Dean of the School of Education
University of California
United States

Dean of the School of Education

Job #JPF06688
  • Deans and Vice Chancellors / Academic Affairs / UC Irvine

Application Window

Open date: April 9th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Role of the Dean, School of Education

The dean is responsible for academic and administrative leadership for the School of Education. Responsibilities include developing and implementing a scholarly and educational vision; recruiting and supporting outstanding faculty and students; managing the School’s budget; and cultivating a broad base of private giving and corporate support.

The dean, School of Education reports to the provost and executive vice chancellor. Within University and campus policy, the dean has commensurate authority to fulfill the following responsibilities:

▪ Provide academic leadership to foster a commitment to excellence in research, teaching and service.
▪ Enhance the School’s graduate programs and the quality of instructional programs for undergraduates.
▪ Promote excellence by nurturing a culture of inclusion and enhancing the diversity of the School’s faculty, students and staff.
▪ Provide overall leadership for systems, programs, policies and procedures that foster the effective management of school resources and meet all state and federal policies and standards.
▪ Participate actively in securing new resources for the School through advancement activities and new program development.
▪ Engage in long-range planning for the School of Education in collaboration with the faculty and campus leadership.
▪ Enhance collaborations with other academic units to ensure that the School of Education reflects UCI’s culture of interdisciplinary scholarship.
▪ Participate in the recruitment and retention of students into the School.
▪ Participate in the recruitment and retention of staff, including active participation in staff development opportunities.

Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership

Advance a compelling and innovative vision for the School with a focus on interdisciplinary research, teaching and service

Building on recent successes and an increase in national rankings, the incoming dean will be expected to develop, articulate and advance a clear and unifying strategic vision for the future. The dean will lead internal and external stakeholder groups through a vision-setting process that results in a shared set of goals, objectives and strategies. The School's vision should support the scholarly work of the faculty and their local, regional and national influence on education. The increasing level of research output has contributed substantially to the strong reputation of the School, which is well positioned for even greater influence and success moving forward.

Lead the recruitment and retention of distinguished faculty

The dean will lead the faculty by encouraging and supporting scholarship, facilitating teaching excellence, and cultivating collegial and constructive relationships with and among faculty. The dean is responsible for the School's effective recruitment and evaluation of the faculty and staff. Fostering a culture of engagement, transparency and equity, the dean will support infrastructure for faculty research, teaching and scholarly productivity. Working in partnership with department chairs and other School leaders, the dean will develop strategies to recruit and retain a diverse, exceptional faculty and staff, investing appropriately in mentorship and professional development opportunities to facilitate individual excellence and success. To continue recruiting and retaining the best, the dean must further cultivate an environment that fosters cutting-edge scholarship and innovative practice, and also be able to communicate the School's mission and goals in a way that galvanizes the world's future education leaders to aspire to be at UCI.

Advance the School's core commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

The School has a notable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, as is reflected in its mission. Beyond that, all university deans are charged with improving practices to recruit, develop and retain outstanding faculty and staff who enhance both the diversity of the professoriate and the learning environment for all students. The dean is tasked with further cultivating an environment in which pluralism is prized and all members of the School community work to address disparities that affect historically marginalized groups and promote equity.

Build strong relationships and generate financial support for the School

The dean will be expected to build strong relationships with existing and potential supporters and guide the development of financial resources to propel the work of the School's faculty and students to even higher levels. As the chief fundraiser for the School, the dean will advocate for student success and faculty excellence with current and prospective donors. To do so, the new dean must collaborate with faculty, staff and administrators, both within the School and across the university, to identify potential investments that will enable the School to achieve its ambitious goals, and to employ energy, leadership, creativity and vision in securing those resources.

Strengthen and grow community partnerships

The School is home to several initiatives intended to foster community-driven solutions to education issues, problems and inequities faced by local communities with implications for national and global impact. As a cornerstone of a preeminent research university, the School’s community-engaged research (CER) initiatives link strong research knowledge and expertise to pressing local needs. These efforts have resulted in the creation of innovative and groundbreaking programs, research and partnerships. Building on that momentum, the dean will identify entrepreneurial opportunities, develop new partnerships and continue support of current initiatives. Fostering these relationships will be key to providing exceptional service to the community and offering opportunities for research and practice for students and faculty. The dean should also solidify the School’s position as a leader in local and national conversations about the future of education and educational equity.

Qualifications and Qualities

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and qualities:

▪ Education: A doctoral degree is required;
▪ Academic accomplishment: Deep understanding and respect for the academic enterprise and an ability to judge academic quality; the highest aspirations and ambitions for the quality and reputation of the School; a record of outstanding teaching and nationally recognized scholarly achievement that merits appointment as a tenured full professor in the School of Education;
▪ Vision: Ability to articulate a compelling vision and to inspire and unite a community around it; and an equivalent capacity for building consensus around implementing and operationalizing strategic plans and initiatives;
▪ Commitment to mission: Passionate advocate for the School and strong identification with its mission; commitment to the transforming power of education, particularly as applied to equity and social mobility;
▪ Leadership and management: Capacity to navigate a large and complex organization; the ability to advocate effectively for the needs of the School, make difficult decisions with good judgment, and work collaboratively with university leadership and colleagues; a record of effective administrative leadership in higher education or a context that requires related skills and abilities; and demonstrated strength in financial management and management of senior teams;
▪ Champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion: Demonstrated commitment to and record of leadership in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion; ability to articulate and embody UCI's and the School of Education's missions related to diversity and equity; and exemplary skill in communicating, collaborating with and supporting a diverse community;
▪ Collaboration: A collaborative and relationship-based leadership style; a firm belief in shared governance and a high level of collegiality in working with faculty, staff and students; experience bringing people together to solve challenges and empowering others; an inclination to listen, learn and to be a visible and positive presence at the School and on campus;
▪ Knowledge of the education landscape: Understanding of the national and global education landscape as well as the capacity to understand and serve as a respected thought leader; awareness of the challenges facing schools of education; and an understanding of the dynamics of accreditation for schools of education;
▪ Communication: Ability to communicate education issues to the public with clarity and effectiveness; exceptional capacity to promote the School's interests, mission, and brand across and beyond the UCI campus; an openness to listening and to integrating the input of others; and the ability to connect with audiences large and small;
▪ Fundraising and external relations: Demonstrated ability to lead an effective fundraising effort that inspires others to strengthen and support the School and its mission combined with the skill and experience to steward relationships.

Procedure for Candidacy

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume, a diversity statement and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile. WittKieffer is assisting UCI in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by May 12, 2021.
Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Zachary A. Smith and Alejandra Gillette-Teran


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)


Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Teaching Statement - See our guidance for writing a reflective teaching statement.
  • (Optional)
  • Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA

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