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Dean, Millicent Atkins School of Education
Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota
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Date Posted 02/17/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Northern State University seeks a Dean of the Millicent Atkins School of Education, a full-time, twelve-month position, to begin June 2020. The Millicent Atkins School of Education is a regional leader in educator preparation, health and physical education, and psychology and counseling. The School prepares the majority of teachers and counselors in the region, playing a significant role in the state. The Dean will lead a School that received a $15 million donation and will help shape how this gift is used to continue the upward trajectory of the School. A major priority of the School is to strengthen the partnership with the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, whose brand-new facility is contiguous to Northern State University.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will possess an earned Ph.D. or Ed.D. in education or a related discipline represented within the School from an accredited institution; a strong record of teaching, research, and service; demonstrated creativity and success in developing programs to meet the needs of the region; successful leadership experience at the chair or dean level; and experience with curriculum management, assessment, and accreditation. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, innovative and experienced leader who is committed to strategic enrollment growth and guiding the Millicent Atkins School of Education to regional prominence.

The Dean will report to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs with the following responsibilities:

  • Ensuring high standards in curriculum development, assessment, and accreditation processes.

  • Promoting high quality instruction, student success, and faculty development.

  • Preparing and managing budgets and overall administration in support of the School.

  • Representing the School at professional meetings and in the local and state communities.

  • Providing leadership in the recruitment, retention, and evaluation of department chairs, faculty, and other personnel.

  • Fostering research, scholarship, and grant writing with faculty and students.

  • Leading faculty/staff to anticipate and address student and K-12 school needs.

  • Demonstrating commitment to an inclusive, equitable, and diverse working and learning environment.

  • Working collaboratively with the University’s leadership team to advance the institution’s strategic priorities.

  • Be an engaged partner in enrollment management, working with the University Admissions Department on effective

  • enrollment strategies for the School.

  • Have an entrepreneurial approach to curricular collaboration, development and strategic planning.

  • Strengthen partnership with the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in preparing future teachers who may work with students with visual impairment.

The Millicent Atkins School of Education offers undergraduate degrees in elementary and secondary education, special education, health and physical education, sport marketing and administration, human performance and fitness, and psychology. Graduate degrees are offered in educational leadership and administration, counseling, sport performance and leadership, and teaching and learning. The School consists of approximately twenty faculty and eight staff members organized into three departments: Teacher Education, Counseling and Psychology, and Health and Physical Education.

Values: Northern State University is committed to building a culture of inclusion, belonging and collegiality that respects diversity in knowledge, culture and world view. We strongly encourage women and individuals bringing diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural perspectives to apply.

Setting: Northern State University is a premier regional institution characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations, and excellent cocurricular opportunities. NSU is consistently ranked as one of the best public undergraduate institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. It is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and the School of Fine Arts. NSU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and by NCATE/CAEP, NASM, NASAD, ACBSP, and CACREP. NSU is located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, a vibrant community in northeastern SD. The city has a population of approximately 30,000 and is a cultural, retail, banking, agribusiness, and healthcare hub for the region. The University enjoys a positive and strong relationship with the city and region. With more than $100 million invested over the last decade, Northern State University is experiencing transformative positive momentum. Recent new buildings, renovations and projects under construction include significant updates to the Johnson Fine Arts Center and Barnett Athletics Center, three new residence halls, the new Jewett Regional Science Education Center, and a new regional Sports Complex with athletic and recreational fields.

Application: Review of applications will begin March 13, 2020. Position is open until filled with an anticipated June 22, 2020 start date. Applications should include a cover letter addressing the main qualifications, curriculum vita, college transcripts (official transcripts required upon hiring), and contact information for three professional references. All applicants are subject to a background check. For more information regarding this position and to apply, visit https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu. Click on “Northern State University” in the Quick Search section. The system will guide you through the electronic application form. AA/EOE

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