Iowa State University (ISU), one of the nation’s leading land-grant institutions, is seeking nominations and applications for the director of the School of Education, one of five units in the College of Human Sciences. The director will lead an ambitious, interdisciplinary unit that provides unique opportunities to strengthen collaborative relations and enhance P-20 education across the state and region. The director will lead the School of Education to national and international academic prominence fully integrating the university’s missions of teaching, research, and outreach (www.education.iastate.edu).

A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Iowa State University is also a Carnegie foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, with student enrollment of 36,321 (www.iastate.edu). It is located in Ames, a community of 65,000, consistently ranked among the ten best places to live and work in the nation (www.cityofames.org).

The School of Education is committed to engaging in rigorous and socially meaningful research, preparing leaders and practitioners across the P-20 continuum that support rich and equitable learning opportunities for all students, and supporting public education as a cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant, and just society.  We strive to be a national leader in educational theory, policy, and practice, and to honor the land-grant tradition and the broader mission of the university to serve the people of Iowa.

The School will advance research and scholarship in the areas of teaching, learning, and educational leadership and in the preparation of professionals who work with diverse populations of learners across the P-20 span. The School of Education enrolls more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students and houses three research and outreach centers. School of Education personnel collaborate with departments across the university, as well as with state and local education agencies, to prepare educators in more than a dozen licensure areas.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in an appropriate field and scholarly accomplishments commensurate with appointment as Full Professor. We seek a leader with demonstrated commitment in professional practice to equity, diversity, and social justice; successful administrative experience at a university, including demonstrated commitment to community building and shared governance in administrative practice; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and foster strong partnerships with stakeholders, including students, staff, faculty and education/community leaders; and an understanding and appreciation of the broad and interdisciplinary landscape of education as an academic field of study, including the variety of professional preparation programs across the P-20 continuum, the variety of areas/topics of scholarly focus, and the variety of methodological approaches to educational inquiry. The Director should have experience raising funds from external sources, serving as a leader in national or international professional organizations, and/or leading grants. Demonstrated expertise to guide organizational development and address the curricular, research, and professional issues facing the School as we respond to the changing landscape of education is desired.

The search committee will accept confidential applications and nominations until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately.  For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by February 1, 2018.  An application should include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; a resume; and the names of five references with titles, addresses, business and home telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.  Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, and telephone number and email address of the nominee.  All materials shall be submitted to:

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
pwilliams@parkersearch.com || eraines@parkersearch.com
Phone:  770-804-1996 ext: 109   Fax:  770-804-1917

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.

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