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Dean, College of Education - Archive
Provost Office

Posting: 13541
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2014-05-22

Position:  Dean, College of Education

Reports to:  Senior Vice President and Provost

Review:  To ensure consideration, submit applications by February 28, 2014; Position will remain open until filled.

The University of Oregon, a comprehensive, public, liberal arts, Research University, seeks applications and nominations for Dean of the College of Education.  The University of Oregon is one of 34 public institutions of higher education that are members of the Association of American Universities and one of eight public institutions that are members of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

The University of Oregon, College of Education offers degree programs in the areas of Counseling Psychology and Human Services, Educational Leadership, Special Education, and Teacher Education.   The College of Education is home to sixteen research centers and outreach centers.  Almost 1,000 undergraduate majors, and over 550 graduate students, interact with 40 tenure track and research associate faculty.  The College of Education is an inclusive learning community committed to fulfilling our mission of making educational and social systems work for all.  According to the U.S. News & World Report 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” the College of Education ranks among the top ten graduate schools of education nationwide for ten years running, second among public institutions and 8th overall.  For the fourteenth consecutive year, its Special Education program is ranked third in the nation.  For the past six years the University of Oregon education faculty has placed in the top three for funded research per faculty member.  Funded research now exceeds $33 million annually, or $825,000 per tenured faculty member.  More than 8,900 schools in all 50 states utilize the research and outreach services of College of Education faculty.  The College of Education accounts for approximately 27% of the overall research budget at the University of Oregon. 

In 2010, the College of Education opened its new $48 million state-of-the-art education complex, the HEDCO Education Building.  It provides the college’s students, faculty and staff with the most advanced technology for teaching and learning at the university.  The expansion in size increases the college’s space by two-thirds and brings its five clinical training programs under one roof.  HEDCO Education Building includes offices, classrooms, public spaces and two working clinics.

The college collaborates closely with the College of Arts and Sciences as well as five professional schools all characterized by their liberal arts foundations: the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Lundquist College of Business, School of Journalism and Communication, School of Law, and School of Music and Dance.

Beyond its tradition of academic excellence and a commitment to liberal arts education, the University of Oregon and its environs offer one of the finest work-life balances of any major university.  The 295 acre campus is located in Eugene, a city noted for quality of life, arts, and the outdoors.  Eugene is nestled within the Willamette Valley an hour from the Pacific to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east.  The climate is sunny and with low humidity in the summer and mild in the winter.  Eugene is the home for a number of high quality music, drama, and arts organizations including the world-renowned Oregon Bach Festival.

The Position

The Dean serves as academic leader and chief executive of the college and reports directly to the Provost.  The Dean sits on the Academic Leadership Team, a small academic policy formation group, and the Leadership Council, a larger university management organization.  The Dean is responsible for providing leadership and management for faculty, staff, and students in establishing and achieving the college’s goals.  These responsibilities include:

  • Guiding the formulation and implementation of the College’s strategic vision

  • Building consensus for advancing academic quality and programmatic priorities

  • Hiring and retaining excellent faculty representing a wide array of disciplines and scholarly interests.

  • Advancing the college’s efforts to create an educational environment supportive of staff, students, and faculty inclusive of race, culture, (dis)ability, gender, sexuality, and/or religion.

  • Supporting faculty research and the advancement of knowledge

  • Representing faculty research across national forums, such as federal funding agencies

  • Furthering academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate education

  • Leading the college’s development and fundraising agenda, and creating strategies to enhance college resources that support the mission of the College

  • Facilitating collaborative relationships with the public school systems and agencies serving children and families in the community and region

Responsibilities and Qualifications

As the leader, the successful candidate will be expected to have: Demonstrated strategic leadership in a complex organization or academic setting

  • An earned doctorate in  education or  related discipline with a distinguished record of academic achievements and a record of scholarship, teaching, and service that warrants appointment at the rank of professor within the college

  • The ability to represent all areas of the college

  • Demonstrated commitment to high quality research with a record of sponsored research and management of a sponsored research portfolio

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, and promoting justice in educational settings

  • Experience with budget policy in a large organizational context

  • The experience and/or aptitude and commitment to enable successful advocacy and fundraising on behalf of the college

  • A commitment to recruiting and supporting culturally diverse staff, faculty, and students

  • The ability to support and enhance the College’s efforts to create programs whose graduates are able to competently serve the needs of culturally, linguistically, economically, racially, sexually, physically, and mentally diverse populations

  • Demonstrated the ability to lead in a collaborative or collegial manner within a large and complex organizational environment with diverse populations

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Implemented best practices in honoring diversity and promoting social justice

The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, CV, and contact information for at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  Prior to hire, the finalist in this position is subject to a criminal background check.  It is preferred, however that all nominations and application be submitted prior to February 28, 2014 to:

Laurie C. Wilder, Executive Vice President and Managing Director

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President

Parker Executive Search

Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900

Atlanta, GA 30328

770-804-1996 ext: 109 and 117

pwilliams@parkersearch.com|| eraines@parkersearch.com

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.