Dean of the School of Education
University of San Francisco
The University of San Francisco (https://www.usfca.edu) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Education to begin in AY 2017-2018.
The University of San Francisco is recognized nationally and internationally as a premier Jesuit, Catholic, urban University with a global perspective that educates leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and self-awareness necessary to be men and women for others.
Established as San Francisco's first institution of higher education in 1855, the University of San Francisco presently serves over 10,000 students in Arts and Sciences, Education, Law, Management, and Nursing and Health Professions. The University is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse institutions in the country and in 2009 it was ranked as one of the top 100 universities considered to be Saviors of our Cities. In addition, the Corporation for National and Community Service has placed the University of San Francisco in the President's Honor Roll for 6 years in a row and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified the University of San Francisco as a community-engaged institution.
The School of Education programs began in 1947 and currently offer graduate programs (Certificate, Masters and EdD) in San Francisco and in the branch campuses (Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Pleasanton) .
The School of Education's website may be viewed at https://www.usfca.edu/education/
The Dean serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the School, and is responsible for the design, development, and delivery of more than 25 academic programs that currently serve approximately 1,000 graduate students. The dean supervises 43 full-time faculty in five departments, approximately 94 part-time faculty, and 29 staff members. SOE faculty are active scholars committed to work that impacts local and global communities. Their work spans a range of interests from K-12 urban social justice education to higher education; from school counseling to human rights education; from critical disability studies to leadership studies, including catholic education.
The University is searching for a visionary leader who will contribute to and continue to build a strong socially engaged community of students, faculty and staff around the unanimously approved strategic plan oriented towards social justice and engaged scholarship. The 2014 strategic plan defines the schools mission: to act collectively and leverage our resources in ways that are driven by our Jesuit mission and responsive to our constituents needs. We strive to have measurable impact in schools and communities, particularly for those most affected by injustice."
In addition, the Dean will:
Ensure the adherence to the strategic plan and overall quality of academic programs. Recruit and retain diverse faculty and staff in order to provide our target student populations with the highest quality academic experience, professional preparation that is in the service of social justice, and increase resources for underrepresented groups.
Prepare and administer the Schools annual budget; carry out strategic planning; recommend appointment, promotion and tenure of faculty and provide faculty development resources to promote excellence in engaged scholarship; and build collaborative relationships within the context of a unionized environment.
Provide collective and visionary leadership and vision to the School, work with faculty and staff to create an academic, cultural, and physical environment conducive to scholarship, intellectual vitality, and learning; and established and nurture a supportive diverse work environment.
Further integrate the branch campuses into the SOE, and enhance student services that support an increasingly diverse and first generation student body. In collaboration with the faculty, help to create new program offerings and build enrollments, with specific attention paid to branch campuses.
Increase and improve alumni engagement, particularly regarding participation in SOE programs and in development/fundraising.
Promote the Vision, Mission and Values of the School of Education with a Jesuit Catholic University through the activities and programs of the School and work with other University administrators to assure the well-being and success of the University of San Francisco.
As an executive officer of the university, envision future trends, challenges, and opportunities in K-16 education and how USF can make a productive impact.
Support the continuous improvement of the School through procedures relevant to the assurance of student learning including program review, assessment, and programmatic and institutional accreditation.
Increase financial aid and raising additional funds to support SOE students through scholarships, employment, etc.
The Dean reports to the Provost/Academic Vice-President and serves as a member of the Provosts Council and the Presidents Leadership Team. The successful candidate will be appointed at the appropriate rank with tenure in one of the departments of the School and therefore must meet the Universitys criteria for rank and tenure.
The University seeks a proven leader in the field of education, with a distinctive record of achievement through teaching, scholarship and service, who is committed to education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. The ideal candidate will have prior administrative experience in the areas of program development, faculty and staff administration, and budget planning, at the department chairperson level or above. In addition, the successful candidate should possess:
An understanding and commitment to the Vision, Mission and Values of the University and its Jesuit Catholic heritage (www.usfca.edu/mission/index.html)
Established record of superior university teaching, exemplary scholarship and distinguished university, professional, and community/public service.
Administrative leadership, vision, and a record of increasing experience and responsibilities in a diverse environment characterized by collegial management, mentorship, inclusive decision-making, and effective communication skills.
Ability to create and nurture a supportive environment that utilizes transparent processes to foster intellectual vitality, creativity, student learning, staff development and outstanding teaching, research, and service.
Demonstrated commitment to access, equity, social justice, and diversity in all its forms; experience in supporting, promoting and implementing the learning opportunities offered by a diverse community.
Demonstrated ability to foster relationships with urban school districts.
Experience and commitment to fostering international perspectives in the curriculum and promoting global experiences for students, faculty, and staff.
Ability to effectively represent the School of Education while working in collaboration and building partnerships with the University community and San Francisco Bay Area stakeholders.
An understanding of managing within a unionized higher education environment.
Knowledge of current issues in K-12 and higher education, counseling in schools and community centers, community relations/partnerships and appreciation of innovative technologies and delivery systems.
Demonstrated ability to support faculty in obtaining grants and contracts and to institutional and school fund-raising.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
For information on how to apply, please visit the following link: www.usfjobs.com
The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational services and academic programs on the basis of an individuals race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.
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