The University of Vermont (UVM), one of the nation’s top 50 public land-grant research universities, seeks an accomplished scholar and innovative academic leader to serve as Dean of the College of Education and Social Services (CESS). This is an exceptional opportunity to build upon its tradition as an academically vibrant, interdisciplinary, and nationally recognized college, serving as a vital resource for families, schools, and communities. The campus spans Burlington’s highest ridgeline overlooking Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green mountains, and is surrounded by the small, historic city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America’s best places to live.
UVM is a public land grant and top research university, known as a “public ivy”, offering a rigorous academic experience and a close community of scholars, scientists and learners. With seven undergraduate colleges and schools, the Graduate College, the Larner College of Medicine, the Honors College, Professional and Continuing Education, UVM is guided by its strategic vision, Amplifying Our Impact. The University of Vermont holds that diversity and academic excellence are inseparable. Through the tenets of respect, integrity, innovation, openness, justice, and responsibility found in Our Common Ground, the ideals of accessibility, inclusiveness, and academic excellence are reflected in the university’s values. The new Dean will join UVM at an exciting time. The university is pursuing an ambitious agenda towards seeking Carnegie Research 1 status while also advancing its commitment to making the University of Vermont accessible and affordable. The successful candidate will be responsible for the college’s national and global reputation through strengthening its academic and research enterprises, forging key research-practice partnerships, collaborating with constituents, encouraging and supporting faculty, bolstering student recruitment and retention, and overseeing budgetary and fundraising activities.
CESS is engaged in cultivating scholarship and practice that is student-centered, family-focused, community- engaged, culturally competent, and collaboratively developed. Central to these components is our commitment and responsibility to bring our work to life in the context of the diverse, globalized society in which we operate. The academic programs in CESS reflect a continuum of high-impact educational approaches that facilitate student and community engagement and direct collaboration with individuals, schools, and agencies through research, service learning, experiential education, student internships and mentored clinical practice sites across family, school, and community-based settings. CESS enrolls close to 730 undergraduate and nearly 400 graduate students in 31 programs in its three departments: Education, Social Work, and Counseling, Human Development and Family Science (CHDF). The College offers Vermont’s only nationally accredited education and counseling programs and holds two of the state’s three accredited social work programs (MSW/BSW). CESS is home to 2 doctoral programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (PhD; EdD) and will be launching one new PhD programs in Fall of 2023 in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) with a second currently under review by the Board of Directors in Social-emotional Health and Inclusive Education (SHIE). Additionally, it hosts three certificate programs in Place-Based Education, Resiliency-based approaches with families, schools, and communities (trauma/restorative practice), and Education for Sustainability.
UVM invites inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of Dean, CESS, to provide
academic and administrative leadership to advance the College’s mission and strategic vision. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean will work collaboratively with other deans across UVM, as well as leadership from state agencies, to leverage opportunities that support the growth and quality of research, education, and practice throughout education and social services.
Candidates must possess an earned doctorate in a relevant academic discipline in social services (e.g., social work, human development and family science, counseling) or education, and an outstanding record of teaching, leadership, and research that meet requirements for Full Professor with tenure. Candidates must also demonstrate: 1) progressive administrative leadership experience in an academic environment, 2) proven excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and have a commitment to advancing the college’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Action Plan 3) experience advancing community-engaged research and teaching, and 4) the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in the College and across the University. As the administrative leader for the College, candidates should have: 1) exceptional communication skills, 2) a high degree of professionalism, 3) a commitment to student and faculty success, 4) experience mentoring faculty research and scholarship, 5) considerable financial acumen, 6) a clear understanding of what it takes to help grow market share and advance all academic programs in a competitive higher education environment, and 7) experience understanding what it takes and how to grow the research portfolio of the college. This position represents a significant opportunity to help shape the college’s national and global reputation, enhance student success and access, elevate faculty research strengths, and engage in the land grant mission.
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