Ball State University seeks a visionary, student-centered, and community-oriented academic leader to serve as the next dean of its Teachers College.
Founded a century ago to fill a growing need for well-trained teachers, Ball State today is a world-class university with renowned programs in education, architecture, business, communications, fine arts, sciences, the humanities, and the health professions. Located in Muncie, Indiana, the university serves approximately 22,000 students and offers 190 undergraduate programs and more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, many of them ranking among the best in the nation. In recognition of its impact on the communities it serves, Ball State has earned the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Ball State University’s Teachers College prepares outstanding professional educators and human service providers, promoting research and development and influencing policy that enables high-quality educational outcomes. The college transforms bright, ambitious learners into educational leaders who are sensitive and responsive to diversity and the contextual foundations of teaching, learning, and human development.
Teachers College enrolls 1,405 undergraduates and 3,565 graduate students taught by 135 faculty across six departments. Several centers, clinics, and labs provide hands-on experiences for Ball State students and essential services for the public. Through Teacher’s College, Ball State operates both the Burris Laboratory School, a public K-12 school, and the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, a two-year public residential high school that serves as a statewide center for gifted education.
Through a new Ball State-led community-wide partnership, the university recently assumed responsibility for managing the Muncie Community Schools, harnessing Ball State’s resources to improve the educational experiences for the children of Muncie. The university also is the first in Indiana to authorize charter schools, helping to provide families with more choices in public education.
The next dean of Teachers College will shape a vision for the school’s future and work in partnership with college stakeholders to advance a new strategic plan. The dean will support and advocate for scholarly research, inspire innovation in teaching and learning, and enhance community engagement and impact while actively working to strengthen diversity, equity, and social justice.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated intellectual leadership in the field of education, a substantial record of scholarly or policy achievement, strong visibility in the education community, and the capacity to exercise policy leadership at the local, state, and national levels. Candidates must have qualifications commensurate with tenure at the rank of professor in Teachers College. An earned doctorate is required. For more information, please visit www.wittkieffer.com
. All inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 31, 2019. Candidates should provide, as four separate documents, a curriculum vitae; a letter of application addressing the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile; a diversity statement describing one’s ability to promote and advance inclusive excellence; and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval. Candidate materials should be e-mailed to the university’s consultants, Philip Tang and Andrew Bowen, at BallStateTCDean@wittkieffer.com