The University of Tennessee invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS). The University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

The University of Tennessee is comprised of eleven colleges and schools and is the state's land grant and flagship research institution. The University enrolls approximately 29,000 students (23,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate and professional students).  The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is the home to eight departments: Child and Family Studies; Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Educational Psychology and Counseling; Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies; Nutrition; Public Health; Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management; and Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.

CEHHS is comprised of faculty members who are leaders in their respective fields, a seasoned and qualified staff, and a diverse and academically talented student population who benefit from and contribute to outstanding academic programs.  The College mission is “to develop, encourage, and prepare innovative leaders who influence, improve, and inspire a healthy, educated, civil, and vibrant society.”  The College faculty, staff and students share a vision of helping to “create a world that values knowledge, education, and health as key contributors to improved quality of life for all.”

Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, the Dean will be responsible for providing visionary leadership and advancing the teaching, research and service missions, which includes engaged scholarship.  The successful candidate will be an experienced, entrepreneurial, creative, and collaborative leader, have a deep appreciation for scholarship, bring a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and have a passion for providing an outstanding educational experience to all students.  The Dean will have an earned doctorate from an accredited institution with a distinguished academic record appropriate for appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure in one of the academic disciplines within the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

Other preferred qualifications include:

  • A documented commitment to student success that includes a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education with an emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and scholarship;
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity amongst faculty, staff, and students, with a dedication to advancing an inclusive climate;
  • A track record of successful fundraising, with a talent for identifying and cultivating new opportunities;
  • A commitment to supporting and growing the research profile of the College;
  • A track record of strong scholarship, that includes experience with external funding;
  • Entrepreneurial leadership and the ability to effectively communicate the mission and vision of the College and connect with areas of opportunity inside and outside of the University;
  • Significant experience with resource management, complex budgets, and the development of strategic fiscal plans;
  • Ability to champion the creation and implementation of innovative interdisciplinary research and educational programming to enhance the profile of the College;
  • Demonstrated ability to foster collaboration and build consensus with multiple constituencies and enable partnerships inside and outside of the University;
  • Capability to identify, recruit, and retain strong faculty and staff, and to develop the leadership abilities of these individuals; and
  • A demonstrated commitment to building and enhancing engaged scholarship, which includes engaged teaching, engaged research, and engaged service.

Nominations and applications (letters of interest, resume/CV and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest can be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  All nominations and applications should be submitted by July 15, 2019 to: 

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President ||
Phone:  770-804-1996 ext.: 109   Fax:  770-804-1917

The University of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. UT Knoxville is an EEO/AAfTitle VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.

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