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Dean-College of Education

Clemson University
102 Tillman Hall

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Dean-College of Education

102 Tillman Hall
Open Date:
Dec 6, 2022

Clemson University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Education.

The Opportunity

Clemson University’s College of Education, which includes the Eugene T. Moore School, is a transformative catalyst for education in South Carolina and our nation. It is actively engaged with schools and communities throughout the state, with special attention to improve educational outcomes in our most marginalized communities. We seek an innovative Dean to join our efforts. Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean will be expected to provide collaborative leadership and administrative oversight for the strategic and progressive development of the college’s research, teaching, service, and community engagement.   

A successful candidate for dean will embrace the challenges and opportunities to provide strong programs in one of the premier colleges of Clemson University, a highly ranked land grant university. The dean will possess the skills, leadership, and entrepreneurial vision to advance the goals in the University’s strategic plan and be a strong leader with broad experiences in diverse educational contexts.  Evidence of vision and impact is sought across the following: P-20 public education and higher education; legislative advocacy; fundraising and marketing; and collaborative relationships with varied stake holder groups and diverse populations. We seek an innovative systems thinker with demonstrated success in collaboratively developing program policy and implementing a mission of systemic change for maximum impact.

In addition to the conventional job functions described below, the dean will be expected to:

  • Design, justify, and implement a visionary strategic plan for the college that aligns with University’s strategic plan;
  • Acquire and manage research and teaching resources, including faculty, staff, students, and facilities, that align with University’s strategic plan;
  • Dedicate significant time to philanthropic activities for the college in order to yield new resources and opportunities.


The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the college. The dean holds tenured faculty rank and provides leadership, vision, and strategic planning to help formulate and implement educational policies while serving as the collegiate faculty’s agent in the execution of such policies. The dean serves as the principal internal and external spokesperson for the college as well as for its mission of promoting all areas associated with this college. Performance in office is reviewed at regular intervals by the Provost per the Clemson University Faculty Manual. The Dean will be responsible for:

  • Fiduciary decisions: manage the budget and other resources;
  • Departmental Administration: appoint department chairs and college administrators, and regularly review the performance of chairs and administrators in concert with the Provost as outlined in the faculty manual; 
  • Personnel: hiring; establish job titles and salaries; make decisions and review policies regarding renewal, tenure, promotion, and dismissal; authorize faculty leave; conduct annual faculty evaluations; promote departmental mentoring and development opportunities, and support professional development of faculty and staff;
  • Educational Leadership: provide leadership and vision for academic programs, considering innovation, cost effectiveness, fidelity to standards, and accreditation; establish and maintain high academic standards for both academic programs and general education courses; ensure effective student quality, recruitment, and retention;
  • Endowment and Outreach: continue to build, enhance and sustain an active fundraising and stewardship program; participate in various councils, commissions, and committees as set forth in university policy; represent the college within state and national boards and organizations, and other appropriate groups;
  • College Governance: participate in shared governance, create ad hoc committees of the collegiate faculty; hear faculty grievances; promote academic freedom and responsibility; ensure that the college provides a diverse, opportunity- and perspective-rich environment;
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: champion diversity, inclusivity, and belonging among students, faculty and staff;
  • Engagement:  Effectively demonstrate a commitment to Clemson Values and the university’s strategic plan and engage the college in the campus, state, national and global communities.

College Resources

Education is one of seven colleges at Clemson University. Through a strong commitment to high quality education, the College prepares Clemson University students to become healthy life-long learners engaged with their communities and the world.  

The college consists of 12 undergraduate majors, 17 graduate majors, and several nationally acclaimed initiatives and programs, including Call Me MISTER and ClemsonLife. The college is organized into academic departments, centers and institutes supported by 2 associate deans, 3 department chairs, 75 faculty and 50 staff, and serving 862 undergraduate students and 1,052 graduate students.

For a full list of the college’s departments, majors, centers, institutes, international presence, and interdisciplinary offerings, please visit the college website: College of Education.


Clemson University is a selective, public, Carnegie R1 research university in a college-town setting. Established in 1899 through the will of the founder, Thomas Green Clemson, the university is located on a 20,000-acre campus in Upstate South Carolina in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and along Lake Hartwell.

The University provides bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 100 majors through seven academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; Business; Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; Education; and Science. The University also has Extension offices in every county of the state as well as teaching and research sites in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Greenwood, as well as four international sites.

Clemson has a total enrollment of 22,566 undergraduate and 5,900 graduate students. The student to faculty ratio is 16:1, with a median undergraduate class size of 27. The six-year graduation rate is 85.3 percent. 


Clemson is a city of approximately 18,800 year-round residents located in Pickens County, South Carolina. The area, located in the northwest corner of the state in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, includes Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, and Lake Jocassee, large man-made lakes with great fishing, swimming and boating. Clemson enjoys a moderate temperature year-round with average temperatures in January of 30°–50°F and in August of 69°–90°F. Clemson is a short 40-minute drive from downtown Greenville, an hour and a half from Asheville, NC, and two hours from both Atlanta and Charlotte.

The city of Clemson operates with the Clemson Police Department, Clemson University Fire Department and Pickens County EMS, for public safety needs. All departments are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Clemson Area Transit offers free transportation (known as the CAT bus) to all riders. The city is also served by Amtrak on the Crescent route. The closest major airport is Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, located a 45-minute drive away.

The school district is Pickens County. Children living in the city of Clemson attend Clemson Elementary School, RC Edwards Middle School and Daniel High School. Residents also enjoy access to the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, the Clemson University Experimental Forest, the 18-hole Walker Golf Course, the South Carolina Botanical Garden, and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum from the Clemson University campus. In addition, the University has 19 NCAA teams and numerous intramural and club sports.


Downtown Greenville offers a thriving entertainment, dining and cultural scene, the Swamp Rabbit bike trail, the Peace Center for Performing Arts, and is home to the Greenville Drive, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Boston Red Sox. Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., are within two hours’ driving distance from Clemson, while outdoors enthusiasts can be in the mountains of North Carolina in an hour or enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and more at one of several South Carolina state parks within a 45-minute drive of Clemson.



Minimum qualifications for this position are a terminal degree and a distinguished record of achievements that would merit an appointment as professor with tenure in an academic department in the college, and an excellent record of academic leadership, administrative experience, and responsibilities.

The successful candidate for dean will demonstrate a strong commitment to scholarship, outstanding capacity to communicate with multiple constituencies, provide leadership for the college’s broad spectrum of academic activities, and develop an engaging vision for the future of the college.  The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated record of recruiting and retaining faculty; a commitment to the principles and practices of shared governance; a strong commitment to diversity; strong fiscal and personnel management skills; an ability to enhance research; demonstrated success in obtaining philanthropic support from individuals, foundations and corporations, and/or show a genuine enthusiasm to engage in such fundraising; and the skills to steward such philanthropic support.

Application Instructions:

The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, complete CV, and list of five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted via Interfolio using the following link:  Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until final candidates are identified.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to January 31, 2023.  Please direct any confidential inquiries, nominations or questions to the search firm assisting the University. 

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Senior Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875 Atlanta, GA 30328
770‐804‐1996 ext. 117 ||

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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