Dean of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education

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Application deadline: March 1, 2020

Senior Consultant: Scott Flanagan

Senior Consultant: Eric Richtmyer

Associate Consultant: Christy Scott

St. John Fisher College, an independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition located in Rochester, New York, invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations for an outstanding academic leadership opportunity as the new Dean of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education. The position is available beginning July 1, 2020.

Founded in 1948, St. John Fisher College (Fisher) is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the northeast and has a rich history of academic excellence and an outstanding reputation for its commitment to a student-centered educational environment that promotes learning and discovery. The educational philosophy of the founding Basilian Fathers, whose motto, “Teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge,” reflects Fisher’s traditions and values today.

The next Dean will be an energetic, forward-looking, collaborative leader skilled in change management and transformational leadership. With a full array of undergraduate and master’s level teaching programs and an executive leadership doctoral program, the School serves the teacher training and leadership needs of the greater Rochester area, as well as the Western New York region. The Dean will lead the School of Education through current changes in teacher education by engaging effectively with multiple stakeholders and articulate a shared vision for the School within the context of the institutional strategic plan. The Dean is the academic leader and chief administrative officer of the School and reports directly to the Provost for all aspects of the operation of the School, including its conduct and development as an instructional, research, and service unit.

Application and Nomination Procedure

The search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. For additional information about this opportunity, please review the position profile, which includes a full list of required and desired characteristics as well as the leadership agenda for the new dean, at under the “Open Searches” tab.

Application materials should include a cover letter addressing the leadership agenda and qualifications/characteristics listed in the position profile, a current, long-form resume or curriculum vita (showing relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments) and the names, phone numbers and addresses of at least five professional references, with an indication of the candidate’s relationship to each reference. References will not be contacted until a later stage in the search, and only with the candidate’s foreknowledge. Nominations and application materials should be sent to

To arrange a confidential conversation about this position please contact the senior consultants managing the search, Dr. Scott Flanagan at or Dr. Eric Richtmyer at, or by phone at 202-332-4049. The position is open until filled and only applications received by March 1, 2020 can be assured full consideration.

St. John Fisher College is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and its Senior Staff is responsible for taking steps to ensure Equal Employment Opportunity. It is the policy of St. John Fisher College to provide Equal Employment Opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in each locality in which the College has employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. The College does not discriminate against applicants or employees in hiring, promotion, termination or the terms and conditions of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, perceived sex, gender expression, the status of being transgender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military status, veteran status, predisposing genetic characteristics or genetic information, arrest or criminal record, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other characteristic protected by law.