Dean, College of Education, Health Sciences, and Human Services
Location: Fredonia, New York
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: 159763
The State University of New York at Fredonia seeks nominations and applications for a strategic and visionary leader with experience in higher education to serve as Dean of the College of Education, Health Sciences, and Human Services. The College is expanding its majors and offerings, and the incoming Dean will need to provide leadership in the areas of new programs and online growth.
The Dean will provide oversight for the College's accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher certification, and ASHA accredited programs in Speech-Language Pathology. The incoming Dean will help grow and secure the campus' proposed Clinical Mental Health Counseling program as well as an RN to BSN in Nursing. Accreditation will be sought for both of these programs from professional organizations. The Dean will also provide oversight for the College's Office of Student Services and Office of Field Experiences, as well as the Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders.
SUNY Fredonia is a member in good standing with the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in Spring 2026.
Fredonia is in the midst of a transformation, with a focus on self-examination and reimagination. Therefore, the Dean will help the institution navigate the shifting landscape of higher education and chart new territory by experimenting with new ideas and approaches. Essentially, only those looking to generate change, take risks, and invent new opportunities should apply.
Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Dean serves as an advocate for the College's 70 faculty and staff, and approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate students. The Dean will create and lead the strategies to grow the College's enrollment, strengthen retention, promote fundraising and alumni relations, increase external engagements and advance the work that's been done by the faculty. The Dean will join the productive and collaborative Dean's Council, working collaboratively with the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Dean of the School of Business, and the Dean of the School of Music. Additionally, the Dean will work collaboratively with the Provost and Vice Provost, and other members of executive leadership to provide leadership and structure to the College.
The College of Education, Health Sciences, and Human Services is currently evolving from a unit with education programs to a unit that houses education and professional programs (currently those include Communication Disorders and Sciences and Mental Health Counseling; Nursing is planned for the near future).
College of Education, Health Sciences, and Human Services
Department of Education
The Department of Education offers baccalaureate degree programs leading to NYSED Initial Certification in the areas of Early Childhood Education (Birth to grade 2), Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (K-12), with options for dual major combinations. At the graduate level, our offerings include master's degree programs in Curriculum & Instruction, Literacy Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Language & Learning, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, as well as Advanced Certificate programs in TESOL, Bilingual Education, Child Advocacy Studies, and Educational Leadership. All graduate programs except for the Master of Arts in Language & Learning and the Child Advocacy Studies Certificate lead to NYSED Professional Certification, or in the case of Mental Health Counseling, professional licensure.
Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS)
The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at SUNY Fredonia offers a Bachelor in Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences, and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree. MS graduates meet the Academic and Clinical hour competence requirements for ASHA certification for New York State licensure, and for Initial Certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).
The CDS on-campus clinic, the Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders, offers a full range of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology services, including diagnostic, intervention, and counseling services, for individuals across the age range. The Center is open to members of the campus and to the community and hosts a Stroke/Head Injury support group for individuals with acquired language and cognitive communicative disorders. In addition, the Youngerman Preschool Program provides educational instruction and multisensory activities for all developmental and educational domains with a focus on language and early literacy skills.
Advance the vision for the College of Education, Health Sciences, and Human Services; aligned with campus mission and initiatives in the campus Strategic Plan. This vision should include supporting growth of new undergraduate, graduate and online programs;
Grow and develop the College's academic programs, instruction, and scholarship, with an emphasis on applied learning;
Facilitate relationships with local and regional school districts to help foster students' engagement;
Demonstrate solid stewardship of resources;
Serve as our Chief Certification Officer at SUNY Fredonia;
Provide leadership in the recruitment, development, retention, supervision, and assessment of faculty and staff members;
Create a climate that encourages all members of the College of Education, Health Sciences, and Human Services community to contribute positively and productively to departmental, college, and university goals;
Oversee compliance with AAQEP accreditation standards;
Advance successful development and fundraising activities;
Enhance the diversity of the faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum;
Advance international initiatives within the College of Education, Health Sciences, and Human Services and the university;
Develop and grow productive relationships with internal constituencies and constituencies external to the College of Education, Health Sciences, and Human Services;
Serve as an active, collegial member of the Academic Affairs senior leadership team on the Deans Council and Provost's Council.
Earned doctorate from an accredited institution and a record of teaching, scholarship/creative activity appropriate for appointment as professor with tenure in a discipline within the College of Education, Health Sciences, and Human Services;
Progressive administrative experience;
Commitment to teacher education;
Experience in academic administration, minimally at the level of Department Chair;
Experience working effectively with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and other relevant external accreditation bodies such as AAQEP, CAEP, CACREP, and ASHA;
Demonstrated ability to lead faculty to achieve excellence in teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and outreach;
Demonstrated effectiveness in planning, administration, personnel, and fiscal management;
Demonstrated ability to foster relationships with local and regional communities, alumni, and other stakeholders;
Experience with the supervision and evaluation of faculty and staff (e.g., tenure-review) in a collective bargaining setting;
Experience with developing or administering professional programs in education, health sciences and/or human services areas;
Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Effective written communication skills.
Demonstrated support of growing online programs, specifically in education and human services;
Record of accomplishment in recruitment and retention of outstanding and diverse faculty, staff, and students;
Experience working in K-12 setting;
Experience involving faculty, staff, students, and administrative personnel in collaborative decision-making;
Experience with institutional development/fundraising;
Proven record of success in external grant writing.
SUNY Fredonia is an equal opportunity employer and all decisions, with respect to every dimension of employment, are made without regard to age, color of skin, disability, gender expression and identity, genetic predisposition, marital status, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran's status, status as a victim of domestic violence, and all other protected groups and classes under Federal and State Laws and executive orders. Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce. To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants. An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.
The State University of New York at Fredonia is one of the crown jewels in the 64-campus State University of New York system. Founded in 1826, Fredonia is a highly ranked comprehensive, selective, public, residential, liberal arts university that enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 80+ majors and 50+ minors. Fredonia is consistently ranked as a top public university for academics, value, and social mobility. Fredonia is known for its strong academic programs, professional, award-winning faculty, a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere, and a strong focus on student success.
The 256-acre campus, known for beautiful green spaces and attractive architecture, is located one mile from the shore of Lake Erie in beautiful Western New York with ready access to fishing, swimming, and lakefront attractions. Fredonia is centrally located between several large metropolitan areas. It is one hour south of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, 45 minutes north of Erie, PA, and just 2 ½ hours from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, or Toronto.
Fredonia is a safe village community with beautiful Victorian homes situated in the heart of Western New York wine country. The location affords res...idents all four authentic weather seasons; warm and sunshine-filled, yet comfortable spring and summer, vibrant colors across rolling hills with the changing leaves of autumn, and the picturesque landscapes and accompanying outdoor activities of winter.
SUNY provides a competitive salary and benefits package.
Fredonia's faculty and staff focus on ensuring that all students will achieve the Institutional Learning Goals:
-SKILLED Develop Intellectual and Applied Skills, Literacies and Knowledge
-CONNECTED Engage Community and Diversity: Local Stewardship, Global Citizenship
-CREATIVE Demonstrate Scholarship, Artistry, and Innovation
-RESPONSIBLE Activate Sustainability, Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism.