysts in a concerted effort to recruit all members of the University community—students, staff, faculty, and administrators—in the implementation of comprehensive plans for diversity and inclusion. DU’s IRISE research incubator is just one example of that commitment.

Since 2010, DU has seen a 44 percent increase in domestic students of color, from 18 to 26 percent of the student body. An additional four and a half percent are international students from over 85 countries around the globe.

The University has 6,230 employees, comprised of 1,784 appointed staff, 857 appointed faculty, 436 non- appointed hourly staff, 920 adjunct faculty and 2,233 student employees. New hiring guidelines and retention efforts are designed to support an increasingly diverse set of faculty and staff members.

About the Chancellor

Named chancellor by the University of Denver (DU) Board of Trustees in 2019, Dr. Jeremy Haefner is the University of Denver’s 19th chancellor and brings over three decades of leadership experience in higher education.

Chancellor Haefner seeks to continue and build upon the DU community’s momentum. Dr. Haefner strongly believes DU is an institution uniquely able to serve students as they prepare for successful careers and meaningful lives—today and into the future. In DU’s faculty, he sees limitless potential and talent and knows their research will further the creation of knowledge and serve the public good. As chancellor, Jeremy Haefner energetically supports the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, and he will continue to build on DU’s long legacy of fearless innovation and ethical leadership, including supporting the work being done through the strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025.

Previously, Chancellor Haefner served as DU’s provost and executive vice chancellor. He has also served in other leadership positions such as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and as dean of engineering and applied science, associate vice chancellor for research, and dean of the graduate school at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has held fellowships with the American Council on Education, the National Learning Infrastructure Institute, and the University of Murcia in Spain. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in mathematics and has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin.

About the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

In Summer 2020, Mary Clark began her tenure as provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Denver. With expertise in the areas of higher education law, women’s legal history, legal ethics, judicial politics, and property, Provost Clark also holds an appointment as professor in the Sturm College of Law. Prior to being named provost and executive vice chancellor at DU, Provost Clark served as interim provost, deputy provost, and dean of faculty at American University (AU), associate dean for faculty & academic affairs at AU’s law school, director of its Doctor of Juridical Science program, and acting director of its Law and Government Program. Before joining AU, Provost Clark was a visiting lecturer and research scholar at Yale Law School, a Supreme Court fellow with the Federal Judicial Center, a teaching fellow and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and an appellate attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. She clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Montgomery, Alabama, following graduation from law school. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School and publishes in the fields of women’s legal history and judicial politics.

The Morgridge College of Education

The Morgridge College of Education’s (MCE) mission is to be a force for positive change in the lives of individuals, organizations and communities through unleashing the power of learning. MCE is a leader in innovative and effective approaches for promoting learning throughout the lifespan. Transcending traditional ideas about education and schooling, MCE embraces a new, comprehensive vision of learning as a lifelong activity that involves the whole person and can occur through a variety of methods, anywhere and at any time. MCE promotes educational change and social equity in addition to providing leadership for the improvement of education, mental health, and information services and systems.

Home to nearly 70 faculty, 50 staff, and 1,000 graduate students, the College provides 20 graduate-level degree and certificate options across 10 programs with an operating budget just north of $28M. With in-person, online, and hybrid learning options, domestic and international students can pursue masters and doctoral degrees in diverse and in-demand fields. MCE offers programs that help students develop cutting edge skills, gain real-world experience, and prepare for the future.

Counseling Psychology 

·         Counseling Psychology

·         School Counseling

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

·         Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Higher Education

·         Higher Education

Research Methods and Information Science

·         Library and Information Science – on-campus

·         Library and Information Science – online

·         Research Methods and Statistics

Teaching and Learning Sciences

·         School Psychology

·         Curriculum and Instruction

·         Early Childhood Special Education

·         Teacher Education Program

·         Curriculum and Instruction

·         Early Childhood Special Education

·         Teacher Education Program

The Morgridge College of Education is located in Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, a 65,000 square foot complex providing a flexible, innovative, and multidisciplinary learning environment. The facility allows for ongoing dialogue with community, national, and global partners as we enter a transformational era in education. 

Research/Institutes: Since 2005, MCE has received more than $23 million in grants for projects ranging from community-based research to policy analysis and development. The college is committed to contributing high quality research in support of the University of Denver mission to advance scholarly inquiry, cultivate critical and creative thought, and generate knowledge. Institutes within MCE include the Center for Rural School Health & Education; Kennedy Institute for Educational Success; Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy; and Positive Early Learning Experiences Center.

Community Engagement: MCE holds strong relationships with local school districts including Denver Public Schools. Ricks Center for Gifted Children operates on campus as a part of MCE and provides a nationally recognized model in the field of gifted education for Preschool-8th grade students.  Fisher Early Learning Center is also on campus and has a unique partnership with MCE providing care and early learning to children 6 weeks to 5 years old.

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Key Responsibilities 

The dean of the Morgridge College of Education provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership for the college. The dean works with key stakeholders to articulate the college’s strategic direction, consistent with the University’s vision, values, mission, and goals. The dean is responsible for all aspects of the college’s operations, including communicating and implementing the college’s academic mission, consistent with the highest standards of quality; effectively representing MCE to internal and external constituents; engaging in successful fundraising to elevate the visibility of the college; collaborating with graduate units across the University in curricular and research initiatives; ensuring that the college is fiscally well managed; and working collaboratively with faculty to improve its academic programs. The dean is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the chancellor and reports to the provost.

Essential Functions

  • Embody and act on the highest standards of academic excellence, integrity, and Inclusiveness.
  • Lead the development and implementation of MCE’s next strategic plan.
  • Raise the national profile of the college’s academic programs, student and faculty recruitment, and fundraising potential.
  • Oversee the curriculum development process while enhancing the support for the highest teaching standards to ensure quality educational outcomes of all students.
  • Lead fundraising and development in support of the college’s priorities. 
  • Embrace and adopt new academic technologies to improve diverse learning strategies.
  • Strengthen the faculty by means of excellent recruiting, hiring, promoting, retaining, and tenuring.
  • Strengthen the academic profile and diversity of enrolled students.
  • Further develop and encourage a strong culture of inclusion, community, collegiality, and respect in the college.
  • Support and enhance the research and scholarly productivity of the faculty.
  • Oversee the operation, planning, development, and management of the University-based schools: The Ricks Center for Gifted Children (Preschool-8th grade) and the Fisher Early Learning Center (preschool).
  • Collaborate with local school districts and rural Board of Cooperative Educational Services​​ (BOCES), regional and national foundations, libraries, and other institutions to improve schools, promote the professional development of teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and educational leaders, and provide research opportunities.
  • Work with the office of the provost to develop the annual budget for the college; manage college expenditures within the parameters of the budget; execute activity to achieve revenue expectations of the college’s budget; provide direction to and work closely with the college’s director of budget and planning; and monitor and report on planned budget outcomes during the fiscal year.
  • Represent the college within the University, externally with community partners, and in the national and international professional education communities. 

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and a track record of demonstrable outcomes leading to a more inclusive environment.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience as a bold and innovative leader.
  • Demonstrated leadership in organizational advancement and change inside and/or outside higher education.
  • Demonstrated evidence of equity-based leadership approach.
  • Demonstrated experience with a diversity of disciplines and programs.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the authenticity and finesse to build bridges across the college, campus, and community.
  • Demonstrated evidence of being an active listener who cares about faculty, staff, students, partners, and alumni and values multiple communication channels with constituents.
  • Demonstrated experience with planning and budget development and oversight.
  • Capacity to succeed in fundraising and development.
  • Capacity to lead and coordinate the governance of the college.
  • Earned doctorate in a relevant discipline to the work for MCE. 

We welcome applicants who are currently Associate or Full Professors; however, the successful candidate must have a distinguished academic record that merits appointment as a tenured full professor at DU in an appropriate discipline within MCE. Candidates should have a record of sustained excellence in research/scholarship/creative work, teaching, and service. 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to manage a complex organization while articulating a clear vision and goals for the future.
  • Ability to identify, secure, and deploy resources to achieve strategic ends.
  • Ability to use analytics to inform decision-making.
  • Ability to build enrollment strategies across graduate programs and familiarity with recruiting locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Ability to build relationships within urban to rural environments.
  • Demonstrated track record in fundraising and resource development. 
  • Familiarity with supporting and developing effective online programs and learning models.
  • Knowledge of critical issues in P-20 education in the United States.
  • Knowledge of the operation and oversight of P-8 schools.


The salary range for this position is $250,000 - $260,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Application Process

Interested parties are encouraged to submit a cover letter and full CV to the address below. The position will remain open until filled and we encourage applications as soon as possible. Please contact Korn Ferry at [email protected] for more information. The target appointment date is Summer 2022. Nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

Applications and nominations should be sent electronically to:

 [email protected]

 Rosa Morris, Global Education Practice

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.  The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university’s complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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