Dean of the College of Community Innovation and Education

The University of Central Florida

Dean of the College of Community Innovation and Education

Orlando, Florida


The University of Central Florida (UCF), a diverse metropolitan research university and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), seeks an experienced, innovative, and visionary leader with a deep commitment to community engagement for the position of Dean of the College of Community Innovation and Education (CCIE). The Dean will provide thoughtful academic and administrative leadership to collaboratively and intentionally engage a unique set of academic units while identifying future areas of growth and building strong interdisciplinary connections across the CCIE and the University. UCF aspires to be the world’s leading public metropolitan research university, one that is committed to the success of students from all backgrounds.

The CCIE is a one-of-a-kind academic unit with distinct, interdisciplinary expertise and potential for partnership with community stakeholders, conceived to address their challenges and work alongside for the community. At the heart of the College’s mission is the institutional commitment to transform lives and strengthen society by developing a unified vision and innovative solutions to complex social issues. The CCIE promotes innovation through state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research with social impact, contemporary inclusive teaching and learning practices, and preeminent service for the disciplines, the institution, and the community. The College believes in people, teamwork, and data-based decisions, with a uniqueness not found in any other institution in the nation. 

Located in vibrant Orlando, the University of Central Florida is a thriving, preeminent research university that prides itself on providing access and supporting student success. Home to 3,000 outstanding faculty, 12,300 dedicated staff, and 70,000 students, UCF is one of the largest and most dynamic universities in the nation, and it leads all universities in Florida in conferring more than 18,000 degrees a year. In 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked UCF as the most innovative university in Florida, eighth nationally among public institutions, and 15th overall. Research, scholarship, and creative activities have increased rapidly in quality and reputation across the University. UCF is one of only 16 universities nationwide that has both the Carnegie Classification of very high research and the United States Department of Education designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

The next Dean will be a collaborative, forward-thinking, and entrepreneurial leader who can guide the college to new levels of academic quality, fiscal proficiency, and operational effectiveness with a people-centered approach. The Dean will work closely with administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community stakeholders to further elevate the college’s profile and impact and define the new social equilibrium in a post-pandemic environment. As a senior campus administrator, the Dean will also engage with other Deans, the Provost, the President, and other executive leaders to advance UCF as a pacesetter for higher education innovation, opportunity, and inclusive excellence. 


All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters, should be sent electronically to:

Sean Farrell, Partner

Robin Dougherty, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request. The State of Florida has a Public Meeting Law and a Public Records Law. All meetings of the Search Committee are publicly announced and conducted. All documents submitted to the Committee are treated as open materials with the exception of evaluative documents specific to the performance of the faculty of the State University System of Florida. Please feel free to reach out to Isaacson, Miller with any questions before submitting a formal application.