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Dean, College of Education and Human Services

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Background Check

When required this offer of employment is contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Valdosta State University, as determined by Valdosta State University in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check.

Position Details

Classification Information

Classification Title Dean AC
Regular/Temp Regular
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time
Position Notes

Position Information

Position Title Dean, College of Education and Human Services
Job Search Identifier Faculty
Proposed Salary Commensurate with Experience
General Summary of Responsibilities

The Dean of the Dewar College of Education and Human Services, in collaboration with department heads, faculty, staff, students, and leadership across the university, is responsible for the following:

Providing leadership and vision for the Dewar College of Education and Human Services (college mission available at;

Promoting a rigorous, research-based curriculum that incorporates innovative teaching practices;

Working collaboratively across the university and community to implement distinctive teacher preparation and human services programs;

Collaborating with faculty and department heads on program development, recruitment and retention initiatives;

Collaborating with other deans and the Office of the Provost to advance the university’s academic priorities;

Recruiting outstanding faculty who are actively engaged scholars and practitioners, using theory, research, and collaboration to enhance their work in a global, diverse, and technological society.

Ensuring that the college prepares professionals for various roles in educational settings and community agencies;

Collaboratively developing, refining, and implementing appropriate policies within the college;

Assuring that the college’s strategic objectives are met through robust assessment practices;

Fostering a culture of reflective, evidence-based practice and inquiry within a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff;

Maintaining accreditations with regional and national organizations;

Providing leadership in the evaluation and professional development of department heads, faculty, and other personnel;

Developing the college’s budget and providing oversight for effective resource management;

Assisting with fundraising and alumni activities;

Ensuring that all programs in the college are properly administered and managed;

Fostering a culture of transparent and consistent communication with faculty and staff in the college, as well as with university and community partners; and

Performing other duties as assigned.

The Dean of the Dewar College of Education and Human Services leads a college with 9 academic departments: Adult and Career Education; Communication Sciences & Disorders and Special Education; Curriculum, Leadership & Technology; Early Childhood Education; Kinesiology & Physical Education; Library & Information Studies; Middle Grades; Secondary Reading & Deaf Education; Psychology, Counseling & Family Therapy; and Social Work.

Valdosta State University is a comprehensive university within the University System of Georgia with a student enrollment of approximately 11,500 (81% Undergraduate, 19% Graduate). Over 400 faculty members teach courses at all levels (associate through doctoral) to students in over 100 majors in five colleges. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of undergraduate students enjoy on-campus living, while 40% of graduate students participate in online programs. Consisting of two campuses and 178 acres, VSU provides a unique atmosphere, a broad range of student activities, athletics, and cultural outreach to our community. VSU is located in the city of Valdosta, GA, the cultural and commercial hub of South Georgia. For additional information about VSU, visit

Applicant screening will begin on September 20, with full consideration to any applications that are completed by that date.

For more information contact Dean Noviello, Search Chair, via email or phone 229-333-5959.

Required Qualifications

An earned doctorate from an accredited university in a discipline represented within the college;

A record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure;

A strong record of progressively responsible and relevant university leadership experience, with a minimum of three years of experience at the department head level or above;

An awareness of current trends in higher education and a commitment to innovation in teaching and learning;

Exceptional organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills;

Significant and successful experience in faculty evaluation and professional development and in managing enrollment and complex budgets;

A commitment to diversity and inclusion;

A commitment to shared governance and a consultative leadership style.

Preferred Qualifications

Significant and successful experience with grant writing and extramural funding;

Record of successful outreach into the community;

Experience as a college dean.

Physical Requirements

Ability to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodation.

Ability to communicate with reasonable accommodation.

Position Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time, fully benefited (30+ hours)
Standard Hours 40

Essential Duties of the Position

The duties below reflect 90% of the employee's responsibilities. There is an additional 10% reserved for professional development and any other duties that may be assigned.

Job Duty

Providing leadership and vision for the Dewar College of Education and Human Services.

Percentage Of Time 90

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number S00559
Desired Start Date 01/01/2018
Open Date 08/17/2017
Close Date

Reference Requests

Reference Requests

Accept Online References Yes
Minimum Requests 5
Maximum Requests 5

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
Optional Documents