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School of Education Dean Search

The State University of New York College at Geneseo (SUNY Geneseo) is actively seeking the next Dean of the Ella Cline Shear School of Education and invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest. More information may be found below and in the Dean of the School of Education Job Profile.

The Opportunity

SUNY Geneseo invites applications and nominations for a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative leader with a strong record of success in academic leadership to assume the position of Dean of the Ella Cline Shear School of Education (SOE). The Dean of the SOE carries the primary responsibility for ensuring academic excellence through curriculum and co-curriculum and for the support and development of faculty as teachers and scholars in the SOE. 


SUNY Geneseo seeks an academic leader with experience in program and curriculum development, management and fiscal skills, and a demonstrated commitment to educational access, success, and academic excellence. The successful candidate will have a doctorate and scholarship appropriate for appointment as a tenured professor in an academic field of study offered at Geneseo, and a record of accomplishment in teaching, research, and professional service. The Dean of the School of Education will be expected to provide collaborative leadership and to advance a strategic academic vision for the School consistent with the College's mission. The Dean of the SOE must be committed to promoting, supporting, and extending the values of inclusion, access, and diversity.

Brief Description of Responsibilities

A key member of the Provost's Leadership Team, the SOE Dean reports to and works with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer in the school, overseeing strategic short- and long-range planning; budgets; fundraising; curriculum; student recruitment and retention; faculty and staff recruitment, development, support, evaluation, and retention; program development; assessment and reporting; accreditation activities; administration; and community outreach.

The Dean provides overall leadership, direction, advocacy, communication, coordination, and assessment of the school as a whole, and of the departments and/or programs within it. The Dean establishes and maintains a cooperative collegial work climate, cooperatively leading the school towards improved productivity and relevancy, ensuring the academic integrity and curricular coherence of all programs embraced within it. The Dean pursues and brings new ideas and academic best practices to the school.

The Dean works with the faculty to maintain and enhance academic quality, foster engaged learning, and sustain high impact educational practices such as undergraduate research, international studies and global experiences, and service learning. The Dean continues to build the education programs on the foundation of a strong liberal arts program that integrates curricular and co-curricular learning to educate the whole student.

A listing of Geneseo's academic dean responsibilities may be found in the Academic Dean Position Description.

Application and Nomination Procedures

Nominations and expressions of interest should be directed to Christa Aldrich, Talent Acquisition Manager, at or 585-245-5627.

Applications may be submitted through the SUNY Geneseo job portal at  Applicants should be prepared to upload a cover letter and a current CV. In addition, applicants should be ready to supply contact information (email addresses) for five professional references. References will be contacted after initial interviews. Candidates will be notified prior to reference checks.

Questions regarding the search should be directed to Michael Oberg, Search Chair and Distinguished Professor of History, at

Search Timeline

Review of completed applications will begin upon receipt. To be guaranteed consideration, applications must be completed by March 15, 2021. The search committee anticipates conducting first-round Zoom interviews in mid-April and second-round Zoom interviews in late April/early May for a start date in late June.

Search Committee

This page was updated November 30, 2020.