The University of Iowa
College of Education
Director, The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International
Center for Gifted Education and Talent
Myron and Jacqueline Blank Chair in Gifted Education
Position: The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N.
Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent
Development (Belin-Blank Center) within the College of Education at
the University of Iowa invites applications for the position of
Director and Myron and Jacqueline Blank Chair in Gifted
Education. While the primary responsibilities will be
with the Belin-Blank Center, the Chair will also hold a tenured
faculty appointment in the College of Education, with the specific
academic department to be determined by an evaluation of background
and expertise. The Belin-Blank Center Director/Chair reports
directly to the Dean of the College of Education. This is a
full-time fiscal year position beginning July 1, 2022.
Education Requirement: Prospective candidates
must have earned a doctoral degree in an area of education or
closely related field.
- National reputation as scholar and leader in the field of
- Professional achievements commensurate with the rank of
- Successful history of grant-funded research and other
- Demonstrated knowledge of effective strategies for working with
diverse faculty, staff, and students
- Experience with complex budgets and financial procedures.
- Progressive leadership experience providing supervision and
development of faculty and staff.
- Evidence of excellence in teaching and mentoring students and
- Record of success in collaborating with K-12 schools,
Departments of Education, and/or relevant professional
organizations, and the National Association for Gifted
- Success in raising philanthropic support in higher
- Experience with implementation of continuous improvement
- Experience working with advisory boards.
Major Responsibilities and Duties: The
Belin-Blank Center Director/Chair will provide administrative
oversight of all aspects of the Belin-Blank Center: setting policy;
hiring and evaluation of staff; management of budgets and programs;
public relations; serving as liaison to the Advisory Board,
university units, and community organizations; and working closely
with the Dean of the College of Education to implement the
Belin-Blank Center strategic plan consistent with the College of
Education and University of Iowa strategic plans. The
successful candidate will establish and maintain high standards of
collaborative interaction among peers and employees that is
characterized by respect, honesty and service. This includes
managing the talents, strengths, and behaviors of individuals in a
diverse work group; providing each staff member with opportunities
to contribute to the goals of the unit; and working to ensure that
all staff are respected and treated consistently. Leadership
and accountability may be demonstrated by inspiring and motivating
others to high performance, exercising strong stewardship of
University resources, setting expectations, measuring success
through performance evaluations, and driving organizational
results. The director will identify opportunities and create
development plans that encourage employees to attend to the growth
of their personal and professional capacity, engaging self and
staff in collective reflection of the University’s greater role in
Salary: Highly competitive and commensurate
with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.
Appointment: 12-month, fiscal year appointment
at the rank of full professor with tenure in the appropriate
academic department, beginning July 1, 2022.
Applications: Candidates should submit an
application letter addressing all qualifications noted above,
curriculum vitae, two to three examples of scholarly work, and
contact information for three references. To apply for this
position, go to our website at https://jobs.uiowa.edu/faculty
and choose requisition number 74346. Address
inquiries to Stephen Dunbar (email@example.com) or
Screening: Review of applications will begin
immediately and continue until the position is filled.
About the Center: The Belin-Blank Center is
internationally recognized for its research, service and leadership
in gifted education and professional development of educators of
gifted students. The Belin-Blank Center is a unit within the
College of Education. https://belinblank.education.uiowa.edu/
About the College: The College of Education offers more
than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including
licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are
regularly ranked among the best in the nation. Students study
with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders in their
fields. Our college is comprised of four departments:
Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Psychological and
Quantitative Foundations, Counselor Education, and Teaching and
Learning. The College houses several Centers that support
work in critical areas of education, including UI REACH, Iowa
Reading Research Center, Iowa Center for School Mental Health, Iowa
Testing Programs, and the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education
and Talent Development.
The College has a Strategic Plan (https://education.uiowa.edu/office-assessment-and-continuous-improvement/strategic-plan),
which includes actively engaging with diversity, equity, inclusion,
and anti-racism. The College is working intentionally through our
About the University and Surrounding Community:
The University of Iowa (UI) is
world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and
humanities. UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference
since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909.
UI ranks #33 among the nation’s 629 public universities
(U. S. News & World Report).
More than 32,500 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and
professional degrees from UI’s 11 colleges.
UI is located in Iowa City,
a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the
country’s most livable communities. With more than 70,000
residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars,
scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds.
Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding
affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic
neighborhoods, and a lively downtown. Chicago, St. Louis, and
Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby
Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world.
The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative
The University of Iowa is a founding member of the Central
Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is
committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse
faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply
and will receive consideration for employment free from
discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion,
national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic
information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S.
military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational
preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person
of consideration as an individual.