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Campus Dean

University of Washington Bothell
Washington, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 1, 2023
Position Overview

School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Bothell

Organization: University of Washington, Bothell

Title: Campus Dean

Position Details
Position Description

The University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell) invites applications and nominations for the position of campus dean of the School of Educational Studies (SES). The campus dean reports to the UW Bothell vice chancellor for academic affairs (VCAA).

As a collaborative, scholarly and professional community, UW Bothell’s SES exists to develop and support educators who are committed to the learning of all students in diverse contexts. The next campus dean will join the leadership team at an exciting period with a unique opportunity to contribute impactfully to UW Bothell’s three areas of strategic priority; strengthen diversity and equity, enhance community and campus engagement, and advance cross-disciplinary teaching and scholarship.

To achieve this vision, UW Bothell seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and community-engaged leader for SES with a history of distinguished academic leadership and innovative program development. Unwavering in the pursuit of collective and individual action to address the ways in which discrimination inhibits lives and derails learning, the campus dean will demonstrate and embrace perspectives and voices that move SES towards sustainable anti-racism and equity practices.

The campus dean will provide visionary direction for the school within the parameters of the campus mission and strategic plan. To achieve these objectives, the campus dean will lead SES as they address the following key opportunities and challenges:

· Assess, champion, and lead a dynamic strategic vision for the school.

· Improve the school’s fiscal well-being and establish budget priorities.

· Develop and implement student success strategies to advance recruitment, retention, and engagement of students and alumni.

· Raise new funds to achieve the school’s strategic ambitions.

· Foster a supportive and inclusive culture that advances faculty and staff collaboration.

· Recruit, retain, and support a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

The campus dean will be already tenured at the level of professor. The annual salary range for this position is $200,000 to $210,000.


UW Bothell is a student-centered campus known for engaging students through classes, team projects, and research in which students connect what they learn or create in the classroom with the broader community. This is achieved through close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and staff dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research, connected learning, and community engagement, and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond. UW Bothell is dedicated to creating a community that advances equity, social justice, affirmation, and excellence for all.


SES is an approved educator preparation program that exists to develop and support educators who are committed to promoting the learning of all students in diverse contexts. With innovative professional development, certification, endorsement, undergraduate and graduate degree offerings, SES prepares students and experienced teachers to be impactful leaders, trains new teachers to successfully lead their classrooms and supports established educators along their path toward professional and personal growth. Undergraduate students can earn a bachelor’s degree in educational studies or pursue an elementary education option. The school offers several minors that are open to all UW Bothell students. The uniquely designed Master of Education program serves the educational and professional goals of currently certificated K-12 teachers, P-20 educators, professionals in the field of education, leaders in nonprofit and community-based organization, and industry professionals looking to expand their depth of knowledge about education. Educators will also find professional development options offered by SES.

As a collaborative, scholarly and professional community, SES supports interdisciplinary scholarship that explores the multifaceted dimensions of learning and schooling. A particular focus is given to: (a) the purposes of education in a social and political democracy, (b) the responsibility of universities to collaborate with community partners, and (c) the critical role of professional educators in supporting equity in learning.

Committed to developing and supporting educators who advance the commitments and capabilities that promote the learning of all students in diverse contexts, SES is dedicated to creating new horizons in education by translating innovative ideas into real-world applications, bridging research and theory to practice with programs that provide actionable insights and frameworks to help our future teachers cultivate knowledge about education, curriculum, and leadership, and in so doing, broaden their impact. Educating immigrant and first-generation students and improving the communities SES serves are among our core values.

To achieve these outcomes, SES embraces a commitment to diversity in students, staff, and faculty as demonstrated through equitable policies, inclusive practices, and structures that bolster and sustain school diversity. We align school equity work with the University of Washington’s tri-campus vision of diversity and inclusion. We also create policies, structures, and processes that identify, confront, and address institutional and interpersonal discrimination that negatively affects personal and collective success.

To that end, the central importance of education in a social and political democracy is further articulated in the enduring vision of theGoodlad Institute. Now in its fourteenth year, theInstitutecontinues the collaborative work of promoting innovation in communities and schools and the preparation of educators and future leaders. TheInstitute’sfocus on educational renewal from within communities promotes justice-centered purposes of education by developing programs to support teacher leadership for curriculum renewal; preparing and supporting school leaders; supportingRenewal in PK-16 Schools and Informal Learning Environments; promoting civic-professional collaboration for school renewal and more. Awards supportingGoodlad Institutepriority areas totaled more than three million dollars in the most recent reporting period.


The campus dean will provide exceptional vision and leadership, typified by their ability to help create and nurture a culture of academic innovation that capitalizes on emerging trends in higher education. The campus dean will be a leader capable of building on the unique strengths of SES, delivering on the schools’ tenet of “improving lives through learning” by producing educators who embrace the power of transformative pedagogy to foster appreciation for multiple perspectives, and a sense of critical consciousness and agency.

As a key member of the VCAA’s academic affairs leadership team, the campus dean is responsible for communicating the vision and goals of SES to community and professional constituencies and for seeking public and private funds to support the schools. The campus dean will have unparalleled opportunities to advance innovative teacher education and educational leadership programs.

· Education Vision: Knowledgeable about trends in the future of education nationally and regionally and recognizes how to translate this impact on SES programming. Capitalizes on the school’s’ signature strengths as well as foster new curricula and new approaches to teaching and learning that actualize the school’s active learning ecosystem. Participates in the creation of and executes a vision for the schools’ mission, balancing compliance with flexible, multimodal, and inclusive delivery.

· Education Advocacy: Understands and appreciates the challenges facing educational professionals both within SES and across PK-12 and higher education and elevates the school’s visibility, voice, and impact in each of these settings. Advocates for resources with state policy makers. Advocates for SES students throughout their educational pathways.

· DEIB and Anti-Racism Leadership: To reflect our strong commitment to anti-racist pedagogies, the campus dean will have a demonstrable commitment to and record of leadership in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Advances a culture grounded in mutual trust and respect, civility, and collaboration in support of core UW Bothell equity and inclusion initiatives. Works collaboratively with stakeholders within SES and throughout the school community to create and support a safe and inclusive school community in which students, staff, and faculty are valued, connected, and positioned to thrive. Creates initiatives to increase the diversity of the faculty, staff, and student community.

· Recruitment, Retention, Mentorship, and Support for Faculty: Leads the faculty by encouraging and supporting scholarship, facilitating teaching excellence, and cultivating collegial and constructive relationships; supports faculty recruitment, retention, and success, as well as oversees the school’s programs and curriculum. These efforts are accomplished within a framework of shared responsibility among faculty and administrators to realize mission-driven outcomes. New faculty also require mentorship for research, teaching, and other areas of professional development in order to play a central role in student learning, scholarly and creative productivity, and leadership within the school community.

· Staff Leadership: Mentors leaders and enhances a culture of collaboration to include meaningful engagement with staff and student governance councils and committees, and conducts regular and meaningful consultation, dialogue, and engagement.

· SES and School Culture: Creates a climate that fosters personal investment and excellence; nurtures commitment to a common vision and shared values; provides opportunity for additional growth and achievement; promotes collaboration and teamwork. Advances a culture of trust and fairness, modeling and advancing inclusion and belonging by listening and understanding challenges, engaging with empathy, and proposing solutions.

· Community Partner Engagement (including school systems), research partnerships, community organizations, and representatives from marginalized communities): Identifies opportunities to build partnerships and focuses on mutually beneficial, co-designed collaborations, and reciprocal relationships with community-based partners. Enhances the schools’ access to a range of resources, including field-based internships and professional development in collaboration with Community partners. Partners with K12 system and its schools.


· Sound Fiscal Management: The campus dean will be expected to return SES to a fiscally sustainable level through a combination of increased enrollment, diversification of revenue, and spending priorities. Proposes, reviews, and monitors the school’s operating budget and restricted accounts. In keeping with these fiscal responsibilities and ensuring program relevance, sets appropriate budget priorities in preparing budget requests and, as the budget allows, recruits and recommends qualified faculty and staff to meet the needs of the school; develops and implements strategies for providing competitive salaries to faculty and staff which includes planning with the elected faculty council.

· Operational Leadership: Assesses and as needed, strengthens the school’s current organizational capacity, structure, and systems in relation to their ability to support the school’s goals and aspirations, while ensuring that its focus on quality is supported and sustained. Ensures careful management of the internal school processes; maintains clear and timely communication with staff and faculty related to the logistical requirements of their respective positions.

· Fundraising: The campus dean is expected to communicate funding priorities in a way that is compelling, clear, memorable, and sincere, with the ability to align a donor’s passions and interests with organizational objectives and priorities. In lieu of extensive fundraising experience, the campus dean will demonstrate their ability to build meaningful relationships with prospective donors; articulate how a particular gift links with institutional planning and academic needs; explain how academic proposals by faculty are aligned with the philanthropic aims of present or future donors; and lead an effective fundraising effort that inspires others to strengthen and support the school and its mission.


· Education: Qualified candidates must have an earned Ph.D. or other earned doctorate in a field appropriate for SES.

· Academic accomplishment : Candidates must have a record of outstanding teaching and recognized scholarly achievement with a current appointment as a tenured professor at University of Washington.

· Prior evidence of successful fundraising and strategic advancement of a unit; experience with and willingness to invest time in external engagement.

· Demonstrated commitment to student success for a diverse student population.

· Prior administrative and leadership experience in a large and complex environment, including evidence of vision and effective strategic planning and implementation.

· Demonstrated ability to advance a supportive and inclusive culture for faculty and staff.

· Demonstrated management expertise with human, financial, and information resources; familiarity and experience with RCM and/or activity-based budget models is a plus.

· Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.


All applications, nominations and inquiries from tenured UW professors are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV, a diversity statement, and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

For full consideration, candidate materials should be received by December 31, 2023.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Felix Neals, Assistant Vice Chancellor for OE/HR,

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at . Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( /). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities ( ).

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