Dean of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development

Southern Utah University
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Southern Utah University is conducting a national search for the Dean of the Beverly Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development.

SUU seeks in its new Dean a visionary, engaged, and collaborative leader with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and student success. Desired competencies include successful leadership experience in managing an academic unit with strength in budgeting and finance, curriculum review and implementation, fundraising, and the ability to build strong and productive relationships both internally and externally. An ideal candidate would have experience implementing best practices to boost retention and to close equity gaps and will be committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the college.

The College includes the Department of Teacher Education and the Department of Family Life and Human Development and provides undergraduate and graduate areas of study as well as
unique programming including artsFusion, Cedar Mountain Science Center, and SUU Preschool. The College holds various accreditations including, AAQEP, NCFR, and is in the process of CSWE accreditation.

First Consideration Date for Applicants: 01/24/2023

The University

Southern Utah University (SUU) is located in Cedar City, Utah, and is a public four-year master's granting teaching institution. Over 14,000 students pursue an undergraduate or graduate education at SUU. Cedar City has approximately 35,000 residents and is located in the heart of spectacular beauty, surrounded by national parks, monuments, forests, and wilderness areas that draw millions of visitors annually from around the world. Residents of the area enjoy an abundance of sunshine, clean air, and year-round outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, camping, golfing, skiing, and snowboarding, etc. Cedar City is steeped in a rich history and active participation in the arts including the Tony award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Southern Utah Museum of Art on the SUU campus.

Duties and Responsibilities:


• Develop, administer, and promote the academic programs and academic support functions of the School/College.
• Develop recommendations for the nomination, retention, promotion, tenure, and compensation of faculty, Department Chairs, and staff members in departments and units assigned to the College/School (the Provost may delegate to the Dean authority to offer employment or initiate a dismissal within the College/School).
• Coordinate and promote academic proposals, changes, reviews, and other academic matters with the other Deans of the University, and other institutions and groups.
• Coordinate the departments and programs within the School/College; Ensures operational effectiveness in all functions of the College including accreditation efforts.
• Develop and coordinate educational policies, planning functions and physical facilities planning and utilization of the School/College.
• Provide leadership, conduct strategic planning, mediate conflict resolution, model a collegial, inclusive culture of shared governance, and represent and advocate for the faculty, staff, and students of the College.
• Develop external relationships for the purposes of enhancing student placement opportunities, providing meaningful community outreach opportunities for students and faculty, and cultivating additional fund-raising opportunities for the University.
• Manage and monitor College/School budgets, and faculty and staff salaries, raises, and salary compression issues.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Provost.


Education and Experience Requirements:

Required Qualifications

• An earned doctorate, is eligible for tenure in a discipline within the College, and a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, scholarly accomplishment, and professional activity.
• Documented experience in teaching and administration in higher education settings.
• Superb interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills.
• Proven experience in fundraising to support strategic initiatives and fiscal management experience.
• Experience working effectively with diverse constituencies using the principles of shared governance and collaboration.
• Working knowledge and application of current technologies.
• Working knowledge of standards, policies, and procedures for accreditation.
• Evidence of work to further diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives in higher education or other organizations.

Preferred Qualifications

• Evidence of practical experience working in one of the disciplines housed within the college as a practitioner, such as K12 public education or family services.
• Proven history of implementing best practices to boost retention and to close equity gaps.
• Previous administrative experience in higher education as department chair or dean.
• Demonstrated ability and willingness to manage conflict.
• Willingness to hold faculty and staff accountable to professional standards.
• Experience in program evaluation.
• Success in recruiting, retaining, and mentoring faculty from diverse backgrounds.
• Philosophical and practical commitment to our goal, reputation, and practice of requiring and providing experiential opportunities for students.

Documents Needed to Apply:

• Resume/Curriculum vitae
• Cover letter
• Statement of leadership philosophy
• Unofficial transcripts
• Contact Information for at least 3 Professional References

Southern Utah University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages individual commitment to personal responsibilities in equal measure with personal rights. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

Southern Utah University does not discriminate against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, veteran status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related condition, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable law in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

Southern Utah University
Cedar City, UT 84720
United States

How to Apply
Application Deadline
Jan. 24, 2023, for first consideration.