The University of South Carolina seeks a visionary, strategic, and collaborative leader to bring a forward-looking and innovative approach, informed by diversity, equity, and inclusion, as the next Dean of the College of Education. The college aims to transform the lives of its students and address urgent challenges confronting public education in South Carolina. The deanship offers an exceptional opportunity to guide the college through a period of expansion, innovation, influence, and accomplishment.
UofSC is a Carnegie Tier I Research Institution. The flagship campus includes sixteen colleges and schools with 922 tenured faculty, 270 tenure-track faculty, and 621 professional-track faculty. The University was ranked in the top 3% in the nation for the number of African American graduates by Diverse Issues in Higher Education in 2014. Ranked by the U.S. Department of Education in the top 10% for its public university graduation rates, UofSC boasts a six-year graduation rate (2013 cohort) of 77% and a FTFT retention rate of 89% (2018 cohort).
This is an exciting time to join the UofSC: the Dean of the College of Education would be part of a large cohort of new senior leadership, including a new provost and several academic deans. The Dean will oversee more than 230 faculty members and 118 staff; supervise the College’s budget; lead the recruitment and retention of faculty and professional staff; advance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and serve as the chief advocate and fundraiser for the College.
For the faculty, staff, and students, the new Dean will be an intellectual leader who inspires others to embrace scholarly inquiry and learning and possesses a passion for education as a cornerstone for advancing the public good and social justice. Appointed by the president and reporting to the provost, the Dean will be an experienced and collaborative leader, committed to expanding the impact of the College of Education at the state and national levels. The position calls for a person with proven leadership and imagination who can help to build the research enterprise of the college, strengthen collaborative partnerships with the South Carolina educational, policy, and industrial communities, and expand cross-college engagement to best prepare teachers for the current and future educational landscape. The Dean will also enhance relationships with existing philanthropic donors and attract new funders for additional resources for the college. The Dean must embrace the importance of working with the state legislature and educational leaders to advance the College’s commitment to advancing the quality of public education in South Carolina.
The position requires an earned doctorate and a record of university teaching, scholarly and creative activity that merits appointment to the rank of tenured full professor in an academic program in the College. For other qualifications and for application instructions, see the full profile at https://academicsearch.org/open-searches-public/ and scroll down to the University of South Carolina.
Nominations and applications should be sent to USCDeanEducation@academicsearch.org. The position is open until filled but only applications received by July 8, 2022, can be assured full consideration. Academic Search Senior Consultant Cynthia M. Patterson is assisting UofSC in the search. Nominators and prospective applicants may reach out directly, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrange a confidential discussion about this opportunity.
The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.