Trine Careers

Dean, School of Education
Angola, Indiana

Trine University, C.W. Sponsel Center for Administration

Trine University invites applications for the position of Dean of the Franks School of Education (FSOE). The position of dean requires an individual who can serve effectively as the Academic and Administrative Officer of the School. Reporting to the vice president for academic affairs, the new dean will have the responsibility for providing leadership in academic, research and professional development activities to sustain and enhance the mission, vision, and reputation of the School. The position begins August 2016.

Trine University is known for its dedication to students and commitment to their development and success. It is also known for its commitment to quality teaching with engaging/interactive classroom experiences delivered in various modalities including online, on-ground, and blended. It is also known for its excellent career preparedness, high graduation placement rates, innovation and entrepreneurship, and long-standing, excellent academic reputation. The dean is the chief advocate for the FSOE programs. The dean is integral to achieving enrollment and marketing goals for the FSOE.

Position Summary

The FSOE Dean must be committed to the centrality of a Trine education and possess the energy and vision to support faculty in achieving excellence in teaching, scholarship, and outreach and engagement.

The FSOE Dean should have at least three years’ of teaching experience plus three years administrative experience in higher education at the level of Department Chair or higher and hold a terminal degree in a related field. The dean should present evidence of experience in leadership and the interpersonal skills and ability to build collegiality, trust, and consensus among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and school partners.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities



Specifically, the School Dean should bring experience with, and commitment to:

  • Promoting the teaching profession.
  • Developing and implementing strategic plans.
  • Preparing and managing school budgets.
  • Recruiting and retaining students in coordination with the University Admissions Office.
  • Overseeing Indiana teacher education and NCATE/CAEP accreditation standards.
  • Fundraising in coordination with University Advancement.
  • Providing outcomes assessment and professional development for faculty and staff.

 In addition, the School Dean must provide the following essential duties:

  • Supervise all departments within the school, including all appropriate faculty and staff.
  • Assess the needs and coordinate the development of instructional programs and curricula within the school.
  • Oversee the processes for maintaining the accrediting bodies for the teacher education programs, including the completion of state and national reports.
  • Oversee school-specific grant proposals and administer grant funds in coordination with the Office of University Advancement.
  • Represent the school at Academic Council.
  • Coordinate faculty recruitment efforts and recommend appointment of academic personnel.
  • Teach three credit hours per semester.

The successful dean

  • Will be a person of character, drive, and integrity, s/he will be a leader who can work both autonomously and as a member of a tightly knit team. S/he will have a deep understanding of and commitment to the value of the inherent mission of all higher education institutions.
  • Will be dedicated to the mission, vision, values, and goals of Trine University and to strengthening the institution’s relationship with the internal and external community. The dean will represent Trine accurately and enthusiastically to all of its varied constituencies.
  • Will be an effective planner and provide evidence of excellent organization and management skills.
  • Will be highly personable, energetic, goal-oriented, ambitious, and success-driven.
  • Will possess a diversity of on-campus experiences and be a leader, coach, teacher, and team builder.

Management and Communication

  • Proven ability to work effectively as a team player; exceptional collaboration and communication skills; highly motivated, ambitious, focused and results-oriented, and high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Excellent initiative, communication, problem solving, time management, and proven follow-through
  • Exceptional interpersonal and team leadership skills with a demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service and capacity to motivate and inspire
  • Commitment to the values inherent in a culturally diverse workplace and the needs of a diverse student
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing with supervisor, staff, academic administrators and other key University officials and
  • Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal contacts and to maintain confidentiality as required
  • Possesses a "can-do" attitude, is poised under pressure, has a thoughtful and creative service orientation, and provides best practices solutions to program development, problems, and
  • Communicates regularly with Trine stakeholders, about process and procedures, to solicit feedback and suggestions on the effectiveness of these processes and procedures in order to implement improvements as necessary.
  • Sets annual academic and enrollment goals in collaboration with the VPAA, and President.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned or as determined essential to success.

 Contributions to the Trine University and Surrounding Communities        

  • Conducts community outreach initiatives to identify potential University contacts, partners, and resources that support FSOE enrollment and marketing.
  • Develops collaborative relationships with educational institutions, employment agencies, business, government and civic leaders to foster support and enrollment growth.
  • Initiates mutually beneficial relationships between Trine University and its donors and donor prospects.
  • Other responsibilities as determined or assigned.

Technical Skills

  • Highly computer literate with proficiency in all Microsoft Office programs.
  • Must have or be willing to develop proficiency with Jenzabar student database system and Moodle.
  • Must possess current experience using business management tools; desktop strategic planning, database, spreadsheet, and project management software and college/business wide information technology systems.
  • Must be able to do website, digital marketing, search engine optimization, and social media development and management.

Education and/or Experience

A terminal degree from an accredited college/university in Education.

A minimum of at least three years’ of teaching experience plus three years administrative experience in higher education at the level of Department Chair or higher, with a proven track record of successful results of enrollment growth, student retention, strategic and effective marketing implementation, and effective staff supervision.

Outstanding Benefits

Trine University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Some benefits offered include:                     

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, flex spending, HSA accounts
  • Life Insurance – a variety of voluntary life options are available along with an employer paid employee life policy valued at 1½ times annual salary
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Retirement – after one year of full-time service you are eligible for an employer contribution of 5% and up to an additional 5% employer match                        
  • Education – after 6 months of full-time service, undergraduate education benefits are available for employee, spouse, and dependent children


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Review of applicants begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Target date to fill position: 05/30/2016

Trine University is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, citizenship status, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless such basis constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification. Trine will comply with its legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and for religious beliefs.