Dean of the College of Education, Search Extended

United States, North America
Mar 21, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Governors State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Education. The review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be expected to begin by July 1, 2014.

Founded in 1969, Governors State University (GSU) is a comprehensive public university with a special mandate for innovation. GSU is now in a renaissance period. The University has created the Dual Degree Program (DDP), a nationally recognized partnership with ten Chicago-area community colleges to encourage full-time study toward the completion of the Associate Degree at a community college followed by a two-year pathway to university graduation. In August 2014, GSU will admit its first freshman class of 270 full-time, day-time students, who will be grouped in cohorts to study a state-of-the-art core curriculum. In addition to providing undergraduates with the choice of beginning at GSU or at a community college, GSU also offers graduate level courses at the masters and doctoral levels. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC), the mission of Governors State emphasizes teaching, scholarship, and service, making a high quality university education affordable and accessible to a culturally and economically diverse student body.

Conveniently located 35 miles south of downtown Chicago, “where the prairie meets the city,” Governors State University serves more than 6000 students on its scenic 760 acre campus. Offering more than 60 degree and certificate programs through its Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Education, and Health and Human Services, GSU is moving forward to develop new majors in accordance with its academic master plan.

The College of Education has a number of highly rated and accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in education, psychology, and counseling. In addition, the college is home of the NAEYC accredited Family Development Center (FDC), Center for Online Teaching and Learning (COTL) and the Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education (MILE). GSU will open its first student residence, Prairie Place, in the summer of 2014.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have achieved an academic record sufficient for appointment as Full Professor in the College of Education
  • Have significant and successful leadership experience as Program Director/Coordinator, Chair or Dean, at a regionally accredited college or university
  • Have experience in building successful new programs and enhancing existing curriculum
  • Have experience in meeting rigorous accreditation standards in education, counseling, and/or Psychology
  • Have experience of collective bargaining
  • Demonstrate success in working in a diverse, multicultural environment, including traditional and non-traditional students
  • Be a strong, experienced academic leader and administrator
  • Be a capable team leader skilled in team development
  • Be an engaging collaborator with internal and external constituencies
  • Be an effective advocate for faculty and students, quality teaching, research, and service
  • Be a strategic thinker and planner
  • Be a decision-maker with a record of openness and collaboration, and a reputation for fairness and equity
  • Have a commitment to continuing the positive momentum of a university poised to become a model twenty-first century university

To apply, candidates must send a letter of application in which they address the desired qualities outlined in this ad, a curriculum vitae, and contact informa­tion (names, phone numbers and email addresses) for five references in MS Word or PDF to:

For full consideration, applications should be received by April 28, 2014.

Nominations and inquiries should be directed to:

Robert Holyer, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant
AGB Search
(804) 359-9370
(804) 402-6736 (C)