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Director, School of Education, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA ~ January 16, 2020

Virginia Tech's School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences invites applications and nominations for its next Director. The successful candidate will be appointed to a 12-month tenured position at the rank of professor in the School of Education and will report directly to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The college and school strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.


CONTEXT: Virginia Tech’s School of Education (SOE) is dedicated to enriching the lives of pre-kindergarten through college learners, their families, and their communities through inquiry, leadership, and advocacy in a diverse world. The school’s mission aligns within Virginia Tech’s motto, “Ut Prosim” (That I May Serve), with the school’s faculty members fulfilling the mission through the preparation of educational professionals, applied research, and high-impact outreach. The school promotes rigorous inquiry in all aspects of its teaching, research, and outreach, provides the leadership necessary to advance all educational systems, and engages in advocacy that ensures equity and accessibility to quality learning experiences for all members of a diverse and global community.


The SOE is one of two schools and 11 academic departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS). The SOE has three Associate Directors and one Assistant Director in addition to approximately 35 tenure-track faculty, 15 non-tenure-track faculty, 17 part-time adjunct faculty, 17 research faculty, and 23 staff. Managing a budget of over $4 million, the SOE Director reports to the CLAHS Dean and oversees the School’s centers and offices. In addition to the main campus in Blacksburg, the school offers programs at sites throughout Virginia, including Virginia Tech’s campuses and facilities in Falls Church, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke. Please note that occasional travel site visits to other Virginia Tech campuses and for conferences and meetings is required.


The SOE offers licensure programs for teachers, counselors, and administrators, all of which are approved by the Virginia Department of Education. Our programs are accredited by professional organizations including the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). More than 550 graduate students are enrolled in a wide range of M.A., M.A.Ed., M.S., Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. granting programs. The new Director will oversee the addition of a new undergraduate teacher education program beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year. More information about Virginia Tech's School of Education can be found at https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/school-of-education.html.


PROCEDURES: Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Nominations and all inquiries should be sent to Matthew Gabriele, gabriele@vt.edu, the Chair of the School of Education Director Search Committee. Qualified candidates should submit a curriculum vitae; a letter of application that addresses the requirements outlined below, emphasizing a vision for the SOE and relevant leadership experience; and the names and contact information for five references. These documents must be submitted online at jobs.vt.edu (Job Number 512270). Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by the review date. This search will be conducted with the utmost respect for confidentiality, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Successful candidates will be required to have a criminal background check.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have the following:

● A Ph.D. or Ed.D. in education or a related field;
● A substantive and highly visible record of published research in one or more focused areas that would support an appointment to the rank of professor in the school;
● A demonstrated national or international profile within the field of education;
● A demonstrated record of administrative leadership within an accredited institution of higher education;
● A demonstrated record of teaching and advising graduate and/or undergraduate students in education;
● A commitment to creating and sustaining an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment within the School of Education.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

● Successful experience or demonstrated potential in fundraising, outreach, and development activities;
● Evidence of working collaboratively to support student, faculty, and staff success;
● Evidence of experience with assessment, evaluation, and/or continuous improvement of academic programs and administrative services.


ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH:


Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT-serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The Carnegie Foundation classifies Virginia Tech as a university with “very high research activity” and the School of Education also has a very strong record of excellence in teaching and research. Located in the town of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is the largest state-supported university in Virginia.
Blacksburg is 40 minutes from the city of Roanoke, VA, 2 hours from both Charlottesville, VA, and Greensboro, NC, approximately 2 ½ hours from Charlotte, NC, and approximately 4 hours from Washington, DC. In addition, Blacksburg has been voted a Top 10 “dream town” for outdoor activities by Outside Magazine and declared the “Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids” by Bloomberg Businessweek.


Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law. Virginia Tech responds to the needs of dual career couples and has a variety of policies in place to provide flexibility for faculty careers.


For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

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