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[C19--02] - Dean, School Of Education & Professional Studies

Position Information

Management Confidential


Contact Person:
Dr. Robert Wolff
Phone: 860-832-2807

Job Description

The Dean serves as the chief academic officer and administrative leader of the School of Education & Professional Studies (SEPS) at Central Connecticut State University.  The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  He or she works with the President, Vice Presidents, Deans, and with SEPS faculty, administrative staff, and students in ensuring the SEPS programs meet high standards of academic excellence. 

The School of Education & Professional Studies offers bachelors’, masters’, and doctoral degree and certificate programs.  SEPS operates with seven academic departments:  (1) Counselor Education & Family Therapy; (2) Educational Leadership, Policy & Instructional Technology; (3) Literacy, Elementary & Early Childhood Education; (4) Nursing; (5) Physical Education & Human Performance; (6) Social Work; and (7) Special Education & Interventions.  Fifteen program accreditations are maintained.

The Dean also oversees the SEPS Advising Center, Office of School and Community Partnerships, Central Teacher Education Network, Teacher Leader Fellowship Program, and Center of Excellence for Social & Emotional Learning.  The Dean of SEPS serves as the lead dean for teacher education at CCSU collaborating with the Dean of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and the Dean of Engineering, Science, and Technology.

The Dean of SEPS supervises the following positions:  Associate Dean, Assistant Dean for Accreditation & Partnerships, Assistant Dean for Professional Programs/ Certification Officer, Administrative Assistant, Secretary, and the chairs of the seven academic departments.  SEPS employs 76 full-time faculty members and as of Fall serves 2,448 headcount students, 1,361 undergraduates and 1,087 graduate students.  Responsibilities include:

Academic Leadership:

  • Works with the SEPS faculty in establishing the vision, mission, and strategic directions for the programs and units housed in the school.
  • Ensures compliance with the standards of the New England Commission of Higher Education and the 15 accrediting bodies with which SEPS academic programs are affiliated.
  • Develops and maintains partnerships with K-12 school districts and takes a leadership role in connecting with the State Department of Education.
  • Promotes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary opportunities.
  • Ensures SEPS supports the teaching, research, and service, and community engagement of the school and the university.
  • Leads SEPS in supporting university-wide student recruitment and retention activities of academic affairs, enrollment management, and student affairs.
  • Reviews and resolves students’ academic concerns. 
  • Encourages and supports development of grant proposals and ensures appropriate administration of grants awarded.
  • Accountable for meeting enrollment goals established through university-planning processes.


  • Supervises associate dean, assistant deans, staff, chairs, and faculty in SEPS.
  • Ensures appropriate search processes are completed prior to recommending specific candidates for full-time faculty positions to the provost and president.  Oversees the hiring of part-time faculty.
  • Manages the selection, development and placement of faculty in SEPS.  Directs and leads chairs regarding academic standards, required faculty qualifications, allocation of faculty to program offerings, and ensuring effective use of faculty within budget constraints.
  • Ensures with chairs faculty workload assignments meet the needs of CCSU students, support of the CCSU mission, and conform to the collective bargaining agreement between the CSCU and the AAUP.
  • Evaluates the performance of SEPS full-time faculty consistent with the agreement between the CSCU and the AAUP.
  • Ensures the completion of the annual performance-evaluation processes for all classifications of non-AAUP CCSU employees.

Budget & Facilities:

  • Oversees SEPS budget planning and expenditures.
  • Oversees the activities, operations, and daily maintenance of labs and specialized classrooms in SEPS, ensuring the facilities support the instructional and research needs of SEPS students and faculty.

Academic Policy:

  • Ensures the establishment and periodic revision of a written description of an internal SEPS governance system.  Ensures compliance with guidelines, process, and procedures.
  • Participates in the development of university-wide academic policy through the Council of Deans.

Curriculum and Program Development and Delivery:

  • Ensures that the development of new programs and courses plus the revision of existing programs and courses are consistent with the strategic directions of the university.
  • Manages course offerings in each department of the school.  Reviews course enrollments, timing of course offerings, faculty teaching loads, and appropriateness of courses and schedules for degree-program objectives.
  • Works with faculty to ensure that program-review processes assess the ability of the SEPS academic programs to meet their specified mission and goals.

University Leadership:

  • Serves as a member of the Council of Deans.
  • Accountable for fund raising for the School of Education & Professional Studies.
  • Serves as the lead dean regarding issues related to teacher education.
  • Establishes and maintains a school-level advisory board of external professional, community, and disciplinary leaders.
  • Maintains strong connections to national disciplinary organizations, local and national industry and governmental organizations, and individuals who may serve as potential donors.
  • Avoids conflicts of interest in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or give the appearance of compromising, the allocation of professional time, energy, or judgment in administration of the duties of dean. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in an academic field related to the programs housed in SEPS
  • Demonstrated success administering academic programs as a department head/chair
  • A record of teaching, research, and service that meets the qualifications of a senior faculty rank
  • Demonstrated success in planning and managing budgets
  • Evidence of successful leadership and collaboration
  • Demonstrated experience in shared governance
  • Effective communication skills, written, oral and interpersonal
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate
  • Academic administrative experience above the level of department chair
  • Experience in a unionized environment
  • Demonstrated successful experience with programs accredited by NCATE/CAEP and/or other disciplinary accrediting bodies, e.g., CCNE, CSWE, and CACREP
  • Demonstrated success with grants and contracts
  • Successful fund-raising
  • Demonstrated success in new-program development
  • Understanding of and commitment in student recruitment and retention of underserved communities
  • Demonstrated record of support for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary activities

The University:  CCSU is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system.  Excellent professors and a wide array of academic programs prepare students for success in whatever field they choose.  As of Fall 2018, CCSU serves approximately 11,822 students - 9,546 undergraduates, and 2,276 graduates.  CCSU is richly diverse: more than 34 percent of students are of traditional minority heritage.  Visit our web site at

The Community: CCSU is located in New Britain, a city with a population of some 70,000, within a 10-minute drive to the culture-state capital of Hartford.  CCSU is currently in a large-scale community engagement initiative, designed to embrace more effectively our communities as the “steward of central Connecticut.”  Pursuing a range of partnership arrangements with area businesses, schools, agencies, and more, this initiative will create significant new opportunities for student internships, faculty research, as well as an expanding array of cultural collaborations with the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, city theatres, the world-renowned New Britain Museum of American Art, and other area attractions.

Application and Appointment:  For full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2019.  Salary and rank are commensurate with education and experience.  This position is eligible for a tenure-track faculty appointment following the recommendation of the respective academic department.  To begin the application process, go to or click on the Apply Now button and electronically submit the following:

  • Letter of interest addressing all the qualifications for the position
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Names of five current professional references with addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers 

Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e. SSN, DOB, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Emailed, faxed or mailed copies will not be accepted.

For more information, contact Dr. Robert Wolff, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Search Chair at 860-832-2807 or     

Central Connecticut State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and affirmative action for all qualified persons.  CCSU does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disability, physical disability, or learning disability), genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.  CCSU does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction.

As an affirmative action employer, CCSU actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.  The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  

Central Connecticut State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.