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Athens State University
  • Position Number: 1674574
  • Location: Athens, AL
  • Position Type: Deans - Education

Dean of the College of Education

Athens State University

Closing Date:

Job Duties:
Athens State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Education. The position is available beginning July 1, 2020. The College of Education (COE) offers seven undergraduate teacher certifications, several secondary certification options, and an M.Ed. in Career & Technical Education. It has a proud tradition of serving as one of Alabama's leading teacher education colleges and the leader in certification of elementary teachers. The new Dean will provide leadership for approximately 36 full-time faculty and staff and 17 part-time faculty, serving approximately 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students annually. The college is accredited by NCATE and will be preparing for CAEP accreditation in 2021.

The College Dean provides academic leadership to the College and reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). The College Dean is responsible for, but not limited to, academic planning, enhancement of programs, curriculum, teaching, scholarship and service, professional and regional accreditation, recruitment of faculty, faculty development and evaluation, student recruitment, advising, budget development, and allocation of resources. In accordance with our mission, the College of Education strives for rigorous yet flexible programs that encourage wider skill sets with multiple credentials, respond to educational needs of ever-changing student populations, and address state requirements for teacher preparation.

The ideal candidate will be an innovative, collaborative, and persuasive leader who is able to: advance the mission of preparing teacher candidates to become reflective practitioners who are knowledgeable and collaborative professionals; partner successfully with state and national leaders in practice, policy, and research in the disciplines within the COE; guide the work of the College's faculty and staff; advance excellence in all of the College's programs; develop and enhance interdisciplinary education programs across the University; and promote internal and external partnerships in the region and state.

College of Education Points of Pride:

  • High student performance on Praxis and edTPA licensing assessments.
  • Robust enrollments across all College of Education Programs.
  • New M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education experiencing rapid growth.
  • Athens State University Regional In-Service Center, home to three state initiatives including the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI), Alabama Science in Motion (ASIM), and Technology in Motion (TIM).
  • Partnership with the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI).

    Required Qualifications:
    Ten years of full-time college-level teaching experience with some graduate teaching experience,
    Doctorate appropriate for the College,
    Record of teaching, professional development/scholarly work, and service to warrant faculty rank of Professor,
    Experience with appropriate accreditation and assessment processes, preferably having experience at national and state levels and experience with program-specific accreditation,
    Administrative experience in higher education,
    Knowledge and experience in program development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with an understanding of the needs of a diverse student population and the need to promote student-centered multicultural education, and
    Professional experience in P-12 setting in teaching, developing partnerships, or administration.

    Desirable Qualifications and Attributes

    College-level experience in a leadership role working with faculty and staff to promote and support a collegial environment, open communication, and shared governance,
    Experience representing a department or college and developing partnerships internally and externally, including schools, community organizations, and professional bodies,
    Demonstrated experience with programs that encourage and promote diversity and multi-cultural education,
    Demonstrated interest and commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community, including, but not limited to, mentoring minorities, women, and other underrepresented groups, and
    Experience developing and managing budgets, resources, and external funding

    Leadership AgendaChallenges and Opportunities

    Leading the College of Education through the CAEP accreditation process in 2021.
    Expanding faculty resources, including recruitment of faculty and opportunities for faculty development.
    Securing funding and resources.
    Addressing challenges of curriculum resources and instructional design related to traditional, blended, and online courses.
    Promoting student engagement on and off campus.
    Supporting faculty in balancing the demands of teaching, scholarship, and service at a teaching-centered university.

    Salary Schedule:
    Salary band: A280 Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. To view salary schedules, visit:

    Special Instructions to Applicants
    Unofficial transcripts should be from the college or university which verifies minimum qualifications for the position. Upon an offer of employment, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted. Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

    Please provide contact information for three professional references on your application.

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    About Athens State University
    Located in historic Athens, Alabama, Athens State University offers junior and senior-level coursework to community college graduates and transfer students holding sufficient credits from other institutions. Presently, over 3,100 students have selected Athens State because of its neighborly environment where 50 majors and degree programs are offered, with courses taught by a supportive and exceptional faculty. Approximately 80% of the students are enrolled in at least one online course. The typical student is a working adult who commutes. Recently, the University was featured in the 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings by for four online programs including computer science, accounting, education and human resources. The University offers undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Teacher Preparation, and Business. The University employs more than 350 full and part-time employees with approximately 90 full-time faculty members in three colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Education. Seventy-five percent of the full-time faculty members hold a terminal degree. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
    Athens, Alabama is located in north Alabama equidistant between Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL. Athens is home to several events and festivals that have been featured as the Southeast Tourism Societys Top 20 Events in the Southeast including the Athens Storytelling Festival and the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.

    In accordance with Athens State University Policy and guidelines, the applicant chosen for employment will be required to sign a consent form for a criminal background check. Employment will be contingent upon the receipt of a clearance notification from that criminal background check.

    Non-Discrimination Policy Statement Athens State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, or admissions to or participation in educational programs and activities. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, 300 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611, 256- 233-8175.

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