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Director, School of Education

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Director, School of Education.

Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division School of Education
Position Type Administrative Faculty
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin September 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Please feel free to contact Dr. Sara Jordan ( to inquire about the position. A completed application will include 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) list of 3 references, 4) a philosophy of leadership statement including a summary of your leadership experiences, and 5) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable; official transcripts are necessary for hire). Application materials can be uploaded to the HR site found here:
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Sara Jordan, Search Committee Chair, or 601.266.4587.

Job Summary
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is seeking a transformational leader to serve as Director of the School of Education. USM has a long and rich history in teacher education, having its roots as a Normal College. The School of Education is one of the fastest growing schools in the college and home to six program areas Elementary Education (ELE), Special Education (SPE), Educational Administration (EDA), Secondary Education / Alternate Route (CIS), Higher Education Administration (HEA) and Research, Education, Statistics, and Assessment (RESA), operates across two campuses (Hattiesburg and Gulf Park), and offers programs at the undergraduate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. The School Director is a full-time, 12-month position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with an administrative appointment beginning July 1, 2022. The successful candidate for this position will join the faculty, staff, students, and the broader academic community in guiding the School of Education to new levels of achievement, visibility, and impact.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide leadership for School of Education programs, oversee accredited programs, and ensure that curricula, instruction, assessment, research and outreach are innovative, of the highest quality, and aligned with college and University strategic plans.
  2. Oversee School administration, including developing the schedule and staffing courses, managing the budget, overseeing staff, and ensuring efficient/effective day-to-day operations of the School.
  3. Provide leadership and effective representation and advocacy for the School at the College and University levels, including implementation of School, College and University policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  4. Promote a healthy climate and collaborative internal and external working relationships; engage in effective, regular, and transparent communication with faculty and other stakeholders; foster effective relationships with local, state, and national educational entities (including P-12 schools).
  5. Facilitate faculty development and collaborative engagement in meaningful evaluation of faculty (i.e., annual evaluations and goal setting, promotion and tenure processes).
  6. Teach one undergraduate and/or graduate-level course in the School per year.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Earned Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the disciplines represented in the School of Education or a closely related field.
  2.  A record of success in higher education as a faculty member having held the rank of associate professor or above and having earned tenure. 
  3.  Demonstrated experience in an administrative role in P-12 or higher education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of accreditation standards and processes
  • Experience collaborating effectively with diverse individuals, groups, and programs, including counterparts in other units
  • Ability to effectively advocate for units within the School and the School as a whole
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including frequent communication within the unit; Experience encouraging productive and equitable dialogue
  • Collaborative goal-setting and strategic planning; dispositions focused on team-building, inclusiveness, and transparency
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (e.g., equity and justice in recruitment, hiring, and admissions; support of learning opportunities that acknowledge, draw upon, and are enriched by diversity; understanding of inequities impacting education)
  • Ability to model and support effective teaching and learning in a range of formats
  • Ability to advocate for and leverage resources to support the success of the unit

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Substantial record of scholarship (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, scholarly activity at the national level)
  2. Demonstrated record of managing budgets and/or securing and successfully administering internally and/or externally funded projects/programs
  3. Record of successfully mentoring, developing, and/or leading a diverse group of faculty

Supervisory Responsibilities
Associate Director (2)
Faculty (33)
Staff (4)

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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