Dean, College of Education and Human Services - Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in Carbondale Illinois

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Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Carbondale, Illinois 62901

United States

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Detailed Job Description

SIU Carbondale invites nominations and applications for Dean of the College of Education and Human Services. The Dean is the chief administrative officer of the College of Education and Human Services and reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The successful applicant is expected to bring a vision for the future which will inspire his/her colleagues to pursue a high standard of excellence for teaching and scholarship. S/he should also encourage and lead the faculty, students, and staff to greater academic excellence.

The College of Education and Human Services offers accredited undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Administration and Higher Education; Counseling, Quantitative Methods and Special Education; Health Education and Recreation; Kinesiology; Rehabilitation Institute; School of Social Work; and Workforce Education and Development, as well as graduate programs through the doctorate. The College has 164 full-time on-campus and off-campus faculty members (64 tenured and tenure track, 144 non-tenure track), more than 1824 undergraduate students, and 1025 graduate students. The College houses the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Center for Workforce Development & the Nurse Assistant Testing Program, Elena M. Sliepcevich Centre for Health Education Studies, and Evaluation and Development Center. Additional information regarding the College of Education and Human Services is available at

The Dean’s primary roles are centered around academic and development matters, particularly (1) strategic planning and program development, (2) faculty development, (3) internal information needs for planning and budgeting, (4) recruitment and retention efforts, including attention toward enhancement of SIU Carbondale’s tradition of serving minority, international, first-generation students, and students with disabilities; (5) resource enhancement through fundraising and an increase in external grants; and (6) outreach efforts to enhance public school partnerships and initiatives at the regional and state levels.


The successful applicant must possess an earned doctorate in an appropriate discipline in education and/or human services; an outstanding publication record and an extensive record of success in securing external funding; a distinguished record of teaching, research, and service consistent with the expectations of a tenured Professor at a Doctoral Research-Extensive University; academic administrative experience and leadership skills at the level of department chair or other academic leadership position of similar responsibility; experience in budget,
planning, personnel, student matters, promotion and tenure review, program reviews and/or specialized accreditations. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent organizational and communication skills; the ability to articulate effectively the College’s mission to students, faculty, alumni, external funding agencies, and other decision making bodies; demonstrated ability to develop and sustain collegial and productive relationships with on- and off-campus constituencies, funding sources, and fundraising sources on behalf of the College; and a commitment to high standards in education, cultural diversity, and equal opportunity.

This is a security-sensitive position. Before any offer of employment is made, the University will conduct a pre-employment background investigation that includes a criminal background check.

RESPONSIBILITIES (not in priority order)

The Dean will:
1. Serve as officer of the University with a commitment to the goals and aspirations of SIU Carbondale, as set forth under the leadership of the Chancellor.
2. Serve as a member of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Deans’ Council.
3. In a spirit of shared governance, conduct the affairs of the College in accordance with all relevant State statutes, the directives of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Statutes and Bylaws of the SIU Board of Trustees, fiscal and administrative policies of the University under the leadership of the Chancellor and direct supervision of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and in conformity with the College’s Operating Paper, the SIU Carbondale Employees Handbook, and all relevant contracts between the SIU Board of Trustees and any union associations.
4. Represent the College’s interests and perspectives while serving as official spokesperson between the College and other units within the University, as well as with off-campus constituencies.
5. Enhance and inspire an academic climate that will foster excellence in teaching, externally-funded research, and scholarly activity, including intellectual property development, and service. Support involvement and contributions by faculty, staff, and students in both institutional and professional service, as well as encouraging a well-rounded personnel development program.
6. Facilitate the implementation of the College’s mission, vision, goals, and strategies to focus resources; and mobilize faculty, students, and external groups to achieve high performance.
7. Allocate resources in the most effective way that supports the goal of academic excellence. Specifically, the Dean will develop, review, and approve all academic planning, departmental budgets, and fiscal plans, their incorporation into a College budget, and the implementation of programs within the approved budget framework.
8. Provide leadership in personnel actions relating to recruitment, salary recommendations, appointment, retention, tenure, and retirement, as well as suspension, termination, and related actions for faculty, administrative staff, and support staff with the concurrence of the appropriate units or bodies of the College, in accordance with the University’s principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity.
9. Promote minority and female recruitment and retention.
10. Meet annually with all tenure-track faculty for the purposes of performance evaluation. Initiate three (3) year reviews of academic Chairs and Directors.
11. Identify, cultivate, involve, and solicit the community, alumni, and friends of the university in developing and sustaining an active external fundraising program. (For more information on the SIU Foundation, visit Develop external support and funding from industry and governmental agencies.
12. Provide the impetus for excellence in undergraduate and graduate academic programming in the College, including the development of new and expanded programs and modifications of existing programs, where appropriate and feasible.
13. Develop and supervise programs for the recruitment, retention, advisement, and placement of a diverse body of undergraduate and graduate students in the College. Involve alumni and friends in joint problem solving, placement of students, and the development of internships.
14. Respond to the needs of students.
15. Communicate with the faculty and staff of the College, taking measures to assure that all are informed as to the status, progress, and organization of the College. Provide effective communication among the various departmental and research centers within the College, between the College and Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Chancellor’s Office, and between the College and the broader University.
16. Cultivate leadership of faculty and staff.
17. Participate in program reviews and guide specialized accreditations. Ensure that undergraduate and graduate programs conform to and, where appropriate, exceed the standards of accrediting agencies for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in the College.
18. Encourage and support the development of online courses and joint degree programs with other collegial units on campus.
19. Initiate and coordinate the upgrading of the technical infrastructure, including computers, software, networks, and ancillary equipment in the classrooms and staff and faculty offices.
20. Supervise and enhance an administrative network for the implementation of policies formulated within the College.
21. Foster a commitment to diversity and an environment that advances the institution’s policies on inclusive excellence and intolerance of discrimination.

The position is available January 1, 2016 or July 1, 2016. The deadline for applications is September 18, 2015, or until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately following the
deadline for applications and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must include a current curriculum vita, a personal vision statement for the position, and the name, address, phone number, and email address for five references. Send nominations, inquires, and applications to: Search Committee for Dean, College of Education and Human Services,

Attn: Lynn Moore Anthony Hall, Room 125, Mail Code 4305, SIU Carbondale, 1265 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901, Telephone: 618-536-5536, Email:

SIU Carbondale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

Keyword Phrases

  • Dean
  • Education
  • Human Services
  • Illinois
  • Carbondale
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Administrator
  • Administrative
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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