Dean College of Education, Job Code 751WPU


Posting Date: 8/15/2017

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The William Paterson University of New Jersey is a public institution of higher education committed to promoting student success, academic excellence, and community outreach with opportunities for lifelong learning.  The University enrolls approximately 11,000 students, and is situated on a beautiful suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, twenty miles west of New York City. The University recently earned the status of a Hispanic Serving Institution.

The Dean is the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of College of Education, and reports directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The Dean provides leadership to the faculty and staff in all matters relating to curriculum and program development; accreditation, assessment and evaluation; recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students; research, scholarship, grant-seeking and fundraising.  The Dean will actively pursue collaborations with corporations and other organizations, as well as fundraising for the College in concert with the Office of Institutional Advancement.

The College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including certificates, in these academic departments: Elementary and Early Childhood; Secondary and Middle School Education; Special Education and Counseling; and Educational Leadership and Professional Studies. The College also includes the Office of Education Enrollment and Certification, the Office of Field Experience, and the Professional Development & School/Community Partnership Program. The College is a leader in preparing students for careers in urban education and in developing future educators from traditionally under-represented populations and the new Dean will be expected to continue to develop that emphasis. The College is also a leader in seeking and gaining external funding from granting agencies and foundations.

The Dean will be expected to advance the College by supporting activities that promote the reputation of its programs.  The Dean will communicate the goals of the College to internal and external constituencies, provide leadership in program development and continuous improvement, and work with faculty and professional staff to secure external funding to support programmatic initiatives, faculty development and scholarships.  The Dean will provide leadership for enhancing professional education in the region and seeking new opportunities to support and develop the College’s collaborations with local and regional school districts. The Dean will also be expected to develop additional off-site programs and further the offering of online and hybrid degree programs.

Requirements for this position include an earned doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in a field represented in the College or in a related discipline, commitment to academic excellence, experience with accreditation and licensure requirements, and the ability to develop, articulate, and accomplish a constructive vision for the College in cooperation with faculty. In addition, the selected candidate will possess at least five years of full-time teaching experience with a strong record of scholarship and service commensurate with appointment at the rank of professor at the University; at least five years of successful administrative experience in higher education at the level of department chair or higher (which could be concurrent with the full-time teaching experience); demonstrated  commitment to and experience with diversity issues in higher education; a leadership style that fosters team-building and inclusive working relationships with members within the College, throughout the University community, and the regional education community; and excellent communication and interpersonal skills with proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, staff, and other administrators. The selected candidate should also demonstrate fund-raising experience and a strong commitment to the use of technology in teaching and learning.

This position is a full-time, twelve-month appointment, with an anticipated starting date on or about July 1, 2018.  Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names of three references to Siamack Shojai, Dean, Cotsakos College of Business, at COEDeanApp@wpunj.edu or via mail to him at William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Letters of application must include Job Code. Review of applications will begin no later than October 9th, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  This position offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including tuition waiver for dependent children. For more information about the University, visit www.wpunj.edu.



William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.