Dean, College of Education

Dean, College of Education

Job Summary
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) seeks a student-centered, innovative, dynamic, and collaborative leader to serve as Dean of the College of Education (COE). This is an exceptional opportunity to become the leader of a college dedicated to providing FGCU students with experiential education and programs that meet the needs of the Southwest Florida region.

As the region's only comprehensive university, FGCU's College of Education (COE) prepares graduates for a wide range of careers from traditional PreK-20 education to museum programs, programs for children with special needs, instructional design, educational media, and e-Learning. The COE offers six undergraduate teacher certification programs: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary Biology, Mathematics, and Social Science Education. Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education programs include the following endorsements: Prekindergarten Disability, Reading, and ESOL. The undergraduate programs are committed to producing highly skilled classroom practitioners by placing a strong emphasis on learning while doing and teaching by example. COE also offers seven master's degree programs including School Counseling, an Ed.D. program with five concentrations, and multiple programs supporting alternative paths to teacher certification.

The undergraduate COE programs are Florida Department of Education and CAEP accredited.

History of COE
The College of Education was formally established in 1996, supported by a unique undergraduate integrated curriculum created by the founding faculty members. The undergraduate curriculum has evolved to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to meet the challenges present in 21st century PreK-12 classrooms. COE quickly recognized the need for graduate programs that focus on supporting the demand for strong PreK-20 school leaders, where it continues to grow and expand its degree offerings.

The mission of the COE is to provide diverse environments of excellence that support dynamic learning experiences. In these environments, faculty and students reflect upon and engage in the applications of theory, research, and emerging technologies. These environments support the construction of knowledge, skills, and attitudes through collaboration and inquiry. As a result, faculty and students are empowered to create an enhanced quality of life within their respective communities.

The Dean of the COE must be a visionary and strategic leader committed to excellence in teaching and pedagogy, outstanding research and scholarly productivity, and important service to the field of education and the local community. The Dean will serve as a liaison and architect of partnerships within the University and the larger community to facilitate excellence and encourage innovation. Reporting to the Provost / Executive Vice President, the Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the college and serves as a member of the University's academic leadership team. The Dean is responsible for overseeing multiple processes, including but not limited to, faculty recruitment and hiring, faculty and staff retention, program assessment and review, strategic planning, and general oversight of all administrative functions. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the capacity to build strategic partnerships, raise funds to support the college and its initiatives, manage budgets effectively, cultivate a transformative and inclusive experience for all students, faculty, and staff, and work collaboratively with various stakeholders.

Job Description

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will be a servant leader possessing an exemplary academic record with an earned doctorate in, or related to, a discipline found in the COE, who holds the rank of Professor and shows progressive and sustained educational leadership experience to serve the unique mission of the college and the university. Additional required qualifications include:
  • Established scholarly leadership position in their field with rich accomplishments of peer-viewed publications and success in grant seeking efforts to support research.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion among faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated administrative experience with exceptional leadership skills within a college or university setting.
  • Demonstrated experience as a collaborator, problem-solver, consensus-builder, communicator, innovator, and hard-worker within a university setting.
  • Experience working in or knowledge of a faculty union environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Successful record of forging a cohesive vision for the multiple degree programs within the college.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement of student success and support for professional development of faculty and staff.
  • Compelling record of supporting diversity in all its manifestations, including a demonstrated sensitivity to the unique needs of faculty, students, and staff from underrepresented groups and a demonstrated commitment to increasing the numbers of faculty from diverse backgrounds.
  • Proven record of fundraising, garnering financial resources, and securing other forms of support for the College of Education programs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of higher education and how colleges and universities work, awareness of the challenges and critical issues confronting PreK-20 today, and vision for promoting transformational ideas to address these challenges.
  • Exceptional skills in creating relationships with local, state, and national educational leaders, including the ability to mitigate conflict in a positive manner while enhancing self-confidence in others by showing trust in direct reports and delegating authority when necessary.
  • Evidence of outstanding human resources management skills and sensitivity towards the needs of faculty and staff.
  • Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills, with a strong command of verbal and written communication, excellent listening skills, and an openness to the values and ideas of others.
  • Ability to promote a culture of sustaining academic excellence with a balanced view of teaching, scholarship, and service based on extensive expertise in teaching.
  • Ability to promote and participate in community engagement and various forms of community outreach including partnering with school districts and business partners.
  • Ability to focus on multiple priorities including accreditation, implementation of strategic plans, executing various initiatives, and propagating the strategic vision to keep COE and its offerings relevant.

Additional Job Description

About FGCU:

FGCU is a comprehensive public university offering undergraduate and graduate programs to over 16,000 students. One of 12 universities within the State University System of Florida, FGCU is Carnegie-designated as a Doctoral/Professional level university. FGCU is also an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution.

Situated in Southwest Florida between the Florida Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico, it offers an exceptional environment for living and learning. Half of the 800-acre campus is preserved in its natural state and all students complete a course in sustainability and an 80-hour community service requirement. Southwest Florida provides an exceptional quality of life with lush beaches, year-round recreational opportunities, and a subtropical climate. The region offers an ideal environment in which to raise a family.

FGCU serves a five-county region in Southwest Florida which is among the fastest growing areas of the country. Celebrating its 25th year in 2022, FGCU has seen enormous growth in academic programs, research activity, campus life, donor support, community engagement, and student outcomes. Through its strategic planning process, five broad themes or pillars have emerged as priorities - student success, academic excellence, entrepreneurship, health sciences, and community engagement.

Florida Gulf Coast University is dedicated to quality education, research, and service. All faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, responsive to changing professional needs; committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; committed to effective use of technology including distance learning; produce peer reviewed scholarship; and provide service to the College, University and Community.

Inclusive Excellence

Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.

At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.

We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.

The position is listed as "open until filled," however screening will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, please submit required application materials by March 31, 2023. All nominations and inquiries are welcome and may be submitted to Julie Eacho via e-mail at .

Application packet must include:

1. Letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position.
2. Current curriculum vitae or resume.
3. Five professional references with full contact information including e-mails.
4. Statement of educational philosophy.
5. Unofficial transcripts for all relevant degrees (official transcripts will be required at a later date).

References will not be contacted without consent from the applicant.


Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

The appointment will be made at a non-tenure faculty rank of full professor on a 12-month out-of-unit multi-year appointment basis available June 2023.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida's Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your projects or scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida's Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.

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