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Dean - College of Education and Professional Studies - 20323

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Nov 10, 2023


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a visionary leader for the position of Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies to serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of the college (EX008). The desired start date for the position is by July 1, 2024.

This will be a full-time Limited Appointment serving at the pleasure of the Chancellor. To learn more about this type of appointment please see the UW System Administrative Policy 1251: Appointment Terms & Designation of Positions and the Personnel Rules .


The Dean is responsible for the leadership, administration, and operations of the College in support of the College's mission, which is to develop professionals who are lifelong learners, creators of knowledge, and leaders of character and integrity. Areas of responsibility in this position include leading a varied and dynamic array of programs that includes both undergraduate and graduate programs; articulating a shared vision and priorities; developing a plan for reaching that vision and achieving goals; supporting student recruitment, retention and graduation; fostering a culture of equity and inclusion; promoting an environment of creativity and innovation; ensuring academic integrity; overseeing faculty and staff selection, retention, promotion and evaluation processes; encouraging and supporting excellence in teaching, research/scholarly activity and service; promoting collegiality and collaborative relationships across departments, colleges and divisions as well as with external partners, including PK-12 schools; managing the fiscal well-being of the college; and developing relationships with alumni, donor, corporate, and community stakeholders. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative appointment reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • A terminal degree in a college-related discipline with a distinguished record of accomplishment in the areas of teaching, research, and service that would merit appointment as a tenured Full Professor in one of the departments of the college.
  • Five or more years of prior experience as a department chair, assistant/associate dean, or other equivalent administrative experience.
  • A record of progressively more responsible administrative experience that demonstrates a commitment to collaborative leadership and responsible management that fosters trust, respect, and successful working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • A record of transparent, strategic, and effective fiscal management.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of success in fundraising, including grants and philanthropy, public relations, working with advisory/community boards, and communications to external stakeholders.
  • Evidence of leadership in professional organizations and/or in community development
  • Familiarity with the accreditation standards associated with the Departments in the College.
  • Evidence of visionary leadership, strategic planning, and execution.
  • Demonstrated commitment to servant leadership, personal and professional integrity, and creating a climate of support and advocacy that ensures the success of diverse populations within the College.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a commitment to promoting a collegial, collaborative work and learning environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of shared governance.
  • Familiarity with the values of liberal education as envisioned in the university's mission.
  • Evidence of commitment to academic excellence, student success, and cultural inclusivity and belonging.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to actively follow applicable safety rules and regulations, including necessary training and drills.
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.


Specific job responsibilities for the Dean include:
  • Provide transformative vision, leadership, and advocacy for the college.
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative, collegial work climate that enhances communication, trust, and productivity of and among faculty, academic staff, administrative staff, support staff, and students.
  • Create and implement a strategic plan that leads the College to distinction and is aligned with broader university strategic goals and priorities (
  • Promote the value of liberal education through College programs and university collaborations.
  • Assure ongoing quality, integrity, and continuous improvement in the college's academic program array at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and in both traditional and online programs to ensure strong enrollment and vitality.
  • Provide leadership to initiatives that foster and enhance equity, inclusive excellence, and multicultural and global competence in the College.
  • Support student recruitment, retention, and graduation.
  • Oversee the recruitment, appointment, review, professional development, and evaluation of faculty and staff.
  • Manage the fiscal well-being of the College, including identifying and attracting new resources for the college.
  • Work with University Relations to establish and achieve philanthropic goals and build relationships that advance the goals of the college, including providing leadership to the Dean's Advisory Board.
  • Participate as a member of the university administration and work collegially and collaboratively with leadership across campus to support the priorities of the campus.
  • Provide leadership to the Dean's Advisory Board, fostering board engagement with the college both internally and externally.
  • Promote college interests, activities, and partnerships with the surrounding community as well as regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to the development of professionals who are lifelong learners, creators of knowledge, and leaders of character and integrity. The College of Education and Professional Studies has 100 faculty and academic staff members who prepare the largest number of teachers in Wisconsin. The College offers five undergraduate teacher licensure programs, two undergraduate non-licensure programs, and six graduate degree programs. Teacher licensure programs include Early Childhood (dual licensure), Elementary Education, Secondary Education (spanning science, social studies, and mathematics content areas), PreK-12 programs (spanning art, music, physical education, and world language content areas), and Special Education. Non-licensure programs include Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Health, Human Performance and Recreation. Graduate degree programs include Business Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Counseling, Educational Leadership, Professional Development, and Special Education. The College has an annual operating budget of $10,000,000 with more than 2,200 students enrolled across seven departments: Communication Sciences & Disorders ; Counselor Education ; Curriculum and Instruction ; Educational Foundations ; Kinesiology ; Leadership , Military Science and Aerospace Studies ; and Special Education . To learn more about the College, visit: .


UW-Whitewater is a thriving public university located in southeastern Wisconsin. It leads the way in providing world-class, affordable higher education programs to more students than neighboring regional comprehensives in the University of Wisconsin System. A collaborative team of 1,300 faculty and staff are devoted to the success of the university's 11,000 students at its main and Rock County campuses. The team provides high-impact practices and academic programs - online and in person - from associate to doctoral levels. Recognized nationally for affordability, inclusion, and career development, UWW has approximately one-third first-generation students and boasts strength in many areas, especially business and education. The campus and community embrace the Warhawk Family spirit, supporting the university's arts and nationally recognized NCAA Division-III level championship athletics. As a proud institution of access, more than 10 percent of undergraduate students use the acclaimed Center for Students with Disabilities - a priority mission since the 1970s.

UW-Whitewater's campuses are located centrally near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, offering easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Near both Lake Geneva and the Wisconsin Dells, the area attracts numerous visitors from across the country. Whitewater is a vibrant college community near the Kettle Moraine State Forest offering area residents seasonal outdoor enjoyment. The nearby Rock County campus is located in Janesville, a town of 60,000 located on the Rock River and known as Wisconsin's Park Place.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see Annual Security and Fire Safety Report . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary commensurate with the candidate's education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System's comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure .


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources. UW-Whitewater is not an e-verify employer, therefore STEM extensions are not options for work authorization.


Applications received by December 10th, 2023 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1024 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Hermie Snorek



Only complete application packages will be considered . This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover Letter of interest that indicates how the applicant's qualifications relate to the job responsibilities and qualifications.
  • A complete and current curriculum vitae
  • A separate list of names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of up to five references should be submitted (the relationship to the candidate should also be included on this list).
This Job ID is 20323 .

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