The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is seeking a visionary leader to serve as its next Dean of the College of Education and Psychology, who will join the faculty, staff, students and the broader USM community in guiding the College to new levels of scholarly achievement and impact.

Committed to academic excellence and student success, the Dean will have a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, to include external funding, and leadership to provide visionary direction for the College alongside the University’s mission and strategic plan. Oversight will include maintaining accreditation standards, budget administration, recruitment and retention of faculty and staff, promotion of undergraduate and graduate programs and the advancement of student success initiatives. Broad responsibilities for the Dean include the planning, development, and administration of the College’s academic units while advocating on their behalf in the University community.


Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and a promising future.  In just 100 years, USM has grown from a small teachers’ college into a premier research university. USM takes pride in being classified as a RU/H: Research University (higher research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the advancement of teaching among doctorate-granting universities and has an annual external funding portfolio of approximately $70 million.

USM has a diverse student body of approximately 15,000 students which includes a strong makeup of first generation and transfer students enrolled in more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across six degree-granting colleges (Arts and Letters, Business, Education and Psychology, Health, Nursing, and Science and Technology). USM also boasts the sixth oldest public Honors College in the nation. As a dual-campus university, USM serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach. The Hattiesburg campus sits on 300 acres in the heart of the Pine Belt. More than 180 buildings dot a landscape that has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly environment for students, employees and visitors. On the Gulf coast, the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach and several additional teaching and research sites bring higher education to the three coastal counties of Mississippi. As the state’s designated marine research university, USM operates one of the largest coastal and ocean research enterprises in the Gulf and is poised for further growth on the coast.


The College of Education and Psychology (CoEP) was established in 1958 and was built on the distinctive heritage of The University of Southern Mississippi. The College prepares and develops educators, researchers, and mental health professionals equipped for success in a culturally diverse, global community. Students in CoEP develop essential knowledge and skills through exposure to exemplary teaching, professional service and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate research. The College is committed to improving the educational attainment of the citizens of Mississippi and, in turn, the economic development of the state. CoEP has more than 100 faculty and staff, approximately 2,400 students, and offers programs on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses. Students can achieve their academic goals in undergraduate and graduate programs and depending upon the course, through online, hybrid or traditional learning formats.

CoEP is one of six degree-granting colleges at USM. Students in the College explore the powerful connections between education and success, relationship skills and quality of life, and research and practice. Students use 21st century technology to develop meaningful knowledge and professional skills that yield positive change in their lives and the lives of others. The College delivers 34 undergraduate and graduate programs through the following five departments:

  • Child and Family Studies
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
  • Educational Research and Administration
  • Library and Information Science
  • Psychology


The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree in a discipline represented in the College with academic credentials commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Full Professor. In addition, it is preferred that candidates possess the following skills and characteristics:

  • Five years of demonstrated successful-academic administrative experience in higher education;
  • Experience working effectively in a multi-campus environment
  • Record of excellence in teaching, scholarship and research
  • Knowledge of accrediting standards pertinent to the College and experience interpreting and implementing applicable standards of accrediting bodies
  • Previous experience or familiarity with private and public fundraising
  • Evidence of effective cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary administrative experience including significant budgetary and strategic planning oversight
  • Documented leadership skills and in-depth working knowledge of educational practices, research, policies, and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large and diverse group of faculty, staff and program disciplines
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a work environment characterized by academic excellence in teaching, research, and service
  • Commitment to promoting diversity among students, staff and faculty within the College
  • Proven track record of cultivating strong relationships and successful team-building skills
  • Documented record of supporting student success in high quality academic programs through the promotion of best practices in the areas of student advisement, student support programs for at-risk students and effective teaching practices, and student research opportunities
  • Strong written, oral, and listening communication skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills

Other characteristics include a commitment to shared academic governance, strong skills in management of financial and human resources, and the ability to make strategic budgetary and operational decisions that maximize resources.


The Search Committee invites letters of nominations, applications (letter of interest, complete CV, and list of five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting The University of Southern Mississippi.  Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until final candidates for the appointment are identified.  It is preferred, however that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to February 1, 2017.  Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Committee and/or hiring authority. Please send materials to the following:  

Porsha Williams, Vice President
Mitchel Bonds, Associate ||
Phone:  770-804-1996 x109     Fax: 770-804-1917

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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