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Dean, College of Education College Park, MD

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), the flagship public, land-grant University of the State of Maryland, seeks a highly respected scholar and educator to serve as Dean of the College of Education (COE). UMD is home to a highly distinguished faculty in its 12 colleges and schools and serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students. The COE serves as a center for cutting-edge research in multiple areas of education across the university as well as a focal point for capacity building throughout the State of Maryland and its communities. The new Dean will join a top-ranked faculty and college and a new and very supportive senior leadership team at the University level with a vision for enhanced real-world impact and inclusive academic excellence. The Dean will have the exceptional opportunity to leverage a strong foundation and reputation in the College of Education to shape the changing landscape of 21st-century education both in the classroom and beyond.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Dean will lead the College’s over 250 faculty and staff members in enhancing its shared identity and developing a visionary strategy to realize the next stage of the College’s development. The College provides a broad and robust set of offerings to diverse students across three departments. The Dean will champion the COE across the campus as well as externally, engaging stakeholders in the UMD community, throughout surrounding counties, the state, and Washington, D.C., as well as nationally and globally. They will convey the range of offerings of the College and its immense potential to be a major source of research and scholarship to guide policy and practice in a time of rapid change in education. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the College, the Dean is responsible for the educational experiences of the approximately 600 undergraduate and 760 graduate students and will oversee many highly ranked programs, including the number one ranked Counseling and Personnel Services program in the nation. The Dean is expected to advance diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence within the College community and in the field of education, broadly defined. The Dean is also responsible for continuing to enhance and cultivate impactful research activities across the College, advancing academic excellence and eminence. The College has a $32.5 million operating budget and research expenditures of approximately $16.7 million annually.

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed electronically and in confidence below.

Gale Merseth is leading this search with Elizabeth Dorr.


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