Mary Baldwin University, in Staunton, Virginia, seeks a visionary and entrepreneurial leader for its growing College of Education. A commitment to the mission of preparing education leaders, collaborative and creative problem solving, strategic leadership ability, entrepreneurial ambition, and effective communication and interpersonal skills are essential qualities in the College’s next academic dean. The successful candidate for this deanship will have a terminal degree, significant K-12 and college teaching experience, and a record of success in higher education leadership and accreditation and licensure responsibilities at the department chair level or higher.

Duties and Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities include leadership, management, and oversight of the College of Education, to include (but not limited to): leading the college in envisioning the future of education and developing a vision for the college for the next ten years and beyond, developing concomitant new initiatives and improving current programs, maintaining favorable accreditation, serving as a liaison to the Virginia Department of Education and other external stakeholders, leading the review/revision/adoption of policies that enhance the student experience, responsible oversight of the college budget, and serving as a member of the University’s Academic Leadership Council.

The College of Education currently offers residential and online paths to its undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is comprised of three departments: Teacher Education, Higher Education, and Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism Studies. Within the Teacher Education Department, teacher licensure programs are available at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate levels. Additionally, advanced degrees for practicing educators are available. The Higher Education Department offers a Master of Science degree. Within the Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies Department, undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered, as well as coursework toward national board certification.

Emphasis on Diversity: Mary Baldwin University is an intentionally diverse educational community, with a vibrant population of over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its residential and online programs. More than fifty percent of MBU’s residential undergraduates are students of color and the University aspires to develop a faculty, staff, and curriculum that reflect its demographic. The University places a high priority on the cultivation of a community in which all students are both seen and heard. We seek and encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education and with academic experience with diverse student bodies. Above all, Mary Baldwin seeks candidates eager to embrace and empower an ethic of equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Applications: Candidates should send a current Curriculum Vitae and letter of application to: educationdeansearch@marybaldwin.edu. Review of applications will begin December 1 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates being considered for interviews will also be asked to provide the names and contact information for three professional references. Until that point, all applications will be kept confidential within the search committee. Mary Baldwin University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer and especially encourages applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

 

Mary Baldwin University and Staunton, Virginia

Founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin University is a small, coeducational university offering a range of degree programs from bachelor to doctoral. It serves a growing student population on its main campus in Staunton, Virginia; at its nearby health sciences campus in Augusta County; and online. Two hours from the nation’s capital, located on the western edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the picturesque and historic Shenandoah Valley, the university’s main campus is on 58 hilltop acres and opens onto downtown Staunton, regularly named one of the best small towns in America.

The university welcomed two successive record-setting classes in Fall 2018 and Fall 2019, and it is a pivotal and exciting time in the institution’s distinguished 177-year history. A radical belief in student potential and in the transformative power of the liberal arts and sciences has guided Mary Baldwin University since its founding. Mary Baldwin’s history began with founder Rufus Bailey and what was then a revolutionary idea: that women, like men, should be well educated. A generation later, namesake Mary Julia Baldwin took the reins during the Civil War; afterward her cutting-edge innovations made the institution thrive. Augusta Female Seminary was renamed Mary Baldwin Seminary in 1895 in honor of Miss Baldwin, and became Mary Baldwin College in 1923. In 2016, the institution became Mary Baldwin University to reflect its growing range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, and in 2017 the university welcomed its first residential men students to campus. Imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit, the university has repeatedly introduced new methods and programs at the forward edge of educational trends and societal needs. Emphasizing global leadership and citizenship, MBU is noted for high academic standards, strong leadership development programs, a diverse student body, and innovative programs including the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership.

Staunton is conveniently located in the beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Known for its historic architecture and charming downtown, it is home to a vibrant arts and music scene and offers a range of excellent dining, wine bars, and micro-breweries. With five National Historic Districts, Staunton is easily explored by foot. Its compact downtown features over one hundred unique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Founded in 1747, the city is the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson, and the city manager form of government. At the crossroads of Virginia, Staunton is a transportation hub with advanced rail, highway, and air access. The city lies at the heart of Virginia’s Education and Technology Corridor with nine colleges and universities regionally and a “Blue Ribbon” local school system. Staunton is within Augusta County which hosts corporate residents including Best Buy, Specialty Blades, Bruin, U.S.A., McKee Foods, Hershey Chocolate, and a host of other fine companies.

Opportunities to explore the arts and culture abound in Staunton. Located on the edge of campus are the Blackfriars Playhouse, the only replica of Shakespeare’s indoor theater, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. The Heifetz International Music Institute makes its home at Mary Baldwin University each summer; along with the Staunton Music Festival, music lovers can fill the summer months with performances of superior quality. The community supports a thriving farmers’ market and excellent restaurants.

The Shenandoah Valley with the adjacent Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains offer scenic beauty and abundant opportunity for outdoor activities. The region features Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the George Washington National Forest, includes over 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and offers numerous other hiking and biking trails, spectacular caverns, trout fishing in mountain streams, golf, kayaking, and skiing. Vineyards and wineries abound in the region along with a growing range of other agribusinesses.

 

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