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Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

College of Education

The USC College of Education seeks an Associate Dean to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Associate Dean will join the College’s leadership team at a time of growing optimism and opportunities for robust development. This position, new in the history of the College, will be situated in the Office of the Dean of the College of Education. The Associate Dean for DEI will facilitate the development of programs, policies, and practices to promote critical understandings of diversity and equity issues across the college, local community, state, and nation. In addition, the Associate Dean will support the engagement in high-quality research, outreach, and advocacy to advance social, civil, and educational rights in the College of Education and in the surrounding community. As such, the Associate Dean will provide leadership to foster collaboration with members of the administrative team, faculty, staff, and students, will support the mission of the College of Education, and will enhance efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture, and cultivate equity, justice, and diversity as a college/institutional and educational resource. In particular, the College seeks to hire a candidate who is committed to collaborating in the advancement of equity, diversity, and justice in teaching, learning and research; helping create equitable education initiatives for all students, faculty, administration, and staff; focusing on historically and currently underserved populations; and establishing practices that support the rights of all students and linking inclusion and diversity to excellence through transformative policies and practices. The Associate Dean will strive to enhance diversity among students, faculty, and staff in part by working to recruit and retain a richly diverse student, staff, faculty, and administrative college community. The Associate Dean will also be charged with supporting statewide community partnerships as they are built by and with faculty, staff, students, families, districts, and schools.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines of the college, or a related field;
  • A demonstrated record of scholarship that merits a tenured faculty appointment as an associate or full professor;
  • Evidence of an established record of activism, leadership, recruitment, and mentorship and a desire to collaborate in addressing issues of diversity, discrimination equity, and justice within and beyond the college;
  • Strong analytic, written, and oral communication skills;
  • A commitment to serving diverse constituencies in a shared governance environment and contributing to and cultivating diverse and inclusive participatory faculty governance structures throughout the college;
  • Experience and demonstrated knowledge in research and practice in the field of diversity, justice, critical methodologies, and equity in education;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and leading new initiatives or programs to advance the equity and social justice mission of an academic department or college;
  • A desire to work in a team-based, dynamic environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Successful experience in a leadership/administrative position ideally related to diversity and equity.

Salary is competitive and rank is commensurate with experience.


The College of Education application process is conducted online at; please reference Requisition Number 011060, or visit this link. Application materials accepted online include: (1) a letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vita, (3) list of at least three professional references to include e-mail addresses and phone numbers, (4) a copy of unofficial academic transcript for all degrees earned (official copies will be required of finalists), and (5) two sample publications or pieces of scholarly work. Review of completed applications will begin November 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Kara Brown, Search Committee Chair,

 The University of South Carolina has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University is also responsive to the needs of dual career families.