Johns Hopkins University — Vice Dean, School of Education

The School of Education at Johns Hopkins University ( invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Dean. The School of Education seeks a passionate, inspiring, and enterprising leader who will be at home in academia, in policy circles, and in school communities and who will contribute vision, energy, and consensus-building abilities to the ongoing development of a young graduate school of education at one of the world’s great research universities. The Vice Dean reports to and serves as the chief deputy to the Dean.

The Vice Dean serves as the chief academic officer for the School of Education (SOE). Collaborating with other members of the Dean’s leadership team and representing the School in a range of University settings, the Vice Dean provides vision, leadership, and oversight to all academic programs and faculty affairs as well as the plans and programs that advance assessment, quality assurance, and student success. The Vice Dean supervises and supports the work of the Department Chairs and their administrative program managers and ensures academic initiatives are consistent with the mission, values, and strategic goals of the SOE. The Vice Dean also supervises the work of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and the Office of Innovative Learning, Design, and Assessment. In addition, the Vice Dean can expect to define and recruit for a senior-level role to focus on assessment, analytics, and quality.

Supported by a University-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion outlined in the Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion, which was published in 2016 and updated in 2021, SOE has developed and implemented a range of resources and programs to advance these values. As a leader of the School, the Vice Dean contributes to the advancement of these commitments and programs.


The Vice Dean will contribute broadly and generously to the School’s ongoing growth by drawing on subject-matter expertise and by showing creative, collaborative, empathetic, and sustained leadership. Candidates will possess a strategic orientation towards education as a business and demonstrated leadership and experience in academic program leadership, including curriculum development and assessment. Candidates will demonstrate a high level of energy, creativity, and initiative and a strong commitment to fostering student learning and excellence in research and teaching. Experience supporting faculty development and success, respect for shared governance, and a consultative, transparent leadership style are important attributes, as are the ability to navigate a complex, decentralized institutional culture, a high tolerance for ambiguity, and a solution-focused orientation. The Vice Dean will respect and strengthen the diverse strengths displayed in the School of Education and in the broader Johns Hopkins University community and will add new energy and ideas to the DEI work already under way.

Qualified candidates will possess

  • An earned doctoral degree in Education or a related field
  • A record of teaching, research, and service suitable for appointment to the rank of Professor
  • Demonstrated record of interprofessional collaboration and scholarship
  • A commitment to and record of measurable impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion

The Vice Dean’s initial appointment will include a renewable multi-year contract. However, the expectation is that the Vice Dean’s scholarly record will merit a successful tenure review when the School establishes its tenure system, leading to a tenured appointment as a full professor.


The School of Education is committed to building a diverse educational environment, and women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. Johns Hopkins University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.

The School of Education has engaged Opus Partners ( to support the recruitment of the Vice Dean. Craig Smith, Partner, and Jeffrey Stafford, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Candidates should send their CV, an introductory letter of interest, and a statement describing their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion to or Nominations, recommendations, and inquiries should go to the same address. Every effort will be made to ensure candidate confidentiality. Dean Morphew intends to make an appointment effective in the fall of 2022; the search will advance in support of that goal.