Dean, College of Education

The Position:  George Fox University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Education.  This is a 12-month administrative appointment to begin no later than July 1, 2017.

The College of Education is comprised of multiple units including:
  • Preservice teacher preparation programs (undergraduate and graduate levels),
  • School counselor and psychologist preparation programs,
  • Preservice and inservice school administrator programs
  • Graduate programs for inservice teachers,
  • Doctor of Education,
  • Clinical Mental Health and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling programs,
  • Adult Degree Completion programs with five majors in business and social/ behavioral studies, and an
  • English Language Institute serving international students across the university.

The Institution:  George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. We teach all truth as God's truth, integrating all fields of learning around the person and work of Jesus Christ. All applicants must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and be involved in a local faith community. In addition, administrators agree to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith. As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University is an institution that values diversity as an essential dimension of God’s design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented in our community.

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the College of Education and is responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring the effective operation of the College in support of the mission and goals of the University;
  • Working with faculty, staff, students, university constituents, and K-12 educators to promote excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community learning;
  • Serving as an innovative and dynamic advocate for the College and its programs among diverse groups of education and community leaders, government, and with the general public;
  • Providing leadership to maintain CAEP and CACREP professional accreditations;
  • Serving as an engaged member of University leadership teams;
  • Managing the College’s budgets, fiscal planning, and grant writing efforts;
  • Promoting the scholarly initiatives of the College;
  • Recruiting, supervising, developing, and evaluating faculty and staff; and
  • Articulating the importance of integrating faith and learning to all constituencies.
  • Successful higher education or K-12 leadership experience;
  • Ability to create and implement a shared vision with faculty;
  • Earned doctorate appropriate to a College of Education and credentials suitable for a senior faculty appointment, with a record of accomplishment in teaching, scholarship, leadership, and service;
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and administrators in a Christian environment, committed to the integration of faith and learning with the education, counseling, and business disciplines;
  • Appreciation of diversity and the ability to work effectively with diverse faculty, staff, administrators, and students;
  • Commitment to professional development of faculty and staff;
  • Strong communication skills; 
PREFERRED EXPERIENCEAdministrative leadership experience, including program planning, budget management, and collegial leadership of professionals at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful work in K-12 school settings as a teacher, administrator, school counselor or psychologist is a strong preference.Application Process:  Send a cover letter detailing your experience as it matches the position criteria above, a completed faculty application (including a statement of faith), and a current curriculum vita via email to, subject line ‘COE Dean Search Committee.’ Alternatively, one may send these via USPS to Dean’s Search Committee, c/o Janelle Freitag, George Fox University, 414 N. Meridian Street, Box 6246, Newberg, OR 97132.Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a complete dossier no later than March 10, 2017.