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Baylor Launches School of Education Dean Search [10/18/2019]


Baylor University has launched a nationwide search for Dean of the School of Education. Baylor seeks a Dean who combines academic achievements with strategic leadership ability, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, collaborative and creative energy, entrepreneurial ambition, passion for the field of education, and vision for the role of a School of Education within a 21st century Christian research university.

Diversified Search has been retained by Baylor University to assist in this search process. Screening will begin in February 2020 and continue until an appointment is made.

Members of the University’s Search Committee come from within the School of Education as well as from other academic units and were announced by Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., in late August.

The 13-member search committee is chaired by Jon Singletary, Ph.D., dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.

The committee is as follows:

  • Chair: Jon Singletary, Ph.D., professor and dean, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
  • Nathan Alleman, Ph.D., associate professor, Educational Leadership
  • Mona Choucair, Ph.D., senior lecturer, English
  • Meg Cullar, director of communications, School of Education
  • Tonya Davis, Ph.D., professor, Educational Psychology
  • Tiffany Hogue, J.D., clinical professor and assistant chair, Educational Leadership
  • Jenifer Johnson, Ph.D., associate director of Undergraduate Student Recruitment, School of Education
  • Kristen Padilla-Mainor, E.S., clinical assistant professor and director of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities
  • Liz Palacios, Ph.D., dean for Student Development, Student Life
  • Mikie Ritter, Ed.D., associate dean of undergraduate and international studies, Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Tony Talbert, Ed.D., professor and graduate program director, Curriculum & Instruction
  • Matt Thomas, Ed.D., executive director of the Center for Christian Education
  • Michael Thompson, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for Undergraduate Programs, School of Engineering and Computer Science

The search committee began meeting this fall, with the goal of identifying candidates for the School of Education dean position by the end of the spring semester. They will assess potential candidates based on their academic credentials, demonstrated leadership and vision for the School of Education. The committee is soliciting candidate names from both internal and external sources and plans to review a broad and diverse pool of candidates.

The search website is located at

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