Oregon State University, Oregon’s land-grant and premier research university and the state’s only institution to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification, seeks a collaborative, inspiring, and entrepreneurial leader to serve as the Dean of the College of Education. The Dean will work closely with faculty and staff to achieve its vision to be an international leader in research and in the preparation of researchers, scholars, learning leaders, teachers, and counselors who make a difference by promoting innovation, social justice, and lifelong learning and thereby preparing citizens who are socially empowered, reflective, innovative, and caring members of increasingly diverse communities and the world.
It is an exciting time to join the University as the last decade has been a transformative one. The University has continued to climb the excellence ladder while keeping a clear focus on valuing student success and serving the people and the state of Oregon. OSU remains one of only two universities in the country to hold the Land, Sea, Space and Sun Grant designations. The University is now in the third phase of its strategic plan and has made measurable progress in all areas, including the growth and diversification of faculty and high-achieving students. Research grants and expenditures have continued to increase dramatically, and the faculty has outpaced peer institutions for prestigious grants and partnerships, while maintaining deep commitments to engaged learning and public service. OSU has also successfully increased revenue from private fundraising, corporate partnerships, research grants and technology transfers culminating in the University’s first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, which exceeded its $1 billion goal nearly a year ahead of schedule. These successes have fueled OSU’s rise as a land-grant university for the 21st century.
The College of Education plays an important role in the University’s goals and ambitions. Over the years the College has cultivated programs that directly impact Oregon’s public education system through both teaching and scholarship. From the preparation and licensing of new teachers and new programs in clinical mental health for counselors to the cultivation of new college administrators through the Community College Leadership program, the College is on the front line, making a difference in the lives of Oregonians every day. Through research in areas such as bi/multilingual education, informal education, STEM education, school counseling, and higher education, the College has an indelible impact on the education landscape and creating new knowledge that impacts the future of education and related fields nationally and internationally.
The Dean will continue to build on the many successes of the College, raising the College’s visibility by leveraging its tremendous impact on the State of Oregon, nationally and globally. The Dean will help create the platform for faculty to influence the national dialogue on the future of education, both in and out of schools. To achieve the College of Education’s strategic goals, the Dean will work with faculty, staff, students and the College leadership to address a set of key opportunities and challenges:
- Further develop a comprehensive and compelling narrative about and shared vision for the College
- Capitalize and expand on the strengths of the College and the University to increase the College’s visibility, reach, and impact
- Further cultivate an environment that fosters a diverse and inclusive community to prepare educators for Oregon’s and the nation’s future with a focus on student success
- Maximize current revenue streams and expand new sources of revenue
- Make strategic investments in the College infrastructure, create cohesion across the College, and maximize talent
Julie Filizetti is leading this search with Courtney Wilk and Molly Kron.