The University of Delaware invites applications and nominations for the Dean Family Endowed Professor in Education who will also serve as Director of the School of Education ( Successful candidates should have a scholarly specialization in education, educational psychology, teacher education, learning sciences, educational leadership, or a related field. The Dean Family Endowed Professorship is a permanent appointment that requires distinguished scholarship commensurate with that of a named university professor. The Director is appointed for a renewable five-year term. The start date of the position is September 1, 2018.

The successful candidate will exhibit a strong record of scholarship and teaching in education, evidence of academic leadership at the department, college, or university level, and the desire to assume a senior leadership role in the College of Education and Human Development. An exemplary record of scholarship is essential; previous administrative experience and a strong funding record is preferred. The successful candidate will bring visionary leadership to the School, will leverage the School’s current strengths while developing new collaborations, support the growth and development of new degree programs, and lead the School in its efforts to continue to enhance the quality of its research and instruction.  The School is particularly interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to excellence by promoting diversity and equal opportunities through leadership in research, inclusive teaching, and public engagement or outreach. As the Dean Family Endowed Professor in Education, the successful applicant is expected to maintain a high level of distinguished scholarship. Scholars from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The School of Education within the College of Education and Human Development has 50 full-time, faculty, and houses nearly 600 undergraduate majors and minors and 360 graduate students. The School offers an undergraduate major in elementary teacher education and undergraduate minors in educational studies, educational technology, and urban education. The School of Education supports several robust graduate programs at both the master’s and doctoral level including a PhD program in education, an EdD in educational leadership, and an EdS in school psychology. Faculty in the School of Education are highly research active in areas spanning language and literacy, mathematics education, the science of learning, sociocultural approaches, and educational policy. Faculty research is externally supported from numerous foundations and from federal agencies such as the Institute for Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. In the last several years, faculty have garnered external funding in excess of $21 million and the college ranks among the top nationally in obtaining federal support for education research.  Faculty in the School of Education are recognized for their contributions to national conversations about critical educational issues, lead organizations working to address those issues, and provide a range of supports to the agencies at the front lines of improving educational opportunities and outcomes. The faculty are a methodologically diverse and collegial group of nationally and internationally known scholars.


Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applications must include a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a research statement, and information for three references. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

Applicants should apply through Interfolio at the following link:

Questions should be directed to Professor John A. Pelesko (, 302-831-7215), Chair, Dean Family Endowed Professor in Education and Director of the School of Education Search Committee. Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware ( combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. With external funding exceeding $200 million, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering and has nationally recognized research (Carnegie rated, very high research activity). The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minority group members and women.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer  and Title IX institution.which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans.  The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check.  A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.  For the University’s complete non-discrimination statement, please visit