Dean, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling
University of St. Thomas (Minn.) - Saint Paul, MN

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Dean, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling,

The University of St. Thomas invites applications for the position of Dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling to begin in Academic Year 2013-2014.

The Opportunity

Join our dynamic community known for excellence and success in graduating well-trained and highly-skilled professionals. Our College seeks a Dean who will provide the vision, leadership, advocacy, and guidance needed to enable us to continue to be a highly-respected leader in the competitive arena of graduate education as well as meet the challenges the College will face in the coming years. This is a time, in the field of higher education, of significant opportunity - to create innovative professional education as well as modes of delivery to students and to forge partnerships across and outside of the University-at-large. We are seeking an individual to join our team who will seize the opportunity to capitalize on the numerous strengths already existing within the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Dean

The Dean serves as the senior administrative officer of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling. In collaboration with faculty and staff, the Dean is responsible for developing, communicating, and implementing a compelling vision in support of the missions of the University and the College. Other responsibilities include leading the continuous improvement of the College’s academic programs, directing strategic and operational planning activities of the College, working collaboratively with faculty in an atmosphere of shared governance, overseeing accreditation processes, working collaboratively with other units of the University, and fostering excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, professional engagement and service. The position reports to the Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer of the University and interacts extensively with University administration, faculty-at-large, students and the community.

The University of St. Thomas

Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a private, Catholic, liberal arts university located in the major metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul. St. Thomas is the largest private university in Minnesota and recently completed a 5-year Capital Campaign in which its donors surpassed the $500,000,000 goal by over $15,000,000. The University’s 10,000+ students pursue degrees in a wide range of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The University seeks to develop individuals who combine career competency with cultural awareness and intellectual curiosity. The successful Dean candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.

The University of St. Thomas has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, to equal opportunity policies and practices, and to the principles and goals of affirmative action. In that spirit, the University welcomes nominations and applications from a broad and diverse applicant pool.


Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate degree in Education, Psychology or a related field; eligibility to be appointed with tenure, based on a proven record of teaching, professional engagement and service; successful administrative experience (e.g., management of budgets, personnel, and curriculum) at the level of Department Chair or higher (or equivalent experience); demonstrated leadership skills; excellent analytical, written presentation, oral presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.

The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:
  • A leader who is an agile learner — who will come to understand the diverse programs of each School and foster interdisciplinary, intercollegiate, and community partnerships and programs to advance College and University goals.
  • A leader who is committed to equity, social justice, and diversity in all its forms — who will be a leader in developing programs and recruitment strategies that will fully embrace diversity on campus among faculty, staff and students.
  • A leader who will develop, grow and nurture professional relationships and connections within the local, regional and national communities.
  • A leader who understands budgets and has the ability to oversee college-wide fiscal planning, development and management activities.
  • A leader who understands the challenges involved in supplementing traditional face-to-face courses with online education and who will assist in implementing changes in the College environment to result in the successful provision of digital modes of training.
Application Process

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2013. The application process will remain open until the position is filled. To apply, submit a cover letter that addresses each of the desired characteristics mentioned above, curriculum vitae and the names of three references (please note that candidates will be informed before any references are contacted). Please submit these items electronically at

Further information on this opportunity and on the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling can be found at

Questions should be addressed to:
Dr. Terence Langan, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Education, Leadership and Counseling

Our College consists of the School of Education and the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. It offers programs that range from undergraduate programs in education to graduate degrees in Counseling Psychology, Educational Administration, Leadership, Organizational Development and Teacher Licensure to a variety of certificate programs including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Gifted Education, English as a Second Language, Math Education, Multicultural Education, Learning Technology, Public Policy & Leadership, E-Learning, Leadership in Student Affairs and Family Psychology.

The School of Education – with 35 full-time faculty and more than 1750 graduate and 200 undergraduate students – offers a wide range of graduate programs for professionals in education, leadership and organization development, as well as undergraduate programs in teacher education. Graduates of the School of Education’s certificate, licensure, master of arts, education specialist, and doctoral programs are leaders in K-12 and higher education, human resources, organization development, nonprofit and corporate setting, public agencies, and law enforcement. The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); its teacher licensure programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching (MnBOT) and its administrative licensure programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (MnBOSA). All three agencies have recently granted continuing approval to 2020.

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology has 11 full-time faculty members and 250 students. It offers a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology, a certificate program in Family Psychology, and an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Psy.D. program in Counseling Psychology. At its last APA site visit, the Psy.D. program was approved for 7 years of accreditation through 2017. One of the experiential opportunities available for students is our Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services, a multidisciplinary clinic which provides clinical services and training in graduate psychology, law, and social work. This clinic is among the first in the country to forge an equal partnership among these three specific disciplines. - 2 years ago - save job - copy to clipboard