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Dean, School of Education

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Boulder, Colorado





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University Staff



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The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of dean of the School of Education. The dean of the School of Education will provide visionary and strategic leadership to elevate CU Boulder’s standing as a premier institution for research, teacher education, and community engagement.

The dean will be responsible for focusing on and growing the school’s core strengths, fostering an environment of academic excellence and driving innovation in educational practice. The new dean will be a dynamic leader who can work effectively with faculty, staff, students, university collaborators and external partners to create a cohesive, equitable and forward-thinking educational community. Building on the school's extraordinary legacy, the dean will help to focus and prioritize the school's strengths and will work collaboratively with school, university and community leaders to craft a new collective and strategic direction that further strengthens the school's impact and reach. The dean will be called upon to retain, develop and recruit an exceptional faculty; cultivate an environment in which creativity and innovation can thrive; manage the school's resources wisely and productively; and lend their personal leadership to fostering a more diverse, equitable, just and inclusive community. The school desires a dean who will address the core challenges and institutional barriers to achieving equity and invest, through action, in the school's mission, particularly around social justice and diversity. In addition, the dean will build strong relationships internally and with community partners to leverage the tremendous support and opportunities afforded by this long-established entrepreneurial school.

CU Boulder seeks in its next dean of the School of Education a nationally recognized scholar and leader who possesses substantial academic leadership experience along with the commitment, vision and management expertise needed to help shape the school's future. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

A nationally recognized innovator in education known for its shared commitments to democracy, diversity, equity and justice, CU Boulder's School of Education offers cutting edge teacher preparation, innovative undergraduate programs, and Colorado's top-ranked graduate education in multiple program areas: Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice, Equity, Bilingualism & Biliteracy, Learning Sciences & Human Development, Literacy Studies, Research, Evaluation & Methodology, STEM Education and Teacher Learning, Research, and Practice.

For the past five years, the school has ranked consistently within the 90th percentile of scholarly productivity by faculty among colleges and schools of education nationwide. The school's commitment to social justice and educational transformation is at the heart of its mission and is woven into the fabric of its activities. The school consists of 34 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 25 teaching-track faculty, 19 research faculty, and 35 professional, technical, and administrative staff who support 290 undergraduate majors, 450 minors, 90 undergraduate teacher licensure students and 170 master's and 90 Ph.D. students. The School of Education budget is $17 million.

The University of Colorado was established in 1876. The flagship university within the University of Colorado system and a member of the AAU, CU Boulder serves more than 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students, employs a workforce of more than 10,000 faculty and staff members, and is focused on excellence in research, scholarship and creative work and on creating a student-centered campus culture that fosters a sense of belonging and success of everyone in the community.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Academic Administration/Management

  • Implements the strategic missions of the School of Education and CU Boulder.
  • Is accountable for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the School of Education and participates with other campus leaders to implement campus DEI goals.
  • Oversees and manages the planning, implementation, administration, coordination and evaluation of all academic curricula and programs, support services and administrative functions of the school, including operating policies and procedures, through collaborative efforts with the faculty and staff of the school and other cognate units of the university.
  • Provides leadership, support and vision in developing and modifying academic programs, curricula, services, policies and procedures, in collaboration and consultation with the faculty, staff and other colleges/schools/departments to ensure academic excellence in meeting the needs of the students.
  • Promotes excellence in teaching among all instructional faculty within the school through faculty development activities and in collaboration with faculty.
  • Promotes and fosters scholarship, research and creative work within the school.
  • Confers regularly with associate deans, program chairs, faculty and staff to plan and evaluate academic programs and services of the school.

Human and Fiscal Resource Management

  • Exercises full supervisory authority, directly and indirectly, over full- and part-time faculty and staff.
  • Provides effective and efficient management and oversight of the resources and budget of the school, academic programs and dean's office including the preparation of the annual budget.
  • Provides coaching, mentorship, and opportunities for professional development and training to staff
  • Models inclusive and flexible leadership practices.
  • Attends to and is accountable for the professional culture and climate of the school.
  • In collaboration and consultation with the faculty, evaluates faculty and makes recommendations to the provost on faculty appointment, reappointment, promotion, tenure and termination.
  • Oversees and facilitates the annual performance and merit evaluation process for faculty and staff inclusive of recommending pay increases.
  • Assesses and plans for staffing needs and structures.
  • Allocates discretionary funds to initiate, support and promote initiatives that are consistent with the strategic direction of the school and the university.
  • Augments the financial resources of the school through private fundraising initiatives.

Fundraising and Development

  • In partnership with and under the direction of the chancellor through the CU Boulder Advancement team, fosters development activities, cultivates and solicits individual donors, foundations and corporations, and leads program directors in the development of initiatives and proposals.

Leadership and Service

  • Represents the School of Education to the university administration.
  • Serves on the Boulder campus Council of Deans and other campus bodies, committees or councils.
  • Serves as the School of Education's spokesperson at academic, social and public functions.
  • Engages intentionally in outreach activities to maintain diverse and inclusive collegial relationships with alumni and external constituencies of the school.
  • Maintains professional service activities to enhance their own professional and scholarly development.

What You Should Know


Applications, nominations and inquiries of interest may be sent in confidence to the University’s executive search firm: Alejandra Gillette-Teran, Robin Mamlet, and Cathryn Davis

As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their current and previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

What We Can Offer

Annual Salary Range of $267,000- $320,000, plus a recruitment incentive and moving allowance (if applicable). 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution in one of the fields represented in the School of Education.
  • At least six years of progressive administrative and managerial experience in a research university.
  • A record of teaching, research and service that meets the qualifications necessary to be tenured at the rank of professor.
  • Demonstrated excellence as a leader and a strong reputation in the academic community.

What You Will Need

  • Commitment to mission: Ability to articulate and embody the school's mission of democracy, diversity, equity and justice; and a commitment to the transforming power of education, particularly as applied to equity and socially just solutions for diverse communities.
  • Strategic vision and leadership: Ability to recognize, understand and effectively advocate for the needs of the school; ability to make and communicate decisive decisions with transparency, integrity, good judgment, appropriate inclusion and timeliness; ability to work collaboratively with university leadership and colleagues; an entrepreneurial attitude well-suited to developing and advancing a vision for the school; ability to articulate a compelling and innovative strategic direction and to galvanize a community around it.
  • Equity and justice: Demonstrated commitment to and record of leadership or personal impact in advancing equity and justice; exemplary skill in communicating, collaborating with, and supporting a diverse community; experience in and comfort with encouraging a culture of diverse thought and comfortably participating in and leading conversations about social issues that impact the broader community; a successful track record in removing barriers to inclusion and in affirming diversity in all its forms.
  • Operational and financial competence: Successful experience in leading and managing an organization, including the ability to shape and implement a plan, lead large and cross-disciplinary projects, manage financial resources, effectively deploy staff and collaborate effectively with others; ability to be a systems thinker and creative problem solver who can establish infrastructure; deep experience with budgets, financial planning and strategic resource allocation.
  • Collaboration: Relationship-based leadership style with a firm belief in shared governance and a high level of collegiality and respect in working with faculty, staff and students; experience bringing people together to solve challenges and implement initiatives and plans.
  • Knowledge of the education landscape: Awareness of the challenges facing PK-12 and higher education; understanding of how national, global, social and technological changes impact learning; capacity to serve as a respected leader within the local education community and beyond.
  • Community engagement: Ability to foster a deep sense of community both internally and externally with partners; an inclination to listen, learn and to be a visible and positive presence at the school and on campus; ability to envision and forge engaged partnerships that facilitate learning with and from communities; ability to foster a culture and community where kindness, humility and care are high priorities.
  • Research and an interdisciplinary focus: Demonstrated support for research, scholarly and creative work, leadership and service; a commitment to interdisciplinary interactions across campus and to capitalizing on interdisciplinary opportunities as they arise.
  • Fundraising and external relations: Successful experience or strong potential for success in fundraising; eagerness to build relationships with donors and to engage with the school’s alumni; ability to identify, build, and steward community relationships and partnerships.
  • Support faculty and staff: Ability to recruit, develop and retain excellent faculty at all levels and to facilitate their professional success; commitment to recognizing and valuing the contributions of staff, and empower them to contribute to the school’s advancement.
  • Communication: Ability to connect with audiences large and small and to communicate with transparency, clarity and effectiveness; exceptional capacity to promote the school's interests, priorities and impact across and beyond CU Boulder; openness to listening and to integrating the input of others; skill at facilitating complex and nuanced conversations.

Special Instructions

Special Application Instructions:

CU Boulder has retained WittKieffer, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search.

To apply, please contact or visit the WittKieffer candidate portal. Applications submitted here on the CU Boulder Job Site WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.

For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please contact

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