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Dean of the College of Education

Washington State University
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
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Nov 7, 2023

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Administrative, Deans
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Washington State University
Pullman, Washington

Washington State University (WSU), a research-intensive and land-grant university, seeks an innovative and collaborative leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Education (COE). This is an opportune time to join the COE community as it is poised for its next chapter following more than a decade of growth in research, enrollment, and impact. The College of Education trains teachers, leaders, and scholars in kinesiology, sport management, and education who serve every city, school district, and county in the state of Washington. The College supports programs on all of WSU's six campuses and is deeply committed to WSU's land-grant mission and tradition of service to society. The Dean will propel the College towards an even more impactful future across the state of Washington and beyond.

Founded in 1890, Washington State University seeks to transform lives through education, research, community outreach, and service. The statewide institution operates as an integrated university system with a single accreditation. Over the past few decades WSU has grown from a single flagship campus in Pullman, WA, to an evolving system of interconnected campuses in the growing population centers of Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver. In 2018, Academic Outreach and Innovation was elevated as WSU's sixth campus (WSU Global Campus) formally led by a Chancellor, serving more than 4,000 students worldwide through online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. The WSU system is united by consistent branding, quality, and mission orientation, while continuing to provide appropriate levels of autonomy for each campus location. The University ranks 96th among top public schools and 178th among national universities by U.S. News and World Report.

The College of Education has three departments: Educational Leadership and Sport Management, Kinesiology and Educational Psychology, and Teaching and Learning. With the state of Washington becoming increasingly ethnically and racially diverse, it is imperative that the College of Education continues to invest in the intentional development of leaders of color to guide the K-12 education system. In addition, there will continue to be opportunities to support equity across areas such as race, gender, socioeconomic status, and gender identity alongside dedicated faculty and staff committed to this transformative change.

The College of Education has a powerful influence among scholars and educators locally and globally. In the last decade, the College's academic programs have seen a remarkable ascent, with nationally acclaimed programs such as its distinguished master's programs in sport management and special education strengthening its reputation. The College has emerged as a hub of cutting-edge scholarly inquiry through its flourishing research activities and programs, addressing essential topics like the use of technology in education and increasing youth interest in STEM, among other exciting lines of research. With its successful history as a long-time leader in education in the state, the college has also expanded its global footprint by providing overseas student teaching opportunities and fostering partnerships with international universities and school systems. Given its local, national, and global contributions, the College seeks a dean who will help continue this momentum, set the vision for its modern college of education identity, and lead it into the next chapter of its history. To achieve new levels of success, the Dean will address the following opportunities and challenges, further expanded upon in pages 7-9:

  • Develop and execute an inclusive and compelling strategic plan that ignites innovation and celebrates the success of the College of Education, and that aligns with the System Strategic Plan
  • Continue to deliver outstanding academic programs and further enhance the synergy across WSU's campuses
  • Attract, retain, and develop a diverse faculty and staff who will serve the needs of the state of Washington and beyond
  • Grow the College of Education's financial resources to support its priorities and aspirations
  • Continue to raise the College of Education's regional and national presence as a dynamic leader in education and related fields


    The anticipated salary range for this position is $220,000 - $260,000 annually and is commensurate with related experience and qualifications. Relocation assistance is available. WSU offers an inspiring higher education environment and offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, and paid time off. To learn more about WSU employee benefits, please visit:


    Washington State University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications (CV with cover letter) should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

    Julie Filizetti, Leslie Lemus, and Katherine Pusecker-Kilcawley
    Isaacson, Miller
    1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
    San Francisco, CA 94111

    WSU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, protected veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. Read more aboutWSU's equal opportunity/affirmative action complianceon the Office of Compliance and Civil Rights website.


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