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Tarleton State University

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Tarleton State University
Dean, College of Education

Tarleton State University seeks an experienced educator, researcher, and administrator to serve as Dean of the College of Education.

Tarleton is a member of the Texas A&M University System, one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a System budget of $9.6 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS-Ryan Campus the Texas A&M System educates more than 153,000 students.

Tarleton State is an energetic, comprehensive Carnegie R2 Doctoral University: High Research Activity with the Community Engagement classification and is a new member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The Class of 2027 is nearly 2,700 students and represents the largest, most diverse, and well-prepared group of incoming students in 124 years. The university has experienced record enrollment increases in each semester for the past three years and this fall set another all-time high at almost 15,000 students total proving that Tarleton State is a first-choice destination for more and more students.

Tarleton State finalized its new 10-year road map — Tarleton Forward 2030: Our Future-Focused Strategic Plan — in Spring 2021. The plan declares the university's resolve to give all students the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to lead. In support of Tarleton's journey to become a Hispanic Serving Institution, it kicked off Nuestro Destino: Reaching 25 by 25.

The College of Education is comprised of the School of Behavioral Science, which houses the Department of Psychological Science, the Division of Sociology, the Department of Counseling, and the Division of Child and Family Studies; the Department of Curriculum & Instruction; and the Department of Educational Leadership & Technology. The college is home to a diverse group of 80 faculty and 20 staff who serve over 1,321 undergraduate majors and over 667 graduate students across the Tarleton State campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, and online, as well as the Texas A&M University System's RELLIS-Bryan campus.

The dean serves as the academic officer responsible for executive management of the college and its full range of programs and initiatives; exercises leadership responsibility in advising the college regarding administrative, curriculum, and budgetary matters; and provides a vision that contributes to achieving the goals of the institutional strategic plan. Specifically, the college is seeking a leader to advance, shape, and implement a collective vision and strategic plan; grow research and innovation; build productive relationships; identify and develop new programs; and increase enrollment; and attract, recruit, and retain skilled faculty and staff.

The ideal candidate will be a person who thinks creatively and energetically about the challenges of the changing demographics in higher education. The dean must possess an earned doctorate from an accredited institution that is aligned with one of the disciplines of the college and have a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership that warrants a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Full Professor.

A detailed leadership profile is available at

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting Tarleton State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 29, 2024. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Alejandra Gillette-Teran, Ryan Crawford, and Bree Liddell at:

Tarleton State University provides equal opportunity to all employees, students, applicants for employment, and the public regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information or veteran status.

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