The College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin seeks an accomplished scholar and forward-thinking academic leader to serve as its next Dean. The ideal candidate will be someone who can leverage the strengths and talents of the College’s diverse faculty and staff to ensure the broad impact of its academic programs and realize the potential for new and innovative programs and partnerships. The Dean will be creative and entrepreneurial in identifying potential collaborations between the College of Education and other University of Texas at Austin colleges and community stakeholders in strategically growing enrollments, building resources, and developing groundbreaking programs. The Dean will also have a proven and effective record of academic administration at a large research university and exhibit a deep understanding of and commitment to social justice and equity.
Founded in 1891, the mission of the College of Education is to recreate the landscape of education and health by providing research-based programs to prepare leaders who empower tomorrow’s citizens as lifelong learners, develop and disseminate knowledge, and contribute innovative ideas to help leverage the strengths of a diverse society. The College has a budget of approximately $72 million and an endowment of $66 million, with a community of over 3,000 students, 179 full-time faculty, and 331 full-time staff. For the last eight years, the College of Education has been ranked within the top four public colleges of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Annual research expenditures totaled just over $48 million for the 2016-17 academic year.
As the chief academic and administrative officer and public representative of the College, the Dean should have a demonstrated commitment to engaging with school districts and other educational and health constituencies, leading advocacy efforts with the state legislature, and forging productive relationships with donors and alumni. As Dean of one of the leading colleges of education in the nation, situated in the second largest and fastest growing state in the U.S. and with one of the most diverse populations, she or he must be invested in influencing and articulating education standards, trends, and innovation locally, nationally, and internationally. Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost and working with faculty, students, and staff, the new Dean must chart a course for the College that adapts to the changing landscape of education and health.