The University of Texas at San Antonio — Dean, College of Education & Human Development

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Dean, College of Education and Human Development.

Under the leadership of President Dr. Taylor Eighmy and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy, the campus has developed a bold and ambitious vision for UTSA’s future and its pursuit of excellence as an urban-serving, Hispanic-thriving discovery enterprise (https://www.utsa.edu/strategicplan/). The University seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader and scholar who will build upon the existing strengths of the faculty and the untapped potential of the college to further advance the University’s progress toward these goals.

College of Education and Human Development
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) is one of the leading providers of educators, clinicians, and practitioners in the San Antonio area and has one of the largest teacher certification programs in Texas. The College also boasts three accredited/verified licensure and certification programs including school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, school psychology, and behavior analysis. The College is responsible for innovative research and grants in STEM Education, urban educational outcomes, bi-national and bicultural issues, applied behavior analysis, integrated behavioral healthcare, special education, behavioral analysis, PK-12 school administration, higher education administration, and diversity pipelines. COEHD enrolled nearly 2,400 students in Fall of 2020 in 12 undergraduate, 14 master’s, and 4 doctoral degree programs at both the Main Campus and Downtown Campus. 

The College consists of six departments: Bicultural-Bilingual Studies; Counseling; Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Educational Psychology; Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching; and Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. It also is the administrative home for the Child Development Center and UTSA’s PK-12 to university pipeline programs, including the nationally recognized Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP), TRiO Upward Bound and TRiO Education Talent Search, Dual Credit, and Dual Enrollment. In addition to preparing students for teaching careers and leadership in education and human development organizations and nonprofits, as well as strengthening PK-12 pipelines to college, the college also is committed to serving and meeting the social, emotional mental health, and behavioral needs of the community and respective professions. As such, COEHD houses a number of academic centers engaged in outreach and service and has actively engaged and partnered with the area’s independent school districts, clinics, hospitals, community agencies and nonprofits, foundations and other entities that drive social mobility and equality. For more information about the College, please visit https://education.utsa.edu/. 

The University of Texas at San Antonio
As the third largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions within The University of Texas System, UTSA is a leading public Hispanic Serving Institution, Research University specializing in health, cybersecurity, fundamental futures, and human-social development, reflected in its urban-serving mission. With over 34,000 students supported by more than 1,400 faculty and 5,600 staff and student employees, both benefits- and non-benefits eligible, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. As one of the first universities designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and committed to learning and discovery, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and is highly focused on student success and meeting the educational needs of many first-generation, persons of color, transfer, DACA, Veteran, students with disabilities, and international students. UTSA prides itself on its diverse student population and 63% of its students come from San Antonio and South Texas. Nearly half (45%) of UTSA undergraduates will be the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, transfer students comprise about 40% of UTSA’s total undergraduate population. Further enhancing an already diverse student population is UTSA’s military community, which makes up approximately 13% of total students. This includes active duty military members, veterans, reserves/guard, and their spouses and dependents. For more information about UTSA, please visit http://www.utsa.edu/.

Position Summary
The Dean will serve as the chief academic officer for the College of Education and Human Development with responsibility for expanding on the College’s ambitious and dynamic vision for its role in the preparation of high-quality teachers and related professionals serving as practitioners and leaders throughout education and human development organizations. The College possesses a strong focus on social and emotional learning and intellectual growth with an emphasis on diasporic, decolonial, and intersectional approaches towards race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality studies in education, particularly in leading the growth of the new Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department, deepening its connections to other College departments and academic units across the university, and strengthening PK-12 pipelines to college. 

In leading the College during this important period of institutional growth and transition, the new Dean will play a critical role in effectively aligning the departments and units that now comprise COEHD, articulating and implementing the next strategic plan, and guiding the College through the process of creating a refined identity, increasing its academic culture of research excellence, and strengthening external partnerships to advance research/scholarship/creative activity and community impact. COEHD has the opportunity to be a national exemplar in advancing academic excellence through diversity, inclusion, and equity advocacy by leveraging both its history of impact, as well the work of its faculty and students. The College has a long legacy of distinction and an equally bright future of opportunity ahead.

Qualifications
UTSA’s next Dean will play an important role in the future growth of COEHD as well as ensuring the College’s support of UTSA’s goal of attaining R1 university status and its dedication to the advancement of knowledge through research, scholarship and creative activity, teaching and learning, community engagement, and public service. The successful candidate will possess a distinguished record of academic accomplishment and service, superior interpersonal and management skills, and in addition will possess:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the broad conceptualization and interrelation of the disciplines that comprise COEHD and how, when coupled with an equal commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion, can positively impact communities;
  • An earned doctorate/terminal degree in a discipline represented in COEHD from an accredited university and administrative and/or leadership experience in a research university;
  • An outstanding record of scholarly achievement and international reputation commensurate with appointment as full professor in one of the departments in the College; 
  • Experience as an innovative, decisive leader and diplomat with strong organizational and consensus-building skills, integrity, and the ability to inspire and lead faculty with diverse interests and scholarly approaches;
  • A record of success and ability in recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty; a history of inspiring faculty to excel in teaching, research/scholarship/creative activities and rewarding excellence in these areas;
  • A history of providing students with a high-quality educational experience and aggressively addressing issues related to student success;
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing research/scholarship/creative activity, growing its impact and increasing external sponsorship (including foundations and donors), and building creative interdisciplinary teams that advance cutting edge academic innovation;
  • Experience in building multidisciplinary programs and fostering external partnerships to create an outwardly looking educational environment for faculty and students;
  • Enthusiasm for “building”; for developing and advancing a strategic plan to further the College and University’s national competitiveness;
  • Proven people skills and the ability to serve as a highly effective listener and communicator with both academic and non-academic audiences, with bold enthusiasm to address challenges.

For a complete position profile, please visit https://www.storbeckpimentel.com/pd/UTSA/COEHD.pdf 

Application and Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
Email: apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com
Refer to code “UTSA-COEHD” in subject line

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

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