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The founding Dean of the School of Education is a transformational visionary who establishes a culture of innovation and leadership in 21st century educational issues and reforms. Metropolitan State University of Denver’s location in Colorado where extensive reform conversations are occurring and legislation is being enacted affords the new School of Education an opportunity to lead the field of teacher preparation; likewise, its downtown location creates the opportunity to provide focus on preparing teachers for success in urban schools. The Dean characterizes this leadership by embracing evidence-based practices, fostering deep partnerships with schools and districts, and supporting the faculty in their efforts to provide, assess, and improve high quality, outcomes-focused teacher preparation. The new School of Education seeks to enhance the educational opportunities in multi-cultural, bilingual, and historically underserved populations. The Dean will have experience in implementing or assessing the impact of best pedagogical practices in serving these populations. The Dean is a visible and active member of the local, state and national P-20 education communities. The Dean works with University faculty, Centers, and other staff to initiate cutting edge curricula that anticipate national and state policy changes in order to prepare future teachers for the changing P-20 education environment. The Dean oversees the overall operations of the School and supervises faculty and key staff members.
The Dean’s responsibilities include:
• Serves as the chief administrative and academic officer for teacher-certification accreditation and teacher preparation.
• Facilitates the development of and research on innovative programs and curricula.
• Expands and enhances the School’s presence in the larger community via outreach, partnerships and recruiting activities.
• Serves as a liaison to state and local entities and advocates for the School’s interests and strategic goals.
• Serves as a resource person on education issues and trends at the national, regional, and state levels.
• Participates actively in the Colorado Council of Deans meetings and other relevant statewide organizations and committees.
• Serves as a direct liaison with relevant academic departments and administrative offices to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning and program development.
• Provides leadership in recruiting and developing a quality faculty dedicated to teaching, scholarly activity, and service.
• In consultation with the Provost, School of Education fiscal manager, and department chairs, develops budgets and manages resources effectively.
• Conducts performance reviews and evaluations for faculty and staff (annual, tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review as appropriate).
• Recommends faculty appointments, rank and salary to the Provost.
• Monitors faculty and staff qualifications for employment and assignments, standards for the improvements of advisement, instruction and supervision, teaching loads, and faculty evaluation.
• Represents the School in University-level planning, research and evaluation conversations and committees.
• Collaborates with personnel engaged in public and private grant writing and engage in additional fund raising.
• Encourages, supports, and enhances faculty and staff professional development.
• Earned doctoral degree or equivalent work experience in a P-20 education environment
• At least 3 years’ experience managing budgets and personnel
• Demonstrated record of leadership and service to the field of education and to the community
• K-12 and/or higher education teaching and administrative experience
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Experience in an urban K-12 or higher education setting
• Evidence of contributions to education policy and best practices, including experience in assessing and improving student learning outcomes
• Demonstrated commitment to culturally and linguistically diverse education
• Demonstrated success in external fund-raising and donor cultivation
• Demonstrated experience in active learning and/or experiential pedagogy
• Experience as a practitioner and/or policy analyst of emerging best practices in P-20 education
IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,www.msudenverjobs.com.
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