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Dean, College of Education

University of Missouri System
Saint Louis, Missouri (US)
commensurate with experience
Date posted
Feb 19, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Dean, as the Chief Academic and Administrative Officer of the College of Education, is a campus leader who helps guide innovation, learning, community engagement, and the University’s strategic mission. Academically, the Dean is responsible for leading the College’s faculty hiring and promotion decisions across all ranks, amplifying its collective research and scholarly productivity, and cultivating a culture of curricular innovation that leads to world-class student outcomes. Administratively, the Dean oversees strategic planning, budget management, fundraising, and promotes community engaged scholarship, outreach, and partnerships to ensure that the College’s operations are inclusive, effective, efficient and impactful. The Dean provides the overall vision and leadership to guide and expand the College’s service to the St. Louis region and beyond and enhance its national and international reputation driving UMSL to be the premier College of Education for St. Louis and beyond. 

The Dean is also responsible for ensuring equity and excellence in research, discovery and creative activity; educational programs; and service that emanates from the College while fostering a culture within the College to achieve the University’s mission of Transforming Lives. The Dean exemplifies, supports, acknowledges, and commemorates the individual traits and behaviors that foster a sense of variety, fairness, togetherness, and acceptance among every member of the College
The successful candidate will promote student achievement, enriching the lives of students including non-traditional, international, and first-generation college students. The Dean will drive enrollment, retention, and academic programs and research/scholarship, while amplifying the College's engagement with the broader community.

By capitalizing on the University's urban essence, the Dean will chart a course for growth within the ever-evolving higher education landscape and will be pivotal in advancing the College's alignment with UMSL's mission and objectives.

At a pivotal time in its history, the next Dean will play a leading role in propelling the College of Education forward and continue the work into the future with focus on the following:


In collaboration with the College community, develop a strategic and entrepreneurial vision for the College of Education that builds on its strengths in research and academic excellence.  Build a shared identity across the College of Education that recognizes the strength of its interdisciplinary breadth and unifies faculty, staff, and students with a common purpose, strengthening partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration. Foster a culture of inclusive excellence that promotes faculty, staff, and student morale and ensures a sense of belonging and advance the College of Education’s commitment to cultural competency. Working collaboratively with senior leaders on campus, the Dean will champion and advocate for the College of Education and serve as the external face of the College in the community. The Dean of the College of Education must embody strong leadership qualities, serving as a passionate advocate for the college within the university community. This individual should be dedicated to fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence, while actively promoting the college’s mission, values, and achievements to university leadership and across the institution. Strategically steward and grow the College of Education’s enrollment and resource base.


A terminal degree and a proven record of success in teaching, research/scholarship and service commensurate with the appointment as a tenured faculty member at the rank of Professor in the College of Education. A record of outstanding administrative and leadership success in academic organizations.


While no one candidate will embody every quality, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

Leadership Metropolitan Education and Teacher Preparation Collaboration and Commitment Communication and Interpersonal Skills Student-Centered Mission and Decision-Making Innovative Program Development Values Commitment Community Partnerships External Resource Generation Academic Excellence and Financial Acumen

The full position profile is available HERE.

The University invites nominations and applications (letter of interest and full resume/CV). Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until an adequate pool is established, or until the appointment is made. Later in the search process, additional information may be sought from interested candidates, along with the names and contact information for at least five references. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to March 22, 2024.



Nominations & Inquires can be sent to:
Office of Human Resources:
Executive Recruitment
Kelly Oliver, Recruitment, UM System


The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit

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