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Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (FA089)

Longwood University
Job Location:
Farmville, Virginia
Education Deans

About Longwood University:

A comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts foundation, Longwood has a distinctive mission to develop citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society. Founded in 1839, Longwood is the third-oldest public university in Virginia. 

Longwood is part of the proud tradition of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Roughly one hour’s drive from Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Longwood is located in the historic two-college community of Farmville. Longwood currently has approximately 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 38,000 alumni. It maintains affiliations with the neighboring Robert Russa Moton Museum of civil rights history and the Longwood Center for Visual Arts, a nationally accredited university art museum. A member of the Big South Conference, Longwood competes at the NCAA Division I level.

Longwood University is defined by strong faculty-student relationships, small class sizes, a collaborative environment with a sense of community, and an appreciation for high-quality teaching, research, and creative endeavors. Longwood prides itself on its residential, liberal arts and sciences undergraduate experience and its innovative academic opportunities, such as the Civitae Core Curriculum and Brock Experience courses. A Carnegie-classified master’s-level institution, Longwood also has active graduate programs in business and education fields that appeal to full-time students and working professionals alike. Longwood is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Job Description:

Longwood University invites nominations and applications for a dynamic, collaborative, equity-focused, and community-minded leader to be the next Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS). A strategic thinker and doer, the Dean will possess a thorough knowledge of higher education pedagogy and leadership, a high level of engagement in their field, and unshakeable determination to prepare professionals in many disciplines relating to education, health, and human services. The next Dean of the CEHHS will continue to advance the strengths of current degree programs, while also facilitating new and innovative opportunities for increased enrollment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The preferred starting date is June 25, 2022. 

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services

The College brings together multiple health-related and education-related disciplines to provide pathways for student success, create collaborative interdisciplinary opportunities, and better serve the needs of the region. At the undergraduate level, students in the CEHHS have opportunities to study a variety of fields, including communication sciences and disorders, education (elementary or middle school education and teaching, health and physical education, or special education), kinesiology, nursing, social work, or therapeutic recreation. The College offers master’s degrees in Counselor Education; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Education with concentrations in Educational Leadership, Health and Physical Education, and Special Education; Reading, Literacy, and Learning; and School Librarianship. Students in professional programs benefit from an emerging Interprofessional Collaborative, a dedicated team of faculty who coordinate opportunities for students to be exposed to other professions represented by the College. Over 90% of students who complete programs within the College pass the required exams for certification/licensure. 

CEHHS is also home to several co-curricular programs, including Call Me MISTER, Longwood LIFE, and CLASP, which provide valuable mentoring and experiences for Longwood students. The College hosts a number of outreach programs: Andy Taylor Center for Early Childhood Development; Infant-Toddler Connection of the Heartland; Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP); and Speech, Hearing, and Learning Services (SHLS). The programs in Elementary Education and Teaching and Early Childhood Education are also offered off-site at the New College Institute in Martinsville, Virginia, and the Counselor Education master’s program is also offered off-site in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

The College includes 78 faculty and 26 staff organized into four departments: Education and Counseling; Health, Athletic Training, Recreation, and Kinesiology; Nursing; and Social Work & Communication Sciences and Disorders. The Dean is supported by an administrative assistant and a Dean’s Executive Council consisting of the Associate Dean, four department chairs, and the directors of the Call Me MISTER program, the Andy Taylor Center, SHLS, and ITTIP.

The CEHHS is one of Longwood’s five colleges, which also include the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences (CCCAS), the College of Business and Economics, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS), and the Cormier Honors College for Citizen Scholars. The Dean, along with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and deans from each college and the Janet D. Greenwood Library comprise the Academic Deans Council. The CEHHS Dean collaborates closely with the CCCAS Dean and the Director of Teacher Preparation on teacher preparation programs and with the CGPS Dean on all aspects of the college’s graduate programs.

The College has played a pivotal role in the local and regional education community since its inception. For over 25 years, the Dean has sat on the Virginia Department of Education Region 8 superintendents’ council in order to facilitate collaboration with and outreach to local school districts. SHLS offers a variety of services for children and families throughout the region. The Nursing program offers sports physicals at no cost to surrounding school districts and was instrumental in launching Covid-19 vaccine clinics for the community. Finally, the ITTIP supports 24 school districts in Southside Virginia through providing professional development for PK-12 teachers in best practices for teaching and incorporating technology into the classroom.

The Role of the Dean

Reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean provides collaborative and skilled leadership by doing the following:

  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating policies and programs which promote the educational, research, and service missions of the college;
  • Supervising the accreditation of programs within the college and each program’s curricular and assessment activities;
  • Developing and implementing initiatives in support of the University’s strategic plan, Forefront of the Commonwealth, 2019-2025, including advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the college;
  • Fostering scholarship efforts and development of the faculty in the college;
  • Ensuring the integrity of appointment, evaluation, and promotion and tenure procedures of faculty;
  • Developing and sustaining innovative academic and student programming;
  • Guiding student recruitment and retention efforts within the college;
  • Supporting fundraising, grant writing, and other external funding initiatives; and
  • Promoting positive and productive relationships with college alumni and with the larger community.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education in one of the disciplines represented in the college
  • Record of excellence and ongoing engagement in teaching, scholarship, and service in their field commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure
  • Record of progressively responsible and relevant university leadership experience, with a minimum of three years of administrative experience at the department chair level or above
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a climate of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among students, faculty, and staff
  • Evidence of ability to recruit, enroll, and retain a diverse student body, faculty, and staff
  • Experience managing resources and budgets
  • Record of leadership in curricular development and in assessment and accreditation of academic programs, including those leading to professional licensure, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with faculty and staff, as well as with students and their families
  • Evidence of ability to collaborate across university administrative units
  • Evidence of ability to enhance productive relationships with the community, alumni, and donors

Preferred Qualifications

  • Additional administrative experience in higher education, such as in budget preparation and management or in fundraising and grant development
  • Experience with fostering interdisciplinary initiatives
  • Record of successful community engagement and outreach
  • Evidence of commitment to and success in securing grants and external funding
  • Evidence of advancing graduate programs appropriate to a master’s-level institution and of working with adult learners

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position. Salary will be commensurate with credentials and experience. Commonwealth of Virginia benefits accompany this position. A successful criminal background investigation is required. The selected candidate must complete a Statement of Economic Interests. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

The Governor of Virginia's Executive Directive #18: All Executive Branch Employees who enter the work place or who have public-facing work duties must disclose their vaccine status to the designated agency personnel. Executive Branch Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who refuse to disclose their current vaccine status, must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and disclose weekly the results of those tests to the designated agency personnel. All Executive Branch Employees who have not been fully vaccinated must cover their mouth and nose with a mask in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while indoors and conducting public business.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Longwood University will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodations to applicants in need of accommodations in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. You are not required to note the presence of a disability on your application. If, however, you require accommodations in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 434-395-2074 or

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A diversified workforce is an important part of our strategic plan. EOE/AA

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position, qualified applicants must complete the online information section and questions. Where the application says “Résumé,” please attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, and names and contact details of three references. Nominations and questions may be sent to Link to apply

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