Illinois State University seeks a strategic and innovative academic leader committed to the mission, vision, and values outlined in the University’s strategic plan to serve as dean of the College of Education. The dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the college, providing vision and leadership in teaching, research, and service in the context of shared governance. The dean leads the development and implementation of the college’s strategic future, and reports to the provost, who also serves as vice president for academic affairs.
The dean has overall responsibilities for developing an effective, collegial environment that supports excellence in teaching, research, and service while faculty advance the field of education. Moreover, the dean will facilitate collaboration between faculty members and among programs within the college and university, and will coordinate the college’s efforts with schools, corporations, other universities and communities, and state, federal, and international agencies. The dean will provide leadership and support efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in ISU’s culture, environment, programs, policies, and personnel. The dean must be committed to ISU’s urban teacher preparation focus; to continued excellence in undergraduate and graduate education; to support for faculty scholarship and research activities, including extramural funding; and to partnerships with local schools. The dean will engage college faculty, staff and students in developing a shared plan for the future of the college and its role in the broader mission of the University.
The College of Education provides leadership in teacher and administrator education through delivery of programs in several departments and units, including the Departments of Educational Administration and Foundations and Special Education, The School of Teaching and Learning, Thomas Metcalf School, University High School, and the Cecilia J. Lauby Teacher Education Center. The College of Education also coordinates the Council for Teacher Education and leads the dissemination of research that informs educational policy and practice.
Illinois State is ranked as one of the top ten largest teacher preparation institutions in the nation among American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Institutions. Nearly one in eight Illinois public school teachers is an alum of Illinois State. The college is a comprehensive and complex organization that prepares educators and administrators for the full range of education professions. The college enrolls more than 3,000 students, who choose from a wide array of teacher and administrator preparation programs, including early childhood education; elementary education; middle level education; reading; bilingual and bicultural education; learning and behavior; deaf and hard of hearing; low vision and blindness; leadership, equity, and inquiry; and areas of educational administrator/leadership. Graduate programs are offered in teaching and learning, special education, K-12 administration, and higher education administration. The college also provides a wide range of professional development for education professionals. Graduates are teachers, principals, superintendents, college and university presidents, student affairs personnel, professors, researchers, and policy makers.
The College of Education is one of only 85 in the nation that maintains laboratory schools. Thomas Metcalf and University High Schools provide a unique educational option from pre-kindergarten through the senior year for approximately 1,000 students in the community. The schools also serve as sites for clinical experiences that are critically important to the college's future teachers.
Please see the leadership profile for additional information about this opportunity: https://provost.illinoisstate.edu/downloads/COE%20Dean%20Leadership%20Profile%202021.pdf
1. Doctorate or terminal degree in related field.
2. Fundamental understanding of the scholarly, teaching, and service responsibilities of a College of Education faculty member at a major university, and a working knowledge of the pedagogical, economic, and political relationships among academic units within the College.
3. Demonstrated commitment to equity and support of the critical needs of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
4. Record of successful administrative leadership in a college of education.
5. Accomplished as a scholar and teacher commensurate with eligibility for a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor within one of the college's departments/schools.
6. Experience providing leadership in legislative or other state or federal policy actions pertaining to university and college missions.
7. Demonstrated energy, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to communicate effectively.
8. Skilled in securing and allocating resources to provide quality undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, public engagement and outreach activities.
9. Success securing and managing extramural funding.
10. Experience in strategic planning.
11. Ability to work with other deans and administrators in developing goals and programs.
12. Experience in teacher education accreditation.
We invite inquiries, nominations, and applications. Initial review of applications will begin on January 31, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior knowledge and approval. These materials should be submitted electronically via Illinois State University’s application portal. The direct link to apply is as follows: https://careers.pageuppeople.com/1028/cw/en-us/job/512633/dean-college-of-education. Questions and nominations may be directed to Lisa Mason, Director for Executive Search Services, at [email protected] or 309-438-7487.
Illinois State University:
Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Serving more than 20,000 students, our six colleges offer 178 undergraduate majors, 77 minors, 102 master’s programs, 18 doctoral degrees, and 42 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Illinois State University is committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.
Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 132,000 and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, the Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance International Headquarters, Rivian Automotive, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, its parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Please visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.visitbn.org and Bloomington-Normal Advantage as www.bnadvantage.com for more information.
Illinois State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed by contacting the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access by email at [email protected], by calling (309) 438-3383, or by mail at Illinois State University, Campus Box 1280, Normal, IL 61790.