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Director, School of Education
Colorado State University

  • Aug. 21, 2017
  • Director, School of Education
  • School of Education
  • Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Jul. 1, 2018
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Teacher Education
    Organization and Leadership
    Higher Education Administration
    Counseling/Personnel Services
    Adult and Distance Education
    Education - General
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Colorado State University is actively searching for the next Director and Professor in the School of Education. We are seeking an engaged, innovative, visionary leader to creatively build research and educational programs of excellence that will take our community of scholars and practitioners to the next level of national and international recognition. The School of Education faculty is comprised of educator-scholars whose expertise spans diverse learning contexts and populations. Innovative instruction, equitable access, technology education, distance education, service learning, professional development school partnerships, and rigorous research methodologies characterize our program. Our faculty expertise and philosophy, along with our mission-focus, guide us to educational and social inquiry driven by attention to human development, psychology, and organizational leadership.

The School offers Ph.D. degrees in the specializations of Education Sciences, Higher Education Leadership, and Organizational Learning, Performance and Change; M.Ed. degrees in the specializations of Adult Education and Training, Counseling and Career Development, Education Sciences, and Organizational Learning, Performance and Change; an M.S. degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education; and a B.S. degree in Family and Consumer Sciences.
Seventeen teacher and principal licensure endorsements are offered through our Center for Educator Preparation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A multi-discipline research center, The Center for the Analytics of Learning and Teaching, is housed within the School and The College of Health and Human Sciences. Seven other academic units comprise the College of Health and Human Sciences, one of the largest colleges on the Colorado State University campus.

The School serves 1,050 students and its faculty consists of 39 tenured, tenure-track, and special appointment full-time positions, in addition to a cadre of affiliated faculty on-campus and throughout the area school districts.

  • Earned doctorate degree in Education or a related field. Related field is defined as being one of the
    specializations represented by the doctoral and masters programs within the School;
  • Academic credentials compatible with a faculty appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure at a Carnegie Research University (Very High Research Activity);
  • Demonstrated record of a strong, focused research program characterized by national/international recognition;
  • Ability to effectively develop and communicate a strategic, focused vision;
  • Demonstrated record of effective administrative and professional leadership;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence;
  • Commitment to leveraging human potential;
  • Understanding of the PK-20, adult, and workplace education landscapes and research contexts.


  • Experience with budgeting, personnel management, and/or external grant management;
  • Experience as department head or associate dean;
  • Experience leading the tenure and promotion process and making tenure and promotion decisions;
  • Service in positions of leadership in national and/or international professional organizations;
  • Experience with curricular and instructional development;
  • Experience with assessment and accreditation/reaccreditation processes;
  • Demonstrated ability to foster collaborative relationships with stakeholders.

Leadership and Administrative

  • Provide visionary leadership to the School;
  • Guide complex decision-making in a university setting;
  • Dynamically represent the School and its programs within the college and university, and to alumni, outside state and federal agencies, national organizations, and accrediting bodies;
  • Provide leadership for development and marketing activities that promote the stature of the School;
  • Strengthen existing and developing partnerships and cooperative arrangements with local, state, federal, and international educational institutions, government agencies, and the private sector to provide programs related to education, work, and family;
  • Collaborate with leadership of the School’s Center for Educator Preparation Licensure Program to advance the university’s commitment to educator and principal licensure;
  • Oversee budget, facilities, personnel, curriculum, and accreditation processes; and
  • Support a culture of collegiality and respect within the School.

Research and Scholarship

  • Continue cultivation of an exceptional intellectual climate and research infrastructure within the School;
  • Support and advance efforts to procure external funding; and
  • Maintain active involvement in research and scholarly activities.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Colorado State University offers an excellent selection of benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: For full consideration, complete applications should be submitted electronically to by October 1, 2017. Complete applications shall include a letter of interest that addresses the qualifications and responsibilities for the position, a full curriculum vita, and the names, positions, and contact information for four references, who can speak to the applicant’s accomplishments and potential to be successful in this leadership position. The committee will only contact references with prior approval if the candidate becomes a finalist. The search will remain open until the position is filled and the start date is July 1, 2018.

The University is committed to creating a community which values and supports diversity; individuals who contribute to such commitment are strongly encouraged to apply.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to:
Dr. Barry Braun, Search Chair/Department Head, Health and Exercise Science
via: Ms. Heidi Propp, Search Committee Administrative Assistant
(970) 491-6316

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s premier land-grant teaching and research universities with a total enrollment of over 32,000 students. The University consistently has been ranked as a top tier institution by U. S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges and Universities" and named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as one of the top public universities in terms of educational quality and affordability. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, the campus is located in Fort Collins, a city of approximately 150,000, 65 miles north of Denver. Fort Collins provides a unique blend of big city advantages and small town friendliness, making it an attractive and great place to live. CSU consists of eight colleges and more than 50 academic departments with the mission to provide a balanced program of teaching, research, extension, and public service. Multiple research centers, including seven university level centers, exist to coalesce interdisciplinary efforts in such areas as water, energy, OneHealth, large data, and others. For more about Fort Collins, go to

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

  • Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

    Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

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Contact Information

  • Ms. Heidi Propp
    School of Education
    Colorado State University
    1588 Campus Delivery
    450 West Pitkin Street
    Fort Collins, CO 80523-1588
  • 970-491-6316


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