The Search

Temple University, a top-ranked research university experiencing great momentum and situated in the city of Philadelphia, invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of dean of its College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). The new dean will join the leadership team of Temple at a pivotal time of change and opportunity under a dynamic new president and provost and with the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the institution's strategic priorities of boundless access, educational value, thought leadership, community engagement and reputational excellence.

A Pennsylvania state-supported institution ranked in the highest Carnegie research university category, Temple is the 50th largest university in the United States, one of the nation's most active research universities and a leading center of professional education. With 17 schools and colleges, eight campuses, more than 600 degree and certificate programs and more than 33,000 students, Temple is one of the most comprehensive and diverse learning environments in the nation.

Temple's College of Education and Human Development, with its 164 (57 full-time, 107 part-time) faculty members, 145 staff members and 1,589 undergraduate, master's and doctoral students, is committed to its mission of empowering learners and their communities through education. With a longstanding tradition of service to the city of Philadelphia, the college is ideally situated in the heart of North Philadelphia with city schools, students and teachers at its doorstep. Its prominent location provides the resources and opportunities of a large, diverse and lively urban center. The CEHD offers a diverse range of degree and certificate programs, outreach and community services through its three departments – Policy, Organizational & Leadership Studies; Psychological Studies in Education; and Teaching & Learning – and is home to the Center for Assessment, Evaluation & Education Policy Analysis; the Center for Professional Development in Career & Technical Education; the Institute on Disabilities; and the Intergenerational Center.

The university seeks a new dean to provide courageous, collaborative and visionary leadership to further advance the College of Education and Human Development and its contributions to and impact within Temple, the city of Philadelphia and the nation. Reporting to Provost Gregory Mandel, the incoming dean will join with faculty and staff to develop a strategic vision and plan for the college. The new leader will build on the college's exceptional legacy by developing community and enabling, supporting and advocating for faculty, students and staff in their scholarly pursuits as well as inspiring curricular, pedagogical and programmatic innovation, all of which are defining characteristics of the college’s standard of excellence.

The college seeks in its new dean a strong and transformative leader who brings a collaborative and relational style paired with decisiveness, transparency and an authentic appreciation of the college, its mission, its work and its people. The ideal candidate will be forward thinking and inclusive with a high degree of emotional intelligence including the ability to inspire others and galvanize action. The capacity to be a successful fundraiser and the skills to anticipate the future of education and to position the college to meet those needs are essential. An earned doctorate in an appropriate discipline and a teaching and scholarly record to meet the requirements of full professor within the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University is required. Educational administrative experience at the level of department chair, center director, associate dean or a comparable position is preferred.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Temple University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 3, 2023.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Robin Mamlet, Jeff Compher and Cathryn Davis

Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations, including employment, service and educational programs. The University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or veteran status.