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Dean, College of Education & Human Services

Rider University
Job Location:
Lawrenceville, 08648
Education Deans

Requisition Number: 24M303001

Location: Lawrenceville

Position Overview:
Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, the Dean of the College of Education & Human Services (CEHS) provides leadership for administrative, curricular, and budgetary matters within CEHS and provides a vision that contributes to achieving the goals of the institutional strategic plan. This is inclusive of:

  • The Dean, working collaboratively with all stakeholders within CEHS will create a collective vision and strategic plan for CEHS
  • Cultivating a culture of curricular innovation that leads to regionally and nationally recognized student outcomes
  • Expanding innovative research within the college
  • Building productive relationships within CEHS, the Rider University community, K-12 public schools within the region, and other external stakeholders.
  • Identifying and developing new programs (in collaboration with the faculty)
  • Recruiting a diverse student body (in collaboration with Enrollment Management)
  • Focusing on initiatives that improve student success at the undergraduate and graduate level (as measured by retention, persistence, and graduation rates).

The Dean serves as the primary liaison to the New Jersey Department of Education for Rider University and is an active member of NJ-ACTE, providing a leadership role in the creation of policies that impact K-12 education and initial and advanced teacher certification programs. The Dean also serves as the institution liaison to other licensing boards in New Jersey that relate to programs within CEHS. Of particular importance, the Dean will provide day-to-day leadership and management of all undergraduate and graduate program reviews and ensure that individual programs within the college achieve and maintain appropriate accreditation/certification.

Position Requirements:

  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution aligned with one of the educational disciplines of the college.
  • A demonstrated distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and service that warrants a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of full professor.
  • Demonstrated accomplishments at increasing levels of administrative and leadership responsibility in higher education. At least 5-years of administrative experience.
  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, students, other administrators, K-12 personnel, and other external constituencies.
  • Familiarity with national, regional and professional accreditation processes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of higher education practices and trends, including but not limited to curriculum and instruction.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in program development, review, and revision, and people management.
  • Evidence of collaborative and responsive interpersonal skills and the ability to contribute to a collaborative and equitable culture of work.
  • Demonstrated knowledge about managing budgets and allocating resources with a high level of clarity and fairness.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies and the ability to articulate a compelling message to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated problem solving, decision making and creative skills
  • Integrity, good judgment, creativity and a sense of humor.
  • Must be able to satisfactorily pass a background check.

Position Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • K-12 public school teaching experience in a field certified by the state of New Jersey Department of Education or other public-school experience in a discipline in CEHS.
  • Experience with national, regional and/or professional accreditation processes.
  • Experience as an Associate Dean or Dean of a school/college comparable to CEHS.
  • Record of higher education leadership in strategic planning, and budget and enrollment management.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and/or securing external support.
  • Evidence of effective outreach and partnerships with community, public, private, and/or government organizations, including education licensing boards and state-level Departments of Education.
  • A record that shows a meaningful commitment to, and demonstrated/specific accomplishments in, social justice, equity, and inclusive practices.
  • Understanding of the changing higher education landscape and the necessary change management approaches to address that landscape.
  • A strong understanding of innovative pedagogies and instructional technologies to support student engagement and learning.
  • Experience working under a collective bargaining agreement.

About Rider University:
The Rider University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

Rider University is committed to fostering an inclusive, vibrant living and learning community that embraces students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and enables them to achieve success.

Through reflection and open, respectful dialogue, we develop responsible citizens who demonstrate academic understanding and compassion to grow and serve as leaders in a diverse and global world.

Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Rider University and the surrounding community are highly desired.

Rider University is consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal and The Princeton Review. For more than a decade, Rider has also been recognized in The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges for its sustainability efforts.

Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, please submit an application by May 1, 2024. For questions, applicants should contact

Affirmative Action Statement:

Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity.

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