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Dean of the College for Education and Engaged Learning

Montclair State University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Sep 20, 2023

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Job Description


Montclair State University invites applications for the position of Dean of the College for Education and Engaged Learning to start July 1, 2024. The Dean of the College for Education and Engaged Learning will inspire and demonstrate a spirit of innovation, a participatory leadership philosophy, and a deep commitment to a healthy academic community, climate, and culture within the College. The ideal candidate will be a visionary and collaborative leader with national prominence and reputation. Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the lead academic and administrative officer for the College who supervises academic programs that align with the University's strategic plan. They will also coordinate the activities of assistant/associate deans, department chairs, directors, and administrative staff.

It is expected that the Dean leads by modeling for faculty and staff positive supports and inclusive practices of diverse individuals to normalize the tenets of anti-racism, social justice, equity, diversity, and belonging, which ground the mission of the College. This inaugural Dean will prioritize an increased focus on the educational needs of minoritized populations, deepening and developing partnerships with urban districts and community organizations. They will ensure the College contributes to an anti-racist and inclusive campus environment.

The Dean will elevate the College's national and international profile and advance excellence in teaching, research, and program development in response to the changing landscape of P-12 education, higher education, and the needs of our community partners. The Dean is responsible for facilitating academic programs, strategic planning, assessment of student learning, and CAEP accreditation. The Dean oversees faculty and staff recruitment, development, retention, and support, and manages a budget including personnel and operating funds. They also work closely with university development to seek external financial support and establish strategic resource partnerships for the College. The Dean will engage key College stakeholders; lead advisory board meetings; strengthen alumni relations; partner with university development, and identify opportunities to build, expand and strengthen our community engagement. The faculty and staff seek a seasoned leader with a national reputation to lead the College towards long-term growth and stability.

Expectations include:
  • Works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and key community members to articulate a compelling mission and vision, and strategic plan for the new College.

  • Identifies new initiatives for program development and interdisciplinary opportunities and collaborates with other schools and colleges across campus also for research and scholarship.

  • Cultivates a culture of openness, communication, trust, support, and collaboration within the College.

  • Embraces the value of the lived experience of Montclair State University students, centering the College's impact on students and their future well-being.

  • Brings an asset orientation to diversity and is responsive to the needs and interests of students who are Pell eligible, English learners, neurodiverse, LGBTQ+, and racially and ethnically diverse.

  • Recognizes the value and importance of teacher education, administrator education, higher education, and educational foundations to the preparation of educators to serve a wide variety of institutional contexts for justice and the public good.

  • Operationalizes the values of shared governance and transparent communication with chairs, directors, staff, and faculty while setting clear expectations and accountabilities.

  • Leads the recruitment, enrollment, and retention efforts of high-caliber students locally, nationally, as well as internationally.

  • Leads recruiting, hiring, and retention efforts for highly qualified diverse faculty and staff; complies with collective bargaining contracts.

  • Prioritizes a consistent and continuous review of the staff and faculty experience to actively nurture employee’s professional development, satisfaction and retention.

  • Establishes and maintains excellent relationships with the state and local education administrators and advocates, local schools, and districts.

  • Directs national and/or state accreditation and certification, assessment, and ongoing academic program development and serves as the professional liaison with government and professional agencies and associations.

  • Works with faculty and staff to respond to current local, national, and international trends and opportunities in education to advance the College.

  • Promotes a culture of excellence, ethics, service, and continuous improvement.

  • Fosters and supports a climate of research and innovation to impact education outcomes at all levels of education (PK-12 and post-secondary), supporting faculty and students in those efforts.

  • Leads effective fiscal management and innovative fundraising for the College.

  • Works to advance research and scholarly activities for the College, including inter-institutional and multi-sectoral efforts.

  • Drives innovative community engagement and public service efforts.

  • Embodies a commitment to innovation through the use of diverse technologies and social media to communicate with public and private stakeholders.

  • Incorporates student leadership to inform governance and decision-making.

  • Acts as the “face and voice” of the College.


  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. from an accredited university.

  • Record of distinguished academic achievement (including tenure) appropriate for appointment at the rank of full professor in a department of the College.

  • An outstanding reputation and recognized leadership in higher education, including experience at local, state, and national levels in education, teacher education, higher education, or educational leadership preparation.

  • A commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching/learning, scholarship and research, community engagement, and the effective application of knowledge.

  • A record of successful administration in higher education and a broad understanding of the issues and trends in higher education and K-12 education.

  • A commitment to maintaining and extending student and faculty diversity.

  • A demonstrated record in the acquisition of external resources from government agencies, foundations, the corporate sector and/or private donors.

  • A track record of building and strengthening relationships with regulatory agencies, associations, and other institutions of higher education at the state and national levels.

  • Service to schools and districts, with a commitment to urban education and addressing issues of equity and justice through research and/or practice.

  • Record of success in advancing anti-racist culture and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational environment for students, staff, and faculty.

  • Financial acumen and budgetary expertise, including strategic resource allocation, grant management, and public funding.

  • Experience with administrative operations such as admissions and program advisement, enrollment, marketing, financial aid, accreditation, student affairs, planning and budgeting, faculty and curriculum assessment, information technology.

  • Success in recruiting, retaining, and mentoring faculty and staff, including mentoring faculty in their research, teaching, service, clinical, and administrative endeavors.

  • Experience working in a collaborative bargaining environment.



Applicants should include a curriculum vitae and cover letter describing how their background, skills and education match the needs of the University. When applying, please take a moment to carefully read and follow the steps in the application instructions.

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


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Montclair State University

Montclair State University defines what it means to be a university with a public purpose — one that not only creates transformational opportunities for students, but also partners with communities to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Montclair invites students to imagine the world they want to live in and empowers them to develop the skills and knowledge to create it. As a solutions engine, we ask: How can we harness the power of 21,000 students and 1,800 professors to be a force for good in the world?

This distinctive approach continues to attract students, propelling Montclair to become New Jersey’s second largest institution of higher learning, and one of its most diverse. Under President Jonathan Koppell, the University enrolled the largest entering class in the University’s history two years in a row.

Founded in 1908, Montclair has grown big enough to offer more than 300 programs across 13 colleges and schools at all degree levels – and yet, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1, is still small enough for students to receive personalized attention from professors and staff who truly care. Students have numerous opportunities to conduct research with professors who are respected leaders in their fields.

More than 50% of Montclair’s students identify as underrepresented minorities. It is New Jersey’s largest Hispanic-Serving Institution, serving more Latinx students than any other university in the state.

Montclair’s highly diverse students thrive in the University’s supportive, welcoming environment. Their graduation rates outperform state and national benchmarks and predictions with U.S. News & World Report ranking Montclair as seventh among national universities in graduation rate performance in 2022. It is consistently recognized as one of the most inclusive and best value universities and ranked No. 21 in the country in social mobility.

Many of Montclair’s students are working and raising families, and the University offers flexible programs that give them the opportunity to learn in ways that work best for them, on campus or online, in real time or asynchronously.

Faculty include winners of a MacArthur fellowship, Fulbright grants and Emmy awards, and NSF, NEH and NIH grants, among many other distinctions. These highly respected researchers, scholars and creators are dedicated to student success, and they are always innovating to meet the needs of learners and of the state. Montclair has launched dozens of new degree and certificate programs, and offers more combined bachelor’s and master’s degree programs than any other university in New Jersey – empowering students to enter the workforce faster, with stronger skills and for less cost. 

Montclair’s mission is to elevate its students and partners, and in so doing, help make the world a better place. 

At Montclair State, our employees are among our most valuable assets.

When you work at Montclair State, you join a talented, diverse and inclusive community of employees who work together to support the educational mission of the University.

You are part of a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. Our 11 colleges and schools serve 21,000 students on a beautiful 252-acrea, vibrant suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City.

Dedicated to providing employees with opportunities for professional achievement and development, we take pride in a dynamic workplace environment that respects all employees and encourages excellence.

As a Montclair State University employee, you enjoy access to:

  • Comprehensive health, dental and retirement benefits to discounted membership to the campus recreation center and tuition reimbursement
  • Policies, programs and services that support our commitment to affirmative action, equal opportunity employment, multicultural diversity and inclusion
  • A dynamic, sophisticated and diverse environment

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