Dean - School of Education

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Capella University is an accredited online academic institution of higher education known for its rigorous curricula which combine strong academic content, authentic assessment, and real-world practicality presented in a flexible, asynchronous, online format geared toward adult learners. It currently offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs with 143 specializations and over 2,100 courses. Over 38,000 learners are currently enrolled, representing all 50 states and 54 countries. Encompassing a wide age range,  the majority  are working adults of which approximately  70 percent are pursuing master or doctoral degrees. All academic programs are delivered through Capella University. 
Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company (CEC).
Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) is a pioneer in developing high-quality, online degree programs for adults. It has experienced significant growth since its 1991 inception by focusing on academic quality and learner success in the growing market for online, post-secondary education.
About the School of Education
Capella enjoys a long history in education. The mission of the School of Education is to provide relevant and competency-based learning experiences which have immediate professional impact and empower learners to distinguish themselves through their contributions via the research they produce and the organizations they serve. To accomplish this mission, the school provides an educational platform of competency-based degree programs and certificates; expert national faculty; experienced, global learners; and advanced learning technologies, delivering an academic experience which ensures multidisciplinary connectivity and collaboration.
The School of Education offers the following degree and certificate programs:
  • Ph.D. in Education
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Education
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Education Innovation and Technology
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Higher Education
  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
  • Various Post-Bachelor’s and Post-Master’s Certificates
Capella University’s Education Preparation Provider (EPP) unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is currently seeking accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers NCATE accreditation.
Capella University seeks an innovative academic leader and progressive thinker to serve as Dean for the School of Education within the College of Business, Technology, Education, and Public Service Leadership (BTEP). In addition to leading several strong academic programs and individuals, the dean will be responsible for a key revenue-producing program at Capella: Education.  This position can be based throughout the U.S. with up to 20% travel.
Fundamental to the dean role is a blend of academic/professional experience, credibility, and acumen (i.e. knowledge of and commitment to competency-based learning, research and publication at regional and national levels, familiarity with educational policy for PK-12 and higher education); and business thinking (i.e. familiarity with revenue-generating educational models, results-oriented organizations, the use of data and analytics in the improvement process and managing complex, remote work forces). The dean will support Capella’s partnership strategy and represent the school and university at the regional and national levels.
At Capella University, the dean is responsible for: 1) developing talent for the school, 2) overseeing the internal operations of the school, and 3) collaborating with the Director of Portfolio Strategy to develop overall strategy. This highly cross-functional role is accountable for creating and leading critical growth initiatives, executing strategic vision that assures the school maintains a strong academic presence, and ensuring that faculty provide relevant and high-quality learning outcomes that will support learner success.
Talent Management:
In partnership with the Vice President (VP) of the College of BTEP, Chief Academic Officer (CAO), and various Human Resource Leaders:
  • Create an operational infrastructure for the School of Education that supports the external efforts of the dean.
  • Create and implement a faculty plan that supports the achievement of school quality and financial goals.
  • Recruit, lead, manage and develop the leadership team for the school.
  • Set performance standards and goals for the associate dean and the faculty chairs, review performance results and provide timely and meaningful feedback and coaching to measurably improve overall quality of instruction and course performance.
  • Promote professional development throughout school; create opportunities for leadership team growth and model professional development for the School of Education leadership team.
Operational Management:
  • Support the College VP in crafting and executing Annual Operating Plan (AOP) strategic initiatives and programs.
  • Develop and execute a school strategic and operational plan to meet targets for instructional cost, learner success, learner experience, as well as course, program, and learning outcomes.
  • Ensure the school’s compliance with Capella’s academic and related policies.
  • Plan and execute successful school accreditation efforts.
  • Understand and value Capella’s competency based learning model and promote the model in the school/department’s teaching philosophy, tools, best practices, academic policies, and within the national educational leadership agenda.
  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives in learner success and graduation, faculty engagement, academic quality, and curricula at the school level.
  • Lead efforts to improve quality through the demonstration of analytical capabilities using reporting dashboards and other evidence-based management practices.
Strategic Management & Development:
  • Collaboratively create and implement a school vision and strategy in alignment with the university’s vision and market demands.
  • Partner with the Markets and Products (M&P) team to ensure programs align with accreditation standards, profession trends, and overall university strategy.
  • Oversee state and national accreditation efforts for the school.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Portfolio Strategy, create and implement a cross-functional strategic plan that ensures the school successfully meets organizational, external market, and learner success goals.
  • Build and nurture internal and external partnerships and relationships, primarily in the PK-12 space, which drive and increase success for the university and school.
Success Measures
Following are the critical strategic outcomes and the key measures that this position will be responsible to achieve:
  • Program growth, principally in the doctoral programs (Ph.D. and Ed.D.)
  • Execution on key strategic partnerships, resulting in product and financial performance through district relationships that provide additional and aggressive growth opportunities for the school.
  • Learner success as measured by improved learner persistence for first course and cohorts, learner program completion, and learner competency demonstration.
  • Learner experience improvement as measured by overall learner satisfaction with instructional quality and course/program content.

The Dean of the School of Education will report to Tonia Teasley, JD, VP of the College of BTEP. 


The successful candidate will have a doctorate in an education-related discipline from a regionally-accredited university; significant and progressively-increasing responsibility in academic administration in PK-12 and/or college/university settings, including direct supervisory experience; previous experience serving as a faculty member, preferably in a college or university setting at multiple levels; a distinguished record in supporting, developing and promoting academic programs, including regional and specialized accreditation; and the ability to travel as needed (up to 20%). H/she will also be able provide strategic and tactical direction to the conduct of school-wide academic endeavors to assure: 1) an evidence-based approach to decision-making; 2) compliance with applicable regulatory and accreditation standards; 3) alignment with best and emerging practices in higher education; 4) mission congruence; 5) attention to continuous improvement and innovation; and 6) cost and resource effectiveness.
Strongly-Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous management work experience in a corporate enterprise and/or PK-12 district setting related to education.
  • Previous experience in online education or with a for-profit university.
  • A track record of demonstrated success in meeting operational and financial targets in an educational environment, including:
    • Articulating a compelling vision of academic excellence and executing toward that vision.
    • Developing and assessing high-quality academic programs to meet the needs of adult learners.
    • Effectively representing an institution to external academic and business constituencies, with a continuous eye to the academic profile of the institution.
    • Effectively building, managing and working collaboratively with a diverse faculty to meet the goals of an institution.
    • Effectively partnering with other functional areas across the organization and with the professional community to achieve desired results.
    • Thrives in a team-oriented environment that emphasizes collaboration and personal accountability and drives results despite ambiguity
    • Developing creative, innovative strategies.
A doctoral degree in a related discipline is required.
An attractive compensation package will be offered based upon background and experience.



Many of our positions, including this role, are designed to be remote "home office" settings.

Employees working out of a home office are responsible for providing an appropriate and safe office space, office furniture and organization, communication tools, and related items. These include: 

  • arranging for high speed internet connection, printer and a dedicated phone line for business use. Specifics regarding expense coverage and reimbursement vary based on individual position categories. Capella will not provide office equipment or on-site set up assistance.  
  • the environment must be free from distractions and enable a highly productive and professional work environment.  
  • as with on-site positions, our off-site positions require that the majority of the time will be spent using a telephone, PC and monitors. 
  • any and all daycare arrangements must be made so that employees are not working while providing care for children or other family members at home. 
  • there are minimal lifting requirements unless otherwise noted. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) act applies to work performed by an employee in any workplace within the United States, including a workspace located in an employee’s home. All employees are responsible for complying with the OSHA act and with safety and health standards.

About Capella

Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 36,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.


On October 30, 2017, Capella Education Company and Strayer Education, Inc., (NASDAQ: STRA), the parent company of Strayer University, announced their intention to conduct a merger of equals transaction, creating a new corporate entity, Strategic Education, Inc., which will operate both Capella University and Strayer University as independent, accredited institutions of higher education. The transaction is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2018.

Higher Learning Commission contact information:, 800.621.7440

Equal Employment Opportunity

Capella is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden our academic experience and to reflect the diversity within our learner community. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the university and our corporate offices. Our goal is to create academic and business communities that are rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Capella is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disabled and Protected Veteran employer.  Visit the link below to access the EEO is the Law poster.


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