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Dean, School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions Ithaca, NY

Cornell University seeks an innovative and visionary leader to serve as Dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE). This is an opportunity to create and manage a strategic vision for the School, while advancing experiential learning, professional development opportunities, and promoting intellectual growth driven by educational and technological innovations. The Dean will join SCE at a time of tremendous opportunity as Cornell aspires to develop and implement SCE’s first ever degree program, which will expand Cornell’s historical founding and aspirational ethos of educating “any person” in “any study” by creating an online undergraduate degree for non-traditional students. 

As a federal land-grant institution in New York State and a member of the Ivy League with $1.19 billion in research funding, Cornell upholds its commitment to making contributions in all fields of knowledge through teaching, research, and public service. 

The School currently draws upon the resources of all of Cornell's academic units and eCornell to offer high quality learning opportunities for Cornell students and others in summer and winter sessions, identifying needs and developing programs that most appropriately and effectively deploy Cornell's vast and varied educational resources. 

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of the SCE is a key member of the academic leadership team, partnering with deans, vice provosts, and vice presidents to advance and support a forward-thinking vision. The successful candidate will have a record of demonstrated leadership experience in continuing education with an emphasis on developing new academic programs and appropriate organizational infrastructure. The new Dean will be a key thought leader in expanding Cornell’s continuing education programs and will provide strategic leadership in expanding access to a portfolio of high-quality academic programs that meet student, workforce, and societal needs, as well as deliver academic programs with alternative access and entry points. This is an outstanding opportunity for a visionary leader dedicated to the values, ideals, and mission of the institution. 

The ideal candidate will bring proven academic administrative leadership; the ability to engage others in developing and implementing an academic vision for the school; a deep understanding of change management; and demonstrated success with diversity and inclusion efforts. Cornell seeks a leader who will be a visible and active partner in the development and launch of innovative programs of outstanding quality.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications, in the form of a CV and cover letter, should be submitted in strict confidence electronically below. 

Kate Barry is leading this search with Alycia Johnson and Karson Freeman. 


Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.


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