Director, Ctr for Educational Transformation
University of Northern Iowa - United States

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Center for Educational Transformation

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) invites applications for the position of Director, Center for Educational Transformation. UNI is pleased to announce the formation of the Center for Educational Transformation and is seeking an individual to lead the important work of the Center. The Iowa General Assembly has designated UNI as the State's educational research and development center due to the university's rich tradition of teacher preparation and focus on improving the educational experience of Iowa's students. UNI is uniquely positioned to lead the state in the critical transformation that is necessary and to address national issues in educational reform. We are seeking an individual who can take on this important challenge and help UNI become a national leader in PK-12 education.

The position requires a terminal degree and an academic record worthy of tenure at the Associate Professor level (Full Professor preferred) in a department at UNI; a recent record of five or more years of experience as a research and development scholar, including experience with school-based research; demonstrated effectiveness of securing grants, implementing projects, and measuring the impact of the outcomes, particularly in PK-12 settings; strong interpersonal communication skills and collaborative leadership abilities to facilitate, guide, and support internal and external constituencies; and effective engagement with, and deep knowledge of trends, issues, reform initiatives, and operations associated with PK-12 education.

This position reports to the Executive Vice President & Provost; develops relationships within the university (teacher preparation programs) and external stakeholders (i.e. school district personnel, state leaders, Dept. of Education staff, etc.) to the university that will assist with carrying out the Center mission; determines the Center’s overall organizational structure and allocates managerial responsibilities; provides leadership and supervision of research fellows, graduate students and project faculty; creates an operating plan and develops strategic objectives that support UNI priorities; secures grants and implements projects related to teacher preparation and PK-12 education; measures and disseminates the impact and outcomes of the Center’s research and development; leverages partnerships across the state to inform decision makers and drive policy grounded in research results; produces innovations to transform teaching, learning and education systems; and recruits, hires and trains department staff, evaluates staff performance, and develops goals and objectives for staff.

Preferred start date: January 2014

The University of Northern Iowa provides a high quality and diverse educational experience, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioralsciences with advanced degrees available in many programs.

One of three state universities, UNI enjoys national recognition for its high educational standards. U.S. News and World Report ranked UNI in the top three among Midwest public universities for the past 17 years.

The university’s size -- just more than 12,200 students -- allows it to offer faculty, facilities and academic choices of a large university, while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a compact, park-like campus. For more information, visit

To apply, visit Pre-employment background checks are required. For more information visit: or contact Kavita Dhanwada, Search Committee Co-Chair at Applications received August 16, 2013 will receive full consideration. The Department encourages applications from persons ofcolor, women, persons living with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity employer with a comprehensive plan for affirmative action.

UNI is a smoke-free campus.

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