Dean, School of Education

Loyola Marymount University
Dean, School of Education
Loyola Marymount University (LMU) seeks a remarkable Dean to serve the School of Education (SOE) and the broader LMU community. The new Dean will enhance the excellence of the School in a manner consistent with LMU's distinctive Jesuit and Marymount Catholic mission of academic excellence in a diverse and inclusive setting. The next Dean will develop a focused, unified, and mission-driven vision for the SOE, creatively grow financial resources and earned revenue, foster ongoing partnerships and collaborations within the university and externally, demonstrate a commitment to shared governance, and champion social justice, diversity, inclusion, and student success.

Founded in 1911, LMU is embedded in the intellectual and cultural fabric of Los Angeles, the world's creative capital, where the arts, entertainment, technology, business, and entrepreneurship flourish, and where diverse religions, races, and languages interconnect. LMU, an R2 institution in the Carnegie classifications, has a highly esteemed faculty who are globally recognized scholars, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, Fulbright scholars, and many other accomplished academic leaders. LMU has been recognized internationally as among the nation's best for its programs, curricula, and student life. LMU ranks No. 93 among national universities on US News & World Report's annual list, and the Wall Street Journal ranked LMU among the top 15 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities in their World University Rankings in 2022. LMU delivers an exceptional learning experience to its roughly 10,000 students and enrolls an academically ambitious, multicultural, and socioeconomically diverse student body.

The SOE trains future teachers, administrators, counselors, school psychologists, and other professionals to deliver an excellent educational experience at any type of school. The SOE is the university's largest graduate college and offers fully accredited Master's, credential and certificate programs, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice, and a growing undergraduate major in Education and Learning Sciences. The School is currently #70 out of more than 1500 schools of education in the country, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, with a commitment to social justice and globalism.

As the chief academic and executive officer of the LMU SOE, the Dean is responsible for the vitality and administration of all programs and activities within the School. The Dean, as senior academic administrator, is a member of the Dean's Council and reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost. In close consultation and partnership with the faculty, the Dean ensures that college educational programs are exceptional in quality and designed to meet the needs of the University's diverse student population. The Dean also promotes high standards in teaching and scholarship. The Dean is responsible for donor development and fundraising for the School and represents the School to internal and external constituencies. The Dean also works with the School's Board of Visitors to support the connections between the School's programs, faculty scholarship, and external partners.

Reporting to the Dean are three Associate Deans and one Assistant Dean in addition to the academic department chairs. The Dean oversees an annual budget of $18.4M and reviews the budgets of the academic programs and other units in the SOE. The Dean works transparently and collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, fellow deans, administrators, alumni, donors, and community leaders.

Additional information about this exceptional opportunity, including an institutional profile with a full list of duties and responsibilities, is available here:

Academic Search is assisting Loyola Marymount University in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strict confidence. To learn more about this opportunity, potential applicants are welcome to schedule a conversation with either of the Senior Consultants for this search - Dr. Linda McMillin ( ) or Dr. Margaret Venable ( ).

Although nominations are not required to be considered for this position, leaders who know of outstanding candidates are welcome to submit confidential nominations by sending an email to . Be sure to include the nominee's full name, position, institution/organization, and email address. Academic Search will notify people of their nomination, provide details about the position, and encourage them to apply.

How to Apply
Applicants should send these separate documents (in PDF format) to

• A detailed cover letter, addressed to the Search Committee, expressing your interest in this position, and addressing how you meet the qualifications as outlined in the profile;  
• A current resume/curriculum vitae; and
• A list of five professional references, including names, titles, organizations, phone numbers, and email addresses, noting your relationship with each reference.

References will not be contacted until later in the search process and only with the candidate's permission. A background check (including identity, degree verification, and criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered this position.

Although the search remains open until the position is filled, for full consideration by the search committee, candidates should submit all application materials by February 9, 2024. Semifinalists for the position will be invited for a confidential in-person interview in Los Angeles on March 7-8. Finalists will participate in campus interviews that will include an open public presentation. 

The expected annual (12-month) salary range for this position is $250,000 - $300,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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