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Dean of Professional Studies

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Job Title: Dean, School of Professional Studies
Location:    Providence College
Full/Part Time:     Full time

Providence College is seeking a talented and visionary leader to serve as the next dean of the School of Professional Studies (SPS).

The School of Professional Studies dean is responsible for leading and overseeing SPS programs and initiatives, designed to meet the educational needs of students who seek to cultivate human flourishing and foster a more just society. The SPS offers four bachelor’s degree programs, nine masters’ degrees, and one minor in a range of disciplines: Elementary/Special Education, Secondary Education, Social Work, and Health Policy and Management.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
The Dean of the School of Professional Studies is responsible for leading and overseeing SPS programs and initiatives, which are designed to meet the educational needs of students who seek to cultivate human flourishing and foster a more just society. The SPS offers four bachelors' degree programs and nine masters' degrees. Program offerings include: Elementary/Special Education, Secondary Education, Social Work, and Health Policy and Management. Its degree programs are:  Bachelor of Arts in Elementary/Special Education  Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Management  Bachelor of Arts or Science in Secondary Education with nine focus areas  Bachelor of Arts in Social Work  Master of Education in Administration  Master of Education in School Counseling  Master of Global Education and TESOL  Master of Education in Higher Education  Master of Education in Literacy  Master of Education (Secondary) PACT  Master of Education in Special Education  Master of Education in Urban Teaching  Master of Education in Urban Teaching/TCP Certification The Dean of SPS oversees 25 full-time and 15 part-time faculty who teach more than 700 credits per academic year (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021). The School serves 436 undergraduate students, 84 full-time graduate students, and 221 part-time graduate students and has an annual budget of approximately $5 million. The Dean works with an administrative team that consists of an Associate Dean, Assistant Dean (who is focused specifically on the education disciplines), and additional administrative positions supporting the School. The three department chairs for Elementary/Special Education, Social Work, and Health Policy and Management and the program director for Secondary Education report to the Dean. In turn, the Dean of SPS reports to the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a member of the Provost's senior team.

HOW TO APPLY:

Providence College (PC) is a vibrant Catholic, Dominican institution of higher learning in which the community is committed to academic excellence and fostering a loving, diverse, and inclusive living and learning environment. The College stands at the threshold of its second century, poised to step boldly into the future, guided by an ambitious strategic plan, PC200. The plan illuminates a path that will distinguish Providence College as a nationally recognized, residential, primarily undergraduate-focused, premier Catholic college, with an expanded national recruiting presence and an ever-increasing academic reputation.

In the midst of this evolution, PC seeks a talented, visionary leader to serve as the College’s Dean of the School of Professional Studies (SPS). The SPS Dean is responsible for leading and overseeing SPS programs and initiatives, designed to meet the educational needs of students who seek to cultivate human flourishing and foster a more just society. The SPS offers four bachelor’s degree programs, nine masters’ degrees, and one minor in a range of disciplines: Elementary/Special Education, Secondary Education, Social Work, and Health Policy and Management.

The new Dean will be responsible for building and strengthening SPS in alignment with PC200 by focusing on a number of key objectives in the short and long term:

  • Express Providence College’s Catholic and Dominican mission through leadership, vision, and education delivery
  • Build on the commitment of SPS faculty to their disciplines to advance the School’s mission
  • Unify the SPS faculty under a single vision
  • Work to implement the PC200 strategic plan
  • Implement diversity initiatives to foster faculty development regarding inclusive and antiracist practices
  • Embrace the donor and alumni potential at SPS and work with the PC advancement team to realize this potential

To meet these objectives, the new SPS Dean must be an action-oriented academic innovator with strong interpersonal skills, a collaborative working style, and the ability to develop productive relationships with campus and external constituents. The Dean also must be an ethical, honest, and trustworthy leader who is a positive role model and possesses a strong understanding of the learning and teaching process. In addition, the ideal candidate will have a career marked by progressively responsible positions, deep management experience, and the demonstrated ability to facilitate change in an organization.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. 

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Greg Duyck and Bree Liddell
PCSPSDean@wittkieffer.com

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