Position Announcement


Utah State University (USU) invites nominations and applications for a significant academic leadership position as Dean of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Utah State University is a Carnegie designated High Research Activity institution, and Utah's land-grant and space-grant university with $290M in annual research funding for each of the past three years. Founded in 1888, USU enrolls nearly 20,000 students at its main campus in Logan, including 1,300 graduate students. Another 7700 students enroll at USU’s nine Statewide campuses, two dozen teaching centers, and in its internationally based and online programs. In addition, over 3,000 high school students are enrolled in USU courses as part of an innovative statewide concurrent enrollment program.

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, ranks in the top 2% of graduate schools of education in the nation (currently 29th in a field of 1200; U.S. News and World Report) and is one of the largest colleges at Utah State University with more than 130 tenure-track faculty in eight departments. The departments are Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, Kinesiology and Health Science, Nursing, Psychology, the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, and Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. The college is also home to thriving and innovative research centers including the Center for Persons with Disabilities generating $19 million in research funding annually and achieving international stature; the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, an outreach, training, and evaluation unit dedicated to early hearing detection and intervention and universal newborn hearing screening; the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence providing comprehensive clinical services and applied training in multiple areas including hearing and balance, speech-language, and behavioral health; and the Center for the School of the Future, a policy and research unit devoted to improving educational quality and effectiveness. Overall, the college is ranked 12th in the nation among colleges of education in external research dollars ($41.8 million in 2020). Furthermore, the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services has been home to the Edith Bowen Laboratory School, an exemplary model of elementary school “best practice,” for 92 years. The faculty in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services are not only dedicated scholars who value engagement in research, but also take great pride in their teaching and professional service. For example, the college is the top producer of early childhood, elementary, and special education teachers among Utah’s public institutions from its nearly 3,200 undergraduates.

Leadership of the renowned Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is an extraordinary professional opportunity. The Dean, reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, will provide vision and leadership for faculty, staff, and students; effectively represent the college to the university; and will have the experience and skills necessary to promote alumni relations and be successful in advancement and fund-raising. The candidate must have distinguished academic credentials sufficient for appointment to the rank of full professor. The Dean will possess proven and excellent leadership ability, articulate a broad and comprehensive vision of the college based on its strengths and values, promote values and practices that reflect commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and embrace the land-grant mission of the university that places high importance on educational access and community partnerships and outreach. In addition, the successful candidate will value the diversity of scholarly disciplines within the college, effectively promote innovative growth in research and teaching and Statewide and Cooperative Extension programs, and, enhance the infrastructure to support and expand the college’s thriving external research funding base.

Applications can be submitted any time after October 19, 2020. Application review will begin January 6, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Ideally, the successful candidate will start July 1, 2021, but the date is negotiable. Applicants should submit a letter describing their qualifications for the position and a statement regarding their vision of the role and responsibilities for the Dean of a College of Education and Human Services in a modern, research university. A current curriculum vitae and contact information for a minimum of five references should be included. References will not be contacted without the prior permission of the candidate. Please apply electronically.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent to:

Vice President for Statewide Campuses Larry H. Smith, Chair
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Search Committee
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
1435 Old Main Hill; Utah State University
Logan, Utah, 84322-1435
Telephone: 435-797-0189
Email: larry.smith@usu.edu

Utah State University’s main campus is located in the city of Logan in northern Utah's beautiful Cache Valley and is within an easy day's driving distance of six national parks. The surrounding Wasatch Mountains, including ski resorts, trails, lakes and rivers, locates Utah State University in one of the finest recreational environments in the nation. The university is a place of diverse thought, where first-rate cultural offerings by local and visiting artists benefit thousands of students and members of the community. Logan is an attractive, affordable, and safe mountain west community that provides an outstanding living-learning lifestyle.

Utah State University offers competitive salaries and outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits. Women, minority, and veterans as well as candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Utah State is sensitive to the needs of dual-career couples, and is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to increasing diversity among students, faculty, and all participants in university life.