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Director of Laboratory Schools/Assistant Dean for the College of Education

Illinois State University
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 20, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
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Full Time
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Illinois State University is seeking a Director of Laboratory Schools/Assistant Dean of the College of Education to serve as the organizational leader for the Laboratory Schools at Illinois State and to develop and support the growth of Laboratory School faculty, staff, and administration in carrying out the four-part mission of the schools (listed here:

The Director/Assistant Dean will serve as the primary contact for the College of Education to collaborate, resource, and develop the vital work of Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School and University High School in being leaders in educational research and innovation. They will supervise and develop administrative leadership, identify partnership, fundraising, and research opportunities, and above all seek to facilitate and develop the innovative capacity of the Laboratory Schools.

The Director/Assistant Dean will partner with area school districts to support the Heart of Illinois Low Incidence Association (HILIA) programming in the Laboratory Schools. They will also work to communicate and share the research and practices occurring in the Laboratory Schools, serving as an advocate for the Laboratory Schools to the university and the greater educational community.

In practice, the Director/Assistant Dean serves as the Chief Executive, Fiscal, and Program Officer for the Laboratory School System.

Required Qualifications

  1. Completion of a Ph.D. or Ed.D. by start date in the position
  2. Experience in curriculum development, research, and/or teacher education.
  3. Minimum three years teaching experience in Pre-K- 12.
  4. Minimum three years leadership experience in an educational setting.
  5. Evidence of effective communication and collaboration skills with people of diverse backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

  1. Evidence of visionary and innovative leadership.
  2. Evidence of effective communication and collaboration skills with stakeholders including university colleagues, school administrators, school faculty and staff, parents, and community members.
  3. Administrative licensure by the State of Illinois or administrative licensure from another state with the ability to transfer to a State of Illinois administrator licensure.
  4. Evidence of scholarship and research activities.
  5. Demonstrated ability to fundraise.
  6. Ability to relate to diverse populations in the schools and academic departments across the university.
  7. Demonstrated experience in pedagogical practices related to diverse populations.
  8. Evidence of leadership development and mentoring. 

Application Process:

To assure full consideration, an application along with a resume/curriculum vita, cover letter, and reference list (including the names and contact information for at least three professional references) must be submitted online at no later than February 16, 2022.  

Illinois State University:

Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Serving more than 20,000 students, our six colleges offer 178 undergraduate majors, 77 minors, 102 master’s programs, 18 doctoral degrees, and 42 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.

Bloomington-Normal Community:

Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 132,000 and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance International Headquarters, Rivian, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Please visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website at and Bloomington-Normal Advantage as for more information. 

Illinois State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed by contacting the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access by email at, by calling (309) 438-3383, or by mail at Illinois State University, Campus Box 1280, Normal, IL 61790.


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