Dean of the Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions
Fairfield University, a modern Jesuit Catholic university, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions. Fairfield University seeks an exceptional leader with a strong record of academic scholarship and a forward-looking vision for the future of the fields of education and allied professions. The new Dean will have the opportunity to shape and pursue the School’s bold strategic vision that furthers the School’s reputation and commitment to distinguished academic programs, teaching excellence and strong community collaborations that further the mission of the University.
Fairfield University is one of twenty-seven Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The University’s Jesuit Catholic mission is evident in its values-based, student-centric, outcomesfocused education that is designed to help students find their calling and be successful at it. Located in the coastal town of Fairfield, Connecticut, the University’s 200-acre campus is just one hour outside of New York City, in the heart of a region with the largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. Fairfield has a student population of approximately 5000 students, 4000 undergraduates, and 1000 graduate students. Students represent 35 states and 47 countries and are enrolled in the University’s five academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences, Dolan School of Business, Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, School of Engineering, and Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies. Fairfield offers a wide range of opportunities for research, internships, service, civic engagement, and personal enrichment through a comprehensive core curriculum, more than 49 undergraduate majors, 20 interdisciplinary minors, 43 graduate programs, 20 Division I athletic teams, and more than 100 student clubs and organizations.
The Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions reports directly to the Provost and serves on the Provost’s experienced and collaborative leadership team. The Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions consists of 411 graduate students, who are instructed by 24 faculty, and also supported by a complement of adjunct instructors. The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions has earned the reputation of being a model of excellence within its various professional communities. By engaging in continual internal program assessment, the School is able to create and maintain curricular offerings and clinical field experiences that keep the GSEAP on the leading edge of its disciplines. Caring and committed faculty offer rigorous courses of study, with a broad range of curricula that integrate critical reflection, social justice and service to others, extensive field experience, and the most current research in the field.
Priorities for the next Dean include: developing a vision for GSEAP and directing its implementation; furthering the academic reputation of the School; assessing and evaluating the current portfolio of academic programs and community partnerships; increasing and diversifying graduate program offerings (especially online) and enrollment; attracting financial resources; growing the faculty through targeted hiring consistent with the strategic vision; and expanding and enhancing community collaborations and partnerships. The next Dean will actively lead and manage GSEAP’s academic programs and secure resources to support the growth of the School. The next Dean will support an interdisciplinary culture, embrace and strengthen diversity, develop and support faculty, and sustain existing community relationships while seeking new ones. The Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions will hold a terminal degree in a discipline represented in the School or a related field, and will have an exemplary record of teaching, scholarship, and service that merits appointment as a senior member of the faculty. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the position profile.
Review of application materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will join the Fairfield University leadership team in the summer of 2020. All inquiries, nominations and applications shall be confidential and should be directed electronically to: