Dean of the School of Education

University of St. Thomas
Dean of the School of Education

The University of St. Thomas (St. Thomas or the University) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Education. St. Thomas seeks a leader with proven strategic leadership skills, a passion for Catholic intellectual tradition and the field of education, a strong commitment to shared governance, and the ability to build meaningful collaborations as the institution continually strives for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

The School of Education (School) at St. Thomas was founded as a stand-alone unit in 1921. The first graduate program St. Thomas ever established was in Education, in 1950 (the second, in Business, began in 1974). Though St. Thomas did not become coeducational at the undergraduate level until 1977, women were obtaining degrees in education many years before that: both women and men were admitted into the Master of Education program from its inception in 1950.

Restructuring at St. Thomas led to a decade (2008-2018) when education programs were part of either the College of Applied Professional Studies or the College of Education, Leadership, and Counseling. In 2018, the School of Education was returned to its historic status as a stand-alone unit. The School of Education has three departments including Teacher Education, Special Education, and Educational Leadership.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced and collaborative visionary leader who can build upon the strong foundation of the School of Education. Candidates should provide vision for how to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing landscape of educator professional preparation and higher education more broadly. Ideally, the next Dean of the School of Education will possess the qualifications required for an appointment at the rank of Professor within one of the academic departments in the School. Nontraditional professional experience will be reviewed and considered coupled with credible research and practical experience.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For priority consideration, please apply before January 15, 2024. Applications should include: 1) a detailed curriculum vitae, 2) a letter or statement summarizing the applicant’s personal vision and relevant leadership experience, and 3) the applicant’s preferred contact information.

To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

Rosa Morris, and Angie VanGorder,

The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity, and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (EEO). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, or other protected characteristic. We are committed to building a skilled team that represents a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. This commitment is consistent with our mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.