Lehigh University — Dean, College of Education

Lehigh University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Education. Distinctive for its small size and collaborative culture, graduate-only student body, and deep commitment to research that solves big problems and influences policy through evidence-based innovation, the College of Education has earned a reputation for its nationally ranked programs in School and Counseling Psychology and its commitment to research around educating children with disabilities.

The University finds itself at an exciting moment in its evolution and seeks a Dean who will build on the strong foundation already in place to take the College of Education to a level of teaching and research quality and quantity that is a step above even today’s high levels, and is recognized as such by peers. The College is poised for growth and strategic, collaborative partnerships and the next Dean will have the opportunity to bring an ambitious, entrepreneurial vision to shaping priorities and direction going forward.

With approximately 500 graduate students and 35 faculty members, the College offers an excellent array of graduate programs led by research-active faculty who have national and international reputations for their scholarly work. The College consists of a single department, the Department of Education and Human Services, with the following five programs: Counseling Psychology, Educational Leadership, School Psychology, Special Education, and Teaching, Learning and Technology (teacher education and instructional technology/design). The overarching focus of these programs is to prepare students for leadership roles in evidence based, cross-disciplinary inquiry that shapes educational practices nationally and internationally.

Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean occupies a key role in the life of the University and functions as part of the central administrative team. The Dean is expected to strengthen the reputation of the College, increase the visibility of research productivity, and foster innovative collaboration externally and across the University’s colleges and departments. Lehigh’s next Dean must be an entrepreneurial, innovative, and visionary leader who has a distinguished record of scholarship and research, a record of collaborative program development and partnerships, and a dedication to cultivating leadership in others.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • a strong commitment to the field of education and human services, as well as a terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in Education or a related field;
  • a commitment to enhancing systems, infrastructure, and policies that enhance growth of faculty research and success with external grants;
  • an entrepreneurial mindset;
  • a willingness to work closely with leaders in the private and public sectors to advance the College of Education’s role in educational improvement and innovative approaches to the delivery of teacher, educational specialist, and educational leader preparation;
  • a strong commitment to diversity and a track record of promoting diversity and an inclusive, welcoming institutional culture;
  • the ability to generate financial resources to support and grow the educational influence and research productivity of the College;
  • a fluent understanding of the opportunities that technology affords in delivery of educational curriculum and programs;
  • the ability to represent Lehigh effectively in regional, national and global settings;
  • the ability to engage alumni;
  • the ability to advance the strategic agenda of the College and the University;
  • courage and strong leadership skills;
  • a deep appreciation for shared governance;
  • fiscal and administrative acumen; and
  • outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.

For best consideration, please send all nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest in confidence and electronically no later than February 2, 2018 to:

Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Partner
Sue May, Partner
For more information, please visit Lehigh’s College of Education home page at

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.