Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development
School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education (SOE) seeks applications for the position of Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development with a start date of July 1, 2018. This is a 12-month administrative faculty position. At VCU, we believe different perspectives and expertise enhance possibilities and solutions. This philosophy drives our recruitment process, so we welcome applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, who will contribute to an already diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.
The Associate Dean will:
* Ensure the School's research and scholarship align with the VCU's strategic plan and are in accordance with University governance, policies, and regulatory frameworks;
* Work collaboratively with other Associate Deans, four Department Chairs, and eight Center Directors to develop new research supports and resources to enhance the School's national and international recognition as a center of excellence in education research and knowledge transfer;
* Develop opportunities that enhance the School's research culture and foster innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, high faculty achievement, and research engagement;
* Facilitate and enhance faculty mentoring and development;
* Develop new opportunities for student research;
* Enhance the School's success rate obtaining sponsored research and development grants in terms of number and quality of proposals, scope of faculty research and scholarship, and funded faculty;
* Provide individual and group mentoring to support faculty scholarship when useful or requested;
* Serve as a liaison to the Vice President for Research and Innovation and represent the School in campus and community activities relating to the School's research mission;
* Oversee the School's promotion and tenure process including third year reviews;
* Supervise staff in the Office of Research and Faculty Development that includes an Office Manager and Research Coordinator;
* Facilitate distribution of SOE funds to facilitate ongoing research activities (e.g., pilot studies, skill development, and dissemination).
* PhD., Ed.D., or earned doctorate in field of study and scholarly prominence in a relevant academic discipline;
* The successful candidate must qualify for a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Professor in one of the School's four Departments;
* Research, scholarship, policy, and leadership achievements including national recognition as a scholar and a track record of scholarly productivity, successful competition for or administration of sponsored research program support, and educational leadership and policy achievements at the federal and state levels;
* Demonstrated and sustained success in federally-funded research grants;
* Demonstrated success in grant/contract administration;
* Evidence of successful mentoring of faculty and doctoral students;
* Demonstrated experience with diversity and inclusion;
* Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. VCU is designated as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is recognized as a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Recently voted as the "Best River Town in America" by outside magazine, Richmond is a vibrant, prosperous metropolitan area of approximately one million people within a short driving distance from Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
About School of Education
The VCU School of Education aims to be the leader in urban education by leveraging existing resources and talents among our faculty, centers and institutes, and relationships with agencies in the community to expand innovation, excellence, and positive outcomes for students, families, and educators. We prepare effective and highly skilled teachers, counselors, school administrators, higher education faculty, and other education professionals committed to challenging urban and high-needs schools, agencies, and other high-need learning environments. The VCU School of Education focuses its teaching, interdisciplinary research, and development efforts on issues of educational equity, social justice and the complexities of poverty that impact student learning and family engagement.
Culture & Values Statement
The School of Education (SOE) recognizes that trust among all members of the SOE community is the foundation of a positive work climate. SOE (a) Realizes that our wellbeing as an institution depends upon the wellbeing of our members; (b) Respects all members, new and continuing, regardless of status; and (c) Values honest communication and finding ways to respectfully address difficult issues; (d) Strives to listen without bias and search for common understanding; (e) Is committed to equity, fairness and a level playing field for all its members; (f) Knows that the SOE community thrives, because of diverse viewpoints and areas of expertise; and (g) Fosters collaboration, collegiality and mutual support among all members of its community.
To be considered for this position, application materials must be submitted online through VCU eJobs and must include all of the following documents:
* Letter of intent which addresses the applicant's qualifications relative to the goals and mission of VCU and the School of Education;
* A two-page statement summarizing the applicant's (a) leadership style and (b) organizational culture and values;
* Curriculum vitae;
* Names and contact information for three professional references.
Application materials must be uploaded as one PDF document (in the "Other Document" field) to www.vcujobs.com for review by the Search Committee. Questions may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Colleen Thoma (email@example.com). Candidates must agree to current and former employers being contacted if selected as a finalist for this position. For best consideration, please apply by February 1, 2018.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, Affirmative Action University providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.