Salem State University

Associate Dean, School of Education

1 month ago(12/8/2017 9:56 AM)
State Title
Associate Dean
Job Category
School of Education
Pay Basis

General Statement of Duties

Deep, directed, clinical field practice is at the center of the programs in the School of Education at Salem State University.  Whether degree candidates are pursuing a career in public schools, the burgeoning fields of early care, community or global education, or in educational change and advocacy, we immerse them in “the work” from day one.  The success of our programs relies on a curriculum grounded in practice, remarkable faculty, and dedicated field partners working in synchronization to prepare our degree candidates.


The associate dean manages this synchronization by providing strategic coordination across the multiple support and administrative functions of the school, in concert with the field.  Several of these functions are faculty led, including curriculum development and inter-course calibration, partnerships, field placement and clinical assignment, and assessment; other functions are staff directed, including student support services, licensure and certification, MTEL support, continuous improvement and state approvals.  Many functions are field driven.  All come under the associate dean's purview.  In addition, the associate dean serves as liaison with the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies on program and faculty collaborations that span the three units.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the dean, the associate dean:

  1. Assists in developing and sustaining the vision, goals and outcomes for the School of Education
  2. Chairs the dean's council of lead faculty and key administrators, providing oversight and promoting collaboration among the functions, offices and services that support SOE programs
  3. With department chairs and lead faculty, maintains the field-focus of the undergraduate major
  4. Reinforces close working relationships with key academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, on shared programs and initiatives
  5. Serves as liaison to School of Graduate Studies, and collaborates with program coordinators to insure accurate inter-divisional governance; and in the case of licensure programs, insures parity of curriculum, assessment and delivery to meet state approval and/or national accreditation
  6. Collaborates with department chairs to support school-wide, coordinated and efficient curriculum mapping, scheduling, etc
  7. Administers student-at-risk processes for the school
  8. Works in collaboration with the department chairs to support and guide faculty professional development
  9. Leads a staff of six


The successful candidate must thrive in a high-energy, team-oriented work environment where we dedicate every available resource to student success, and have: a demonstrated record of collaborative leadership; extensive experience directing field-focused professional programs and assessing their efficacy; a record of commitment to the diverse students that Massachusetts state universities serve; a substantial record of building and maintaining relationships with school, community , government or non-governmental partners; a solid understanding of higher education business operations; excellent working knowledge of best practices in information technology systems as they apply to complex learning communities; superior analytical and problem solving skills; outstanding written, oral and visual communication skills. 


The successful candidate will have a doctorate in education or closely related field from an accredited institution, and 7 to 10 years of progressive responsibility as an educational leader in public schools, higher education, community-based or non-governmental organizations, or in alternative teacher preparation, with a preference for experience in linguistically, ethnically, racially or economically diverse communities and settings.


Working Conditions:

Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities.


Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting and standing, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 10 pounds. 


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter.


Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university. Internal candidates are not subject to background check.  


EEO Statement:
Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.


Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may come down at any time. Once a posting is removed, additional applications will not be accepted.



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