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Dean of Teachers College

Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana, United States
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Dec 7, 2023

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Position Title

Dean of Teachers College

About this Opportunity

Ball State University seeks a visionary, innovative leader committed to making a sustainable impact on education systems to serve as the next dean of its Teachers College.

Reporting directly to Provost Anand R. Marri, the next dean will champion the mission and strategic plan of one of Ball State’s largest and most complex academic units and build on an ethos of collaboration and collegiality to advance an institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The dean of Teachers College will work with campus leaders to steward the continuing implementation of a new incentive based budget model in the college, champion faculty, staff and student success, and enhance community engagement. In particular, the dean will play a critical role in supporting Ball State’s historic partnership with Muncie Community Schools ( MCS ).

For 100 years, Teachers College has prepared educators through student-centric learning experiences while enabling faculty to conduct high-impact research that advances the field of education. Perennially ranked among the best schools of education in the nation, the college enrolls nearly 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs on campus and online across six departments.

Located in Muncie, Ind., Ball State serves approximately 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students across seven academic colleges with 190 undergraduate programs. Ball State offers
more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, many of which rank among the best in the nation. Originally founded to fill a growing need for highly qualified teachers, Ball State has earned the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation, and it serves as one of Indiana’s three public research universities.

Inclusive excellence is an integral part of Ball State’s mission and strategic plan. As the University recruits and develops diverse leaders, faculty, staff, and students, it strives to ensure that its students are prepared to engage and succeed in increasingly diverse environments. Ball State is and will continue to be recognized for its positive climate—one in which all stakeholders know that their contributions are essential to the University’s success.

As the chief academic and administrative officer of Teachers College, the dean is responsible for the development, modification, and administration of academic programs, financial resources, and personnel to advance the college’s strategic goals and priorities. The dean oversees exceptional
faculty who are experts in their fields and among the most renowned scholars at the University.

Ball State seeks in the next dean a leader with demonstrablethought leadership and visibility in the education community. A terminal degree in a relevant field is required, along with
evidence of scholarly and professional achievement that meritsa tenured faculty appointment at the rank of professor at BallState University.

Our Statement on Inclusiveness

At Ball State University, inclusiveness is one of the enduring values and informs all of our work. We define ‘inclusiveness’ as a commitment ‘to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.’ As such, this value incorporates a commitment to inclusive excellence and freedom of expression.

Benefits and Community

Ball State University offers an excellent benefits package for eligible positions. Click here to explore options.
  • Affordable Healthcare

  • Retirement

  • Tuition Remission (For eligible employees, their dependents, and spouse)

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Professional Development

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Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

Position Function

Teachers College directly oversees the Burris Laboratory School, a public K–12 school, and the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, a residential public high school for gifted and talented juniors and seniors from across the state. Additionally, the Office of Charter Schools authorizes 21 charter schools throughout the Indiana.

Minimum Education

A terminal degree in a relevant field is required.

Minimum Experience

Evidence of scholarly and professional achievement that merits a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of professor at Ball State University.

Minimum Other

Ball State University seeks in the next dean of Teachers College a visionary, innovative leader committed to making a sustainable impact on education and education systems. The successful candidate will embrace Ball State’s strongly held teacher-scholar model, championing excellence in both teaching and scholarship. The dean will have a passion for engaging a dynamic and diverse community of faculty, students, and staff in addressing pressing challenges facing education.

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:
  • Ability to foster a shared vision and the capacity to execute and deliver on that vision;

  • Commitment to student, faculty, and staff success, and to Ball State’s enduring values: excellence, innovation, courage, integrity, inclusiveness, social responsibility, and

  • Collaborative leadership style and commitment to
    transparency and partnership with stakeholders through
    shared responsibility;

  • Ability to generate consensus and willingness to engage
    faculty, students, and staff in decision making along with
    the capacity for making timely, principled, and datainformed
    decisions; a history of successful collaborations
    across departments and disciplines;
  • Record of advancing inclusive excellence and
    demonstrable leadership on issues of inclusion, diversity,
    equity, and freedom of speech;
  • Successful experience or potential for success managing
    a complex academic enterprise, including faculty and
    staff recruitment, development, and retention and
    effective strategies for enhancing academic and inclusive
  • Sophisticated ability to manage resources and complex
    budgets in a decentralized environment, and capacity
    to develop, implement, and administer policies and
    procedures that support institutional mission and goals;
  • Commitment to graduate and undergraduate education
    and capacity for developing innovative educational
    opportunities at both the graduate and undergraduate
  • Ability to represent Teachers College and articulate its
    mission and vision compellingly to internal and external
    audiences, and the drive and capacity to enhance the
    college’s public presence, impact, and reach;
  • Ability and willingness to play a signature role in
    fundraising efforts; a record of or demonstrable potential
    for success in securing external funding;
  • Agility, flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity, and experience
    in or capacity for managing change; and
  • Familiarity with educator and school service personnel
    certification and experience with regulatory and
    accrediting agencies.
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Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

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EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.

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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Advance a unifying vision for the college’s future.

The dean will advance the college’s strategic plan in alignment with the University’s strategic plan and priorities. To be an effective champion for the college, the dean must recognize and celebrate the value of each of its distinctive departments, centers, clinics, and labs; the Burris Laboratory School; and the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. The dean must be able to understand and advocate for each unit individually and facilitate opportunities for collaborations among them to the benefit of the college, the University, the community, and the field.



Job Duty

Champion academic excellence and innovation.

The dean will promote and facilitate innovative teaching, learning, and rigorous research in the college; enable, support, and advocate for faculty in their scholarly pursuits; and inspire curricular, pedagogical, and programmatic innovation that engages graduate and undergraduate students in meaningful ways, ensuring that these remain defining characteristics of the Teachers College standard of excellence.



Job Duty

Provide sophisticated financial stewardship.

The dean will work with the provost and other campus leaders on the continuing implementation of a new incentive-based budgeting process, which shifts greater financial accountability to individual academic units. The dean will be expected to manage, leverage, and forecast resources in ways that incentivize innovation, philanthropy, creativity, and student success.



Job Duty

Foster a culture of honesty, transparency, and collaboration.

The dean will embrace an inclusive, team-oriented approach to managing the academic enterprise of the college, modeling open dialogue and communication, engaging in transparent decision-making, and working in close partnership with the faculty, fellow deans, and other campus constituents. At the same time, the dean must be capable of making timely, principled decisions in the best interest of the college and the University. A high priority should be placed on building
productive, collaborative, and constructive relations in an effort to instill trust and teamwork that lead to positive results and effective decision-making.



Job Duty

Actively strengthen a culture of diversity and inclusion and commitment to equity.

The dean is expected to enhance and advance an institutional culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to foster further integration and collaboration in support of these core values across campus offices and constituencies, including the diversity of ideas and a commitment to freedom of speech. The dean will champion the important, historical role that education plays in cultivating and sustaining a democratic society. The dean will work with faculty and other colleagues to ensure curricula integrate multiple voices, perspectives, and pedagogy of shared inquiry that respect all persons, ideas, and opinions. The dean will support the recruitment, development, and retention of faculty and staff, particularly faculty of color, to reflect the increasing diversity of Ball State students.



Job Duty

Enhance community engagement and fundraising and provide thought leadership.

The dean will help attract external financial support for the college, particularly to support student and faculty needs and innovative initiatives. The dean will advocate effectively for Teachers College, its mission, and the field of education, and serve as an influential resource for government leaders in Indiana and a thought leader on the national and global stages.



Job Duty

Support Ball State’s partnership with Muncie Community Schools.

The dean will play an important role in stewarding Ball State’s historic partnership with Muncie Community Schools. They will strengthen and foster a vibrant and diverse community of faculty, students, and staff and enhance relationships with alumni, community and industry leaders, elected officials, and others closely associated with the college. The dean will model character, passion, integrity, and the pursuit of knowledge, collaborating with key MCS stakeholders to maximize this unique opportunity to transform an educational system.

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All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Ball State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by Feb. 15, 2024.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal:

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Philip Tang and Jenna Brumleve

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Ball State

Founded in 1918 in Muncie, Indiana, the public research university has grown to more than 22500 students

Spirited and motivated, we learn, grow, and take flight. Our faculty and staff—everyone in our community—embrace students as learning partners from day one. In classrooms and labs, in immersive learning projects, on the sports fields—with creativity and determination—Cardinals Fly. We are grounded in our values, lifted by our knowledge, and go confidently upward toward ever greater opportunities. Ours is a simple promise: to challenge each other to excel. And with Beneficence as our guide—We Fly.


We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world. We are excited that you want to join us in these endeavors!

The university offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, and generous time off with pay. 

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