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Dean, Levin College of Public Affairs and Education

Cleveland State University
Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 1, 2023

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Administrative, Deans
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Dean, Levin College of Public Affairs and Education

Cleveland State University seeks a dynamic, forward-thinking academic leader to serve as the next dean of the Levin College of Public Affairs and Education.

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University (CSU) is a public, urban research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. Serving a diverse population of nearly 16,000 students, CSU is the No. 1 public university in Ohio for social mobility. Approximately 80-percent of CSU graduates stay in Northeast Ohio, creating a talent pipeline with expertise and skills that align with high-demand fields.

Under the leadership of President Laura Bloomberg and Provost Nigamanth Sridhar, Cleveland State is reimagining its future with CSU 2.0, an aggressive plan to become a stronger, more focused institution. CSU 2.0 outlines investments in research, curricular transformations and initiatives to advance student success, develop new programs and build new partnerships. A key strategic move for CSU was the realignment of academic colleges, which went into effect in Summer 2022. Included in this realignment was the creation of the Levin College of Public Affairs and Education.

The Levin College prepares students to address societal challenges as they build and sustain complex urban systems. Levin encompasses the School of Communication, Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs, Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning, Department of Criminology and Sociology, Department of Curriculum and Foundations and Department of Teacher Education – allowing for an innovative approach to learning within an urban research university. A powerful combination of instruction and real-world experiences ensures that Levin students graduate fully prepared to contribute to the civic, economic and educational development of the region and the world.

The next dean will articulate and execute a vision for the future of the Levin College, while simultaneously creating a dynamic, exciting and enriched work environment. This vision will champion the success of Cleveland State's diverse and inclusive student body, employing strategies to ensure the Levin College is a place where all have a sense of belonging and an opportunity to thrive. As chief academic officer for the College, the dean will develop strategies to recruit and retain a diverse and exceptional faculty, administration and staff. The dean will promote research in the College that advances communities and society through education and equitable economic and social development. The next dean of the Levin College will be actively involved in the civic, educational and public life of the University as well as the greater Cleveland region.

The ideal candidate will be an exemplary communicator and collaborator, who has shown the ability to lead in a multidisciplinary environment and work with diverse constituents. The candidate must show evidence of collaborative relationships across diverse academic disciplines, with the capacity to understand the issues, opportunities and challenges in unfamiliar areas of study to collaborate and advocate on behalf of all areas of the College. The ideal candidate should possess credentials suitable for the granting of academic tenure within the College, which may include a proven record of high-level leadership in the public or nonprofit sectors. All candidates must show a deep commitment and understanding of the future of higher education within an urban environment as well as an understanding of academic accreditation and licensure issues associated with relevant programs in the College.

A detailed leadership profile is available at this link.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile. WittKieffer is assisting Cleveland State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 4, 2023. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Lauren Bruce-Stets and Julia Bradley at

Cleveland State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to nondiscrimination. Males, Females, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans are encouraged to apply for our vacant positions.


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