Dean of the College of
University of West Georgia
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The DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF
EDUCATION will build upon the strengths of the
College’s academic programs, curate robust student-centric
experiences, expand research and scholarly achievements, and engage
the internal and external University community. Through visionary,
inclusive, and entrepreneurial leadership, the Dean will work
collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrators and will
report directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for
Academic Affairs, Dr. Jon Preston. The University of West
Georgia seeks a leader who will advance and support the
University’s mission of fulfilling workforce development needs
while contributing to the social, cultural, and economic
development of the region, state, nation, and world.
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The University of West Georgia
Since 1906, the University of West
Georgia has been home to those who seek a
transformative college experience. UWG is a leading residential,
doctoral comprehensive university that offers a broad undergraduate
and graduate curriculum based on a liberal arts
Nestled on a picturesque 645
acres, the University of West Georgia is just 50 miles west of
Atlanta. Serving more than 13,400 students across nine academic
units, the University is known for its innovative academic programs
and student-centered environment. It is a regional powerhouse with
locations in Carrollton, Douglasville, and Newnan, Georgia. With
students from 36 states and 69 countries, UWG is locally connected
and globally relevant.
by U.S. News & World Report,
the Princeton Review, and Colleges of
Distinction as a top national university, UWG currently
offers 92 programs of study: 45 bachelor’s; 24 master’s; six
specialist; five doctoral; nine post-baccalaureates; two
post-master certificates, and one undergraduate certificate.
The College of Education
With one of the Southeast’s largest and most respected colleges
of education, the University of West Georgia (UWG) prepares
graduates for meaningful, professional careers in three dynamic
areas of focus: (1) Teaching (Elementary, Special, Physical, and
Secondary Education and Reading Instruction); (2) Leadership (Sport
Management, Educational Leadership, Higher Education
Administration, Media, and College Student Affairs); and (3)
Wellness (Health and Community Wellness, Speech-Language Pathology,
and Professional Counseling).
The College has 110 faculty, 23 staff, and over
25,000 alumni. More than 1,900 undergraduate and 2,900 graduate
students are enrolled in classes. The College of Education offers 6
bachelor’s, 4 minors, 17 master’s, 8 specialists, 3 doctoral, and a
number of certificate, certification, and
endorsement programs. It continues to be highly ranked among
peer institutions, including its recent ranking as #1 on the Best
Value School list, and boasts many accreditations, including ASHA
UWG’s College of Education has six departments:
(1) Educational Technology and Foundations, (2) Literacy and
Special Education, (3) Sport Management, Wellness, and Physical
Education, (4) Counseling, Higher Education, and Speech-Language
Pathology, (5) Leadership, Research, and School Improvement, and
(6) Early Childhood through Secondary Education.
The UWG preschool (Pre-K) program provides a
unique opportunity, providing the best possible learning
experiences for young children. Teachers and staff work in
partnership with the Early Learning Center’s research lab toward
implementing evidence-informed practices in a laboratory school
The College of Education runs a Wellness Lab and a
Fusion Center for Innovation and STEM Education. The College’s
Innovations Lab offers university faculty, students, and local
educators emerging technology for use in the classroom and the
community. Resources support innovation in robotics and coding,
virtual reality/augmented reality, along with software,
electronics, and tools for makers.
The U.S. News and World
Report’s 2021 report on Colleges of Education ranked the
University of West Georgia #13 among the largest graduate education
programs in the nation. The University is #1 among all Georgia
institutions in this category.
In coordination with the Provost and Senior Vice President for
Academic Affairs, the Dean provides leadership and direction for
the College’s programs and activities and will work with faculty,
staff, and administration to:
- Promote excellent teaching and student success.
- Provide creative, collaborative leadership consistent with the
mission of the University.
- Supervise and develop innovative academic programming within
the College with emphasis on experiential learning.
- Expand research, scholarship, and external funding.
- Implement effective and efficient policy related to personnel,
accreditation, continuous improvement, fiscal and strategic
processes, and leadership.
- Serve as an advocate for students, faculty, and staff.
- Represent the College to a variety of external
The Dean must have successful administrative experience in
supervision of tenure-track and tenured faculty and an earned
The Dean must possess a progressive record of increasing
academic leadership and a distinguished record of teaching,
scholarly achievement, and professional accomplishments sufficient
to qualify for appointment at the rank of professor in one of the
College’s academic programs.
Within the context of the opportunities and challenges of 21st
century higher education, the Dean will demonstrate:
- The ability to foster academic excellence
- Strong written and interpersonal skills
- An ability to successfully cultivate an environment of teamwork
through integrity and build trust through shared governance
- A commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Experience in working with external partners, including local
schools and school administrators
Highly Preferred Experiences
- Experience in delivering career-focused professional programs
in higher education
- Successful history of strategic planning, resource stewardship,
- Experience with program accreditation
- Technology integration into the educational experience and
- Demonstrated commitment of supporting cultural and gender
- Successfully serving traditional and nontraditional
- Enrollment management, retention, and growth
- Record of success in generating grant and contract funding
APPLICATION & NOMINATION PROCESS
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are
Application packet must include a letter of application that
addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position,
current curriculum vitae, and at least five references with full
contact information including e-mails (References will not be
contacted without consent from applicant.)
Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to
Additional information will be requested upon receipt of
Review of applications begins January 31, 2022.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Submit nominations to
UWG-Eduemail@example.com with complete
contact and e-mail information for the individual being
Kenny Daugherty, President, and Emily
Parker Myers, CEO, of Myers McRae Executive Search
and Consulting are assisting the University of West
Georgia with this search.
The University of West Georgia is an Affirmative Action,
Equal Opportunity Employer, and strongly encourages the
applications and nominations of women and minorities. University
System of Georgia Board of Regents policy requires the completion
of a background check as a prior condition of employment. The
University of West Georgia does not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation,
age, marital or veteran status, political affiliation, or the
presence of a non-job-related condition or handicap under Federal
or State law.