Dean, College of Education

North Carolina State University

United States

February 26, 2022


Posting Details Posting Number PG191317EP

Internal Recruitment No Working Title Dean, College of Education Anticipated Hiring Range Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, with additional hours as required. Job Location Raleigh, NC Department College Of Education About the Department

The College of Education's mission is to be a voice of innovation for learning across the lifespan, prepare professionals who educate and lead, and engage in inquiry and practice that reflect integrity, a commitment to social justice and the value of diversity in a global community.

The college works to fulfill NC State's land-grant mission by preparing extraordinary educators, conducting transformational research and providing extension and engagement with communities across the state of NC. The college has designed initiatives and programs around these areas to realize its vision to lead the way in North Carolina in increasing resources and opportunities for educational success.

The college has experienced remarkable growth over the past five years, achieving highs in enrollment, rankings, giving and research funding. Today, the college is one of the nation's top-ranked public colleges of education and has multiple programs ranked in specialty categories. With projects, partnerships and field placements in 92 counties and alumni in all 100 counties in North Carolina, the college's work impacts nearly every child, family and community in the state.

The college has over 1,920 students studying across five graduate certificates, seven undergraduate majors, two undergraduate minors, 13 master's degrees, three Ph.D. and two Ed.D. programs housed in three academic departments: Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education; and Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, with approximately 130 tenure-track and professional-track faculty and 90 support and professional staff. The college is also home to the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

Faculty are widely-recognized thought leaders using their research to transform the practice of teaching, learning and leading. They have particular strengths in improving technology-enhanced learning and teaching in STEM education and literacy; increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and access in education; and innovating leadership development, educational policy and evaluation. School districts, community colleges, nonprofits, foundations, legislators and the news media regularly seek their expertise. Faculty include a Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching finalist, the president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and NSF CAREER grant recipients.

More than 70% of the faculty have active grants, and faculty are engaged in 120 funded research projects totaling more than $84 million, making them the most productive in terms of research activity than any college of education in North Carolina and the 15th most in the nation. Research expenditures in FY 2021 exceeded $17.2 million.

The college's 16,900-plus living alumni are among the most effective educators, counselors and leaders in North Carolina and across the nation. They include teachers, counselors, principals and community college presidents of the year; superintendents and senior-level school system administrators; business owners; a four-term governor; and even a Super Bowl-winning coach.

In FY 2021, the college received its highest amount in philanthropic investments in a single year, including $7.25 million to establish the Transformational Scholarships Program and prepare 100 teachers for Eastern North Carolina. This new program is one way the college is working to diversify the education workforce and to advance diversity, equity and inclusion so all learners have the opportunity to thrive. The entire college is actively engaged in a transformative process to become an anti-racist college of education.

Essential Job Duties

The Opportunity

NC State invites applications and nominations for the position of dean of the College of Education. The university seeks a leader committed to: expanding the college's foundation of groundbreaking research and scholarship; promoting a strong reputation of service built over the last five years; and boldly opening up the college to additional areas of national renown. This leader must understand the college's role in education at the statewide and national levels, and have a vision for advancing education for students, teachers, counselors and administrators.

The Position

The dean is the chief academic, administrative and budgetary officer and spokesperson for the college, and reports directly to the provost. The dean provides strong leadership and strategic direction for the college's academic departments, programs and initiatives within a complex fiscal and personnel environment.

The dean must be an experienced leader with a distinguished record of scholarship in education (as evidenced by publications, grants, and other scholarly accomplishments) and a deep appreciation for the scholarly and practical importance of education. The dean will be committed to efforts to develop and promote innovation for learning across the life span and to recruit, retain and lead a diverse community of students, faculty and staff to achieve this goal.

The dean is responsible for the following:

  • Providing strong leadership and strategic direction for the college;
  • Representing the college within the university at a skilled, politically- astute level with respect to campus resources and issues;
  • Providing innovative leadership in maintaining and advancing the college's academic and research excellence within the university and relative to national and international peers;
  • Representing the diverse clientele, programs and interests of the college persuasively to both internal and external constituencies;
  • Engaging with internal and external constituencies regarding the development, implementation and evaluation of programs;
  • Promoting a culturally responsive and inclusive environment, with a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff and students;
  • Openly communicating in a transparent manner that provides clarity in financial management and decision-making;
  • Efficiently managing the financial resources of the college and effectively advocating for resources;
  • Being a successful fundraiser and a visible, interactive participant in external-facing activities with alumni and donors;
  • Effectively linking educational programs within the college to the broader university culture and mission particularly in relation to the preparation of educational researchers and professionals;
  • Recognizing and valuing the contributions of everyone in the college;
  • Encouraging the high-performance and excellence of faculty, staff and units within the college and the delivery of high-quality academic programs.
  • Other Responsibilities

    Perform other related duties as assigned.

    Minimum Education and Experience

    A terminal degree in their field and qualifications for an appointment as a full professor with tenure in at least one of the departments within the college.

    Other Required Qualifications

    The successful candidate will possess most, if not all, of the following qualities or experience:

  • Evidence of working effectively and collaboratively with faculty, university administration, and other constituent groups and partners both within and outside the university;
  • Ability to play a key role in university leadership, advocating for the college and forging advantageous and strategic connections across colleges;
  • A clear commitment to excellence in research and scholarship;
  • Outstanding communication skills, including interpersonal, written, verbal, presentation and listening capabilities;
  • A proven record of success in setting priorities, allocating resources and achieving specific goals;
  • An affinity for fundraising, and the ability to contribute to and lead relationship-based development efforts, including partnering with the Friday Institute for Educational Education and the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research;
  • Ability to function in a complex, high-demand environment, balancing and executing internal and external responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives within the college; and
  • A distinguished record of scholarship in education.
  • Preferred Qualifications


    Required License(s) or Certification(s)


    Valid NC Driver's License required No Commercial Driver's License required No

    Job Open Date 10/27/2021

    Anticipated Close Date Open until filled. Special Instructions to Applicants

    Confidential review of applications will begin in December of 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

    General inquiries and nominations can be sent directly to NC State Executive Search Services: Frank Barragan, at (919) 515-4365 or or Justin Lang, at (919) 513-1963 or jdlang2@

    Position Number 00001605

    Position Type SAAO Tier I Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.00 FTE Appointment 12 Month Recurring Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Mandatory - Adverse Weather Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Mandatory - Fire/Explosions, Mandatory - Medical Emergencies, Mandatory - Hazardous Material Incidents, Mandatory - Transportation Accidents, Mandatory - Evacuations/Natural Hazards, Mandatory - Utilities/Infrastructure Failure, Mandatory - Threats of Violence/Terrorism/Interpersonal Emergencies Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No Department ID 130101 - College Of Education AA/EEO

    NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

    If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

    Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

    NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • How did you learn of this opportunity?
  • NCSU Website
  • NCSU Executive Search Services
  • Other Online Job Board
  • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
  • Job / Career Fair
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • HERC
  • Professional Journal
  • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
  • Professional Organization
  • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
  • NCSU Employee Referral
  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
  • Other
  • If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.
  • (Open Ended Question)

    Application Materials Required

    Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact Information for References
  • Optional Documents