Divisional Dean of the School of Education and Human Services – School of Education

The University of St. Thomas (UST) announces a national search for the position of Divisional Dean of the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) in the area of Education to begin employment in 2024. As UST strives to increase enrollment and enhance its standing as a major institution of higher education, we seek a Divisional Dean who will ensure the delivery of quality programs and instruction, mission-focused faculty development, and help guide the strategic growth of the school while staying true to our distinctive mission.

UST prepares students for success in today’s dynamic landscape through a strong curriculum, exceptionally talented and dedicated faculty, and innovative co-curricular programs. As an independent, coeducational private university committed to the liberal arts, UST enrolls nearly 4000 students (over 2900 undergraduates and over 900 graduates) who come from 34 states and 61 countries. We are Houston’s only Catholic university, an institution that welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. Our student body closely reflects the diversity of the city we serve and exemplifies the campus of tomorrow.

Located in the fourth largest city in America, UST spans almost 20 city blocks in the heart of Houston’s highly desirable Museum District/ Innovation Corridor. The city is known for its fine and performing arts culture, leading medical and research facilities, a large port, winning sports teams, and abundant professional opportunities.

The campus is only minutes from the renowned Texas Medical Center, the largest in the world, of which UST is a member institution. The vibrant downtown area, with its many restaurants, theaters, concert halls, and sports arenas, is also in close proximity.

Academic Programs
The School of Education (SOE) programs on the undergraduate and graduate levels in initial teacher certification in a variety of areas. Masters’ degrees are offered in 4 different resource areas with several leading to professional certification or licensure. A doctoral degree in Ethical Leadership is also offered including 5 strands of study ranging from strategic leadership to higher education with a robust thread of Catholic anthropology represented throughout the courses.

UST is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Basilian Fathers
The Basilian Fathers, the priests of the Congregation of St. Basil, with the collaboration of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston established the University of St. Thomas. The Basilian Fathers are committed to the University of St. Thomas where they remain closely engaged. They serve as faculty members, administrators, and members of the Board of Directors. A teaching order, the Basilian Fathers promote education with the values of goodness, discipline, and knowledge. They care about the whole person, the soul, and the intellect. These are the hallmarks of a Basilian Catholic education.

UST has a 40-member Board of Directors that meets four times a year. According to the bylaws, one-third of the Board must be either Basilian Fathers or Basilian appointees. The remaining board members are a representation of Houston’s business, medical, philanthropic, and cultural interests.

Stewardship and Strategic Role Functions

Support the school’s strategic and operational priorities and integrate these into the school’s academic mission and planning
Help guide strategic development and implementation and evaluation of the school’s academic programs to ensure
Facilitate the conditions and relationships that support creativity, innovation, and formation of learning
Support faculty and staff development at both the individual level and that of learning
Support/Oversight Functions: Faculty and Department Chair

Inspire conditions that facilitate strategic and operational effectiveness of all
Facilitate the development and implementation of plans and resource distribution for faculty scholarship
Create, implement, and evaluate processes and procedures essential to an effective collaborative academic enterprise.
Support/Oversight Functions: Academic Programs

Collaborate with deans, faculty, staff, and other colleagues in Finance, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, Institutional Advancement, Marketing, and Human Resources to develop and support programs that contribute to sustainable growth and high-quality learning outcomes.
Oversee the development and orientation of department chairs.
Facilitate growth and enhancement of academic programs (both online and face-to-face) through support for sponsored research, grants, and partnerships.
Academic Leadership

Provide academic leadership at the department level.
Assure that academic program reports and proposals presented to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs meet appropriate quality standards to support effective review, decision-making, and implementation.
Administrative and Regulatory Functions

Facilitate the work of department chairs and other staff to ensure the school’s goals and objectives are met, including enrollment and student retention goals.
Oversee resource acquisition and the school’s budget management.
Assure compliance with regulatory requirements and reporting associated with SACSCOC and
Assure due compliance and consistency in applying policies relevant to the school’s faculty and academic
· Teach four (4) courses per year (usually 2 per semester).

Understanding of and enthusiasm for the University’s mission and its relationship to the School of Education’s programs on-campus, online, and off-campus programs in various outlying Houston areas.
Demonstrated ability to lead through dynamic vision for the school, and collaborative, shared decision-making.
Familiarity with both public and Catholic education.
Demonstrated success in academic administration, especially in the areas of program development and enrollment growth, establishing and managing effectively online and off-campus programs, faculty development, assessment, and resource development through grants and donations.
Commitment to diversity and multiculturalism.
Experience with off-campus graduate degree programs, online degrees, and partnerships between universities and other educational institutions.
An appreciation of the role of the School of Education in service to the Catholic community and the larger Houston community.
Applicant qualifications:

An earned doctorate from an accredited university.
A scholarly record enabling appointment to senior faculty rank in the SOE.
Demonstrated administrative experience in higher education or in K-12 education Demonstrate experience with accreditation processes.
Demonstrate support for a diverse array of worldviews and faith traditions and social justice.
Must be an active member in good standing in the Roman Catholic Church and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Ex Corde
Applicants must provide a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position; curriculum vitae; philosophy of teaching; research proposal involving graduate students; official transcripts, three professional references, and a substantive reflection on their expertise as an Expression of Catholic Mission, click on for details.


For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.