Dean of the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University

Utah, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 20, 2020
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Brigham Young University, a private university sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, seeks a visionary and experienced leader to serve as Dean of the David O. McKay School of Education (MSE). The appointment is expected to take effect on July 1, 2021.


The School has 98 FTE faculty and annually graduates approximately 370 undergraduates and over 100 graduate students. The School includes five departments, and one center: Communication Disorders; Counseling Psychology and Special Education; Educational Leadership and Foundations; Instructional Psychology and Technology; Teacher Education; and the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES). The School has four doctoral programs, including an interdisciplinary program in Educational Inquiry, Measurement, and Evaluation, one Educational Specialist degree, and five master’s degree programs. In addition, the nationally recognized BYU-Public School Partnership is dedicated to the simultaneous renewal of teacher education and public schooling and is one of the oldest and largest school-university collaborations in the United States. 


The School values diversity, collaboration, and inclusion and strives to foster these values in all of its work. 


Job Classification:  CFS Professorial or Professional


Desired Start Date:   July 1, 2021


Posting Close Date:  November 27, 2020


Required Degree: Ph.D./Ed.D.


Experience:  Administrative experience in higher education that has prepared the candidate for the position of dean.


Duties and Expectations


  • Have an academic record to warrant the rank of Professor in one of the MSE’s academic units or center.  
  • Embrace and promote the Mission and Aims of Brigham Young University within the MSE and across campus.
  • Create a climate of inclusion and belonging for all members of the MSE community.
  • Appreciate the history of the MSE and develop a vision for its future that leverages the unique contributions of its five departments and center.
  • Build unity from diverse programs and people and celebrate the varying talents of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Nourish an environment of trust, transparency and collaboration, including the reasoned use of data to inform strategy and decisions.
  • Refine and promote the values of the MSE, including advocating for the role of public education in sustaining democratic institutions.
  • Promote transformative instructional and mentoring pedagogies, including online learning.
  • Encourage, support and assess consequential research.
  • Sustain fair and mission-driven processes for hiring, professional development, and rank and status (tenure and promotion).
  • Serve on the Governing Board of the BYU-Public School Partnership and facilitate renewing conversations between the districts, the MSE, and the teacher education programs within the BYU Educator Preparation Program (EPP).
  • Represent and advocate for the School and all of the programs that fall under the stewardship of the BYU EPP in university councils and with senior university officials.


Information required at the time of application: Apply at and attach a cover letter (up to 2 pages) and your updated curriculum vitae. Please list the individual contact information for each of your three recommenders on the faculty application. During the selection process, they may be contacted to submit their letters of reference electronically. 


Equal Opportunity Employer: m/f/Vets/Disability


Brigham Young University is an equal opportunity employer. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.