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Director of the Office of Teacher Education

Bemidji State University
Bemidji, Minnesota
Depends on Qualifications; Range D ($51,978-$95,976)
Posted Date
May 15, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Bemidji State University (BSU) invites applicants to join our team as the Director of the Office of Teacher Education. BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated.  Centered between the three largest Tribal nations in Minnesota – Leech Lake, Red Lake, and White Earth – BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with American Indian communities to become a destination university.

Enrolling more than 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship. BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji.  BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture.  The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation.

The Director of the Office of Teacher Education is responsible for ensuring the authentic and successful preparation of teacher candidates for careers in P-12 teaching through program accreditation, coordination with external and internal stakeholders, and student support efforts at Bemidji State University. In these efforts, the Director serves as the leader and main point of contact for communication and planning between members of the Bemidji State University Professional Education and Content Area faculty, Office of Teaching Education (OTE) staff, P-12 school representatives, and the OTE Advisory Board. The Director also proactively leads student outreach and support efforts, including organizing recruiting, orientation, and retention events and acting as the Education student advocate and facilitator. In the course of their duties, the Director regularly interacts with and receives extensive support from the academic advising, clinical experience, licensing, and accreditation/data specialists comprising the OTE.

Responsibilities of the Director of the Office of Teacher Education include:

  • Being knowledgeable in all areas of the Office of Teacher Education (academic advising, clinical experience, licensing, and accreditation/data) and synthesizing and communicating OTE staff efforts/duties with BSU faculty, staff, and students.
  • Serving as the Unit Leader for the purposes of PELSB and other accreditation reporting, interpretating, and communicating with campus stakeholders.
  • Working with faculty and staff to develop policies and procedures relating to teacher licensure programs and in response to evolving PELSB and AAQEP regulations.
  • Making final procedural and policy decisions for all BSU teacher licensure programs to ensure compliance with external accrediting bodies.
  • Planning and directing the work activities of professional employees, as well as providing final recommendations for hiring, performance evaluations, professional development, and discipline within the OTE.
  • Overseeing budgets and cost centers relating to OTE, including field experience and student teaching.
  • Facilitating marketing of programs by working with academic departments, such as the Center for Extended Learning, Admissions, and Grad Studies.
  • Facilitating student admission for conventional and non-conventional programs, in conjunction with the Academic Program Leader for Education Committee (APLE).
  • Leading coordination and collaboration of all student teacher placements and field experience placements in local, regional and state-wide school districts.
  • Leading outreach and retention efforts (serving as point of contact for students with concerns, leading student success efforts including working with members of the APLE to address “Navigate” concerns, designing and coordinating student engagement events).
  • Leading implementation of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) measures.
  • Responding to and actively helping support new (evidence-based) initiatives launched by faculty and staff.

Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • Earned Master’s degree in a related area of Education
  • At least 5 years of administrative experience in higher education.
  • Experience serving as a liaison between multiple stakeholders and levels of audiences.
  • Ability to serve as credible expert for policies, procedures, and practices related to university, state, regional, and national requirements.
  • Experience with accreditation standards (state, regional, or national).
  • Experience with student management databases and software (as examples: ISRS, ImageNow, Starfish, and Navigate).
  • Higher education teaching experience.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Earned Doctorate in related area of Education.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota PELSB Rule.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota Tiered Licensure.
  • Knowledge of Northern Minnesota P-12 schools.
  • Knowledge of BSU teacher education programs.
  • P-12 teaching experience.

To facilitate the review, assessment, and evaluation process, please ensure that your application and/or resume clearly demonstrate fulfillment of these required and preferred qualifications.

Other considerations:

  • All applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States at the time of an offer of employment.
  • Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Minnesota State University Associate of Administrative and Service Faculty (MSUAASF) – see agreement.
  • In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MinnState) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, faculty and staff driving on college/university business, who use a rental or state vehicle, shall be required to complete a vehicle Use Agreement form and conform to MinnState’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a motor vehicle records check.
  • BSU and NTC are tobacco free workplaces (see policy).


Apply online:

A complete application will include the following attachments:

  • Cover letter, which addresses the required qualifications and your specific interest in working at BSU.
  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae.

Inquiries about the position:

MaryTheresa Seig, Dean of the College of Arts, Education and Humanities

Phone: (218) 755-3874


If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an application, contact Mary Miller at


Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who always come out to cheer for the Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.

Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants. students at Bemidji State University have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.

The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.

For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.

For further information, visit our website at:

Review a "special report on how this former lumber town has rebuilt itself as a high-speed, regional center of enterprise" at Bemidji 2.0

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Statement of Notice

Bemidji State University prohibits discrimination and sexual violence of any kind. Contact the Title IX Coordinator if you have concerns regarding discrimination and/or sexual violence.

Per Minnesota State System Procedure 1B.3.1, all universities and colleges must provide contact information of their Title IX Coordinator.

Megan Zothman, Campus Human Resources Officer & Title IX Coordinator

Email: or

Phone: (218) 755-2502

1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Deputy Hall, Room 335, Bemidji, MN 56601

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