The Dean serves as the chief academic officer and administrative leader of the School of Education & Professional Studies (SEPS) at Central Connecticut State University. The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He or she works with the President, Vice Presidents, Deans, and with SEPS faculty, administrative staff, and students in ensuring the SEPS programs meet high standards of academic excellence.
The School of Education & Professional Studies offers bachelors’, masters’, and doctoral degree and certificate programs. SEPS operates with seven academic departments: (1) Counselor Education & Family Therapy; (2) Educational Leadership, Policy & Instructional Technology; (3) Literacy, Elementary & Early Childhood Education; (4) Nursing; (5) Physical Education & Human Performance; (6) Social Work; and (7) Special Education & Interventions. Fifteen program accreditations are maintained.
The Dean also oversees the SEPS Advising Center, Office of School and Community Partnerships, Central Teacher Education Network, Teacher Leader Fellowship Program, and Center of Excellence for Social & Emotional Learning. The Dean of SEPS serves as the lead dean for teacher education at CCSU collaborating with the Dean of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and the Dean of Engineering, Science, and Technology.
The Dean of SEPS supervises the following positions: Associate Dean, Assistant Dean for Accreditation & Partnerships, Assistant Dean for Professional Programs/ Certification Officer, Administrative Assistant, Secretary, and the chairs of the seven academic departments. SEPS employs 76 full-time faculty members and as of Fall serves 2,448 headcount students, 1,361 undergraduates and 1,087 graduate students. Responsibilities include:
Works with the SEPS faculty in establishing the vision, mission, and strategic directions for the programs and units housed in the school.
Ensures compliance with the standards of the New England Commission of Higher Education and the 15 accrediting bodies with which SEPS academic programs are affiliated.
Develops and maintains partnerships with K-12 school districts and takes a leadership role in connecting with the State Department of Education.
Promotes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary opportunities.
Ensures SEPS supports the teaching, research, and service, and community engagement of the school and the university.
Leads SEPS in supporting university-wide student recruitment and retention activities of academic affairs, enrollment management, and student affairs.
Reviews and resolves students’ academic concerns.
Encourages and supports development of grant proposals and ensures appropriate administration of grants awarded.
Accountable for meeting enrollment goals established through university-planning processes.
Supervises associate dean, assistant deans, staff, chairs, and faculty in SEPS.
Ensures appropriate search processes are completed prior to recommending specific candidates for full-time faculty positions to the provost and president. Oversees the hiring of part-time faculty.
Manages the selection, development and placement of faculty in SEPS. Directs and leads chairs regarding academic standards, required faculty qualifications, allocation of faculty to program offerings, and ensuring effective use of faculty within budget constraints.
Ensures with chairs faculty workload assignments meet the needs of CCSU students, support of the CCSU mission, and conform to the collective bargaining agreement between the CSCU and the AAUP.
Evaluates the performance of SEPS full-time faculty consistent with the agreement between the CSCU and the AAUP.
Ensures the completion of the annual performance-evaluation processes for all classifications of non-AAUP CCSU employees.
Budget & Facilities:
Oversees SEPS budget planning and expenditures.
Oversees the activities, operations, and daily maintenance of labs and specialized classrooms in SEPS, ensuring the facilities support the instructional and research needs of SEPS students and faculty.
Ensures the establishment and periodic revision of a written description of an internal SEPS governance system. Ensures compliance with guidelines, process, and procedures.
Participates in the development of university-wide academic policy through the Council of Deans.
Curriculum and Program Development and Delivery:
Ensures that the development of new programs and courses plus the revision of existing programs and courses are consistent with the strategic directions of the university.
Manages course offerings in each department of the school. Reviews course enrollments, timing of course offerings, faculty teaching loads, and appropriateness of courses and schedules for degree-program objectives.
Works with faculty to ensure that program-review processes assess the ability of the SEPS academic programs to meet their specified mission and goals.