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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. 

The Pause

Due to the health and safety concerns related to COVID-19 and SUNY Geneseo's desire to ensure that all candidates for the Dean of the School of Education position have a safe, positive, and complete experience visiting our campus and interacting with the search committee and campus colleagues, we have decided to pause the search until August 2020. All current applications will remain active and new applications will continue to be accepted. We now anticipate that off-site and on-campus interviews will be conducted during the fall semester with the new Dean beginning duties on January 7, 2021.


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 terminal degree in the field of Education 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 three 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

Due to the health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, the search has been paused until August 2020. The anticipated start date is January 7, 2021, with off-site and on-campus interviews being conducted during the fall semester (actual schedule yet to be determined).

Search Committee

  • Michael Oberg, Search Chair and Distinguished Professor of History
  • Douglas MacKenzie, Associate Professor, School of Education
  • Sharon Peck, Associate Professor, School of Education
  • Annmarie Urso, Associate Professor, School of Education
  • Sara Irizarry, Coordinator of Assessment and Accreditation, School of Education
  • Francesca Barlowe, Graduate Student, School of Education
  • Elize Oliverio, Undergraduate Student, School of Education
  • Melanie Blood, Interim Associate Provost of Assessment and Curriculum and Professor of English
  • Nichole Siwicki, Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity and Equity
  • Sasha Eloi-Evans, Director of Multicultural Programs and Services
  • Michael George, Director of Graduate Admissions
  • Cindy Flowers, Superintendent of Geneseo Central School District
  • Kathleen McIntyre, Search Support and Senior Assistant to the Provost

This page was updated March 31, 2020.