College of Education Dean Search Announcement

January 9, 2020

WittKieffer Executive Search Firm

Seattle University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Education. The Dean will have an extraordinary opportunity to join a committed community of scholars committed to advancing the University’s mission; to enhance the College’s commitment to excellence in research, teaching and public service; and to increase the national and global prominence of the College and position it for success in a dynamic and highly competitive environment.

The College of Education offers degrees and certificates in a wide range of post-baccalaureate specialty areas and offers undergraduate options for teacher preparation. The College’s global focus and comprehensive range of program offerings – both on line and in person – are informed by a commitment to Ignatian pedagogy and engagement with the most pressing problems of society. The College of Education enrolls approximately 50 doctoral, 450 master’s, and 20 certificate students and offers teacher preparation courses for post-baccalaureate teacher candidates, alternative route, and undergraduate bachelor degree students in interdisciplinary liberal studies and humanities. With approximately 25 full time faculty and 75 adjuncts/clinical instructors, the College’s faculty includes both prominent and emerging scholars in the fields. The new dean will have the opportunity to enhance existing programs and build new programs, increasing the College’s focus and integration of global and international competencies and experiences, and intensify research and scholarship. The College seeks a dean who is a natural bridge builder and communicator, with a deep commitment to shared governance and a commitment to community within the College.

Founded in 1891, Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university located on a beautiful campus of more than 50 acres in the dynamic heart of Seattle. The University’s diverse and driven population is made up of more than 7,200 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges. The University is comprised of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Education; Nursing and Science and Engineering, and the Schools of Business and Economics; Law; Theology and Ministry and New and Continuing Studies. Seattle University is consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report and included in The Princeton Review‘s Best Colleges guide.

A comprehensive leadership profile will be available in January 2020. Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received as soon as possible and not later than March 13, 2020. Candidates should provide a CV and letter of interest. Materials should be sent electronically via email to the University’s consultants Sheila Murphy and Alejandra Gillette-Teran at The consultants may be reached by telephone through Shalonda Alleyne at 630-575-6157.


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The University administers all policies, practices and procedures in ways that are consistent with the University’s Catholic and Jesuit character.

College of Education Dean Search Survey

Seattle University has begun the search for the next College of Education Dean. The COE Dean Search Committee is tasked with identifying, screening, interviewing and providing the provost the committee’s assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of each finalist. The search committee, with the assistance of the WittKieffer search firm, will help ensure a robust search and broad engagement with the University community in the selection process.  WittKieffer has over 50 years of executive search experience and has conducted over 40 Education Dean searches in recent years. WittKieffer will be on campus in mid-December to meet with various college and university stakeholders with the goal of learning more about the college, university, and what we desire in our next Dean. Even if you are unable to attend a stakeholder meeting, the search committee would like to hear from you. WittKieffer has designed a survey so the search committee can learn more about what you desire in the next Dean.

Please access the survey here.