Southern Utah University (SUU) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Dean for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development. The Dean is the University's official spokesperson for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development. The Dean will provide leadership for the faculty and staff and will formulate, execute, and evaluate policies and programs for the College. This position reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

About the University

Located in Cedar City, Utah, Southern Utah University is part of the Utah System of Higher Education governed by the Utah State Board of Regents. SUU is also Utah's designated Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University. SUU is an accredited institution with an enrollment exceeding more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 240 full-­time faculty members.

With close proximity to the largest concentration of national parks and monuments in the United States, SUU offers an environment that is rich in culture and encourages its students to explore, engage, and excel inside and outside of the classroom. Awarding associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees, the University serves its students through six colleges and schools: Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development, College of Humanities and Social Science, College of Performing and Visual Arts, Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science and Engineering, Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business, and College of Aerospace Sciences and Technology. SUU prides itself on offering high quality, relevant, hands-on learning opportunities that give graduates a competitive edge in the job market. Additional information may be found at

About the College

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development provides students with an exceptionally unique professional experience that offers a distinctive Southern Utah University touch that includes:

  • A Focus on the Individual
  • Standards-based Programs
  • A Well-trained, Highly-qualified Teaching Faculty
  • Collaboration between PTEP and School
  • Numerous Internship Opportunities
  • Personalized Advisement and Program Counseling
  • Student Success Center
  • The First-Year Experience
  • Service Learning and Student Leadership Opportunities
  • Study Abroad and International Learning Experiences
  • Educational Clubs/ Professional Organization Affiliations
  • Access to the Hispanic Center for Academic Excellence
  • A Model of Reflective Practice
  • Personalized, High-quality Instruction
  • Relevant, Practical, and Cutting-edge Curriculum
  • Multiple Hands-on, Field Experience Opportunities
  • State of the Art Educational Facilities and Equipment
  • Academic Support for Athletes
  • Testing Services
  • Multiple Scholarship Opportunities
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Leadership and Personal Growth Development
  • Career Placement and Advisement
  • Distance Learning Programs

With a foundation built upon trust, respect, optimism, and intentionality, the College is best known for its:

  1. Pervasive caring faculty and staff
  2. Practitioner-based approach to teaching and learning
  3. Abundance of experiential learning opportunities
  4. Strong partnerships with school districts, government agencies, and local communities
  5. Cross-cutting themes of technology, diversity, and life-long learning

The College is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and serves students, teachers, administrators, and human service professionals from pre­kindergarten through postsecondary years. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College. The College offers undergraduate majors in elementary education, secondary education, family life and human development, exercise science, outdoor recreation in parks and tourism, and physical education -teaching/coaching; and it offers master's degrees in education and educational leadership, sports conditioning and performance, athletic training as well as a graduate level, educational licensure program.

About the Position

SUU seeks a visionary leader who is an excellent communicator with a successful record in administration, teaching, research, and service to the community, who embraces diversity, who is committed to academic excellence and is a strong advocate of education and human services both within the university and in the community. Candidates should also be committed to engaged learning and experiential education pedagogies.

The University seeks an academician experienced in high-impact and engaged learning practices, who is also an experienced leader and scholar to serve as the next Dean of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development. Included in this College are the Departments of Teacher Education, Family Life and Human Development, and Kinesiology and Outdoor Recreation. Additionally, the Dean has oversight responsibility for graduate studies in education.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Dean:

  • Represents, advocates for, and mediates for the faculty, staff, students and academic programs of the College.
  • Promotes diversity and inclusion, as well as effective interaction within a multicultural environment.
  • Cultivates a collegial, collaborative, diverse environment with faculty, students, staff, administrators, and the community.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively, orally, and in writing, on all issues and processes among the academic departments of the College and the Office of the Provost and other administrative offices.
  • Evidences a leadership style characterized by transparency and professional integrity that inspires cooperation, innovation, creativity, and respect among faculty, students, administrators, and staff.
  • Works to preclude, but if necessary, to facilitate resolution of conflicts of all types across the College.
  • Participates in community outreach and represents the College and University in national, regional, and state organizations.
  • Represents the College in the Deans Council and in other governance venues of the University.
  • Supports and seeks funding for the teaching and pedagogical research of the faculty in the College, as well as the research and scholarly work of the faculty and students in the College.
  • Directs the performance of professional duties of faculty and staff in the College; supports academic standards of rigor in the College.


  • Earned Doctorate from a regionally-accredited institution in an appropriate field for the College.
  • Demonstrated record of full-time teaching (five years minimum) and scholarly accomplishments that will support appointment as a tenured senior faculty member.
  • A commitment to engaged learning, high impact practices, and student success.
  • Three to five years of higher education administrative experience in planning, program development, and budget management at the level of chair/head/director or above.
  • Experience in teaching/administration.
  • Superb interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills.
  • Proven experience in fundraising, distance education delivery of programs, and K ­12/university collaboration is preferred.
  • Sensitivity to and an appreciation of faculty governance and evidence of commitment to faculty input in the decision-making process, a collaborative style, and the ability to work with diverse constituencies.
  • Fiscal management experience and familiarity with emerging online technologies.
  • Working knowledge of policies and procedures for program accreditation.
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies and a demonstrated understanding of diversity and inclusion.
  • Evidence of a commitment to understanding and responding to community needs and interests.
  • In accordance with Utah State Code 53A­3­410, appointment to this position is contingent upon the successful passing of a background check.

Nomination and Application Process

Parker Executive Search is assisting Southern Utah University in the search for the Dean of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development. The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to February 19, 2020. Please submit applications through the Parker Executive Search website. For additional information, please contact:

Laurie Wilder, President
Porsha Williams, Vice President
Grant Higgison, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
770-804-1996 ext.: 118 ||

Southern Utah University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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