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Dean, School of Education
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Pembroke, North Carolina
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Date Posted April 27, 2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) seeks a strategic, visionary leader to serve as its next Dean of the School of Education (SOE), which is poised for a new era of growth and development in southeastern North Carolina. The successful candidate will be a strategic and innovative thinker, a communicator and collaborator who builds effective relationships, and a leader who embraces the challenges and opportunities in moving the School of Education forward into a bright future.

The Dean of the School of Education reports directly to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Direct reports include an Associate Dean, Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Specialties, the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, and an executive assistant. The Dean serves as the Director of the Educator Preparation Program as well as the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee. In addition, the Dean collaborates closely with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. Content education programs include Art, English, Math, Music, Physical Education, Science, Spanish, Social Studies, and Social Work. The Dean also regularly engages other internal and external stakeholders including, but not limited to: accrediting agencies, local education agencies, and the State of NC Department of Public Instruction.

The Dean will be expected to develop an innovative and strategic vision of a 21st century School of Education that reflects time-tested practices, boldly confronts the current education landscape, and positions UNCP as a solution source for southeastern NC. Such a vision will be critical in defining forward thinking, expansion of some programs, creation and development of other programs, and empowering an energetic, and efficacious cadre of professional educators. Under the leadership of the Dean, the UNCP SOE will continue to prepare committed, collaborative, and competent professional educators who are responsive to access, equity, diversity, and cultural relevance; who are knowledgeable, effective, and reflective; and who provide leadership in the classroom, school, community, and profession. Many UNCP SOE graduates teach diverse students in low income or rural areas, necessitating a Dean whose passion includes such realities.

In addition, she/he must be characterized by:

  • Ability to work collegially, build relationships, attract consensus, and take initiative when appropriate; demonstrated leadership and management skills; ability to motivate, empower, and mentor staff.

  • Responsiveness to the changing landscape of education and accreditation bodies, as well as understanding of State of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and other stakeholders.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to create, listen, advocate, and problem solve with students, faculty, staff, administration, and local education agencies.

  • Ability to build trust with groups on and off campus.

  • Ability to develop and deliver academic programs of the highest quality to UNCP students; ability to understand the competitive landscape and communicate the advantages and value add that UNCP offers to prospective students.

  • Depth of knowledge and proven leadership in teaching, research/scholarship, service, and policy; passion for public education.

  • Commitment to inclusion and diversity; appreciative of the institution’s rich history; clear valuing of the role and necessity of cultural competence. Passion for recruiting, developing, and mentoring a diverse student body and faculty, and a determination to grow leaders.

  • Successful experience in program planning, fiscal management, and distance education experience.

  • Proficient in using current technology.

  • Previous experience as Dean, Associate Dean, or Department Chair preferred.

  • A doctorate in education or an education related field; must possess the credentials to qualify for tenure at the rank of full professor.

  • A North Carolina teacher’s license or be eligible to earn a teacher’s license.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary and benefits package.

UNCP, a campus of the University of North Carolina system of higher education, is a regional university of approximately 7,700 students (6,350 undergraduate; 1350 graduate) and 300 faculty. UNCP offers 41 bachelor’s and 17 master’s degrees with a student faculty ratio of approximately 18 to 1. The University is comprised of four degree-granting Colleges and Schools: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Health Sciences; School of Business; and School of Education. In addition, UNCP features a Graduate School and University College, which assists in first-year student transition. Valued for its small class size, commitment to diversity, and affordability, UNCP has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the most diverse regional university in the South. In addition, the University has been named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll several times and was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for community engagement.

UNCP is located in the community of Pembroke in Robeson County, North Carolina, which is also the home of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. While maintaining a connection to its traditions, UNCP, set on a beautiful and safe campus, now serves a distinctly diverse student body and encourages inclusion and appreciation for the values of all people.

The Mission, Vision, and Values of the University

Mission: UNC Pembroke exists to promote excellence in teaching and learning, at the master’s and undergraduate levels, in an environment of free inquiry, interdisciplinary collaboration, and rigorous intellectual standards. UNCP’s diversity and commitment to personalized teaching uniquely prepares students for rewarding careers, postgraduate education, leadership roles, and fulfilling lives. UNCP also cultivates an international perspective, rooted in service to, and appreciation of, the University’s multi-ethnic regional society, which prepares citizens for engagement in global society. Students are encouraged to participate in activities that develop their intellectual curiosity and mold them into responsible stewards of the world. UNCP faculty and staff are dedicated to active student learning, engaged scholarship, high academic standards, creative activity, and public service. As a result, UNCP celebrates its heritage as the University enhances the intellectual, cultural, economic, and social life of the region.

Vision Statement: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke challenges students to embrace difference and adapt to change, think critically, communicate effectively, and become responsible citizens.

Core Values Statement: The faculty and staff of UNC Pembroke are guided by the following set of core values:

  • The commitment to serving the local region.

  • The creation, exploration, evaluation, and articulation of ideas.

  • The value of a liberal arts foundation as the basis of self-realization and lifelong learning.

  • The importance of honor and integrity to learning and leadership as we educate students to be stewards of the world.

  • The appreciation of the American Indian history of the university and local community.

  • The appreciation of diversity and respect for the dignity and worth of every individual.

  • The commitment to prepare graduate and undergraduate students to succeed in an ever-changing and increasingly technological global environment.

  • The accessibility of education which leads to the enhancement of the economy and culture in the region; and

  • The maintenance of a sustainable, safe, healthful, attractive, and accessible campus.

Institutional Distinctiveness Statement: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke distinguishes itself from peer institutions by offering an affordable, highly personalized, student-centered education to diverse students. Founded in 1887 as an American Indian institution to serve the Lumbee people, UNCP is now also comprised of students, faculty, and staff who possess differing attributes based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, national origin, age, political affiliation, religion, and other characteristics. Diversity grounds intellectual pursuits and provides us with opportunities for discovery and ways to integrate all individuals and groups into the larger community, respecting and valuing their uniqueness while simultaneously advancing the University’s historical tradition. UNC Pembroke thus prepares its students for life and leadership within a diverse society.

Athletically, UNCP competes as a member of the NCAA Division II and offers 17 varsity sports including the Spirit Squad. The University also offers over 100 clubs and organizations for students.

For more information about UNC Pembroke, please visit

The UNC Pembroke School of Education
Described by the motto: “Committed ~ Collaborative ~ Competent,” the mission of the UNCP School of Education is to prepare competent education professionals to serve in school and community settings as effective practitioners, leaders, and advocates in their respective fields. As an inclusive and collaborative community of learners, UNCP SOE supports student success and well-being through the use of innovative teaching practices, scholarship development, technology, and partnerships with local schools, families, and community resources and organizations. The SOE currently has over thirty full time faculty and staff and serves approximately 400 students by delivering educational content in a variety of methods: traditional classroom, online, and hybrid.

The SOE features two departments, Educational Leadership and Specialties, and Teacher Education. These programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/ Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the North Carolina State Board of Education and provide the means for candidates to earn licensure to teach in the state of North Carolina.

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke School of Education works to:

  • Establish a strong foundation by focusing on education and human development.

  • Inspire future educators by modeling excellent teaching practices.

  • Support faculty in research, teaching and service on local, state, and national levels.

  • Engage students in service learning.

  • Maintain accreditation in all program areas.

  • Develop school and community partnerships.

  • Focus on undergraduate and graduate recruitment.

  • Acquire additional funding through grants and stakeholder relations; and to

  • Lead the way in the application of technological innovations.

School of Education Goals

The School of Education will commit to a strategic planning process that fosters the alignment of departmental goals and initiatives.

The School of Education will support student success and well-being through the development of collaborative partnerships with local schools, families, and community resources and organizations.

The School of Education will model reflective practice through the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of programs of study.

The SOE currently has over thirty full time faculty and staff and serves approximately 400 students by delivering educational content in a variety of methods: traditional classroom, online, and hybrid.

For more information about the UNC Pembroke School of Education, please visit

To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information please use the contact information below. Applications will be accepted until the Dean of the School of Education is hired. Interested parties are encouraged to submit materials to the address below by January 15 to ensure full consideration. All inquiries and applications will remain confidential. To apply, submit a resume and/or vita and cover letter to:

Coleman Lew Canny Bowen
6101 Carnegie Blvd., Ste. 300 - Charlotte, NC 28209
Ken Carrick, President
Janny DeLoache, Consultant

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