University of Oregon — Dean of the College of Education

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University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

The University of Oregon (UO) seeks a visionary, inclusive, and highly dynamic leader to serve as its next Dean of the College of Education (COE). Working with an exceptional team of faculty and staff, the Dean will lead the University's highest-ranking and largest research-contributing college known for its innovative teaching and research in special education, counseling psychology, human services, education, and clinical sciences.

The COE is ranked no. 14 in national graduate schools of education by U.S. News and World Report, and its special education program ranks third in the nation by the same publication. Founded on excellence in research, scholarship, instruction, and practice, the COE seeks to be a trusted resource locally and nationally for evidence-based innovation in the education and human development sciences. The COE is a leader in culturally responsive Indigenous and bilingual teacher preparation programs as well as community-based research. The COE's renowned work creates a widespread, positive impact on our country's schools year-to-year, all while contributing significantly to the University of Oregon's own research enterprise. In Fall 2022, the COE enrolled close to 1,400 students across its 16 degree programs. The COE includes over 500 faculty and staff and 14 outreach and research units that promote key partnerships across the UO's campus and in the communities of Eugene, Portland, and greater Oregon.

This is an exciting time to join the University of Oregon and the College of Education. UO has recently completed an impressive fundraising campaign of over $3 billion that included a $1 billion gift in support of the Knight Campus and $425 million to establish the Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health. Both present great opportunities for the COE. The Ballmer Institute, in particular, represents a bold new approach to improving the behavioral health and wellness of children and adolescents through an emphasis on prevention and early detection of mental health disorders. The Dean of the COE will play an instrumental role in bringing together the College's community of diverse faculty, students, researchers, and staff around the UO's central initiatives and the COE's own educational mission. The Dean will do this by ensuring a unit-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all. In leading the COE, the Dean will address the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Champion and build upon the COE's innovative, inclusive, and relevant academic, research, and outreach activities
  • Sustain a culture of innovation and strengthen connections with the broader UO community
  • Build and strengthen the COE's internal culture and organizational infrastructure so that all faculty and staff can continue to excel
  • Authentically and effectively prioritize a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community in the COE
  • Continue to attract and retain exceptional faculty, with a specific emphasis on the recruitment and retention of faculty from underrepresented backgrounds
  • Generate fruitful and sustainable funding resources and external partnerships for the COE

    The Dean is expected to have achieved professional distinction in one or more of the fields within the COE to merit appointment as a tenured full professor in a discipline within the COE. The Dean will understand and be able to cultivate the possibilities associated with the College's rich array of disciplines, while promoting collegiality and shared purpose.

    The UO has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

    Julie Filizetti, Sofia Vargas, and Katie Pusecker Kilcawley
    Isaacson, Miller
    1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
    San Francisco, CA 94111

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.