Chancellor Marcelo Suárez-Orozco assumed the role of chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston on August 1, 2020. Prior to coming to UMass Boston, Chancellor Suárez-Orozco served as the inaugural UCLA Wasserman Dean, leading two academic departments, 16 nationally renowned research institutes, and two innovative demonstration schools at UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. His research focuses on cultural psychology and psychological anthropology, with an emphasis on education, globalization, and migration. His award-winning books and edited volumes have been published by Harvard University Press, Stanford University Press, University of California Press, Cambridge University Press, New York University Press, and others.
During his tenure as the UCLA Wasserman Dean, Dr. Suárez-Orozco raised over $120 million toward the UCLA Campaign (or approximately 170 percent of the Chancellor's Goal for GSE&IS a year ahead of schedule.)
Provost Joseph B. Berger is a renowned and award-winning scholar whose work focuses on higher education policy, organization and leadership, the impact of higher education on key stakeholders, and the development of higher education in various national contexts. He has authored dozens of journal articles, book chapters, and research reports and has served on the editorial boards for several top journals. He has received more than $62 million in funding for his work from agencies and foundations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Trefler Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Internationally, he has provided leadership for projects in countries such as Malawi, China, Russia, Palestine, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Dr. Berger also served as the chair of the Global Higher Education and Research (GHEAR) Initiative for the Worldwide Universities Network. He has been honored with several national awards for his scholarship from associations such as the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) enrolls approximately 2,000 students across its programs. There are 75 faculty members and, inclusive of research staff, over 110 staff in the College. At UMass Boston, students of color are 62 percent of the student body. Fifty-seven percent are first- generation college students, and 51 percent are immigrants or children of immigrants who speak languages other than English at home or with families. Forty-eight percent of UMass Boston's full-time undergraduates are Pell grant recipients. The College of Education and Human Development’s annual personnel and operating budget, which does not include external funding, is approximately $10 million.
The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) generates knowledge, fosters engaged learning, promotes social justice, and empowers students, educators, counselors, other professionals, and community members through teaching, research, evaluation, and public service. The urban setting of the University of Massachusetts Boston informs—and is informed by—CEHD’s efforts to fulfill the academic and civic purposes of education in a diverse democracy.
Commitment to Anti-racism
CEHD is dedicated to social justice, inclusion, equity, and eradicating all forms of discrimination, oppression, and racism. Recognizing that the College is embedded in a society that perpetuates systemic racism, discrimination, and oppression CEHD chooses to confront and reject them in all their manifestations. While CEHD has a mission founded in, and a historical commitment to, social justice and inclusion, the College recognizes its members must work harder to implement these values in society, institutions of higher education, and even CEHD’s own academic community.
Building upon this commitment, CEHD dedicates its individual and collective efforts to sustained reflection and action within the College’s own academic community and beyond. In keeping with other units within the University, the College has adopted a restorative justice approach to this important work. Beginning in the 2020-21 academic year, as a community, the College has engaged in cycles of examination, interrogation, and action with the goal to be an authentically anti-racist and socially just community. This is hard work that requires immediate progress toward longer-term sustained change – it involves challenging work that may result in discomfort, examining personal identities and beliefs, and providing constructive ways forward. CEHD’s members have much to do as they strive for continuous improvement and sustainability. In order to meet the challenge described above, CEHD commits to actions within the following identified dimensions for change, in addition to other dimensions that are collectively identified. CEHD recognizes that these dimensions are not mutually exclusive, and each impacts the development and success of the others:
Dimension #1: Strategic Priorities & Goals
Dimension #2: Student Recruitment & Support
Dimension #3: Faculty & Staff Recruitment, Hiring, & Retention
Dimension #4: Faculty Community & Career Development
Dimension #5: Assessment and Accountability, permeating all buckets
The College is committed to strategically developing each dimension, including adding accountability measures to ensure CEHD is fully engaging in this process.
The College of Education and Human Development, a U.S. News top 50 school of education, is a diverse, international community comprising three departments and one school:Department of Counseling and School Psychology, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Leadership in Education School for Global Inclusion and Social Development
All four units share a commitment to academic excellence, social justice and inclusion, and equality of access and success for all students.
Graduate programs include: Accelerated Master's, Global Inclusion and Social Development MA, Accelerated Master's, Middle/Secondary Education MEd, Accelerated Master's, Rehabilitation Counseling MA, Counseling MEd, Counseling MEd/CAGS (On Campus), Counseling Psychology PhD, Critical and Creative Thinking MA, Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) PhD, Early Childhood MEd, Educational Administration MEd/CAGS, Elementary Education MEd, Global Inclusion and Social Development MA, Global Inclusion and Social Development PhD, Higher Education EdD/PhD, Instructional Design MEd, Mental Health Counseling MS, Mental Health Counseling MS (On Campus),Middle/Secondary Education MEd/Certificate, Rehabilitation Counseling MS, School Psychology MEd/EdS, School Psychology PhD, Special Education MEd, Teach Next Year MEd, Undergraduate Education Minor, Urban Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies EdD/PhD, and Vision Studies MEd
Research & Engagement
The College of Education and Human Development is committed to advancing its mission through community-engaged research and advocacy that responds to the needs of the Boston community and global community. CEHD's faculty and staff engage in cutting edge research focused on equity, justice, inclusion, and within/with urban communities. CEHD accounts for 17 percent of all research grants proposed at UMass Boston. In 2021, CEHD and its constituent units received over $21 million in grant awards and accounted for nearly a quarter of grants awarded at UMass Boston. CEHD faculty and staff routinely publish research in top journals inside and outside the field of education.
Centers & Institutes
The College of Education and Human Development is home to five centers and institutes. Two of those centers, the Institute for Community Inclusion, and Institute for New England Native American Studies, are housed in CEHD's School for Global Inclusion and Social Development.
The College of Education and Human Development is committed to working with the local community through various responsive, reciprocal, and respectful partnerships. CEHD’s students are engaged with the local community through more than 100 schools, clinics, counseling centers, and various community organizations. CEHD is especially proud of its deep, long-lasting partnerships with Boston Public Schools, TeachersConnect, The Mosaic School, and The3PointFoundation.
Role of the Dean
Reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Dean will be responsible for the strategic, programmatic, and financial operations of the College. In collaboration with CEHD leadership faculty and staff, the Dean will shape the College's future and articulate a compelling vision for the College that will inspire engagement and financial support from external audiences. Internally, the Dean will encourage collaboration and continuous improvement, with a focus on undergraduate and graduate student success and support of faculty and staff in research and scholarship and be a strategic advocate for the College’s Centers and Institutes. Additionally, the Dean will encourage and support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. The Dean will be visible and accessible to all faculty, staff, and students in the College of Education and Human Development.
Opportunities and Challenges
The next Dean will bring passion and innovation to the College of Education and Human Development with a commitment to advancing the priorities of the College. Building on a solid foundation and working collaboratively with CEHD's devoted faculty and staff, the Dean will develop a strategic vision to advance the College. In close partnership with the Provost, Chancellor, and fellow Deans, the next Dean will forge the path forward for the College. Priorities for the next Dean include:
Advance an Anti-Racist Culture
UMass Boston is an engaged campus where students, staff, and faculty are working with the Boston community and the larger Commonwealth of Massachusetts to benefit the public good. Like many UMass Boston students, CEHD students, both undergraduates and graduate students, disproportionately identify as first-generation and Pell-eligible. A multitude of cultures from around the world are represented in CEHD’s classes each day of the year. The College has attracted faculty and staff who are passionate about serving traditionally underserved communities and leveraging the robust diversity in each course section for greater student learning and mutual benefit.
The College incorporates community engaged opportunities into its curriculum, scholarship, and service activities. The Dean should be an engaged community member and leader who will seek additional opportunities to further build upon the University's civic engagement.
Furthermore, UMass Boston has committed to stepping forward and putting in the work to eliminate oppressive systems and structures that unequivocally and disproportionately impact minoritized UMass Boston students, staff, faculty, and the local communities in and around Boston. The Dean will work to ensure this challenging work continues. UMass Boston faculty, staff, and students have done much to forward this important work, and the faculty and staff of the College of Education and Human Development will continue to support them and this work. The Dean will lead with a steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity within the College and advance the anti-racism work that has begun.
Lead Budget Management and Resource Allocation
As the University moves toward a new activity-based budget model, the Dean will play a pivotal role for the College in constructing a budget geared toward the larger campus strategy. The Dean will lead the forecasting, budgeting, and fund distribution in close partnership with CEHD Department Chairs and Program Directors, seeking input from a wide variety of constituents and creating fair and equitable processes. This effort coincides with the development of a comprehensive strategic plan for UMass Boston. The Dean will provide leadership in a budgeting model that drives both strategic initiatives and day-to-day operations. This will require focus on revenue generation to support the priorities and initiatives of the CEHD. The Dean will bring a strategic mind and creative eye to resource allocation and offer transparent, decisive leadership in fund distribution. Similarly, innovation and the introduction of contemporary organizational and management practices will enhance the stability and impact of the College’s remarkable Centers and Institutes. In these efforts, the Dean will work within a largely unionized environment and demonstrate respect for the positions of faculty and staff. Even as the College will be the primary aperture for the Dean, close collaboration with the Executive Leadership of the University will be essential for the strategic goals and mission of UMass Boston to be achieved.
Building, Expanding, and Fortifying Community Partnerships
The College of Education and Human Development is committed to working with and for the local community through various partnerships. Students engage with the local community through more than 100 schools, clinics, counseling centers, and various community organizations, providing them a comprehensive educational preparation for lives of contribution to society, meaningful employment, and the essential skills to advance in their careers, while responding to community-identified needs. CEHD graduates are leaders in their fields. This ever-growing network of accomplished alumni is an asset for the Dean in the continuous work of positioning the College for the most significant impact. The next Dean will have the opportunity to sustain existing community partnerships while seeking to establish new mutually beneficial collaborations with local organizations. The Dean will benefit from a transformative spirit, a strengths-based approach to community engagement, and a commitment to progressively amplify and extend CEHD’s important contributions in its communities. The next Dean will work effectively with internal and external constituents to ensure the continued growth of vibrant and innovative programs and ensure that the curriculum is relevant and in demand for societal needs. Graduates will have a competitive edge in their pursuits and impact.
Encourage Research and Scholarship
Building on the clear strengths of current faculty and staff, the College of Education and Human Development will need to find creative means to support, strengthen, and diversify scholarly contributions. Promising directions may include identifying multidisciplinary research opportunities, soliciting greater resource support from both internal and external funding, and diversifying workload expectations. These challenges and opportunities are keenly felt in all areas, as faculty seek to find the right balance between preparation of practitioners and advancing greater knowledge within their disciplines.
- Engage in strategic shared governance that advances the mission, priorities, and goals of CEHD;
- In collaboration with CEHD's Centers and Institutes, support the research and scholarly initiatives and productivity of faculty and staff;
- Work with and coordinate the team of Dean's office staff, Associate Deans, and CEHD's Department Chairs, and engages with faculty to foster a learning community that is rich in ideas, productivity, and joy;
- Establish and maintain an effective plan that supports student success, including the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and diverse faculty to serve in the College;
- Engage in leading, supporting, and strategically guiding CEHD’s community partnerships to ensure high quality, high impact, and intentionality in the relationships build with external organizations, as well as in the way community engagement is recognized by the College and University as well as promoted among the faculty, staff, and students;
- Set quality standards for academic program assessments, curriculum, teaching, and student learning outcomes within the College of Education and Human Development;
- Coordinate and strategically manage the budget development and resource allocation of the College;
- Engage diverse funding sources for innovative programs, curricula, and scholarship opportunities, including fundraising initiatives and partnerships;
- Manage faculty personnel processes, including hiring, tenure, and promotional decisions, in an orderly and equitable fashion; and
- Collaborate closely with the Executive Leadership of the University to further the strategic goals and mission of UMass Boston.
Desired Qualifications and Characteristics
The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution, in an academic discipline within the College of Education and Human Development, a record of distinguished research/scholarship and teaching that would support appointment as a tenured full professor, experience in an administrative leadership position, and many of the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:
- A collaborative and authentic approach to shared governance;
- A strong record of commitment to diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusion;
- An established history of contribution to student success efforts and demonstrated record of seeking student input and fostering student engagement;
- Extensive experience in securing, managing, and increasing external funding through sponsored research, fundraising, and innovative external partnerships that support the academic enterprise;
- High motivation and ability to function effectively in a fast-paced environment, with strong interpersonal skills;
- A record of successful management of large and complex academic units, including engagement with clinical settings and partners;
- A substantial and successful fiscal management and budgeting experience, particularly in an environment of constrained resources;
- A demonstrated support of research;
- A proven ability to make difficult decisions in a transparent and compassionate manner;
- An understanding of the unique culture of an urban university with diverse commuting and residential student populations, including, but not limited to, an appreciation of the unique needs of first-generation students, students from resource-constrained socioeconomic backgrounds, Students of Color, women, students with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and veterans;
- A demonstrated commitment to affirmative action and equal opportunity in academic admissions, personnel actions, and other relevant arenas;
- A working knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of academic scholarship, student services, and administration practices;
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
- A proven track record of building financially sustainable academic systems and infrastructure;
- Knowledge of the multiple communities served by the Institution, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the University's unique urban mission:
- Successful experience leading strategic planning, academic program evaluation, learning outcomes assessment and accreditation, and developing interdisciplinary programs;
- Experience in an institution with unionized faculty and staff and respect of tenure-track, tenured, and non-tenure-track clinical and traditional faculty;
- The ability to function effectively in external and internal environments with sound judgment in the context of politics, public relations, and academe;
- Strong commitment to a collaborative and consensus-building environment; and
- Demonstrated achievements in supporting and expanding the development of mutually beneficial industry partnerships and innovative curricular changes that support student success.
- Requests for information and nominations should be directed to: Jim Sirianni, Managing Director Mark Halligan, Senior Associate Storbeck Search UMassBostonCEHD@StorbeckSearch.com
Application Instructions: Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three references.
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience. This is a non-union exempt position.
UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status including booster. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.