School of Education Dean

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-Madison), established in 1848 and considered one of the world’s outstanding public research universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of dean of the School of Education. The dean is responsible to Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin through Provost Charles Isbell for advancing the reputation and impact of the School including the conduct and coordination of its educational, research, service, and administrative initiatives and functions.

The School of Education is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation. It is unlike any other school of education due to its academic excellence; unwavering commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion; and broad and diverse array of undergraduate and graduate programs across 10 academic departments that span the arts, health, and education. Its academic programs and talented community of scholars and creatives are conducting innovative research and scholarship that address some of society’s most pressing needs.

The School of Education employs more than 1,100 people including 164 faculty, 568 academic staff (including 143 instructional staff), 45 university staff, and 346 graduate student teaching/research/project assistants. The School is second among all schools and colleges on the UW–Madison campus in academic credit activity, awarding 434 undergraduate, 360 master’s, and 100 doctoral degrees in the last year. The annual budget of the School is $200 million.

The new leader will demonstrate outstanding academic judgment and commitment to academic excellence, a record of advancing diversity in all its forms, a deep commitment to interdisciplinary and inter-professional collaboration, and an unwavering ethical compass. The successful dean candidate will qualify for tenure at UW–Madison, presenting a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and service in addition to administrative leadership.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, a land-grant university committed to excellence in teaching, research, and public service, is the flagship campus of the Universities of Wisconsin (formerly known as the University of Wisconsin System) and a founding member of the Association of American Universities. Ranked 12th among the nation’s public universities by US News and World Report, UW–Madison has an annual budget of $3.7 billion, a student body exceeding 50,000, and a community of more than 25,000 faculty and staff. UW–Madison is driven by the “Wisconsin Idea,” the notion that the University should enhance the lives of every person in the state of Wisconsin, as well as around the nation and the world. 

Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile that is available at WittKieffer is assisting the University of Wisconsin–Madison in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 18, 2024.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.


Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, UW-Madison is required by Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7) to release the names of all applicants to anyone who requests that information. Candidates who would like to request confidentiality are asked to indicate that in an email to the WittKieffer search team at 


The search and screen committee will evaluate candidates’ qualifications and select individuals for in-person semi-finalist interviews. Finalists will interview with the chancellor, the provost, appropriate campus leadership, faculty, staff, and governance groups. Candidates whose names move forward will be asked to provide the names and contact information for five professional references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted.

Additional Considerations

  • A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
  • Salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Anticipated start date: Summer 2024.

Successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Robin Mamlet, Alejandra Gillette-Teran, and Cathryn Davis

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. The University of Wisconsin promotes excellence through diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require finalists and their references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).


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