Kutztown University — Dean, College of Education

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, one of the ten institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, invites applications for the position of Dean, College of Education. The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The position is available for the successful candidate to begin in Summer 2023.

The College of Education is a collaborative and active community of four departments (Counselor Education and Student Affairs; Elementary, Middle Level, Library and Technologies Education; Secondary Education; and Special Education). The strength of the College reflects the long history of teacher education at Kutztown University and in the PASSHE system.

The Dean of the College of Education is the chief executive/academic officer for the College and is responsible for strategic planning, curricular leadership at the undergraduate and graduate levels, program growth and development, hiring, fiscal management, outcomes assessment and accreditation, relationships with community organizations, faculty/staff advocacy and development, as well as advancement and fund raising. The Dean plays a vital role in fostering the core values of Kutztown University and is the College's principal advocate for student success and academic excellence. The Dean is a member of the Council of Academic Deans and participates in selected committees and ad hoc groups within the PA State System of Higher Education. The successful candidate will provide vision and foster collaboration and appreciation for the variety of programs within the college and at the university. Tenure may be granted to an Academic Dean who has previously obtained tenure at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education school or another regionally accredited four-year institution as described in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Minimum Qualifications

The chosen candidate will have an earned terminal degree from an accredited institution in a discipline related to the subject areas of the College; a minimum of three (3) years of progressive administrative leadership; a minimum of five (5) years full-time teaching experience at the university level; a record of success in the management of personnel resources and budget; experience with academic program evaluation and assessment of student learning outcomes; and a significant record of achievement in teaching and scholarly activities.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstration of the ability to promote and uphold the mission and shared vision of the institution as well as personal vision for education; successful implementation of innovative academic programs, including online and blended education; extensive familiarity with accreditation processes in education; exhibition of leadership skills, including excellent interpersonal and communication skills, necessary to address the challenges and possibilities facing higher education; experience with initiating and supporting efforts for access and success of students; ability to foster a climate that facilitates professional development and collaboration; successful grant writing and fundraising experience; familiarity with recruiting, retaining and supporting highly qualified and diverse faculty and students; exhibition of respect for shared governance in a collective bargaining environment; and a commitment to culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies and equity.

Supplemental Information

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To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received no later than February 15, 2022. All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application system only. Applicants should provide curriculum vitae, a letter of application, and the contact information of five references, one of whom should be the applicant's current or immediate past supervisor. References will not be contacted without notification. Application letters should specifically address the minimum and preferred qualifications listed above. Successful on-campus interview, reference checks, background clearances (PA Criminal, Child Abuse Clearance and FBI Clearance) and demonstration of ability are requisite qualifications for all positions. Official transcripts for all degrees required prior to appointment.

The University is very interested in hiring employees who have extensive experience with supporting the success of diverse populations.

Non-Discrimination Statement
Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University's Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by e-mail at pena@kutztown.edu or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by e-mail at OCR@ed.gov.


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