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Monday, February 17, 2014

Dean of the School of Education and Human Services


Oakland University

Announcing a National Search for
Dean of the School of Education and Human Services
Oakland University, a highly respected and nationally recognized research university in Rochester, Michigan, seeks nominations and applications for Dean of the School of Education and Human Services. As the School’s chief executive officer, the Dean reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Dean provides overall strategic leadership, administration, and fiscal management of the School, and provides leadership among various constituencies throughout the University, state, region, and nation. 




The Dean will lead the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) in providing outstanding educational programs for its students, opportunities for scholarly productivity, and service to the campus, neighboring community, and beyond.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Recruit and retain a diverse, highly motivated, and productive faculty
  • Foster the development of new academic initiatives and partnerships that will benefit students and the community at large
  • Sustain and expand the School’s commitment to diversity
  • Oversee a balanced budget of the School, including the shifting of resources as necessary and the expansion of revenue through creative initiatives, grants, contracts, and partnerships
  • Encourage faculty and staff development by staying abreast of technological changes and innovations in the workplace and classroom
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to develop and pursue a vision and goals that anticipate how the School will best serve its constituencies now and in the future
  • Pursue fund-raising opportunities that will enhance the excellence of existing and expanding programs
  • Provide leadership for a full range of academic administrators, chairpersons, administrative professionals, and clerical and technical staff
  • Represent the School on the Dean’s Council and the University Senate and at other internal and external meetings
Required Qualifications
Qualified candidates for this position will hold an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution in a field contained within the School and must have extensive experience in academic administration/leadership.  Applicants must have the academic credentials and a strong scholarly record appropriate for appointment at the rank of tenured full professor in the School. 

School of Education and Human Services
The SEHS integrates human resource development with counseling and education to prepare collaborative leaders capable of and committed to empowering an inclusive society. The School has received recognition for its highly rated teacher preparation programs, faculty research, and international educational programs.

The School’s 71 full-time faculty, more than 80 adjunct faculty, and 64 staff members reflect the School’s commitment to diversity. SEHS offers undergraduate through doctoral programs that provide a strong theoretical knowledge base plus experiential learning opportunities.

The SEHS is comprised of five departments: Counseling, Human Development and Child Studies, Organizational Leadership, Reading and Language Arts, and Teacher Development and Educational Studies. In addition, there are four offices within the School: Advising, Professional Development and Education Outreach, Public School Academies, and School and Field Services.

The School is home to 11 centers of excellence. Among them are the Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education, and Support (OUCARES); Counseling Center; Adult Career Counseling Center; Reading and Writing Clinic; Lowry Early Childhood Center; Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership; and Pawley Lean Institute. The School also supports several outreach initiatives, including the Michigan Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) conference, and the Learning Achievement Coalition – Oakland County (LACO).

Oakland University
Established in 1957, Oakland University is one of the fastest growing public universities in Michigan. A vibrant academic community, the University currently enrolls more than 20,000 students, boasts more than 94,000 alumni, and delivers more than 260 degree and certificate programs. Located in Rochester, a community that has been consistently identified as one of the most desirable places to live in the nation, the 1,443-acre campus of wooded hills and meadows is 25 miles north of Detroit in Oakland County.

Oakland University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmation Action Employer.

Applications and Nominations
Candidates should submit a substantive cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with contact information. (References will be checked only if the applicant becomes a finalist.) The cover letter should include statements describing the candidate’s approach to leading the School, personal areas of priority and commitment, and assessment of the most pressing education and human services issues facing our nation and the world. All inquiries and information will be kept in strict confidence.

All nominations, inquiries, and letters of application must be sent to:  


Review of applications begins immediately. 
For full consideration, applications should be submitted by February 27, 2014
Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting Oakland University with this search. The consultants are:  Emily Parker Myers, President and CEO, and Kenny Daugherty, Executive Vice President and COO.

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