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East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee
Date Posted 09/20/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Department: Office of the Dean, Clemmer College - 23000

Job Category: Administrative

Job Summary

East Tennessee State University (ETSU), located in the beautiful Appalachian Highlands, seeks an academic leader to serve as Dean of Clemmer College. Clemmer College began as a college of education and evolved to encompass teaching and learning, physical and mental well-being, and leadership. Clemmer College is comprised of six academic departments (Counseling & Human Services, Curriculum & Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Foundations & Special Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, and Sport, Exercise, Recreation, & Kinesiology) which offer nine undergraduate and twenty-eight graduate degree programs, including three doctoral degrees. The college also includes a K-12 laboratory school, an early childhood care facility, four centers of excellence, and the Quillen Chair of Excellence in Education. In addition to its educational mission, the college provides opportunities for research and professional outreach.

The Dean reports to the Provost and is responsible for providing leadership and management for Clemmer College, its academic departments, programs, centers, and the University School. The Dean will create and embrace a culture of transparency and shared leadership within the college. The Dean will:

  • Support the mission, goals, and values of East Tennessee State University

  • Provide academic and educational leadership, management, and appropriate administrative oversight and support for all units and personnel within the college

  • Serve as the chief budgeting and operating officer for the college with overall responsibility for allocating available financial, space, and other resources to support the college mission and all other aspects of college operations

  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially as it pertains to the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and students at all levels

  • Provide creative and diligent support for the state's Complete College (Tennessee) Act goals and for the university enrollment growth agenda

  • Promote and provide leadership and advocacy for the university's educator preparation programming and support for the university's Teacher Education Advisory Council

  • Promote and provide leadership and support for attaining and maintaining accreditation and licensure applicable to programs in the college

  • Promote and provide leadership and advocacy for the all of college's programs and services

  • Participate in University leadership activities, in regional and state organizations or functions, and in appropriate affiliations with external and national organizations

  • Work with the academic leadership of the University to build interdisciplinary relationships and collaborative experiences for the students and faculty

  • Pursue opportunities and provide support to develop internal and external partnerships to advance college programs, services, and fundraising

  • Pursue and promote active and mutually beneficial collaboration with stakeholders and constituents, including schools and state and local governments

Candidates will possess an earned terminal degree, with preference given to a terminal degree in a program area represented in the college, and the credentials to merit tenure.

Position is contingent upon sufficient funding.

ETSU is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all of our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of general academic policies and curriculum issues at the undergraduate and graduate level

  • Knowledge of Tennessee Department of Education policies and procedures for operation of a K-12 school

  • Knowledge of the academic programs offered within the college including basic curriculum, employment outlook and potential, and key legislative issues impacting programs

  • Knowledge of accreditation principles and specialized accreditation standards associated with the college's programming, including SACSCOC and CAEP

  • Ability to provide effective fiscal stewardship and management of administrative budget consistent with campus and state resources

  • Ability to engage in constructive problem-solving and to make sound decisions

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and staff within the college and university and with diverse campus and community constituencies

  • Ability to promote diversity of thought and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff, and in the curriculum

  • Ability to engage in clear and collaborative communication, to be an active listener, and to create an environment of transparency and shared decision-making

  • Ability to work collaboratively with chairs and faculty within the college as well as with the leadership of other academic and administrative units to develop appropriate policies and programs

  • Ability to engage in shared governance that displays partnership, accountability, ownership, and a culturally sensitive, empowering framework for shared decision-making

  • Ability to promote student success

  • Ability to promote faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service

  • Ability to establish and maintain supportive relationships with alumni

  • Ability to forge constructive relationships with stakeholders and constituents regarding needs, issues, and events of mutual interest

  • Ability to provide leadership in online and distance education programs in the college

Required Qualifications

  • An earned terminal degree

  • Credentials to merit tenure in a department in the college

  • Demonstrated experience in academic or educational leadership

  • Demonstrated experience in institutional budgeting and finances

  • Demonstrated experience in academic or educational program advocacy and development

  • Demonstrated record supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications

  • An earned terminal degree in a program represented in the college

  • Five years or more experience in higher education administration at or above the level of department chair

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Tennessee Department of Education policies and procedures

  • Demonstrated institutional fundraising and development experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge of SACSCOC, CAEP, CACREP or other related accrediting principles and standards

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Posting Number: AS00525P

FLSA Status

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on September 16, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is January 1, 2021. Applications, including a letter of interest that addresses accomplishments and experience relevant to the position, a detailed CV, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of a minimum of three references should be submitted through eJobs.

Along with the Clemmer College homepage (https://www.etsu.edu/coe/) candidates may review Clemmer College Tenure and Promotion Criteria, by department, at


Inquiries should be directed to Prof. David P. Atkins, Search Committee Chair (Dean, University Libraries), atkinsdp@etsu.edu.

East Tennessee State University is an AA/EOE Employer. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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