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Associate Dean for Educator Preparation

College of Education
Denton, Texas
Competitive salary commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 19, 2023


Associate Dean for Educator Preparation


The University of North Texas College of Education seeks a dynamic scholar and educator as its next Associate Dean for Educator Preparation. The appointment, which begins fall 2023, is in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration (TE&A), one of four departments in the college. The successful individual will join a faculty that is dedicated to quality in education and scholarship and that seeks to make significant contributions at local, state, national, and international levels. Of particular interest to the College of Education are candidates who are committed to improving people’s lives through powerful learning, social-emotional wellness, physical health, civic engagement, and equity-centered education.

The University of North Texas is a Tier One Research University in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex – the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. This dynamic region is seeing explosive growth, demographically and economically, with several of the fastest-growing municipalities in the nation, and is host to countless excellent restaurants, parks and outdoor opportunities, cultural institutions of all types, and globally diverse populations. UNT is located only 26 miles north of DFW International Airport. At more than 43,000 students, UNT is one of the nation’s largest universities, is highly diverse and is ranked in the top 8% of USA universities based on racial, geographic, gender, and age diversity and among the nation’s top 100 universities for social mobility and ethnic diversity (U.S. News & World Report, 2020 College Rankings). UNT is among a very few universities to be a Research 1 University, and a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Responsibilities: The University of North Texas College of Education seeks a dynamic scholar and educator as its next Associate Dean for Educator Preparation. This is a faculty-leader position, which will hold tenure in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. The role requires a strategic leader to maintain relationships with school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and to create innovative opportunities for UNT students in their field experiences and clinical teaching. This Associate Dean stays connected to peer institutions and state agencies in Texas, monitors relevant law and policy, oversees creation of required state and federal reports, and is responsible for maintaining state accreditation. As the college is committed to equity in education, the person in this role must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and educational justice. 

Qualifications: The candidate should hold a doctorate in Teacher Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or a related area, and a scholarly record commensurate with a rank of full professor or experienced associate professor with promotion in view. Also required is an expertise to teach courses in the UNT elementary education program and a high-quality experience with schools, districts, and pre-service field experiences.  The candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to an equity agenda in educator preparation with strong experience leading deeply collaborative work.  It is preferred that the candidate have a strong research record in teacher education and experience leading teacher learning (pre-service and/or in-service) within EC-12 school settings and experience working with diverse school districts (urban, rural, suburban).  Candidates with experience designing teacher education programs, including field experiences, and have working knowledge of Texas education policy and local context, as well as comparative national/international contexts, is preferred.

Application Instructions: All applications are accepted online at Applicants will submit: (a) Cover letter that addresses required and preferred qualifications and description of stances on teaching and diversity, equity, and inclusivity; (b) Curriculum vitae; (c) List of names and contact information of three references; (d) Unofficial academic transcripts (official transcripts due upon hire).

Initial Review: Committee review of completed applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must include all required components to be considered. The search committee will contact references only after advanced stages of screening. Official transcripts and three letters of reference will be required prior to employment. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory criminal background check.


For questions about the position, please contact the UNT College of Education Dean’s Office:

Jeanette Garriga, Executive Assistant 

College of Education

(940) 565-2233





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