Dean, College of Education

Missouri State University
Missouri, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 10, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Missouri State University, located in Springfield, Missouri, invites applications for the position of Dean of the College of Education. The University seeks a visionary, dynamic and energetic leader who will guide and inspire the College to meet expanding and changing education needs. As chief administrative officer of the College, the Dean will provide professional, intellectual, and administrative leadership while helping to pursue pathways consistent with the Public Affairs mission of the university. The Dean is expected to work collaboratively with, and advocate for, faculty, staff, and students by promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service; encouraging faculty development; facilitating student recruitment and retention; supporting a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; building partnerships with external constituents and public organizations; engaging in fundraising and alumni relations; and demonstrating sound fiscal management.

Candidates must have the following:

1) A terminal degree in a discipline within the college or related field 

2)  Credentials consistent with an appointment at the rank of full professor

3) Evidence of significant academic administrative accomplishments, including but not limited to fiscal oversight, personnel management, program accreditation, and strategic planning

4) Evidence of successful leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, and interdisciplinary and organizational collaboration

5) A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

6) Experience in fundraising, alumni relations, and development activities

The College

The College of Education is one of seven academic colleges at Missouri State University. There are approximately 2400 majors in three departments and the Dean has oversight of Greenwood Laboratory School (K-12), the Child Development Center and the Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning. The three departments are:

  • Childhood Education and Family Studies
  • Counseling, Leadership and Special Education
  • Reading, Foundations and Technology

The departments offer 12 baccalaureate programs and 36 Master’s programs (all including certificates). The nearly 65 full-time faculty teach a sizable number of courses in the University’s general education curriculum. Missouri State University’s College of Education is one of the leaders in graduating K-12 teachers in the state of Missouri. Additional information may be found at Candidates are encouraged to view the University’s Long Range Plan at:

The University

Teacher education and care for public school education has always been at the heart of Missouri State University.  We got our start in 1906 as a Normal School—Missouri State Normal School, Fourth District—and then became a Teachers College in 1919.  That heritage has never been forgotten and continues to motivate faculty and students in the College of Education.  Now Missouri State University enrolls more than 24,000 students and offers over 100 undergraduate and 60 graduate degree programs.  Missouri State University is a selective-admissions, multi-campus, comprehensive university with a statewide mission in public affairs.  The main campus,  located in Springfield, is composed of seven academic colleges: Agriculture, Arts and Letters; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Humanities and Public Affairs; and Natural and Applied Sciences. For more information, please refer to the Missouri State University website:

Surrounding Community

Springfield is the third-largest city in Missouri with a metropolitan population of more than 500,000.  It is noted for its thriving economy, excellent schools, superior health care facilities, beautiful neighborhoods, active arts community, exciting entertainment scene, temperate climate, and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Located in the southwest region of the state, Springfield is surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Ozarks hills, streams, and lakes.  Springfield is ranked among the 100 Best Communities for young people, is in the top 40 cities for quality of life and is home to two top 100 integrated health systems in the nation.  For more information about the City of Springfield and to see photos of the city, please visit .


To apply, provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of vision of leadership as Dean of the College, unofficial transcripts, and the names and contact information for three professional references at Refer questions to the Office of the Provost at 417-836-5119. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with October 25, 2021, as the date of first consideration.

Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/minority/female/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity employer and institution. We encourage applications from all interested minorities, females, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and sexual orientation/gender identity.

            Employment will require a criminal background check at University Expense.

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