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Dean of School of Education
Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado
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Date Posted 06/15/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Summary
The Fort Lewis College School of Education offers a wide range of programs that express our dynamic commitment to innovative educator preparation, our inclusive teaching service in the Four Corners region, and our leadership role in pedagogical best practices on campus. The Dean oversees Teacher Education undergraduate and graduate licensure programs including undergraduate programs in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and K12 teacher licensure, and graduate programs in Teacher Leadership, Special Education, Teacher Licensure (Secondary and K-12) and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. The School includes a nationally known Adventure Education program that prepares adventure guides and outdoor educators in the most spectacular wildlands in the lower 48 states, and it also oversees the Campbell Child and Family Center, an on-campus childcare facility. The ideal candidate would understand and lead the School of Education in ways that leverage campus resources and external relationships, evoking the “sense of place” of the Four Corners to enhance these transformational programs; these initiatives include developing partnerships with tribal communities, leading programming in regional schools, addressing teacher shortages, providing English Language Learner workshops, and meeting other regional educational needs in a rural setting. The School of Education boosts an extremely highly qualified faculty and staff who connect students to new theories, excellent field placements in the region, and culturally rich perspectives. Programs include over 50 graduate students who are teaching in the Four Corners region and 50% of whom are Native American, and over 150 part-time and full-time undergraduate students, comprised of 21% Hispanic and 18% Native American students, many of whom plan to teach in rural areas.

The position reports directly to the Provost of the College and is a full-time, twelve-month exempt position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate or terminal degree in education or a related field

  • Distinguished record of teaching and scholarship

  • Proven record of successful leadership experience in academic administration

  • Credentials that support appointment with tenure at the rank of associate professor or full professor in one of the programs of the School of Education

  • Experience in teaching in P-12 classrooms and/or informal settings in private or public schools, charter schools, and/or adventure and environmental education

  • Knowledge of Council for the Accreditation Educator Preparation and national educator accreditation and state authorization, National Association of Young Children and Association of Experiential Education accreditation processes

  • Commitment to developing a student-centered institution of higher education and a commitment to the mission of a teaching college

  • Commitment to diversity and a record of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion with faculty, students, and staff

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with higher education distance education, hybrid and online educator preparation programs, and outreach efforts in rural communities impacted by educator shortages

  • Collaborative and congenial leadership style with strong listening and communication skills, including the ability to advocate for the School of Education and work closely with other Deans as part of Provost’s Council and other College leadership groups

  • Innovative approaches to the development, enrichment, and assessment of educational programs and associated field placements, practicums, and experiences

  • Experience with deeper learning, experiential, and expeditionary models of learning

  • Enthusiastic interest in implementing College’s new strategic plan and developing new initiatives and priorities that align with strategic plan

  • Strong organizational, personnel management, fiscal managements, and budgetary skills

Major Responsibilities

  • Provides inclusive and inspirational leadership, enacts strategic thinking, and articulates a clear and compelling vision of the School of Education to internal and external audiences.

  • Oversees educator preparation program, Campbell Child and Family Center and adventure education program planning, development, and invention.

  • Creates and maintains collaborations with external organizations and institutions through coordinated field experiences, internships, professional development activities and grants projects to address rural and regional P-12 needs such as resolving teacher shortages, supporting teaching in rural and remote areas, and serving culturally and linguistically diverse students.

  • Initiates and maintains fundraising for student scholarships and faculty research, and grant writing for collaborative ventures with regional school districts.

  • Responsible for personnel management, fiscal management and facility and technology improvements of the School of Education, including Teacher Education and Adventure Education classrooms and Campbell Child and Family Center.

  • Oversees sense of purpose and community, diversity and inclusion with faculty, students and staff

Work Conditions
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).

  • Ability to work in a confined area.

  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

Salary and benefits are competitive with an accredited school of similar size. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

Application Process
A complete application packet includes:


  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position

    • Include details regarding how your course design and personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion. “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?”

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to:
Attn: Dean of School of Education Search

Application materials received by February 10, 2020, will receive full consideration.
Position will remain open until filled.

The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,
and pass a background check.

The College and the Community
Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,400 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

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