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College of Education and Health Sciences – Dean of the College

Bradley University invited nominations and applications in its search for an outstanding leader to serve as its next dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences. With student hailing from 44 states and several foreign countries, the college has grown in recent years in terms of the number of departments, programs and students. Presently, the college serves over 900 undergraduate students and more than 1,100 graduate students. Online programs have expanded in recent year, which has contributed to the growth within the college. Experiential learning is a significant focus in the college, with approximately 90 percent of the college’s students gaining exposure to their fields of interest through internships, clinical experiences, study abroad opportunities, student teaching and more.

The college has 63 full-time faculty (36 tenured or tenure-track faculty) and 23 staff across four departments: the Department of Education, Counseling, and Leadership; the Department for Family and Consumer Sciences; the Department of Nursing; and the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Sciences.

Bradley seeks an innovative and collaborative leader as dean who can shape a collective vision for the college, envision and ensure high-quality academic programs; build relationships with partners outside the university; and promote and advocate for the college.

Bradley University is a mid-sized, private, top-10 Midwest Regional University in Peoria, Illinois, which offers students the opportunities and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experiences of a smaller university. Bradley enrolls nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, employs approximately 1,300 people, has an annual operating budget of $161 million and an endowment of $309 million.

Role of the CEHS Dean

Reporting to the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, the dean will serve as the chief administrative and academic officer for the College of Education and Health Sciences (CEHS). The dean is responsible for:

  • Creating a strategic vision for the college that aligns with the university’s goals and strategic plan.
  • Providing leadership and vision for new and continuing academic programs that drive enrollment growth and explore opportunities in online and hybrid formats.
  • Establishing and maintaining academic excellence and experiential learning opportunities that attract outstanding students, result in exceptional career outcomes for graduates, and prepare students for long-term success in dynamic and evolving fields.
  • Services as a strong advocate for the college, both internally and externally.
  • Promoting and effectively communicating the goals and accomplishments of the college to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Embracing and advancing diversity and inclusivity among students, faculty and staff.
  • Overseeing the recruitment, retention and development of high-quality faculty and staff.
  • Promoting and supporting a culture of shared governance.
  • Managing the college’s budget and effectively aligning resource with priorities and strategic initiatives.
  • Ensuring the academic programs across the college maintain their accreditations.
  • Engaging external stakeholders in the work of the college, including working closely with the Office of Advancement, in raising funds to advance the vision and goals of the colleges.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities

The next dean should have the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • A terminal degree and an academic record suitable for appointment at the rank of full professor in one of the college’s departments is preferred. However, candidates with significant leadership experience in an appropriate field and values that align with the mission of an academic institution may also be considered.
  • Experience working with a broad set of stakeholders to establish a collective vision and demonstrated success implementing that vision.
  • A forward-thinking approach to building academic programs that attract students and meet student needs (including online offerings), as well as a record of supporting experiential and clinical leaning opportunities that prepare students for successful careers.
  • An ability to make data informed decisions.
  • Experience in budgeting, planning, personnel, promotion and tenure review, program reviews, and specialized accreditation processes.
  • A demonstrated record of building effective teams and empowering administrators, faculty and staff to contribute to the achievement of stated goals and objectives, as well as an understanding of and commitment to shared governance.
  • Experience supporting faculty in their teaching and research and supporting both faculty and staff in their professional development, including mentoring.
  • A successful record of developing effective partnerships and working relationships with external stakeholders, including skills and experiences that would translate into fundraising work.
  • A demonstrated record of success in enhancing diversity and inclusion.
  • A commitment to serve as a strong advocate for the college.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • The highest levels of integrity as well as an ethical and transparent approach to leadership.

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Procedure for Candidacy

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting Bradley University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 23, 2021. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Ryan Crawford and Julia Venetos at