Dean of the School of Education

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
09 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
07 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Tracking Code 9737/K0816

Job Description

Boston University seeks a visionary academic leader and distinguished scholar to serve as the Dean of the School of Education.  We seek a person with an active record of pursuing equity, diversity and inclusion in support of students, faculty and staff. We invite inquiries, nominations, and applications.

From its founding in 1918, the BU School of Education (SED) has been committed to both the preparation of educators and the advancement of research and scholarship.  Its programs serve approximately 300 undergraduate and 700 graduate students. SED alumni go on to serve as classroom teachers, school and district administrators, counselors and psychologists in school and community settings, non-profit leaders, and university faculty. Its 60 faculty (50% tenure track) combine practical classroom expertise and scholarly attainments. As one of the smaller schools within a large university, we sustain a strong sense of community and collaboration among faculty, students, and staff.  However, the School also has the resources of a major university: libraries, laboratories, lectures, concerts, and an abundance of courses and faculty in a wide range of academic disciplines and professional fields.

Boston University, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the globe.  The University enrolls over 33,000 students, including over 16,000 undergraduates and employs nearly 4,000 faculty members across 17 schools and colleges.  BU is the 4th largest private research university in the United States and one of the Boston area’s largest employers.  BU’s students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

The dean serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the School of Education, and reports to the Univeristy Provost. The dean has direct responsibility for the school’s academic programming, financial management, student affairs, and research productivity, as well as development and external relations. The successful candidate will be an innovative academic leader with a record of outstanding professional accomplishment appropriate for a tenured full professor at Boston University. The dean will be expected to lead SED’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. He or she will be expected to work with University leadership to address undergraduate enrollment challenges, and to lead continued development of innovative graduate initiatives.

More information on the School of Education at Boston University can be found at

Required Skills

Qualifications for the next dean of the School of Education include:

  • A distinguished record of outstanding professional accomplishment appropriate for a tenured full professor at Boston University
  • A commitment to SED’s dual mission of transforming lives through teaching and scholarship
  • A demonstrable record of excellence in leadership and management
  • Demonstrated leadership and results in fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion within organizations and communities
  • A commitment to a collaborative governance model
  • Capacity to be an effective fundraiser and communicator with SED alumni and other stakeholders


Confidential inquiries, requests for more information, nominations and expressions of interest should be addressed to Professor Catherine O’Connor (Chair) and sent to or to:

SED Dean Search Advisory Committee

c/o Office of the University Provost

Boston University

One Silber Way, 8th Floor

Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Prospective candidates should include a letter expressing interest and current curriculum vitae.  Candidates will be asked to provide references after preliminary review and screening.

Confidentiality will be maintained by all faculty and staff involved in the search process; references will be contacted only with the express consent of the applicant.

While nominations and applications will be accepted until a new Dean is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials before December 30, 2016, to ensure full consideration.

Boston University is committed to fostering a diverse University community within a supportive and respectful environment.  We believe that the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff is essential to our success as a leading research university with a global reach, and that diversity is an integral component of institutional excellence.

Boston University prohibits discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status.  Boston University strongly encourages minority group members, veterans, disabled individuals, and women to apply for positions for which they are qualified and that are of interest to them.

Job Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular