Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences



Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

University of Idaho


Position Summary


The dean has responsibility to oversee and implement policies and priorities of the college and university. The Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences leads the college faculty in the development of policies and priorities governing the academic programs of the college. The dean facilitates appropriate inclusion of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders in the college decision-making processes. The academic programs of the college are directly affected by program planning, definitions of goals and priorities, instructional methods and standards, student advising, mutually beneficial partnerships with stakeholders, research policies, allocation of resources, fund-raising, and development of professional standards related to the branches of learning for which the college is responsible. The academic programs of the college include undergraduate and graduate instruction, research and creative activity, and outreach services throughout the state. It is expected that the dean satisfactorily employs strategies to implement objectives and achieve the University’s strategic goals while carrying out the mission of the college.


Required Qualifications


  • An earned terminal degree from an accredited university in a discipline appropriate to the college.
  • Accomplishments and experience to merit an appointment with tenure and rank of associate professor.
  • Academic leadership experience including:personnel management (faculty and staff), resource management (finances, facilities, equipment, etc.), and quality academic programming / delivery.
  • Evidence of original initiatives focused on improving excellence in teaching, research, outreach, mentoring, and/or student success.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Accomplishments and experience to merit an appointment with tenure and rank of full professor.
  • Experience with strategic planning and visioning to successfully address change, managing program/professional-level accreditation and program assessment, increasing student enrollment, and attracting and retaining a diverse student and employee population.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to develop, maintain, and work successfully with faculty, staff, department administrators, peer colleagues, students, alumni, and other stakeholders.
  • Experience developing and advancing philanthropic opportunities, economic development, extramurally funded research, or other fundraising efforts.




Percentage of Job Duty Function


  • University Service & Leadership 100%
  • Outreach & Extension 0%
  • Scholarship & Creative Activities 0%
  • Teaching & Advising 0%


University of Idaho


Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation, and the world. The student population numbers 10,791, including first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, at locations in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho Falls. As the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity, University researchers attract $113 million in research grants and contracts each year.

Consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in America by The Princeton Review, the University combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and a focus on helping students succeed and become leaders. 2,252 full-time faculty and staff support and guide 130 Bachelor's, 88 Master's, and 32 doctoral degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education, Health and Human Sciences; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. Through an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community, the University actively engages in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body.

The University is a dynamic and integral part of the fabric of Idaho, and, as such, plays a key role in the state’s economic development. With programs in all of the state's 44 counties, the University is committed to enhancing the scientific, economic, social, legal, and cultural assets of the state and takes pride in a commitment to teaching, research, outreach, extension, and collaboration. The University provides access to publicly supported medical and veterinary education through a multi-state partnership with University of Washington’s School of Medicine and Washington State University College of Veterinary medicine, respectively.  The College of Law is among the nation’s best small state public law schools. Unique academic partnership opportunities are also afforded with other universities and colleges in Idaho, as well as Washington State University, located only 8 miles away in Pullman.

The residential campus located in Moscow is a place of transformation and lasting traditions. With its research and outreach centers, scientific and artistic advancements enrich lives. The University has more than 200 student organizations, more than 20 minority student groups, and is home to the renowned Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. Vandal athletic teams compete in 16 men's and women's NCAA Division I sports.


College of Education, Health and Human Sciences


The University of Idaho College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (EHHS) is committed to serving the people of Idaho and the region by providing educational programs that emphasize leadership at all levels and are based on the latest research findings. The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences has a strong reputation for innovation and excellence in Idaho, the Northwest and beyond. We graduate a significant portion of Idaho’s educators and offer dynamic programs that are innovative, effective and often interdisciplinary. Our programs are state and nationally accredited and reflect the highest academic standards.


EHHS is home to 1,111 students and 60 full-time faculty across 3 departments – Curriculum and Instruction; Leadership and Counseling; and Movement Sciences and 3 centers – Student Services; Center on Disabilities and Human Development; and the Doceo Center. EHHS offers undergraduate programs in Career and Technical Education; Dance; Elementary Education; Exercise, Sport, and Health Science; Recreation, Sport, and Tourism Management; Secondary Education; and a 3+2 program in Athletic Training. Master’s and Education Specialist degree programs in EHHS include Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership; Athletic Training; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership; Movement and Leisure Science; Physical Education and Physical Activity Pedagogy; and Special Education. EHHS also offers 3 doctoral degree programs – a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and a Doctor of Athletic Training (D.A.T.). Degrees awarded for AY20-21 within EHHS totaled 290.


The Location


Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes, and mountains of northern Idaho, Moscow is home to more than 21,000 residents and the urban amenities of the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane metropolitan area are all within a 100-mile drive. In addition to art galleries, movie theaters, and coffee shops, Moscow offers a large organic and natural foods co-op, Northwest-style pubs, and many locally-owned restaurants.


Moscow is known as the “heart of the arts” for its consistent ranking among the top small arts towns in America. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brings some of the world’s best jazz artists, along with 20,000 visitors each year. The ARTWALK, Fresh Aire Concert Series, and Third Street Gallery are a few examples of its dedication to the arts. The Renaissance Fair, a downtown Moscow favorite, celebrates the arrival of spring with artists, crafters, live music, and international foods.


The area is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Reflective of these surroundings, the University ranked in the top 30 in the nation as a "great university to hit the books and backcountry" by Outside magazine. Living and learning in Moscow is just minutes from opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, camping, and more.


Application Process


The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information for at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to January 10, 2022. Please send materials to the following:


Laurie C. Wilder, President

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President

Jacob C. Anderson, Principal ||

Phone: 770-804-1996 ext. 111 || Fax: 770-804-1917


The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the regents that equal opportunity be afforded in education and employment to qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. It is also the policy of the University of Idaho to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.