California State University, Fresno Dean of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development
California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) seeks an experienced, visionary, and collaborative academic leader to serve as the next dean of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.
Since its founding in 1911 as the Fresno State Normal School, the institution has evolved into the premier regional university serving Central California's diverse, growing community. Fresno State is one of 23 California State University (CSU) campuses. With an enrollment of more than 24,000 students, Fresno State offers 59 undergraduate degree programs, 44 master's degree programs, and three doctoral programs. The campus is nearing conclusion of its 2016-2020 strategic plan, which implemented bold, focused strategies designed to maximize the success of the university's diverse student body. Ranked third nationally for advancing economic opportunity for low-income students, Fresno State is committed to serving an underrepresented student body and advancing social mobility. For the third consecutive year, Fresno State has placed among the top three best public universities for graduation-rate performance in U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.
Reporting to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the dean serves as the chief administrative and academic officer for the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. Currently, the dean provides leadership to 69 full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty, 133 temporary faculty, and 21 staff. The Kremen School currently enrolls more than 2,800 students in undergraduate, credential, graduate, and doctoral programs; and it prepares more K-12 school teachers than any other public university in California. In addition to training the region's teachers, the Kremen School trains ethically-informed counselors and educational leaders, while providing professional support to the community and promoting applied research.
The next dean will be expected to work collaboratively with the school and university leaders to identify and articulate a compelling vision and strategy that will define the next level of excellence. The dean will also be tasked with the following: building and refining academic program offerings; assessing operational structures and procedures; recruiting, retaining, and supporting an exceptional faculty and staff; nurturing external relationships and partnerships; following and enforcing the Academic Policy Manual; and effectively managing the school's resources.
Fresno State's next dean should be committed to advancing equity and justice. Successful candidates should demonstrate leadership through significant experience in the field of education, knowledge of accreditation processes, and have an earned doctorate and outstanding scholarly credentials. A record of exceptional academic achievement consistent with an appointment as a tenured full professor at Fresno State is required.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position are invited. A comprehensive leadership profile is available at https://www.wittkieffer.com/position/dean-of-the-kremen-school-of-education-and-human-development/. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 13, 2020. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the WittKieffer consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Alejandra Gillette-Teran, and Julia Venetos at FresnoStateEducationDean@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached through the office of Hillary Hmura at 630-575-6959.
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