University of Texas at El Paso — Dean of Education

UTEP Dean of Education

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Education. The University seeks a proven leader to act as a dynamic advocate for education across the University and a vibrant binational, bilingual interconnected community of more than two million people. The Dean will work with students, faculty, university leaders, and regional stakeholders to implement an ambitious vision for the College rooted in UTEP’s Access and Excellence mission and a deep commitment to social equity and opportunity. A recent Brookings Institution study has ranked UTEP first among public research universities in the promotion of social mobility among graduates.

The Dean will extend a strong history of collaborative efforts to prepare teachers and other professionals in a research context that capitalizes on UTEP’s pivotal role in the El Paso region’s interdependent educational system: an estimated 75% of the teachers in the region’s school districts earned degrees at UTEP and more than 80% of UTEP graduates were educated in the region’s schools. Founded 25 years ago, the nationally-recognized El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence provides a structure for the Dean of the College to work closely with area superintendents, the leadership of the El Paso Community College, and business and community leaders to expand educational opportunities across the region and to advance research that addresses regional and national issues in education and teacher preparation—for example to build on UTEP’s recognized efforts in bilingual/ELL education, innovative dual language programs, school-based teacher preparation, STEM education and the development of dual credit and early college high schools, among other initiatives.

The Dean is a member of the University senior leadership team and provides academic and administrative leadership for the College, including three departments, five research labs and two research centers with academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. Working collaboratively with College faculty and staff, the Dean supports efforts to further student success, develop academic and research initiatives and secure external funding. The Dean will lead the College’s involvement in the UTEP EDGE, a groundbreaking, asset-based approach to student engagement and professional preparation. The Dean leads College development initiatives and represents the College to external stakeholders and potential supporters.

The successful candidate will demonstrate

  • evidence of commitment to values of diversity and inclusion and support for the broad principles associated with the UTEP access and excellence mission;
  • skill in working with a variety of educational constituencies, including K-12 teachers, professionals and leaders;
  • success in positions of administrative leadership in academic settings, including working across colleges and disciplines, developing and managing budgets and strategic planning;
  • understanding of the issues related to faculty hiring and retention, and tenure and promotion processes;
  • experience in securing external funding;
  • knowledge of the key issues and challenges facing Colleges of Education and K-16 education nationally;
  • academic and professional qualifications commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor in the College.

Preferred Qualifications

  • experience with and understanding of the challenges involved in leading a substantial university-based educator preparation program;
  • awareness of curriculum development, program assessment, accreditation and educator credentialing;
  • ability to communicate effectively in Spanish.

The College of Education
The College of Education is dedicated to preparing educators, researchers, counselors, educational diagnosticians, administrators, and leaders who will address the needs of local, regional, national, and transnational communities. Building on the multicultural and multilingual richness of the Paso del Norte border region, the College strives to model transformative, boundary-crossing education to develop innovative, engaged, and contributing members of a global society. The college consists of three departments with more than 50 full-time faculty members who serve approximately 2,000 students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Current external funding in the College totals nearly $6 million, from sources such as National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Spencer Foundation, as well as state and local entities. Since 2002, the College has prepared more than 8,500 teachers who serve at schools throughout the El Paso region. Among its most recent accolades, the College was ranked #1 in 2015 by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education for awarding the most bachelor’s degrees in education to Hispanics in the nation.

The University of Texas at El Paso
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is forging dramatic new directions in higher education. UTEP has become a national model for creating and successfully executing highly competitive academic and research programs while stressing a deep commitment to serving a 21st century student demographic. It is the only research-doctoral university in the United States with a Mexican-American majority student population.

Founded in 1914 as the Texas School of Mines and Metallurgy, UTEP is now a dynamic urban university enrolling over 25,000 students enrolled in 73 baccalaureate, 75 master’s, and 22 doctoral programs. Our student body, which is approximately 80% Hispanic, mirrors the population of the Paso del Norte region. El Paso is a growing community of more than 800,000 and, together with Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, forms the world’s largest bi-national metropolitan area, totaling 2.5 million residents. As Texas and the United States become increasingly diverse, UTEP is positioned to play a critical role in ensuring that talented students of all backgrounds have the opportunity to realize their potential. UTEP is among the leading institutions nationally in producing Hispanic graduates.

UTEP faculty and staff maintain an active research agenda, with over $90 million in annual research expenditures and an active grant portfolio of over $300 million, while also fostering a campus climate of civic engagement and service to our region and the nation. The University employs nearly 1,350 full-and part-time faculty members, and 95% of the tenured and tenure-track faculty hold doctoral degrees or the equivalent in their fields. With its 36%-Hispanic faculty composition, UTEP boasts one of the highest proportions of minority faculty among research universities in the United States.

UTEP’s beautiful 420 acre campus, with architecture inspired by the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, is growing rapidly and offers state-of-the-art academic and research facilities. Construction is currently underway on an $85 million interdisciplinary research building.

UTEP is a component of the 14-institution, University of Texas System with an annual budget of nearly $450 million, more than 3,000 faculty and staff, a university-related local economic impact of $1.3 billion, and a broad range of cultural, arts, continuing education and athletic programs.

UTEP is a major contributor to the region’s economic prosperity and cultural and social life. El Paso offers attractive and affordable living conditions and a broad range of unique cultural and intellectual options, and the surrounding region’s beautiful mountain desert terrain, abundant sunshine and outdoor recreational opportunities, combine to offer a highly satisfying quality of life.

Application Instructions
Candidates must submit a letter of interest, a CV, and a list of five professional references. No references will be contacted without prior notification to the candidate.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 27, 2017, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Application queries or nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Charles Ambler
Search Committee Chair

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In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services.