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Requisition ID:  19306

Dean, College of Education

The University:
Purdue University invites applications and nominations for the Suzi and Dale Gallagher Dean, College of Education. Formed in 1989, the College of Education is a flourishing academic community embedded in an outstanding scientific community, making major contributions to educational scholarship and human talent development. Our mission is to discover and develop human potential through teacher preparation, professional development, world-class centers, and groundbreaking educational research. Faculty represent an impressive group of scholars, researchers, and practitioners, actively working to make education more effective, accessible and equitable for all students. A hallmark of the College is its commitment to removing barriers to quality education, to help students achieve to the best of their ability and to provide the opportunities that education affords to all.

The College:
The College of Education consists of two interdisciplinary academic departments offering teacher education, as well as various other undergraduate and graduate programs. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education, as well as graduate programs in career and technical education, curriculum studies, and learning, design, and technology 

The Department of Educational Studies offers programs in the areas of applied behavior analysis, counseling psychology, educational psychology, research methodologies, gifted education, special education, as well as educational leadership and policy studies.

Additionally, the College provides leadership for interdisciplinary teacher education programs from the six colleges that collaborate on teacher preparation at Purdue University: Science, Agriculture, Liberal Arts, Health and Human Sciences, and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.  Many faculty hold joint appointments in these partner colleges. The College recently completed a total restructure of teacher preparation programs across the university. This restructure, the Innovation Initiative, has a goal of graduating the most classroom ready teachers in Indiana. There is much excitement about the future for this new program.

The College is made up of approximately 1,521 students (629 undergraduate; 892 graduate), 90 faculty (66 tenured/tenure track), 166 staff and 18,000 alumni.  An additional 328 students are enrolled in interdisciplinary teacher education programs across campus. The College is also home to nationally and internationally recognized centers focused on integrated STEM education, gifted education, civic and citizenship education, literacy, technology, and evaluation and learning research. The College has launched rapidly growing – and nationally ranked – online education programs at the M.S. level in recent years and has built a national leadership position in this space.  More information about the Purdue University College of Education may be found at

As the College’s chief academic and administrative officer, the Dean’s primary role is to provide exceptional vision and leadership and to foster a culture of academic excellence and innovation appropriate for a land grant university in the 21st century with on-campus, hybrid, and online education programs. The new Dean will be a leader capable of helping the College define and deliver on its Innovative Initiative, expected to take the College to the next level of excellence and impact as an academic unit, thus creating a unique space in a crowded education field, building on the unique strengths of Purdue, including its reputation as one of the world’s leading STEM universities.  Recognized as one of the most innovative universities in the U.S., Purdue University is seeking a candidate who will lead this College toward that same designation among education programs nationally.

The Dean actively represents the College to a variety of constituencies internal and external to the University. Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean works closely with the College’s associate and assistant deans, department heads, faculty, staff and student leaders to ensure the College’s teaching and research activities operate at the highest levels of excellence. An important responsibility related to this work is to secure financial resources both within and outside the University to support the many programs, faculty, and facility needs. The Dean also works collaboratively with local, state, and national educational leaders to advocate for equitable and high-quality education for all students in Indiana and across the country.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to successfully advocate for the College in a variety of contexts, to speak the language of different disciplines, to promote and support interdisciplinary research, to engage multiple communities, and to stimulate learning that capitalizes on the diversity of the college. The Dean will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

The Dean’s position is endowed, the Suzi and Dale Gallagher Dean, and the endowment proceeds are available to the Dean to invest in college initiatives.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Earned doctoral degree or appropriate terminal degree.
  • A proven record of outstanding leadership with evidence of successfully working with university and state level leaders including building a shared vision and the ability to set priorities, allocating resources, creating a collaborative environment, engaging in strategic planning, and achieving specific goals.
  • Ability to demonstrate and foster creativity and innovation to bring new thinking about ways to improve P-12 and higher education, educational attainment, and the change management skills to implement new ideas
  • Have a strong academic record of achievement as a scholar and teacher appropriate for a tenured full professorship within one of the College’s departments, exemplifying the caliber of scholars the College expects to attract to Purdue.
  • An exceptional communicator and consensus builder who listens and communicates clearly, inclusively, and persuasively.
  • Deep knowledge of, commitment to, and extensive experience with P-12 and higher education.
  • A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and expertise in addressing the needs of a diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  • A strong commitment to foster and protect freedom of inquiry and diversity of viewpoints within the College.
  • An effective fundraiser who can secure, grow, and allocate resources to support quality undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, public service and outreach activities
  • Substantial experience with the national research funding environment.
  • An advocate who clearly articulates the goals of the College by connecting with all constituencies served by the University. 

Application Procedure:  Qualified persons are requested to submit the following: a statement of interest in the position that briefly expresses their concept of a College of Education within a comprehensive university; curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information of five references. Initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential; references will be contacted only upon approval by the applicant.

A background check is required for employment in this position.

Candidates must have the ability to work in the US without immigration sponsorship from Purdue University.

Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Gary Bertoline, Chair, College of Education Dean Search Committee, Purdue University. Applications should be submitted electronically to Isaacson, Miller at this link: .

Anticipated start date is January 1, 2023.  The search committee will begin review of applications on July 25, 2022 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Questions regarding the position may be addressed to Dr. Gary Bertoline at (765) 496-2321 (


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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