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Director, School of Education
University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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Date Posted May 12, 2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Posting Number: 0004712
Position Type: Administrative Faculty
Department: Curriculum, Instruction, & Special Ed


Job Summary: 
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is seeking a visionary leader to serve as Director of the School of Education. The School of Education is home to three units (Elementary Education ELE), Special Education (SPE), and Educational Administration and Research (ERA), and offers program at the undergraduate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. The School Director position is a full-time, 12-month, open rank position with an administrative appointment beginning July 1, 2018. The successful candidate for this position will join the faculty, staff, students and the broader academic community in guiding the School to new levels of achievement, visibility, and impact. Broad responsibilities for the School Director include planning, development, and administration of the School's academic units while advocating on their behalf to both internal and external education stakeholders. Specifically, the Executive Director will represent and advocate for all School faculty, staff, students and programs across two campuses; manage School personnel, budget and allocation of resources; oversee accredited programs; evaluate faculty and staff; and provide leadership in the University, state and region. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 
Duties include the following:

  1. Provide leadership for School programs and ensure that curricula, instruction, assessment, research and outreach are innovative, of the highest quality, and aligned with college and University strategic plans
  2. Oversee School administration, including staffing courses, managing the budget, overseeing staff, and ensuring efficient/effective day-to-day operations of the School
  3. Provide leadership and effective representation and advocacy for the School at the College and University levels, including establishment and implementation of School, College and University policies, procedures and guidelines
  4. Foster effective, mutually beneficial relationships with local, state and national educational entities (i.e., K-12 schools), as well as other constituencies relevant to programs represented in the
  5. Facilitate faculty development and collaborative engagement in meaningful evaluation of faculty
  6. Teach undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses in discipline

Minimum Qualifications: 
1. Earned doctorate in one of the disciplines represented in the School or a closely related field

2. A record of success as an administrator in either the K-12 system or a university comparable to USM

3. Demonstrated experience with state and national CAEP/NCATE accreditation 

Preferred Qualifications: 
1. Establishment and expansion of effective collaborative partnerships with education stakeholders throughout the region

2. Demonstrated record of scholarship including securing and successfully administering externally funded projects/programs

3. Prior or current state licensure (MS or other) as a teacher or school administrator 

Additional University/Departmental Information: 
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 16 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at www.usm.edu.

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply. 

Work Hours: 
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Some night and weekend work may be required.

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