Dean of the School of Education

Dean of the School of Education

IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), Indiana’s premier urban research university, seeks a dynamic, visionary leader to serve as Founding Dean of the IUPUI School of Education.

Serving 30,000 students, IUPUI is a national leader in life sciences research, civic engagement, service learning, first-year experiences, and assessment of institutional effectiveness. Located in the center of the city, IUPUI is an integral part of the Indianapolis metropolitan area of 1.9 million residents. Our location in the state capital facilitates work with government, business, and community organizations and enhances collaboration on research, education, economic development, and cultural initiatives. Boasting a desirable quality of life and reasonable cost of living, Indianapolis is a diverse city situated in a dynamic regional economy and home to a variety of outstanding cultural institutions, a rich art, theater and entertainment scene, and a number of professional sports teams.

Seeking an Academic and Administrative Leader

The Founding Dean will provide academic and administrative leadership and direction to the urban research-focused School of Education in Indianapolis undergoing transition to an independent School. With an annual operating budget of $7.5 million, the School currently serves 685 undergraduate and 300 graduate students with approximately 40 full-time and 70 part-time faculty and 30 full-time and 40 part-time staff. The School’s research, teaching, and service partnerships with schools and communities reflect IUPUI’s institutional commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, public scholarship, translational research, and creative activity in urban environments.

The School of Education at IUPUI

IUPUI’s School of Education is distinguished by our commitment to diversity and associated innovations and achievements in recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students. Reflective of those efforts, the School features a particularly strong, diverse, and dynamic faculty and staff delivering a powerful portfolio of urban-focused undergraduate and graduate programs. Within these programs, our faculty and students purposely and openly address issues related to social justice, including the complexities of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, dis/abilities, cultures, and languages of the urban education environment. Our anti-oppressive and anti-racist asset-based approaches figure prominently in our undergraduate programs for pre-service educators, our masters programs in counseling and counselor education, language education, special education, urban education and urban education leadership, and our Ph.D. program in Urban Education Studies.

Our faculty are recognized locally and nationally for commitments to civic engagement, leadership on diversity, excellence in innovative and multicultural teaching, and significant contributions to the field as mentors and early career scholars. Reflective of our current trajectory, our faculty have secured grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, among others. In addition, the rate of proposed and awarded externally funded research activity increases each year. Our faculty are leaders in national organizations including AERA, UCEA, and ASHE, among other discipline-based organizations, and lead national top-tier journals for research and teaching. Our faculty lead innovative, equity-focused research centers and initiatives providing opportunities for researchers, students, educators, and community leaders. The Center for Urban and Multicultural Education, Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education, and Great Lakes Equity Center are exceptional in the Midwest.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, statement of leadership philosophy, and a list of 3-6 references to Review of candidate materials will begin on February 8, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about IUPUI, please visit; for more information about the School of Education, please visit Questions regarding the position or application process should be directed to Stephen Hundley, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Professor of Organizational Leadership, 301 University Boulevard, Suite 4049, Indianapolis, IN 46202 or via email at


As Indiana’s premier urban research and health sciences institution, IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) is home to over 30,000 students, and offers more than 350 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs from Indiana University and Purdue University. IUPUI is dedicated to advancing the intellectual growth of Indiana through research and creative activity, teaching, learning, and community engagement and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World ReportForbes and other notable publications. For fiscal year 2016-17, the campus total operating budget was $1.4 billion.