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Dean of the School of Education

Nevada State University
Nevada, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 20, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Nevada State University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for its next Dean of the School of Education.

Nevada State University, a four-year Minority Serving public institution, committed to the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population of more than 7,000, is seeking a Dean of the School of Education who is dedicated to education and teaching, values transparency and shared governance, and works collaboratively within and beyond the SOE to advance NSU's mission of offering quality, affordable degree programs that open doors to career success and an enhanced quality of life for a diverse population of students. The primary focus of Nevada State's mission is "the New Majority" – first-generation students, Dreamers, adults with college credit but without college degrees, students of color, and anyone looking for the opportunity to improve their economic mobility. Nestled among the foothills of Mount Scorpion in Henderson, Nevada, Nevada State's 512-acre campus is rapidly developing to meet a growing student population with dynamic programs.

The SOE is an educator-preparation institution in Nevada that strives to ensure graduates (teachers, counselors, speech language pathologists, and community leaders) are well-positioned to usher in equity and excellence to educational settings across the region. The school's welcoming environment reflects NSU's commitment to instruction and community engagement. The school is housed in the new and award-winning Glenn and Ande Christenson School of Education Building (CEB), with well-designed common spaces, meeting areas, and technology-rich classrooms. With its architecture designed to blend into the beautiful desert landscape and replete with vibrant conversations among intellectuals, practitioners, and students, the SOE is a marquee space for growing southern Nevada's workforce.

Enrolling over 1000 students in fall 2023, the SOE is currently home to 10 undergraduate degree majors, three undergraduate minors, and one master's degree across three program areas: education, speech-language pathology, and school-based mental health. Education degrees include undergraduate majors in elementary education (Elementary, Special Education, and Bilingual Education), early childhood (Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education), and secondary education (English, Math, Social Studies, Biology, and Physical Science). An undergraduate major in Special Education with a concentration in Autism will be offered beginning in fall 2025.Speech-language pathology includes an undergraduate major and a master's degree program, the first graduate program at NSU. School-based mental health currently includes one undergraduate minor and will offer an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Psychology beginning in fall 2024.The SOE offers small class sizes, mentorship programs, and hands-on field experiences.

The dean plays a critical role in providing visionary academic leadership that cultivates and builds upon a culture of effective teaching and learning through collaboration, transparency, innovation, and collegiality. The dean will be responsible for encouraging creative and transformative practices in the SOE by supporting faculty efforts to improve their teaching and integrate high-impact practices; encourage research and scholarship activities; support the assessment of student learning and ongoing curricular improvements; and coordinate efforts to offer high-quality courses at times and modalities that are appropriate for and accessible to NSU students.

As a member of academic leadership, the dean will be responsible for fostering relationships with external stakeholders in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, Nevada State Foundation, and the Office of Institutional Advancement to pursue funding opportunities and partnerships related to the mission and goals of the school. The dean will also represent SOE on the University-wide Deans Council and chair or serve on committees as delegated by the Provost or President.

A detailed leadership profile is available at

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting the Nevada State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by October 28, 2023. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Charlene L. Aguilar, Ed.M. and Maya Holt-Brockenbrough, Ph.D., at

Nevada State is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education and is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in the recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


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