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Dean, School of Education
Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina
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Date Posted 06/14/2018
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Gardner-Webb University seeks applications and nominations for an energetic and engaging leader who will effectively lead the School of Education as Dean. The School of Education, comprised of sixteen academically well-credentialed and experienced educators and 35+ adjunct instructors, offers multiple degrees to over 800 students at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Bachelor's degrees lead to teacher licensure at the elementary, middle and secondary levels as well as in multiple subject areas. Additional programs currently being developed and/or implemented include Birth-Kindergarten Education, a concentration in Exceptional Children and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership. Masters Degrees include programs in Instructional Technology, Teacher Leadership and Executive Leadership Studies. The Educational Specialists Degrees leads to licensure at the superintendent level. Doctor of Education Degrees are offered with concentrations in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Organizational Leadership. Programs are offered in both face-to-face and online modes of delivery and doctoral programs are offered in a blended online and low-residence format. Multiple sites across North Carolina are used for delivery of cohort designed graduate courses. Undergraduate degrees are offered in both traditional face-to-face classes and online though the Degree Completion Program. The school embraces a liberal arts general education for its undergraduate programs and values the integration of theory and practical experience at every level of professional education. The School also engages the Christian mission of the University through a vision of service to community and the world in the context of Christian ethics. 

The Dean reports to the Associate Provost for Professional and Graduate Studies and works collaboratively with the President and Provost. 

The Dean of the School of Education will exercise leadership by

  • Leading the faculty in ongoing refinement of the School's vision and strategic plan,
  • Managing a highly qualified faculty and encouraging faculty development, including multiple program chairs,
  • Evaluating faculty and staff,
  • Guiding the faculty in curriculum development and the identification of new programs where appropriate,
  • Recruiting, selecting, assigning, and supervising a large cadre of adjunct instructors,
  • Engaging in assessment and accreditation efforts to ensure the school is appropriately credentialed,
  • Communicating effectively with full-time and adjunct faculty to ensure that student learning outcomes and program objectives are accomplished,
  • Coordinating program deployment and improvement with department faculty and university leadership,
  • Supervising all programs to ensure quality of student outcomes,
  • Directing doctoral dissertation research and completion activities,
  • Advancing the School's network of external relationships in the region and internationally,
  • Assisting the University with fund-raising and public relations efforts as needed,
  • Managing the School's budget,
  • Serving on University assigned committees and councils.

Other negotiable duties may include

  • Coordination of specific graduate programs,
  • Management of activities of the Center for Innovative Leadership Development housed in the School of Education,
  • Teaching in undergraduate and/or graduate programs within the School,
  • Chairing doctoral dissertation committees

The ideal candidate will demonstrate

  • Proven leadership skills in higher education and/or K-12 schools,
  • Outstanding communication abilities,
  • Experience in higher education, including teaching,
  • An appropriate record of scholarship,
  • Familiarity with assessment and CAEP accreditation,
  • Support for online education and the rapidly evolving world of new educational technologies.

Basic expectations include

  • Graduate degree in a relevant field, doctorate preferred,
  • Personal commitment to the Christian faith,
  • Collegiality, integrity, good will and a sense of humor,
  • Commitment to student learning, particularly undergraduate education.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should send a letter of interest, current vita, official college transcripts, and contact information for three references to: 
School of Education Dean Search Committee Chair, Dr. Sydney Brown, Professor of Education, Gardner-Webb University, P.O. Box 7304, Boiling Springs, NC 28017 

Electronic submissions should be sent to skbrown@gardner-webb.edu 

The School of Education continues to be nationally accredited in good standing with NCATE, which merged with TEAC to become the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP) in 2013. Gardner-Webb looks forward to maintaining our national accreditation status following our first CAEP accreditation review, scheduled for April 2019. 
Gardner-Webb University is a coeducational, residential, private institution with a strong emphasis in the Liberal Arts, located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina (50 miles southwest of Charlotte) offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 4,000 students. Founded by North Carolina Baptists in 1905, Gardner-Webb University employs individuals who participate in and wholeheartedly support Christian values.

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