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Dean of Woodring College of Education
About the Position: Western Washington University (Western) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Woodring College of Education. Western seeks a Dean who fosters innovation, scholarship, collegiality, inclusiveness, and diversity. The Dean is the chief visionary of the College as well as its academic and administrative leader, providing strategic direction in an environment that is founded in faculty governance and leadership. Outreach and advocacy are critical parts of this role.

As a key member of the university’s central executive leadership team, the Dean works with other executive leaders and the faculty in a collaborative collective bargaining environment to implement the university’s mission. The Dean is an active and visible leader within both the university and greater community.    

In conjunction with the department chairs and directors, as well as the various College committees and councils, the Dean creates and implements short and long-term strategic goals consistent with the Woodring College of Education’s mission and vision.   The Dean reports to the Provost and works closely with the Deans of Western’s six other colleges and the graduate school. It is anticipated that the Dean will assume office on August 1, 2017.

About the College/Department: As its mission, Woodring College of Education facilitates life-long learning through exemplary teaching to prepare quality education, health, and human services professionals for democratic citizenship and meaningful careers. Woodring College of Education is committed to collaboration with communities and schools to create and sustain exemplary partnerships that support the learning and well-being of children and families. The College vision fosters community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, honor diversities, and promote social justice which serves as a guide for program development, our extensive partnerships with schools and communities, and college initiatives. The mission and vision are fulfilled through the successful collaborative efforts of creative and energetic faculty, staff, and students to meaningfully address societal challenges.
Woodring College of Education is comprised of an engaged community of 50 tenured/tenure-track faculty, over 100 non-tenure track faculty, and 40+ staff members in four departments, three off-campus program sites, and several related centers.  Accredited by NCATE, CORE, and CCNE, and approved by the Washington State Professional Educators Standards Board, Woodring is nationally recognized for providing undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare outstanding professionals in early childhood; elementary, secondary, and special education; adult education; educational administration; human services; nursing; and rehabilitation counseling. For more information about the College visit: https://wce.wwu.edu.   

About the University:  The main campus of Western Washington University is located on 212 picturesque acres in Bellingham, Washington, a city of 83,580 people located between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and adjacent to the beautiful San Juan Islands, Bellingham is nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship. As the third largest university in the State of Washington, Western enrolls 15,332 undergraduates and 707 graduate students in more than 160 academic programs at the Bellingham campus and seven satellite locations around the Puget Sound area.

Western, which first opened its doors in 1899 as a normal school, is perennially ranked as the best public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest and No. 2 in the West, according to U.S. News & World Report college rankings. Kiplinger’s ranks Western among the top 100 public colleges and universities in the nation that offer the best quality and affordability. U.S. News and World Report has named Western one of the most cost-efficient in the country among highly-ranked universities and for several years in a row the Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Western as a “Great Place to Work.” Western is particularly proud of its position as a leader in multidisciplinary environmental education and sustainable campus operations. 

Western provides an active student-centered learning environment with a liberal arts and sciences foundation and robust co-curricular, internship, research, creative, and service learning opportunities. Through its many centers and institutes, such as the Center for Service Learning; Ershig Assistive Technology Resource Center; Center for Education, Equity and Diversity; and Science, Math and Technology Education, Western has a meaningful impact on our region and society.

There is a widely shared vision that Western will be a higher education leader in a culturally responsive 21st century learning environment, applying its critical strengths to societal issues as well as creating a welcoming community for a diversity of people, ideas, and programs. To that end, Western has embraced a style that is collegial, transparent, and timely in its engagement and communication with on- and off-campus stakeholders.

Western is not only committed to the academic growth of its students, but to empowering them to be engaged and active agents of positive change in the world.  Western is ranked first in the nation among medium-sized universities for Peace Corps participation, was first in the nation in 2014 among public, masters-granting institutions for the number of graduates awarded Fulbright Fellowships, has been classified since 2011 as a Carnegie Community Engagement University, and has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (with distinction) in every year since 2010, the only west coast institution to have done so.  Western has been designated a "Military Friendly School", for the six consecutive years by G.I. Jobs Magazine.  http://www.wwu.edu  
Position Responsibilities: The Dean is expected to be a leader who inspires others and fosters innovation and inclusiveness in a local, national, global and digital society. The Dean provides academic leadership and is responsible for strategic planning; budget, resource, and operations management; program development and assessment and external accreditations.  The Dean oversees faculty appointments, development and evaluation, including tenure and promotion. The Dean is expected to embrace the values of a student-centered, collaborative college, responsive to evolving societal challenges and Western's model of shared faculty governance and collective bargaining. The Dean collaborates with faculty, staff and students to develop and implement the mission, vision and strategic plans for the college and university. The Dean serves as an advocate for Western and for the Woodring College of Education, including the development and support of partnership opportunities in the local, national and international community. The Dean is instrumental in advancing alumni relations and development efforts, and specifically is responsible for fundraising in support of Woodring’s initiatives.
Required Qualifications:
  • An earned Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree and academic credentials that merit appointment as a full professor with tenure in Woodring College of Education.
  • A record of inclusion, equity, or diversity efforts.
  • Demonstrated leadership in:
    • strategic planning and its implementation,
    • programmatic improvement,
    • shared governance,
    • personnel supervision, and
    • sound fiscal practice.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience at the level of department chair, associate dean or dean.
  • Experience with external program approval or accreditation.   
  • A record of securing external funding.
  • Experience in community outreach and working with education policy makers, external agencies, and P-12 schools.
  • A record of collaboration across departments and colleges.
  • Experience with off-campus or online programs.
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position with an excellent benefits package. Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: The application process at Western is done entirely online.  To submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE), please log in below and provide the information listed below.

Requested Information:  To be considered, you must submit the following: a cover letter addressing your experience related to the position responsibilities as well as the required and preferred qualifications, a brief statement describing your involvement and success in addressing and enhancing inclusive excellence and diversity, curriculum vitae, and contact information for four references to be submitted electronically as explained in the EASE application procedure.
Other Information: For more information, please visit the college’s website at http://www.wce.wwu.edu.  Potential applicants may inquire confidentially to Bev.Jones@wwu.edu  
Job Posted: 10/21/2016
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins November 15, 2016; nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled
Recruitment #: 160432
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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