The Dean of the School of Education reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs of Cambridge College and is a member of the Deans’ Council and the Management Council. As a senior academic officer, the new Dean will fulfill the mission, academic vision, and the strategic plan of the College for the School (http://www.cambridgecollege.edu/academics/education.cfm). This person will lead efforts to maintain compliance with College, state, and national standards and expectations for approved programs and for accreditation. In addition to effectively managing and ensuring the academic quality and integrity of existing programs at all Cambridge College sites, the Dean will oversee the design and implementation of new program initiatives. This person will manage day-to-day activities of the School, including: supervising program chairs, coordinators, and faculty; overseeing administrative operations; and serving as the liaison with internal and external constituencies. The Dean will provide support services in the areas of budget and fiscal management, public and community relations, faculty affairs, general business administration, recruitment and development efforts, and student affairs. Finally, the Dean will lead strategic planning and program implementation among faculty, program chairs, center directors and staff, and she/he will maintain departmental effectiveness, targeted student retention and graduation rates, and high quality student outcomes.
GENERAL STATEMENT: Cambridge College, one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher education for working adults, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Education. The College is seeking a dynamic, creative, and accomplished leader with vision, scholarly achievements, and dedication to quality higher education. This individual will direct key activities to sustain and advance programs that are aligned with the College mission and School purpose. Cambridge College (http://www.cambridgecollege.edu/) is a private non-profit institution founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1971. Cambridge College has regional centers in Massachusetts, Georgia, California, Virginia, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico. The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. More than 6,000 students are served through academic programs that range from bachelor and master’s degrees for educators, counselors, managers, and human service providers to a doctoral program in educational leadership. The College’s innovative, adult-centered learning model links theory to practice in order to help students: acquire the knowledge, skills, and academic credentials they seek; enrich their lives and careers; and become leaders in their communities.
QUALIFICATIONS: Essential candidate qualifications include: an earned terminal degree in Education or closely related field with at least 7-10 years experience in responsible higher education leadership positions at a regionally-accredited institution that includes experience as dean of an education college or school; academic credentials for rank at associate or full professor; extensive experience as an administrator for teacher education programs at the Masters and doctoral levels; experience in managing people in complex organizational settings; knowledge of TEAC requirements and experience with national, state and/or local professional organizations; commitment to social justice leadership in professional preparation programs, and demonstrable support of shared governance practices. The successful candidate will have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills, as well as a keen understanding of the adult teaching and learning model.
Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, application materials should be submitted by May 15, 2013. A nomination should include a letter with the name, position, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee. An application should include a letter describing interest in the position and relevant qualifications, curriculum vitae, and names of five professional references with titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Materials should be submitted electronically via MS Word or PDF attachments to CambridgeSOE@ayersandassoc.com. Confidential inquiries and requests for additional information should be directed to Dr. George E. Ayers at Ayers and Associates, Inc.: 703-418-2815.