The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) seeks a dynamic and inspiring Executive Dean for the new Alaska College of Education (AKCOE), the state’s lead college for teacher preparation and educational leadership. The administrative home of the College is the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, AK. The new College, under active development, will soon supplant the existing UAS School of Education. The successful applicant is expected to work in concert with University of Alaska leadership and faculty to articulate and advance a shared vision that leads to significant increases in the number of high quality Alaska-educated teachers, principals, and superintendents serving the state’s geographically dispersed and highly diverse communities. As an Alaskan educational leader, the Executive Dean has an extraordinary opportunity to contribute to ongoing transformation of the P-20 educational system—advancing a culture of education in the state. The position will have statewide responsibilities and will be based in Juneau, AK.
Be a transformative leader in developing and implementing innovative Education programs that meet the needs of students traditionally underserved by university Education programs, with particular focus on Alaska Native students, and in building a more diverse Education faculty and staff.
Provide leadership in support of professional accreditation of Alaska College of Education programs, including ongoing data-informed evaluation and assessment of all academic programs.
Work effectively in a shared governance environment to develop coordinated, aligned, and innovative academic, research, professional development, and P-12 outreach programs both within the College at UAS and within educational programs elsewhere within the UA system.
Provide effective statewide leadership as chair of the UA Teacher Education Council, which is responsible for coordination and alignment of undergraduate and graduate education programs across the UA system.
Provide effective leadership at UAS in developing and managing budgets, developing and managing faculty workloads, engaging in faculty recruitment, evaluation, promotion, and tenure processes, grant writing, and coordinating staff resources to fulfill the mission of the university. Serve as a member of the UAS Chancellor''s Cabinet and Provost''s Council.
As a scholar-leader, develop the College’s prominence nationally and internationally as a nexus for innovative research, scholarship, and professional practice—with a focus ranging from diverse urban schools and to schools in remote Indigenous and circumpolar communities.
Be an effective leader in university advancement, development, and fundraising.
The position has two major responsibilities: 1) provide direct leadership and administrative oversight of UAS Education programs, faculty, and staff, and 2) provide leadership within the UA Teacher Education Council to coordinate and align all University of Alaska Education programs statewide. Success in this role will involve working strategically and effectively with educators and leaders at all three UA institutions: UAS, the University of Alaska Anchorage, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The successful applicant is expected to work in concert with University of Alaska leadership and faculty to articulate and advance a shared vision that leads to significant increases in the number of high-quality Alaska-educated teachers, principals, and superintendents serving the state’s geographically dispersed and highly diverse communities. As an Alaskan educational leader, the Executive Dean has an extraordinary opportunity to contribute to the ongoing transformation of the P-20 educational system-advancing a culture of education in the state.
Required Education & Experience:
PhD or terminal degree in a field relevant to education.
Minimum of three years of experience in progressively responsible leadership and management positions within the field of education (e.g., department chair, dean, school superintendent).
Successful experience working with programs serving student populations with diverse cultural or linguistic backgrounds, and one or more of the following: non-traditional and first-generation college students, students traditionally underserved in higher education, students served through online, blended, or hybrid delivery, and/or students living in rural or remote communities.
Experience as a faculty member or administrator in higher education.
Willingness and ability to travel frequently within Alaska, including to remote communities.
Preferred Education & Experience:
Demonstrated commitment to student success at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Evidence of productive partnerships with diverse education stakeholders, including P-12 education providers, state agencies, Alaska Native tribes, corporations and non-profits, and business groups.
Demonstrated success in developing and managing budgets and personnel.
Evidence of substantive scholarly work, including a track record of research and publication.
Successful experience working in a shared governance and collective bargaining environment.
Successful professional experience living and working in rural or remote areas.
Successful experience with grant writing, development, and fundraising in a higher education context.
Direct experience with data-informed assessment and accreditation processes in the field of Education.
Demonstrated leadership in managing institutional change.
This is a full-time, exempt, executive position with a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. This is an ‘open until filled’ recruitment with the initial application review date taking place on November 27, 2017. This is a position with statewide responsibilities that will be based in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. Arrangements for office locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks will be provided, as needed.
UAS is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All interested persons should apply online.