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University launches national search for College of Education dean



The Provost’s Office is launching a national search for a dean of the College of Education to replace Founding Dean George J. Petersen who stepped back from the role to serve as Provost Distinguished Professor of Educational Innovation. Senior Associate Dean, Jeff Marshall currently serves as the interim dean for the college.

The Parker Executive Search firm is leading the confidential search process.

A position description and additional details are posted in Interfolio, along with a link for internal and external candidates to apply.

A legacy of success

George Petersen became founding dean of the College of Education in 2014. Under his leadership, the college has developed several innovative programs designed to facilitate teacher recruitment and retention, leadership development and economic expansion.

Over the last five years, the College of Education’s undergraduate and graduate program enrollment has increased 37% and 105%, respectively – defying state and national trends. These programs have also been recognized for excellence on the national level, with the online M.Ed. in teaching and learning ranking among the top two national programs for five consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report. Other online M.Ed. programs in the college are also highly ranked by U.S. News, including its curriculum and instruction (No. 8), educational administration (No. 13) and special education (No. 14) programs.

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