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Director, Belin-Blank International Center - Blank Chair in Gifted Education

University of Iowa
Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 16, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Other Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The University of Iowa
College of Education
Director, The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for
Gifted Education and Talent Development
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.

Required Qualifications:

  1. National reputation as scholar and leader in the field of gifted education.
  2. Professional achievements commensurate with the rank of Professor.
  3. Successful history of grant-funded research and other grant-funded initiatives
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of effective strategies for working with diverse faculty, staff, and students
  5. Experience with complex budgets and financial procedures.
  6. Progressive leadership experience providing supervision and development of faculty and staff.

Desired Qualifications:

  1. Evidence of excellence in teaching and mentoring students and junior faculty
  2. Record of success in collaborating with K-12 schools, Departments of Education, and/or relevant professional organizations, and the National Association for Gifted Children.
  3. Success in raising philanthropic support in higher education.
  4. Experience with implementation of continuous improvement practices.
  5. 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 society. 

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 and choose requisition number 74346.  Address inquiries to Stephen Dunbar ( or call 319-335-5561.

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.

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 (, which includes actively engaging with diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. The College is working intentionally through our Anti-Racism Collaborative  

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 and supportive. 

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.

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