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Dean of School of Education


E1-Executive FT Exempt

Central Administration Irvine


Brandman University is a private, non-profit university and a member of the Chapman University System. The university serves 12,000 students annually in 57 undergraduate, graduate (including two doctoral programs), credential, and certificate programs through both online and blended modalities on 27 campuses in California and Washington (including six military bases). 37% of Brandman undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups; and 40% of undergraduates receive Pell grants. In addition, Brandman is a military friendly institution - 25% of Brandman students are active military, veterans or military dependents. While Brandman serves a student body that typically has low graduation rates, its non-first time full-time graduation rate (6 year) is 82%. These outstanding results are validated by its student loan default rate of just 5.5%.

Brandman has received numerous awards and recognitions for quality and innovation.

* U.S. News & World Report has recognized Brandman University as being amongst the nation's best online programs every year since 2012-the first year they began ranking online programs. The online Graduate Education programs have been recognized annually since 2013. Other highlights have included the online MBA Honor Roll, being ranked 8th best online program, and is ranked 2nd overall as "best for veterans."
* Brandman University is a two-year recipient of the LEAD Award for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Organizational Leadership. The award recognizes the top practices in leadership development globally. The program emphasizes creating transformational leaders in all fields, not just education.
* More than 50% of Brandman Ed.D. students receive a promotion or new position while in the program.
* The Brandman dual advising model has been recognized by the DOE as a best practice, and its curriculum design and assessment model has been recognized by WSCUC as a best practice.
* Brandman University School of Education is a Top 5 provider of teaching credentials among private/independent universities in California.
* Brandman's enduring commitment to a liberal education is evidenced by its early adoption of the AAC&U Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) across all undergraduate programs.
* Brandman was one of only nine institutions selected by American Council on Education (ACE) to participate in the 2014 Change and Innovation Lab (CIL).
* The School of Education's Keith Larick, Ed.D. was named California Professor of the Year by the Association of California Administrators.
* In 2014, Brandman was recognized by the Clayton Christensen Institute as a disruptive innovator in higher education for its work on competency-based education.
* Brandman won the prestigious 2016 National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Innovation Award for its competency based education program and one-stop student services portal.
* Brandman won the prestigious 2017 American Council on Education (ACE)/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation, for rising to the challenges of innovation and meeting the needs of 21st century learners.
* Brandman University has received professional accreditation in the School of Education by NCATE, in the Social Work program by CSWE, and in the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions by CCNE..

On Campus

Brandman University students have the convenience of being able to study at over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington State, which includes six military bases.


Students at Brandman University can also learn in a virtual learning environment where they interact with classmates and professors and submit coursework in electronic forums.


The Mission of Brandman University is to provide students with a dynamic education based on excellence and flexibility that creates lasting value and relevance for evolving careers.


The Vision for Brandman University is to be the recognized leader in the evolution of adult learning.


To impart knowledge and skills that help students achieve their dreams.


* Innovative - We value new, viable ideas and rigorously promote them
* Respect - For each other, our students, our communities and our environment
* Service-Oriented - Through instruction and guidance we serve the needs of our students with knowledge & skills, putting others before ourselves
* Teamwork - By supporting each other, we can accomplish more than what is possible individually
* Integrity - Our personal and professional behavior is guided by honesty, ethics and conscience



Brandman University School of Education will be the acknowledged and prominent authority in creating educators whose leadership and exemplary teaching transform public policy and catalyze local, state, national and global communities to achieve their highest potential.


The mission of the Brandman University's School of Education is to develop innovative and caring leaders, scholars, and practitioners who collaborate to solve complex problems, transform organizations, and educate diverse student populations through discovery, inspiration, and innovation.

The School of Education offers the following degree, credential and authorization programs:

Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral Degrees:

* Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
* Master of Arts in Counseling with PPSC in School Counseling
* Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration with the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
* Master of Arts in Education
* Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree in School Psychology and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology (PPSP)
* Master of Arts in Special Education
* Master of Arts in Teaching
* Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership


* 2042 Teaching Credential, Multiple Subject
* 2042 Teaching Credential, Single Subject
* Preliminary Education Specialist, Mild/Moderate and/or Moderate/Severe
* Early Childhood Special Education
* Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
* Clear Administrative Services Credential
* Pupil Personnel Service Credential in School Counseling


* Multiple Subject Added Authorization
* Single Subject Added Authorization
* Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization
* Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization
* CTEL Authorization/CLAD Certification
* Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

Brandman University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). For more information about Brandman University, visit the website at www.brandman.edu and for information on the School of Education, visit www.brandman.edu/academic-programs/education.


The Dean of the School of Education plays an essential role in carrying out the vision, mission and strategic plan of the institution. The Dean serves as the academic leader of the School of Education, promoting a culture of continuous improvement and innovation through program assessment and faculty development. The Dean is a visionary and an ambassador of the school to the rest of the institution and external bodies (local, state, and national level). The Dean has responsibility for planning, budgeting, scheduling, personnel matters, curriculum, instruction, and development and revision of academic programs. The Dean communicates effectively and works collaboratively with Brandman University administration, reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Dean is responsible for the recruitment and retention of faculty.

Specific responsibilities include:

Curriculum Oversight:

* Provide curricular leadership by initiating, sustaining, delivering or eliminating academic programs and school core curricula in accordance with strategic planning goals
* Develop new curriculum and review existing curriculum with faculty
* Supervise program and accreditation reviews
* Ensure academic excellence and integrity of the programs through continual assessment of academic unit, programs, and courses
* Assess the availability of appropriate electronic library resources to support programs
* Review and approve catalog copy for catalog
* Work with University units to identify program needs

Faculty and Staff Oversight:

* Develop long-range staffing plan to include new faculty hires, retirements and non-renewal of faculty contracts
* Ensure appropriate faculty support for academic programs
* Appoint search committee for new faculty hires and supervise the search process
* Render timely professional judgement on annual evaluations of faculty, reappointments and promotion, forwarding recommendation to Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
* Review and approve faculty workload plans for academic year
* Work with the faculty, associate deans, administration to plan, supervise and coordinate faculty and staff development
* Conduct school-wide faculty meetings virtually once a month and twice annually face to face and provide oversight for faculty meetings and the discipline/program level
* Supervise and coordinate the activities of Associate Deans and support staff

Fiscal Management:

* Manage fiscal affairs of the School of Education
* Approve and disburse travel and professional development funds

Academic Administration:

* Lead school efforts toward the achievement of institutional goals
* Provide open communication at all times with faculty, staff and administration
* Disseminate appropriate information from the administration to school staff and faculty and from faculty to the administration
* Participate in Academic Affairs and Deans meetings called by the EVCAA
* Promote healthy class size averages by working with faculty, associate deans and administration to prepare class schedules that meet the needs of students in an effective, but efficient manner
* Representing the school with relevant professional associations and regulatory and accrediting agencies at the local, state and national levels

Academic Instruction & Other:

* Miscellaneous duties as assigned by EVCAA
* Work with the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing to ensure that the Brandman programs are in compliance with the state regulations
* Supervise the Brandman Credentialing Office
* Engage in the community and with school districts to promote new programs and partnerships with the School of Education
* May teach one class per academic year


The Dean will be an insightful, articulate, accomplished, and persuasive leader with demonstrated vision and commitment to values of liberal education, academic excellence, and lifelong learning in the field of education. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and an understanding of the transformational power of teaching and learning in fulfilling human potential, both for the School of Education's own students and for the students with whom the School's graduates will work. This individual will uphold the School of Education's high standards and strong commitment to student success.

The successful candidate will have highly developed skills in planning, organizing, and conducting complex analyses and interpreting related information. This individual will have demonstrated ability in leading a team and in addressing problems, defining relevant issues, drawing sound conclusions and making responsible policy or strategy recommendations. Political sensitivity and the ability to interact with diverse groups and individuals at all organizational levels is essential. The Dean will have excellent problem solving and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize a heavy workload under pressure and competing assignments. Honesty, dependability, trustworthiness, and a sense of humor are attributes that will be valued.

The Dean must have a demonstrated commitment to and experience advocating for the values of diversity. Candidates also must have a commitment to freedom of inquiry and professional ethics, with an understanding of how these values should inform professional education for teachers, counselors and educational administrators. The Dean will have demonstrated creativity and openness to innovation and experimentation in support of academic programs. The Dean will be an active listener with the ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and K-12 teachers and administrators.


Candidates should have substantial experience in an academic environment, including exposure to and knowledge of academic issues including enrollment, student advisement, accreditation compliance and curriculum development. A minimum of five years effective academic administrative experience as a Department Chair, Program Director, Associate/Assistant Dean, or Dean, with demonstrated understanding of systems, administration, strategic planning, effective fiscal management, and personnel supervision is required. Experience with online course delivery is required and experience in a distributed campus environment is preferred. Candidates should have a demonstrated record of accomplishment and academic program development and oversight as well as in faculty hiring, development, and evaluation. Demonstrated effectiveness in working with school districts and accrediting agencies is important. Public speaking skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential. Ideally, candidates will have experience with educational program review and accreditation, as well as experience in student recruitment, retention, marketing, and promotion. A commitment to working with adult students is required. Experience in California would be a plus.


Candidates should have an earned doctorate with higher education administrative and teaching experience.


Annual compensation will be competitive and relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.


Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications, including resume and a compelling letter of interest in confidence to:

Jay Berger, Ph.D.



Karin Stellar


Morris & Berger

500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 2150

Glendale, CA 91203

Telephone 818-507-1234

Electronic submission is encouraged.

Equal Employment Opportunity - Brandman University is committed to providing an educational and work environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment in any form. Brandman prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, ancestry, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), disability (mental and physical), marital status, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, national origin (including language use restrictions), race, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and/ related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

Reasonable Accommodation - Brandman University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the recruitment department at burecruiting@brandman.edu.

About Brandman University

Brandman University seeks an innovative and collaborative problem solver for their next Dean of the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions. Brandman University is a private, non-profit regionally accredited university that offers a high quality education for non-traditional working adult students. Brandman’s School of Nursing and Health Professions meets the demands of even the busiest working professionals. Brandman’s faculty help students build leadership and communication skills, as well as the discipline and specific competencies needed to thrive in today’s competitive environment. Brandman intends to meet the rapid changes in health care policy, practice and science by preparing it’s students for inquiry-based, patient-centered, collaborative and innovative practice in a high technology health care environment. Brandman’s nursing and health profession programs blend periodic immersion sessions at the Irvine campus and clinical practice where students participate with online lectures, demonstrations, exercises, and social networking. For more information on Brandman University, please visit http://www.brandman.edu/.

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