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Director & Professor School of Teacher Education

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 2, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Teacher Education
Employment Type
Full Time

Director & Professor

School of Teacher Education

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

Florida State University


The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at Florida State University invites applications for a Professor and Director of the School of Teacher Education. The College encourages applications from visionary leaders committed to education and its role in maximizing human potential. Reporting to the Dean of the College, the Director is responsible for the overall success of the School, its students, and its faculty and staff. 

The School of Teacher Education is committed to high quality personnel preparation programs; service to the state of Florida; and high-quality scholarly research in elementary education, early childhood education, reading/language arts, foreign and second language education, special education, visual disabilities, science education, math education, social science education, English education, and related areas. The School strives to provide undergraduate and graduate students with world-class training in teaching, research and professional development. Through the guidance and mentorship of faculty, students graduate to serve as educational leaders who will contribute to the betterment of a pluralistic, global society in the context of the state of Florida's needs for an educated, global-minded citizenry.

In addition to mentoring and preparing the next generation of educators, faculty engage in a diverse range of research activities. Faculty work routinely appears in prestigious publications and is cited by peers. Furthermore, faculty receive support from a robust Office of Research to pursue research opportunities, professional awards, and more.

The roots of FSU’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences date back to the university’s establishment, and it is the oldest college of its kind in Florida. Recently expanded in 2023, the College is home to six academic departments united through a common goal to maximize human potential. In total, the College includes the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Department of Educational Psychology & Learning Systems, Department of Human Development & Family Science, Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology, Department of Sport Management, School of Teacher Education, numerous research centers, and three laboratory schools (Florida State University School, FSU Pembroke Pines Charter School, and The Collegiate School at FSU Panama City). The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences serves over 4,500 students via 187 full-time faculty and 73 full-time staff.

The University

Founded in 1851, Florida State University is a comprehensive, national, graduate-research university offering more than 280 outstanding academic and professional degrees in top programs to over 45,000 students. Consistently ranked among the best public universities in the nation, Florida State University provides extraordinary opportunities for undergraduate students to build a strong foundation in their chosen fields; study abroad at the University’s overseas campuses; engage in scores of service activities; benefit from world class library and technical facilities; participate in extensive intramural and recreational events; and interact with some of the finest students and faculty in the nation in a distinctive, welcoming environment. The Florida State University Athletics Department sponsors 20 teams that honor the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Collectively, these teams have won 21 team national championships, and over 100 team conference championships, as well as numerous individual national and conference titles. The University instills the strength, skill, and character essential for lifelong learning, personal responsibility, and achievement. 

Florida State University is located in the capital city of Florida, Tallahassee. Tallahassee boasts a metropolitan area population of nearly 400,000 residents, making it the largest city in the Florida Big Bend and Florida Panhandle region, and the main center for trade and agriculture in the Florida Big Bend and Southwest Georgia regions. Over 70,000 college students make Tallahassee their home, and they enroll either at Florida State University, Florida A&M University, or Tallahassee Community College. Known for its beautiful canopy roads, excellent K-12 schools, abundant sunshine, and mild winters, Tallahassee is the site of the Florida State Capitol, Supreme Court of Florida, Florida Governor's Mansion, and nearly 30 state agency headquarters. Tallahassee is also home to many entertainment venues, theaters, museums, parks and performing arts centers. In 2015, Tallahassee was awarded the All-American City Award by the National Civic League for the second time.


  • Provide leadership and strategic direction for all academic programs in the School
  • Lead and enhance the School’s strategic efforts for research productivity and excellence
  • Lead the effort for identifying the major priorities of the School, including the combined BS/MS pathways in teacher education, and other graduate programs (e.g., PhD and master’s).
  • Align the School’s strategic planning goals with the strategic plans of the University and the College
  • Manage budgetary, personnel, and other departmental resources
  • Foster and maintain a supportive environment for all faculty, staff and students in the School
  • Provide leadership and direction for creating a culture of transparency and open communication within the School
  • Enhance the rigor and quality of research in the School, as well as the opportunities for PhD students
  • Collaborate with the Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research and the Learning Systems Institute to continue developing productive research partnerships that promote the work of faculty in the
  • Lead efforts to build relationships within and outside the University that lead to the betterment of the College, and the well-being of the community and the region.


Earned doctorate from one of the educational disciplines found within the School, or a closely-related field.

A record of scholarly accomplishments consistent with the rank of full professor with tenure; exceptionally qualified candidates may also be considered for the Mack and Effie Campbell Distinguished Professorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in academic leadership, including budgetary oversight and management.
  • Broad and diverse research knowledge and experience at Research 1 universities—to understand, guide, and communicate with faculty working in diverse fields within various paradigms and methodologies.
  • Experience as a leader for faculty members’ professional development and growth.
  • Experience with building and maintaining relationships with K-12 and community agency field partners and field-placement management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to faculty development and advancement.

This is a Faculty position.

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check.

This position is being advertised as open until filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by October 31, 2023.

This nine-month position includes a partial summer salary for the Director role as well as an administrative stipend for service during the traditional academic year.

Proposed start date: July 1, 2024

Contact Information:

Dr. Toby Park-Gaghan

Search Committee Chair

How to Apply:

Review of candidates will begin October 31, 2023, and will continue until filled. We urge interested candidates to submit materials as soon as possible.

Interested candidates should submit an online application at

Applicants are required to complete FSU’s online application, providing all educational details and a curriculum vitae. Applicants should also include contact information for three professional references (references will not be contacted prior to notifying applicants), and a cover letter of no more than four pages that articulates the candidate’s experience and vision for the School as related to: (1) leadership, innovation, and strategic partnerships; (2) research; and (3) teaching.

Questions regarding the application submission system and process should be directed to the application coordinator:

Christine Lojan, Sr. Administrative Specialist

School of Teacher Education

Equal Employment Opportunity:

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

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