St. Catherine University — Education Department Chair

St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) invites applications for its Education Department Chair position.  The Department Chair will serve as a transformational leader and mentor to faculty colleagues, as a collaborator with other university departments and leaders, and as an advocate for the department.  The Chair will provide leadership with vision, direction, and inspiration in order that the highest level in teaching, research and service activities in the Department are realized.  

The Education Department Chair reports to the Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (SHAS).  Beyond maintaining a mission driven program, the Chair is ultimately responsible for guiding the department’s programs, enrollment, curricular quality, assessment, and faculty scholarship/service.  Consistent with the university’s Catholic identity, its commitment to women, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and dedication to a liberal arts based curriculum, the preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their teaching, research, service and accomplishments.  

This is a 12-month tenure-track, position with some teaching responsibilities expected.  Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and includes excellent benefits.

Based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, St. Kate’s is home to a diverse group of nearly 5,000 students in a wide array of disciplines and degree levels.  At its heart, the legacy of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs), informs every facet of this private Catholic university.  The Department Chair will lead based on values inspired by the Sisters, including those of community, spirituality, and social justice.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership and overall management of the Education Department, including strategic planning, curriculum development, support for instruction and research, preparation and management of budgets. 
  • Establish an agenda which has innovation and growth at its center.
  • Develop and maintain key strategic partnerships.
  • Help facilitate the development of new strategies for increased student enrollment, retention and success. 
  • Lead accreditation and assessment efforts and successfully collaborate with faculty to strengthen academic excellence.


  • Doctorate in an education related field.
  • Current or previous teaching license.
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience in P-12 and/or higher education.
  • Minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in P-12 and/or higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion work and a vision for shaping education in ways that support equity and access.
  • The ability to facilitate collaboration with diverse partners in P-12 schools and across the broader teacher education community.
  • A record of successful programs and innovations that resulted in equitable outcomes for students from underrepresented populations.
  • A demonstrated commitment to valuing and integrating the liberal arts within the Education curriculum.
  • A demonstrated record of scholarship.
  • Knowledge of the spectrum of pedagogies and practices associated with our diverse array of programs including early childhood, Montessori, P-12, and higher education needs of practicing teachers.


  • At least 3 years of experience as a tenured department chair or in another leadership position in an educational setting.
  • At least 3 years of successful experience leading organizational change.
  • Demonstrated competence in digital tools for teaching and collaboration.
  • Demonstrated successful grant writing.
  • Prior experience successfully leading an accreditation process (e.g. Professional Educator Licensing Standards Board).
  • Experience teaching online and in graduate level programs.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, addressing, as appropriate, the issues and desired qualifications outlined in this profile.  Include a current resume or CV showing relevant responsibilities and accomplishments, and the names and contact information of at least five references and the candidate’s relationship to each reference.  References will be called at a later stage and only with the candidate’s foreknowledge.

Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2019.  Candidates of color and other diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.  All application materials are treated in a confidential manner and may be submitted in electronic form here: