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Associate Dean of the School of Education

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Job Location:
Denver, 80217-3362
Education Deans
Location: Denver, Colorado
School of Education

The School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver invites applications for an Associate Dean. The Associate Dean works closely with the Dean, Chairs, professional advisors, faculty and staff to help realize the vision, mission, and goals of the school. This involves consulting about daily management of three academic departments in which 31 programs are housed. The Associate Dean helps shape the direction of the School of Education by collaborating with the Dean in all phases of personnel and resource planning. This includes assuming the role of acting Dean in the absence or in the event the Dean cannot perform the Dean's duties.

The School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver prepares people who will "Teach, Lead, and Transform." MSU Denver's School of Education develops excellent teachers and educational leaders who engage in reflective practice and scholarly activity, and who are ethical decision makers and agents of social change. We provide an intellectually rigorous, culturally relevant curriculum that fosters pedagogical expertise, cultivates critical thinking, and promotes imagination. We acknowledge the present and historical systems of oppression and marginalization that permeate all levels of society and believe these structures of power and privilege need to be deeply understood by all members of our SOE community. We are committed to actively dismantling these systems and barriers within our SOE, and value lived experience that supports this work.

MSU Denver enrolls over 16,000 students, where nearly 60% are first generation and over 55% are students of color. Located in downtown Denver, we are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award winner for 10 consecutive years, and the only Seal of Excelencia certified institution in Colorado. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today's college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. MSU Denver is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented and historically minoritized groups.


Administration - 50%
  • Assists with management of personnel matters in the School of Education with a focus on inclusivity and equity (ADA issues, staffing, and scheduling,).
  • Conducts supervision and evaluation of staff and Lecturers (Lecturer personnel).
  • Oversees and supervises the Director of Graduate Programs for the School of Education.
  • Oversees the School of Education Student Services Office to ensure accurate and accessible assistance is provided to a diverse student population.
  • Represents the Dean and SOE overall on various university committees.
  • Assists the Dean in recruiting and retaining diverse students, staff, and faculty.
  • Collaborates with the designated Associate Deans in other colleges and schools on campus in the administration of shared programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Oversees student issues and complaints.
  • Collaborates with School of Education Directors to ensure cohesive and efficient programming.
Assessment/Accreditation Activities - 25%
  • Collaborates with staff, department chairs, and directors to oversee and direct all School of Education assessment efforts.
  • Oversees and directs all Teacher Education state and national accreditation efforts.
  • Oversees the University program review process.
  • Remains current in knowledge of state requirements and proposed changes to state requirements.
Curriculum - 20%
  • Works closely with department chairs and faculty in the supervision of curriculum development, review, and implementation and develop new graduate and undergraduate programs that will align with state and national trends to enact the SOE vision and mission.
  • Ensures compliance with state authorization requirements and University requirements.
  • Works with the designated Associate Deans in other colleges and schools on campus to mediate conflicts related to curriculum and course offerings.
  • Works with the Office Graduate Studies to assist with graduate program leadership.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned - 5%
  • I.e., teach one class per year if needed.
Required Qualifications
  • Terminal degree in Education/related field
  • Experience providing leadership
  • Experience providing supervision and performance management for faculty and staff
  • Must have demonstrated experience conducting program evaluation and assessment
  • Meets qualifications for tenure in one of the SOE departments
Preferred Qualifications
  • At least three years of successful academic administrative experience at the level of department chair or above
  • Experience developing, reviewing, and implementing curriculum
  • Experience in urban higher education demonstrating the ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse urban population
  • Knowledge of and experience with assessment and accreditation processes
  • Successful experience in developing undergraduate and/or graduate programs
  • Experience effectively mediating student concerns
  • Demonstrable record of successful outreach to and retention of students and faculty of color
  • Experience with curriculum from a perspective that includes diverse students and first generation students
  • Demonstrable record of community engagement, e.g., outreach to K-12 schools, partnerships for community-based research projects, service learning courses, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and dedication to undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience and knowledge of national and state accreditation standards
  • Meets qualifications to be a Full Professor in one of the SOE departments
Salary For Announcement

The salary range for this position is $101,500 - $135,500. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, education, experience, specialty and training.

MSU Denver offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, retirement, tuition benefit, free RTD pass, and more. For a brief overview of these options, please visit our Benefits section.

Instructions to Apply

Complete applications received by Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 11:59 PM MST will receive full consideration, however applications will be accepted after this date until the position is filled. Please apply through MSU Denver Careers and search for JR101699. Internal applicants must apply through their MSU Denver Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.

The following documents must be included with your application:

1. Curriculum vitae

2. Letter of application

3. References. Please include the names and contact information for three professional references.

4. Diversity statement (see instructions below)

DEI Statement Instructions:

We encourage applicants to reference Pillar IV of MSU Denver's Strategic Plan (

Themes that may be addressed in a candidate's diversity statement may include, but are not limited to:
  • A candidate's lived experiences and/or identities that align with the school's and the university's commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Areas of expertise (pedagogy, scholarship, etc.) that demonstrate a knowledge of past and current inequity practices for historically minoritized student populations in education, scholarship, research, creative work, or other areas;
  • Diversity and diversity-related approaches in a candidate's research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Why a candidate believes diversity is a critical focus for higher education and ideas or strategies the candidate could enact as a member of the MSU Denver campus community to support the university's efforts.
Applicants will notice on the application portal there is one location (the resume submission field) to upload all required materials. Multiple documents can be submitted into this one field; alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF and upload. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit your application.

Official Transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting Representative
Tanya Rogowsky

Posting Representative Email


MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.
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