University of Nebraska at Kearney — Dean, College of Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Dean, College of Education

The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) is seeking a visionary leader to serve as the Dean of the College of Education. The Dean reports directly to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and leads a college comprised of five departments and two programs.

The Dean will be an individual committed to shared governance with the experience and commitment to providing quality instructional programs, serving schools and communities and to promote the scholarly and creative activities and accomplishments of faculty and students as well as instructional excellence. At this pivotal moment for the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the Dean must be able to innovate in addressing challenges facing higher education and the University and to facilitate collaborative partnerships both inside and outside the University.

The College of Education provides programs to prepare educators as well as professionals in the speech pathology, community counseling, sports, fitness, recreation and tourism fields. UNK offers undergraduate programs for the preparation of early childhood, elementary, middle level, secondary, special education and K-12 teachers. Master's degree programs are offered in curriculum and instruction, special education, instructional technology, elementary and secondary administration, speech-language pathology, school counseling and reading. Specialist programs in school psychology and educational administration are also offered. The College prepares professionals in sports management, recreation, exercise science, athletic training, and travel and tourism. A Master's degree program is offered in community counseling and in speech language pathology.

The Dean is the chief administrative officer of the College, which includes the Departments of Communication Disorders, Counseling & School Psychology, Educational Administration, Kinesiology & Sport Sciences and Teacher Education. The Dean is expected to provide academic, professional and administrative leadership to faculty and students.

Required Qualifications: An earned doctorate in a field of education represented by one of the departments of the College; be eligible to be tenured at the rank of Professor in a department of the College of Education and eligible to be admitted to the Graduate Faculty of the University of Nebraska; administrative and teaching experience at an accredited post-secondary institution; administrative experience at the departmental chair level or above including line management experience with significant budget management experience.

To Apply: The University of Nebraska at Kearney is being assisted in this search by Academic Search, Inc. A full profile for the position is available under “Open Searches” at

Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by December 11, 2019. Application materials, to include (1) a letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) the contact information for five references (who will not be contacted without the candidate's permission), must be submitted electronically to:

Nominators and prospective candidates also may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with Nancy D. Suttenfield or Bethany Zecher Sutton.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney is responsive to University issues which support a diverse work and academic environment. The University of Nebraska at Kearney does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. This policy is applicable to all University administered programs including educational programs, financial aid, admission policies and employment policies. UNK is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer. Veterans and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. The University affirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment and nondiscrimination in providing services to the public. University employees, students and others associated with the University who have not received the benefits of these policies, are encouraged to contact the Chief Compliance Officer/ADA Coordinator.