Reporting directly to the Provost and sitting on the Council of Academic Deans, the Dean of the College of Education is the chief administrator of the College and oversees over 230 faculty members and 118 staff. The Dean will supervise the College’s budget; lead the recruitment and retention of faculty and professional staff; advance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and serve as the chief advocate and fundraiser for the College.
Candidates should have outstanding records of leadership and management in complex institutions. An earned doctorate and a record of university teaching, scholarly and creative activity that merits appointment to the rank of tenured full professor in an academic program in the College is required. All candidates must have experience effecting change; knowledge of education research, practice, and policy; an entrepreneurial instinct; an inclination to be welcoming and inclusive; and a capacity to nurture local, regional, and national networks and relationships.
The position calls for a person with proven leadership and imagination who can help to build the research enterprise of the college, address enrollment challenges, strengthen the collaborative engagement with the South Carolina education community, expand cross-college partnerships, and most importantly, prepare exceptional teachers to work in South Carolina. The successful candidate for this position will have a strong understanding of the issues facing public education from pre-k through graduate education. The Dean is expected be a transformational and collaborative leader who acts with integrity and possesses the ability to communicate with diverse constituents, fosters collegiality and clarity in the decision-making process, and provides strong leadership to advance the College’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence. For the faculty, staff, and students the new Dean will be an intellectual leader who inspires others to embrace scholarly inquiry and learning and possesses a passion for education as a cornerstone for advancing the public good and social justice.
- An earned doctorate and a record of university teaching, scholarly and creative activity that merits appointment to the rank of tenured full professor in an academic program in the College.
- A record of university teaching, scholarly and creative activity that satisfies eligibility of appointment to the rank of tenured full professor in an academic program in the College.
- A minimum of 5 years of administrative leadership experience in positions of increasing responsibility in colleges or departments of education or related fields.
- Demonstrated success in administrative leadership and rising levels of responsibility at the level of chair or above, including management of fiscal and personnel resources; recruitment, evaluation, and retention of a well-qualified faculty and staff; and academic programs evaluation and review.
- Strong administrative and organizational skills, with the ability to manage complexity and balance competing priorities, multiple constituencies, and numerous responsibilities simultaneously, with a commitment to data-informed decision making and accountability.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in supporting innovative programs and initiatives, including digital learning and the use of technology across the curriculum.
- Experience with supporting high-caliber scholars across a range of methodologies and theoretical framings, including support for obtaining grant funding and administration.
- Demonstrated experience of successful activities to foster diversity, equity, and inclusive environment for students, faculty members, and staff members.
- Experience and evidence of successful engagements to promote diversity equity and inclusion in pre-K, K-12, and post high schools and/or communities, including teacher education and professional development.
- Fluency in the current and emerging topics in higher education, particularly those that are relevant to educational leadership and public education.
- Fundraising capability with demonstrated success in and enthusiasm for soliciting financial support from alumni, foundations, and the broader community.
- Strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills; the ability to communicate the college’s needs, plans, and programs effectively with various constituencies, including university administration, state and federal agencies, and leaders in the community.
- Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including local and statewide school districts and communities.
- Experience managing large budgets with transparency and in compliance with college, university, system, and state fiscal practices. Experience with RCM budget models is highly desired.
- Familiarity with professional accreditation expectations and processes.
- Demonstrated personal and professional qualities of integrity, honesty, open mindedness, forth rightness, and resiliency.
- The ability to demonstrate grace under pressure and to inspire others to act with dignity and respect and several academic deans.