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Director of the School of Education 118200

Apply now Job no: 494556
Work type: Faculty Full-time
Location: Pensacola - Main Campus
Categories: College of Education and Professional Studies

The University of West Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Disabled/Veteran employer. Any individual requiring special accommodation to apply is requested to advise UWF by contacting UWF Human Resources at 1-850-474-2694 (voice) or 1-850-857-6158 (TTY). E-Verify is required for employment. All applications for employment at the University are subject to Florida public records law. 

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Position Number: 118200
Position Title (Classification Title):  Director of the School of Education 118200
Job Summary: The University of West Florida seeks a collaborative leader with a growth mindset to serve as the founding Director of the School of Education (SOE). Through a strategic planning process, the SOE has identified its collective ambition and priorities, which center on preparing qualified and effective educators, leaders, and scholarly practitioners through specialized immersive educational experiences to serve diverse populations. The SOE offers an array of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level programs in education. The successful applicant will join a productive and innovative faculty that will work collaboratively to develop and advance programs of excellence. The position is an extraordinary opportunity to provide academic leadership to a school that is pivotal in serving the needs of the Northwest Florida region.

Reporting to the CEPS Dean, the SOE Director is a 12-month position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, responsible for advancing the school’s impact by developing programs that cultivate professional educators and instructional leaders. The Director offers energetic, innovative, intellectual leadership; leads the SOE’s commitment to programmatic, pedagogical, and scholarly excellence across undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs; is committed to the vision of faculty as teacher/scholars and the open exchange of ideas; participates in the recruitment, development, and evaluation of faculty members; promotes UWF’s efforts to ensure timely student graduation and success, and helps to build UWF’s regional and national reputation. The Director works closely with the CEPS Dean and promotes diversity and inclusion in all forms among faculty, staff, and students.

The Director will include: 1. Provide transparent and accessible leadership for School of Education programs and faculty, be supportive of research and program innovation, be responsive to faculty, staff, and student needs and open to shared decision making, and develop an atmosphere of collaboration and mutual respect 2. Ensure that programs are well implemented and effective, oversee programs and serve as an advocate for School of Education programs 3. Manage budgets, effectively communicate with staff and faculty, and ensure a productive and collegial environment for the School of Education 4. Assume responsibility and oversee the accreditation of programs in the School of Education 5. Develop collaborative relationships with school partners, state, national and federal agencies
Department School of Education
FLSA: Exempt
Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate degree in an appropriate area of specialization. Earned tenure and promotion in rank in the field of the doctorate. Successful administrative experience in higher education with demonstrated achievement in academic personnel budget administration and comprehensive academic planning. At least one position held for a period of not less than three consecutive years. A successful track record demonstrating an ability to work effectively in an environment of shared governance that relies on collegiality and consultive decision-making. Experience in and knowledge of processes planning and policy implementation related to accreditation is required.
Position Qualifications: The Director of the SOE will have a/an:
1. Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Education from an accredited institution
2. Record of teaching excellence and a demonstrated record of scholarly research and publications warranting appointment to Associate or Full Professor
3. Experience with grants
4. Demonstrated record of success and working collaboratively with colleagues and integrity in higher education as a faculty member
5. Demonstrated record of leadership in higher education and a documented record in dealing with constituent groups and community partners
6. Strong organizational, management, and team-building skills and the ability to participate in external outreach activities to represent UWF to schools, businesses, and agencies.
The Director will demonstrate a commitment to the mission of UWF and CEPS, to student success, and engaging faculty and staff in its attainment, and diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical components of academic excellence.
Physical Demands:
  • Physical Requirements: No unusual physical requirement. Requires no heavy lifting and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
  • Impact of Deadlines: Work schedules, volume of work, or priorities seldom change. Able to anticipate new work. Minimum distractions or interruptions. Seldom involves conflicting demands on time.
  • Standing: Daily
  • Walking: Daily
  • Sitting: Daily
  • Reaching with hands and arms: Daily
  • Climbing or balancing: Never
  • Stooping: Occasionally
  • Use of hands to handle objects: Daily
  • Lifting up to 10lbs: Frequently
  • Lifting up to 25lbs: Occasionally
  • Lifting over 25lbs: Never
  • Talking as express or exchange of ideas verbally: Daily
  • Hearing as perceive sound by ear: Daily
  • Vision as distinguish colors & depth: Occasionally
Special Requirements or Considerations of the Job:

This position requires a criminal background screen

Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours 8:00 AM -5:00 PM with some weekends
Contract Period 12 month
Salary Range Commensurate with experience
Pay Basis Annually
Preferred Response Date: 12/1/2022
Special Instructions to Applicants: Candidates must apply online through the University of West Florida website: Applicants are required to attach a cv, letter of interest and contact information for three references. *References will be contacted upon submission of this application. An opportunity to upload these documents will be provided during the application process. For assistance, please contact Human Resources at 850-474-2694 or email

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