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                         An Invitation to Apply for the Position of

                       Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
                             School of Education
                    Goodwin College of Professional Studies
                                   Drexel University
                                     Philadelphia, PA


Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies seeks an experienced,
dynamic and innovative leader to serve as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for
the School of Education. Reporting to the Dean of Goodwin College, the Associate
Dean will provide academic leadership and strategic direction for the School of
Education’s academic programs, while supporting Goodwin College’s overarching goal
of providing education to individuals who seek flexible learning options and a unique
curriculum. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University enrolls more than
22,500 full- and part-time students in programs leading to associate’s, bachelor’s,
master’s, doctoral and professional degrees. The University has emerged as a national
leader in co-operative education and the integration of technology into the educational
process.     Goodwin College’s School of Education has embraced this vision,
emphasizing creativity, problem solving, experiential learning and application of the
latest technologies, in order to produce high quality educational personnel for the future.

For this important role, the College seeks an academic leader who will embrace and
articulate the School’s global and technological vision, inspire and sustain the energies
of the faculty, and ensure coherence and coordination across the curriculum. The
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will provide structure and cohesion for the School
of Education’s new and existing programs; will work with program directors across
Goodwin College and Drexel University’s other departments and schools to encourage
collaborative interdisciplinary programming; will increase the level of research and
scholarship among the faculty; and will promote the University’s tradition of academic
accessibility to potential students throughout the local community, the region, the nation,
and the world.

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The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate with qualifications that merit
appointment as a tenured associate or full professor within the School of Education.
S/he will be a self-starter with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills and will have
a history of accomplishment with program administration and development. In addition,
s/he must possess intellectual curiosity, an entrepreneurial spirit and a record of
academic success sufficient to oversee and gain credibility with program directors
representing a wide range of disciplines.

Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, has been retained to assist the Dean
of Goodwin College and the search committee with this important recruitment process.
All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed, in strict confidence, to
Isaacson, Miller as indicated at the end of this document.


Founded in 1891, the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry was established by
Philadelphia financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel to serve the needs of the
emerging industrial boom by engaging individuals in the study of practical arts and
sciences. Although distinguished by decades of growth and change, the Drexel
University of today remains faithful to Mr. Drexel’s long-standing vision for his Institute.
The University’s greatly expanded and diverse enrollment, accessible campus and
unique curriculum reflect a history of responsiveness to societal and individual needs,
which Mr. Drexel sought to address in his day.

In addition to its degree offerings, the institution’s curriculum and academic
organizational structure have evolved to include nine colleges and three schools. In
accordance with this evolution, Drexel has undergone two changes in name, in 1936
becoming Drexel Institute of Technology and in 1970, Drexel University. The current title
reflects the institution’s commitment to research, as well as to the breadth of its
graduate programs.

Since its founding, Drexel University has remained a privately controlled, non-sectarian,
coeducational center of higher learning, and is distinguished by a commitment to
preparing men and women for success in their chosen careers. The cornerstone of the
career preparation Drexel provides has been the University's co-operative education
(“co-op”) program. Introduced at Drexel in 1919, the program has become integral to the
University’s educational experience. Through it, students alternate periods of study with
periods of full-time professional employment related to their academic and career
interests. Drexel’s co-op program was among the first such programs in the nation, and
today is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most respected programs of its kind.

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In addition to a focus on professional careers, another element embedded in Drexel’s
identity is the University’s commitment to developing technological expertise for
society’s needs and incorporating the latest technological advances into the learning
process. In 1983, Drexel became the nation’s first university to require all
undergraduates to have personal access to a computer for use in all of their
coursework. Since then, the computer has become an integral part of instruction
throughout the University’s curriculum.

Today, Drexel University continues to build upon its strengths in the fields of science
and engineering, and prepares professionals for leadership in the global technological
community through studies in a broad range of disciplines. Two new schools were
established in 1997 to provide specialized studies: the School of Education and the
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. In 2008, the School of
Education merged with Drexel’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies. All of the
University’s academic programs enjoy the highest level of accreditation appropriate to
their respective disciplines. In addition, Drexel is consistently ranked as among the best
doctoral universities in U.S. News & World Report rankings.

In keeping with its commitment to technological innovation for the benefit of learning,
Drexel became the nation’s first major university to operate a fully wireless campus. The
institution houses impressive resources for teaching and research, as well as facilities to
serve a growing population of residential students. In April 2002, Drexel’s mission,
services, and opportunities expanded further when MCP Hahnemann University, a
major Philadelphia health sciences institution, became Drexel University College of
Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Professions, and School of Public Health. This
historic event extended Drexel’s resources and led to many productive synergies in
teaching and research. In 2006, Drexel became the first major research university to
open a new law school in twenty-five years. The Earle Mack School of Law is one of
only two law schools to follow a co-operative education model. In January 2009, Drexel
further expanded its horizons and opened the Center for Graduate Studies in
Sacramento, California. A living laboratory for cutting-edge graduate education that
blends online and in-class formats, the Center is designed to be the place where the
region’s leadership comes during the day to discuss the issues facing them, their
businesses and their communities, and where the leaders of the future come in the
evenings for the state-of-the-art graduate programs that will effectively position them for
success in their careers.

Today, Drexel University enrolls more than 22,500 full- and part-time students in
programs leading to associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional
degrees (including M.D. and J.D.) in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering,
Information Science and Technology, Law, Medicine, and Nursing and Health
Professions; the Schools of Education, Public Health, and Biomedical Engineering,

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Science and Health Systems; and the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts &
Design, Richard C. Goodwin College of Professional Studies and Bennett S. LeBow
College of Business. The University’s record of success to date promises an auspicious
future and testifies to the genius of Anthony J. Drexel’s vision, which has shaped the
growth of the institution since its inception.


The Goodwin College of Professional Studies is a vital component of Drexel University
and the greater Philadelphia community, and is compromised of the School of
Education, the School of Technology and Professional Studies, a Customized Learning
Solutions division, and several academic and research centers and enterprises,
including The Math Forum @ Drexel, a comprehensive online resource for math
education. Goodwin College offers full-time, part-time, and accelerated undergraduate
and graduate degrees, as well as certificates, non-credit courses and customized
learning to over 3,000 traditional, nontraditional and adult learners. Programs are
offered on-campus, online and at regional locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and
California. The College seeks to continuously grow and diversify its instructional
programs systematically and opportunistically, while expanding research productivity,
academic status, and educational integration in additional programs throughout the
region, the nation and the world.

Goodwin College is strategically positioned to respond to student needs for flexible
scheduling, diverse learning strategies, hands-on experiences, career preparation, and
professional advancement. Different modes of delivering quality education in traditional
day, evening, accelerated Saturday, online, and off-campus classes enhance Drexel
University’s image and reputation as a leader in innovative, nontraditional learning.
Thanks to the historic co-operative education program, students have a variety of
educational and employment opportunities to study and intern in the United States,
Europe, Asia and Latin America.

At the undergraduate level, Goodwin College offers 7 bachelor degree programs,
including degrees in Teacher/Elementary Education leading to state teacher
certification, Applied Engineering Technology, Computing & Security Technology, and
Hospitality and Sport Management. In addition, the College offers undergraduate
certificate programs in Construction Management, Computing Security Technology, and
Retail Leadership. At the graduate level, Goodwin College offers master’s and doctoral
degrees in 15 fields, as well as a variety of graduate certificate programs. Areas of
study include doctoral programs in Educational Leadership Development & Learning
Technologies (Ph.D.) and Educational Leadership & Management (Ed.D.), and master’s
degree programs in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum, Educational Administration,

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Higher Education, Human Resource Development, Learning Technologies,
Mathematics Learning & Teaching, Special Education, Construction Management, Food
Science, Engineering Technology, and Hospitality, Project, Property and Sport
Management. Many of the master’s programs have certificate programs available in
their respective areas.

In addition to numerous online course offerings, the College offers a number of other
programs that reflect Drexel University’s mission of excellence and access for students
with diverse backgrounds and career goals. The Saturday Scholars® Program is an
academic format that allows individuals to accelerate the pace of degree completion
through focused and intensive study in a supportive, adult-oriented learning
environment. Courses are offered on Saturdays in six-week or full-quarter modules. In
addition, the College has partnered with Delaware County Community College in
Pennsylvania and Burlington County College in New Jersey to offer dual bachelor’s
degrees to full- and part-time students who study on these campuses. The College is
also now a part of the new Drexel University Center for Graduate Studies in
Sacramento, California, where students can earn a master’s degree in Higher Education
and Human Resource Development, or a doctorate in Educational Leadership and

In addition to national growth and development, Goodwin College is in the process of
expanding internationally. The College has established a partnership with a teacher
certification program in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. This
partnership will allow Abu Dhabi area students to earn a Drexel degree or certificate via
online courses. In addition, Goodwin College is currently exploring educational
opportunities in China, Belize, and India.

The College’s Customized Learning Solutions (CLS) division is dedicated to developing
learning partnerships and designing and implementing customized educational offerings
to individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and government entities. The
CLS Team is comprised of learning and instructional designers, professional
consultants, multi-media specialists, simulation designers, and web developers. These
professionals combine years of experience and expertise to employ the most advanced
learning design and technologies, and offer degree and non-degree programs at
corporate sites, the College or online.

The School of Education traces its roots back to the University’s early days, when the
Drexel Institute offered teacher training as part of its curriculum for women. Today, the
school enrolls over 1,400 students in a variety of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral
degree and certification programs. The School is home to renowned institutes,

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centers and resources that serve the region and the nation. The 2010 edition of the U.S.
News & World Report recognized the School of Education as one of “America’s Best
Graduate Schools” based on such key criteria as academic reputation, selectivity,
faculty resources and research.

In accordance with its strategic vision and mission, the School of Education is organized
programmatically, as opposed to by departments. This distinct structure allows faculty
to easily reach across the disciplines and create a myriad of curricular opportunities for
students, as well as to collaborate in their research efforts. The School’s faculty
members are carefully chosen for their exemplary research and practice in education
and learning, and for their expertise in developing and producing high quality
educational personnel for careers in a wide range of educational settings.

In keeping with Drexel’s historic commitment to co-operative education and community
outreach, the School of Education’s undergraduate students complete a professional
work experience in their chosen area of certification, which gives them direct experience
both in and out of the classroom. Many of the School’s graduate programs also have
co-op or internship experiences built into program requirements to ensure that students
have real-world experiences in the area(s) being studied. The School of Education
maintains partnerships with schools districts and charter schools in Philadelphia, as well
as school districts in Mobile, Alabama, Charleston, South Carolina, and Chester,
Pennsylvania. In addition, the School is committed to the advancement of the
technology-infused educational process and seeks to thoroughly integrate the creative
use of learning technologies into every aspect of its instructional and research agendas.
Nearly 80% of the student body participates in online courses from locations around the

Program Directors and Faculty

The Goodwin College of Professional Studies is driven by a cohort of experienced and
dedicated professionals. Today, there are 72 staff members and 49 full-time faculty
members. Twenty of these faculty members and 21 of these staff members are housed
within the School of Education. In addition, the College employs over 1,000 part-time
adjunct faculty and teachers, over 100 of whom work in the School of Education. There
are ten program directors who report to the Associate Dean and who oversee the
following areas: Doctoral Programs, Education Administration, Global and International
Education, Higher Education, Human Resource Development, Learning Technologies,
Math Learning & Teaching, Teacher Certification Program, Student Services, and
Special Education.

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The Student Profile

The approximately 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students at Goodwin College are
as unique as the type of certificates and degrees they seek and the ways in which they
choose to obtain them. The College enrolls roughly 2,500 part-time students and 600
full-time students. The largest numbers of students enrolled in the School of Education
programs are in Science of Instruction, followed by Higher Education and the Certificate
Program. In terms of modes of delivery, the largest enrollment numbers for the School
of Education are in the online programs, followed by the on-campus courses. The
average combined Verbal and Mathematics SAT score for new, full-time
undergraduates enrolling in the School of Education over the last two years was 1200,
and students earned a typical high school GPA of 3.5. Enrollments in both the School’s
undergraduate and graduate programs have experienced significant increases over the
last several years. In the fall of 2009, undergraduate enrollment increased by over
100%, as compared to the fall of 2008. Enrollments in graduate programs increased by
over 60% during the same time period. Students from Goodwin College and other
Drexel Colleges and Schools value the student advising and other services provided by
the School of Education in the evening and on weekends.


The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs provides vision and strategic planning for
current and emerging programs and academic leadership for the School. The Associate
Dean also plays a lead role in fostering and assessing program development,
appointing and evaluating faculty members, supervising program directors, and
promoting research and scholarly activities. The Associate Dean collaborates with the
Executive Director of Operations on managing enrollment planning and academic
program financial resources, and improving academic support services. In addition, the
Associate Dean plays a key role in collaborating with the Executive Director for
Customized Learning Solutions to develop new customized programming and non-
traditional initiatives. The Associate Dean collaborates extensively with his/her direct
counterpart, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Technology and
Professional Studies. The College’s Executive Committee is comprised of the two
Associate Deans and the two Executive Directors, all of whom report to the Dean of the
Goodwin College, and assist in the efforts to further the College’s specialized and
collective goals.


The successful candidate will be expected to quickly develop a comprehensive
understanding of the key issues facing the School of Education and Goodwin College,
and shape appropriate strategies, structures, resource allocation, and staffing to ensure

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that the needs of students and faculty are effectively addressed. In working within the
broad framework and vision of the School, the College, and the University, the
Associate Dean will face several key challenges and opportunities, which are described
in further detail below:

Drive new academic program development, as well as the assessment,
evaluation, coherence, and coordination of existing programs. The Associate
Dean will thoroughly review academic programs, assess the range of curricular plans
and proposals in various stages of incubation, and make strategic choices based on
opportunities for growth. The Associate Dean will lead the effort to develop new,
innovative, and market-driven academic programs, both on-campus and online, that
emphasize global understanding, technology integration, and experiential applications.

Engage as an effective, passionate advocate within the University and with
external audiences. The Associate Dean will be an insightful and persuasive
spokesperson, who will articulate the mission of the School of Education and Goodwin
College to other areas of the university and the broader community. The Associate
Dean will represent the College on university-wide academic committees.

Provide collegial administrative leadership to the faculty. The Associate Dean will
implement programs and policies that nurture faculty development and build on a
supportive and unified faculty culture that values teaching and fosters a growing culture
of peer-reviewed scholarship. The Associate Dean will also work to establish a culture
of research within which all tenure line and non-tenure line faculty can produce world-
class work. In addition, the Associate Dean will provide leadership for and oversee the
mentoring of new and experienced faculty.

Embrace the integration of the latest technological advances into the learning
process. The School of Education has benefited from Drexel’s position as one of the
nation’s premier technological universities, and the Associate Dean will be an
enthusiastic supporter of furthering the College’s online learning opportunities and
encouraging innovation in the use of technology in teaching and learning.

Strengthen community, regional, national, and international partnerships.
Goodwin College and the School of Education maintain close, mutually-beneficial
relationships with many off-campus educational partners. The Associate Dean will
develop new and enhanced partnerships and co-operative programs in concert with
area schools, public and not-for-profit agencies and private for-profit enterprises in the
greater Philadelphia area, the mid-Atlantic region, the nation, and the world.

Improve educational access while maintaining excellence. The Associate Dean will
work to recruit top quality and diverse students, faculty, and staff who will enhance the

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national reputation and achieve the vision of the School of Education and Goodwin
College. While striving to improve academic excellence, the Associate Dean will also
work to maintain the privilege of providing educational opportunity to a multitude of
diverse traditional and nontraditional learners.


This is an opportunity for an innovative academic to join a vibrant, fast-paced college
with a tremendous potential for continued growth and success. The position requires a
strategic visionary with proven leadership skills, program administration experience and
a broad-based understanding of professional studies, continuing education, adult
education and online programs. To meet the challenges articulated here, the College
seeks individuals of integrity and intelligence who have a demonstrated commitment to
success. While no one person will embody all of the qualities listed below, the ideal
candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal characteristics:

Significant experience in the administration of academic programs. The candidate
will have successfully created curriculum and implemented programs in a university

Experience teaching in classroom and online environments. Effectiveness in an
organization whose complexity and structure is comparable to a university environment
is important in this role.

Accomplishments demonstrating or suggesting the likelihood of success
growing a research portfolio for the college.           The candidate will have a
demonstrated record of research and publications that represent a commitment to
scholarly efforts and show the ability to bring, locate and obtain educational grant

Proficiency in Internet, Web Communication and multiple media outlets. A
working knowledge and demonstrated execution of programs using multimedia and
distance learning strategies, as well as a solid understanding of their importance in
learning, is essential.

Management effectiveness. The candidate will be a proven, highly skilled manager,
open in management style, respectful of alternative points of view, comfortable in a
collegial environment and capable of focused decisive action and leading by
persuasion. A seasoned candidate must also bring patience and an ability to get things
done in a judicious fashion.

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Commitment to the values of educational diversity. A personal commitment to the
education of a racially and culturally diverse student body and a record of recruiting and
supporting faculty and administrators to advance the diversity of the College and the
School of Education is essential in this role.

Vision and an entrepreneurial spirit. The candidate will be an enthusiastic and
creative complement to the Dean of Goodwin College and other members of the
Executive Committee.

Collaborative work style. A proven capacity to work across departments will be an
important quality in the candidate who assumes this role.

Communication skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability
to convey the Goodwin College vision and priorities to other departments, faculty and
staff will be an essential quality of the candidate.

Interpersonal effectiveness. Establishing strong, collegial relationships will be
important in this academic community. Energy, drive, enthusiasm, and experience will
enhance a candidacy, as will an abiding sense of humor.

A terminal degree is required, preferably in a discipline offered by the School of
Education, and expertise appropriate to a faculty position in one of the College’s current
or future programs.


Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies has retained the services
of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist them in their search for
the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Please direct nominations, inquiries and
application materials, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a list of references, in
confidence, to:
                     David A. Haley, Vice President & Director or
                              Carolyn K. Plant, Associate
                                    Isaacson, Miller
                                  334 Boylston Street
                                       Suite 500
                               Boston, MA 02116-3899
                 Electronic submission of materials is strongly preferred

      Drexel University is an EEO/AA/ADA employer and proudly values diversity.
               Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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