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Dean, School of Education

Posting Details

Posting Summary

Posting Number FAC00038PO17
Classification Title Dean
Internal Title Dean, School of Education
Campus Upstate 07
College/Division USC Upstate College/Division Level
Department USC Upstate School of Education
Advertised Salary Range Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Location of Vacancy
Part/Full Time Full Time
Hours per week 37.5
Hours per year 2080
Position Category Full-time Equivalent (FTE)
Basis 12 months
Work County Spartanburg 42
Tenure Information Tenure-Track/Tenured
Job Search Category Faculty-Tenured Track/Tenured

About UofSC

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Benefits for FTE Positions

The University of South Carolina (UofSC), through the State of SC and Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), offers state employees a valuable benefits package, including health and life insurance, generous paid leave and retirement programs. To learn more about UofSC benefits, access the benefits section on the Applicant Portal.

Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

The University of South Carolina Upstate invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Education. The School consists of 28 faculty and 900 undergraduate majors with degrees in early childhood, elementary, middle level, physical education, secondary, special education, exercise and sport science, and child development and family studies. Master’s degrees are offered in early childhood, elementary, and special education: visual impairment. The School of Education is accredited by CAEP, and its professional preparation programs are approved by the South Carolina Department of Education and the respective professional organizations. The Dean is the chief administrative officer and academic leader of the School reporting to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

The University of South Carolina Upstate is a comprehensive public university and a senior institution of the University of South Carolina and is among the fastest growing universities in the State. USC Upstate is located between Charlotte and Atlanta along the I-85 corridor, one of the fastest growing business and high-tech regions in the country. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Appalachian mountains and the Atlantic Ocean beaches. The University has an enrollment of approximately 6000 students and employs approximately 650 full and part-time faculty and staff, reflecting the diversity of Upstate South Carolina. Students from over fifty nations also reflect the university’s international character. USC Upstate is proud of the diversity of its student body and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for faculty, staff, and administrators. We are an EOE/AA employer and are strongly committed to increasing faculty diversity.

The review of applications will begin immediately with the anticipated appointment beginning January 1, 2018. Complete and submit the on-line academic application that can be accessed by clicking, “Apply for this Posting.” Only applications submitted through the online application process will be considered; therefore, it is necessary to hit the submit button after completing the application. A confirmation number will be issued when the process has been successfully completed. In addition to the online application, the following materials must be submitted either electronically or via mail: letter of application, a signed copy of the online application, vita, three current, dated, signed, and on official letterhead letters of recommendation, copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and any additional materials. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Official transcripts will be required before hire date as well as a background check.

Inquires may be made to: Dr. Rob McCormick, Search Committee Chair,, 864-503-5723.

Required Education and Experience

The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate from an accredited institution and qualify as a full professor in the School. In addition, candidates must have a minimum of three years of experience at the department head, division head or center director level or above. Candidates must possess a record of attracting external funding; a record of cultivating and maintaining strong ties with local school systems; a demonstrated commitment to diversity; significant leadership experience with CAEP and state and local collaborations; a commitment to innovative approaches for programming; and strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.

Fundamental to this position, the dean of the School of Education (SOE) must be knowledgeable about CAEP/InTASC accreditation standards. It is essential that he/she is capable of maintaining USC Upstate’s CAEP/InTASC accreditation status.

The dean must possess the ability to identify closely with the various disciplines within the school in order to articulate their concerns to the administration and to relate university-wide aims and purposes to the needs and goals of the school. The dean assists the associate dean in fostering the professional development of the school faculty and coordinates the development of new programs. The dean is responsible for representing the financial needs of the school in the annual academic budget and for coordinating the allocation of approved operating and equipment funds. In personnel matters, the dean should be advised by committees composed of SOE faculty representatives; however, the dean is ultimately responsible for all recommendations to appropriate academic officials, committees, or agencies outside the school or university. To provide this type of leadership, the dean must bring to this office a distinguished career in teaching and scholarship, together with effective communication skills and administrative experience. He/she must be able to elicit the professional trust and respect of the faculty so as to speak with a representative and persuasive voice in the larger university community concerning matters of the school. Successful background check is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Successful K-12 and university teaching experience in an appropriate discipline and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and advising are preferred. Five years of experience at the department head, division head or center director level or above is preferred.

Posting Detail Information

Desired Start Date 01/01/2018
Job Open Date 07/20/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quicklink for Posting
EEO Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status or genetics.

Funding Information

Position Attributes

Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive No

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Recommendation 1
  4. Letter of Recommendation 2
  5. Letter of Recommendation 3
  6. Media File
  7. Other Supporting Documents
  8. Teaching Portfolio
  9. List of References and Contact Information