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Dean, College of Education and Human Development

George Mason University
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 8, 2021

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Administrative, Deans
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Dean, College of Education and Human Development  

George Mason University, Virginia’s largest and most diverse public research university, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Education and Human Development. Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University, the Dean serves as the principal academic and administrative officer of the College and leads faculty and staff who are committed to providing all students with extraordinary educational opportunities, to conducting high impact research, and to fostering a community that extends beyond the University throughout the region.

Located near Washington, D.C., the University has grown to more than 37,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states, over 4,000 faculty and staff, and 200,000 alumni. In 2016, George Mason University moved into the highest research category (R-1) as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University has accounted for 48 percent of public university enrollment growth in Virginia over the past decade.

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) inspires undergraduate and graduate students to promote learning and development across the life span. Innovative and inclusive, the College and its three schools prepare professionals who improve lives and make a difference for the community locally, nationally, and for the world. The College is a nationally recognized leader in educator preparation, special education, counseling, and school leadership and is home to nine centers engaged in groundbreaking research. Guided by a comprehensive strategic plan, CEHD takes pride in its history of bringing innovative approaches to serving its students and the communities where they will practice. CEHD scholarship shapes understandings and practices across the country and around the world.

The Dean of the College of Education and Human Development will provide insightful leadership to further develop the reputation and impact of CEHD through collaboration and cross-disciplinary communication among the faculty, staff, and students of all CEHD divisions. The Dean will foster the core values of the College and its deep commitment to student centeredness. The Dean also will affirm a commitment to staff roles and the imperative to advance an inclusive model of excellence. Additionally, the Dean will advocate for CEHD and Mason with community partners in the business, industry, and civic sectors. Mason’s significant engagement with partners across CEHD’s three schools will be an important role of the next Dean.

Priorities for the next Dean include being an active, engaged, and transparent communicator with the faculty, staff, and students within the College. The Dean will need to successfully represent the entire College, while working cooperatively to advocate for the College with other deans and University officials and network with outside constituencies. The next Dean will be transparent with planning and resource allocation and play a key role in continuing efforts to attract, enroll, and retain a diverse workforce and student body. Additionally, the Dean will engage in fundraising initiatives, support research and scholarship, champion the professions represented in CEHD, and promote community within a College that includes diverse Schools and programs.

The full prospectus is available here.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Jim Sirianni, Managing Director

Mark Halligan, Senior Associate

Storbeck Search 

For more information on George Mason University please visit

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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