University of Maryland — Associate Dean of Educator Preparation

The University of Maryland’s College of Education is looking for a dynamic individual to serve as the Associate Dean of Educator Preparation and Undergraduate Studies. This intellectual leader will work with the Dean and her leadership team to reach our vision as laid out in our strategic plan, From Action to Impact. Maryland is at the forefront of P-20 education policy reform (e.g. Kirwan Commission). Therefore, this person will be able to use their knowledge, experience, and passion for teacher education, reform, and evidenced-based approaches to drive change that reflects our college’s commitments to excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion. The Associate Dean will envision and direct initiatives that position the College as a visible leader for research and evidence-based innovations in educator preparation, helping to shape policy within the University System of Maryland and the State of Maryland.

Reporting directly to the Dean, this new position of Associate Dean of Educator Preparation and Undergraduate Studies will provide leadership and coordination of cross-department educator preparation programs (including teacher education, special education, administration, and school counseling and school psychology) and undergraduate programs, as well as provide leadership in areas of curriculum development, including the exploration of opportunities related to new academic programs, new delivery methods, and the redesign of current programs and processes.

The individual will work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, school districts, state policy makers and senior-level officials.

The Associate Dean will supervise the Director of Teacher Education (who has accreditation and certification responsibilities), the Office of Student Services, and staff who provide academic data reporting services, and recruitment services.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must possess a terminal degree in education or a related field and scholarship appropriate for a tenured appointment as Professor (preferred); an Associate Professor with a strong record of scholarship and leadership may be considered.

Successful candidates will have documented evidence in the following areas:

  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion; clear valuing of the role and necessity of cultural competence; passion for recruiting, developing, and mentoring a diverse student body and faculty, and a determination to grow leaders
  • A strong record of policy-relevant scholarship that demonstrates in-depth knowledge of issues related to educator preparation
  • Experience that demonstrates a commitment to educator preparation; appreciation for the complexity of the policy context around educator preparation
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, school districts, state policy makers and senior-level officials; ability to motivate, empower, and mentor staff
  • A record of developing and executing innovative programs that have resulted in positive, measurable, outcomes
  • Familiarity with current educator preparation program accreditation and certification requirements

Applications should be submitted online to (position #105358) and include:

  1. Cover letter (2-3 pages) describing one’s experience as related to this position and preferred qualifications,
  2. Curriculum vitae,
  3. Names and contact information for three individuals who may be asked to provide a reference.

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by 2/21/2020. Review will continue until the position is filled.

For additional information, please contact the search committee chair: Dr. Laura Stapleton, Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Partnerships, at

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.