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Dean of the Graduate School of Education

The University at Buffalo (UB) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSE). A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the largest and most comprehensive public research university in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, UB is an internationally renowned center for academic excellence. Nationally and internationally recognized for its empirical and theoretical scholarship around teaching and learning, human growth and development, and the diverse contexts in which they occur, GSE believes in the power of education to transform lives and societies. The Graduate School of Education is committed to promoting equity and social justice through exceptional research, teaching, and service across its local, national and international communities.

The GSE dean will be a member of the university’s senior leadership team, working with the president, provost, deans and other senior leaders to advance the university’s mission of excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the school, the dean reports to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and is responsible for providing overall leadership to the school to promote academic excellence and advance its national and international prominence in research, education, and engagement.

UB is seeking an accomplished scholar and visionary leader to become the next GSE dean. The ideal candidate will be an individual of integrity, an advocate for the school and the university, a facilitator for interdisciplinary work within the school and across the university, a creative problem solver, and an engaged partner in building and enhancing relationships with the school’s many constituents, including alumni, and the larger community.

The dean should have substantial leadership experience in a distinguished academic or comparable setting and the capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, persuade a wide range of audiences of its value, and engage others in its implementation. He or she will have distinguished academic credentials in the field of education, counseling, educational leadership and/or library and information studies including a record of significant scholarly accomplishment and excellence in teaching and service appropriate to appointment at the rank of full professor at a research university.

In addition, candidates should demonstrate significant capacity for and a clear vision for progress in the following areas:

  • Working with faculty to define and articulate the school’s vision, direction, and priorities to further distinguish GSE and enhance its stature, within the university’s strategic plan, UB 2020
  • The Dean will build on the strength of GSE’s faculty as well as GSE’s reputation in the field of online education to increase student enrollments. In the 2017 US News and World Reports ranked GSE as one of the top 10 best online education programs in the nation.
  • Maintaining the highest standards of quality through ensuring the integrity and clarity of the tenure and promotion processes, and working with faculty under established guidelines
  • Promoting increased sponsored research
  • Cultivating an environment that fosters a diverse and inclusive community
  • Ensuring that programs are in place to nurture students and enhance their opportunities for success
  • Reaching deliberative decisions that impacted stakeholders can respect
  • Providing resourceful and sound financial, structural and human resources management for the school
  • Building upon the school’s strong relationships with alumni, members of the educational profession, community members, state and local government and other external constituencies
  • Serving as an enthusiastic and effective advocate for the school and university to internal and external constituencies and widely promoting the accomplishments of faculty, students, alumni and programs
  • Devoting substantial effort to alumni engagement and fund-development activities in order to generate additional resources for the school

Applications and nominations should be submitted as indicated at the end of this profile.

Opportunities and Challenges

It is a time of great change and opportunity in education research and training, as our ways of communicating and interacting, demographics, technologies, and societal expectations are changing. The Graduate School of Education is committed to educating world leaders in education, teaching, counseling, and information studies. GSE requires a dean who shares this commitment and seeks new opportunities for UB to create and shape new paradigms in the education and information fields.  

The successful dean will address the following Opportunities and Challenges that are central to the school’s future success:

Recruit and retain outstanding faculty and foster faculty excellence and recognition in scholarship, education, and service

The dean is responsible to the provost for the active recruitment, appointment, promotion and tenure, and retention of a diverse and accomplished faculty in the school. As an academic and administrative leader, the dean must provide visionary, collaborative, and inspiring leadership in the ongoing support and development of all faculty members in their roles of teaching, research, and service. He or she must work effectively with faculty across the disciplines of the school to understand and support their diverse needs. He or she will seek creative ways to use school, university and SUNY resources to recruit and retain faculty and support faculty activities and development. In addition, the dean will enhance the impact of scholarship while increasing faculty visibility by encouraging faculty to seek prestigious grants, fellowships, awards and honors, and developing strategies to support and increase this kind of recognition. 

Develop innovative enrollment growth strategies

Like education schools around the nation, over the past decade GSE has seen shifting interest in degree programs, with declining applications in teacher education programs, in particular, and increasing interest in online programs. GSE has been a trailblazer in developing online course delivery and has a talented staff that has positioned to realize significant increases in online enrollments.  The dean will have a comprehensive understanding of the issues currently facing education schools at public universities around the nation. The ideal candidate must be creative, flexible, innovative, and willing to meet these challenges with new ideas and optimism. This includes finding ways to increase and leverage resources in order to consistently maximize opportunities for enrollment optimization, growing enrollment in high needs areas, and working with faculty to develop programs and experiences that represent unique and distinctive areas of excellence. 

Foster a diverse and inclusive community

Diversity, inclusion, and respect are core values of the UB and GSE communities. The new dean must demonstrate a vision for, as well as a record of success in, recruiting, supporting, mentoring and retaining faculty, staff and students from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives.

Develop and implement innovative academic programs aligned with school strengths and students' interest and needs 

The dean will work with faculty to develop processes to continually evaluate academic programs and ensure these programs are aligned with institutional and school missions and goals. He or she will lead initiatives to develop new, innovative and distinctive programs, as appropriate. This includes developing interdisciplinary programs with other units on campus, launching innovative programs that may expand beyond existing academic structures, and participating in university-wide educational programs such as the UB Curriculum, Communities of Excellence, and increased experiential learning and international experience opportunities.

Encourage and support interdisciplinary connections across departments, schools and university-wide

The dean will guide and collaborate with the faculty to identify places where the school’s departments can work together and excel. While the dean’s central responsibility is the success of the Graduate School of Education, he or she is also a leader in the UB community at-large. UB is a leader in addressing grand challenges facing humans across the globe through transdisciplinary research and education. We recognize that the education of our citizens plays a crucial role in addressing these challenges. We seek a dean who will be supportive of UB’s interdisciplinary research and educational programs, promote faculty participation in them, and actively engage in advancing and developing new opportunities for future partnerships for the mutual benefit of the units involved and to advance the overall strategic priorities of UB. GSE faculty members are currently integral partners in a variety of innovative campus-wide and multi-school research, education, and service initiatives. The dean will encourage continued and increased faculty engagement in these programs. 

Continue and enhance the school’s engagement with local, national and global communities

UB GSE faculty, staff and students participate in a variety of partnerships and activities that make an impact in the Buffalo-Niagara region and around the world. The dean will be a visible representative of UB and GSE, enhancing engagement with SUNY, the regional education community, and local, national and international organizations and government partners to strengthen the school’s and university’s central role in Buffalo’s economic resurgence. The dean will promote and support impactful research, scholarship, educational opportunities, and engagement activities.

Advance alumni engagement and philanthropic support

Now more than ever, universities engage alumni and friends as strategic partners. Alumni represent one of the school’s greatest resources, impacting its efforts in recruitment, community engagement, research, career services and placement, and philanthropy. The dean will serve as a leader and active champion for alumni engagement and advancement efforts for the Graduate School of Education.

Graduate School of Education


Founded in 1931, the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education is a leading professional school with a social mission in the public interest. GSE offers more than 50 doctoral and master’s degree programs and 15 advanced degree certificates through its four departments—Counseling, School and Educational Psychology; Educational Leadership and Policy; Learning and Instruction; and Library and Information Studies. Since its founding, the school has offered cutting-edge curricula and programs to assure that it is preparing professionals who can meet the challenges of an ever-changing education and information landscape, and has been a pioneer in online education. GSE has been a steady force within the field of education and within UB for change and innovation in education and has served as an exemplar for community-based university research.

GSE’s highly-published faculty; emphasis on engaged, interdisciplinary research and inter-professional education; signature pedagogy of reflective inquiry; and innovative programs distinguish it from other schools of education and earned GSE recognition as one of the top 19% of doctoral granting education schools in the nation from US News and World Report.

Among GSE’s more than 18,000 alumni are university presidents and administrators, principals, superintendents, psychologists, counselors, information specialists, librarians, teachers, faculty, and outstanding researchers. The school’s current students are aspiring leaders and education professionals with a commitment to excellence, innovation and impact in a multicultural world. Though deeply engaged in the Buffalo-Niagara region, the school, like all of UB, attracts students from across the US and around the world because of our vibrant intellectual environment, multicultural campus community, and unrivaled opportunities we offer. Total enrollment for the school in 2016-17 academic year is approximately 1,400 students.

The school’s core mission to inform and prepare a profession to improve human development, education and information environment in local, national and global contexts is built on four essential values and principles:

  • Education and knowledge positively transform peoples’ lives.
  • Excellent research is dynamic and recursive; it both informs and is formed by practice.
  • Our best work is created when we collaborate with partners within local, national, and global communities.    
  • Ethical principles and professional standards are cornerstones of the Graduate School of Education at UB. This commitment is evident in research, teaching, and service both on campus and in all of our collaborative endeavors.

In 2014, GSE faculty, staff, students and alumni established “Pillars of Distinction,” strategic areas of focus that align the school’s vision and goals with UB’s institutional priorities. This unified vision for the school focuses on improving education across the lifespan through interdisciplinary research, educational innovation, and collaborations and partnerships; enhancing the school’s global impact and reputation; and providing lifelong support for students and alumni. The strategic plan also establishes five areas of research emphasis that build on school and faculty strengths: social and educational opportunity; information, cognition and the science of learning; literacy across the lifespan; interventions for wellness; and improving education through big data.


GSE’s 69 tenured, tenure-track and clinical faculty are world renowned scholars and experienced practitioners who have a genuine passion for inspiring students.  School faculty are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their academic areas. They engage in cutting-edge research and scholarship and transform lives through counseling, teaching, leadership and information.

GSE faculty are productive scholars. In the 2015-16 academic year, GSE faculty published seven books and 75 refereed journal articles, and the school’s annual research expenditures were $3.5 million. GSE faculty research has been supported by grants and fellowships from a wide array of agencies, organizations and foundations, such as the US Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation (NSF), National Endowment for the Arts, Spencer Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, American Educational Research Association (AERA), and Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

GSE faculty members are fellows of the National Academy of Education (NAEd), American Psychological Association, AERA, and American Counseling Association. The faculty includes editors of peer-reviewed journals, including the American Educational Research Journal and the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, and several members who serve on the editorial boards of highly ranked journals.  Faculty members have served as president of the American Educational Studies Association, American Education Finance Association, Canadian Association for Information Science, Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research, and University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), and in many other professional offices. 

Members of the education faculty have received numerous honors that recognize the strength and impact of their scholarship, teaching, and service. Among many other national and international awards, GSE faculty have received the NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Modern Language Association Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize, NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCEA Jack A. Culbertson Award, Association for Equality and Excellence in Education Arturo Schomburg Distinguished Service Award, AERA Jan Hawkins Award, National Council of Teachers of English Rewey Belle Inglis Award, National Association for Research in Science Teaching Early Career Research Award, Association for Information Science and Technology Award of Merit, and American College Personnel Association Senior Scholar. For more examples of the GSE faculty’s myriad accomplishments and recognitions, see the university’s 2014-2015 annual progress report, The List.

Centers and Institutes

The University at Buffalo is actively implementing a long-range strategic vision—known as UB 2020—that is focused on pursuing sustained research and educational excellence, achieving greater efficiency across campus operations, and expanding the university’s engagement and impact locally, nationally and globally. A key element of UB 2020 has been to promote and support collaborative, cross-disciplinary research that is dedicated to addressing the most critical issues, ideas and challenges of our time.

Recently, UB launched Communities of Excellence—multidisciplinary scholarly communities focused on addressing large-scale societal challenges through exceptional research, education and engagement. Through the Communities, UB has made an institutional investment in cross-disciplinary areas where the university has considerable research strength and tremendous potential impact, both regionally and globally. Integrated with the traditional departmental structure, Communities of Excellence provide a framework for participating faculty to leverage institutional resources, facilities, and research infrastructure. The model for the Communities, UB’s Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water (RENEW) Institute, was launched in 2014. UB RENEW was joined by three Communities of Excellence in the spring of 2015: Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART); The Genome, the Environment and the Microbiome (GEM); and Global Health Equity (GHE). GSE faculty participate in all three of the Communities of Excellences—SMART, GEM and GHE. The Graduate School of Education is expected to partner in future Communities of Excellence proposals and university-wide strategic initiatives. More information about UB’s research centers, institutes and support can be found here.

To achieve UB’s vision of delivering innovative and excellent educational opportunities across the university, in 2014 UB launched the Center for Educational Innovation, which is directed by a GSE faculty member. The center serves as a nexus for and advances the scholarship of teaching and learning through integrated services, education, research and professional development related to university teaching, learning and assessment. GSE is currently collaborating with the Center for Educational Innovation to offer a new college teaching certificate program for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars across the university.

In addition, GSE hosts numerous interdisciplinary research centers and projects that address a wide variety of societally relevant topics and include:

  • Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention: The only center of its kind nationwide, the Alberti Center was established in 2011 through a generous gift from a GSE alumna to reduce bullying through research, knowledge creation, and the development of evidence-based tools to change the language, attitudes and behaviors of educators, parents, students and society.
  • Center for Comparative and Global Studies in Education: This interdisciplinary research center coordinates courses, academic programs and scholarly activities for students, faculty and visiting scholars who are interested in international comparative and global studies in education.
  • Center for Continuing and Professional Education: Through this center, GSE offers a variety of online and on-campus continuing and professional education opportunities in timely and critical topics aligned with school and faculty strengths.
  • Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction: Since 1963, the Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction (CLaRI) has improved children’s reading and writing abilities through research, instruction and professional development. CLaRI provides direct support for children, parents and teachers and carries out research focused on issues of cultural diversity and equity, multiliteracies and multimodality, and teacher education and professional development.
  • Center on Rehabilitation Synergy: designed to build the capacity of rehabilitation professionals throughout the country through training services and technical assistance/consultation in order to improve programs serving people with disabilities.
  • English Language Institute: Founded in 1971, the English Language Institute offers English language instruction, cultural orientation and pre-academic training to international students, scholars, and area professionals.
  • Fisher-Price Endowed Early Childhood Research Center: This center conducts cutting-edge research exploring the development of cognition, language, social/emotional connections, physical skills, and perception in the first few years of life. It provides a unique child-centered, play-based early childhood education program that is one of the few preschool programs in the nation to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • Gifted Math Program: Established in 1979, this nationally recognized program provides gifted students with a challenging math curriculum in order to help them develop a strong background for future university work in mathematics, the sciences or the humanities.
  • Neurocognition Science Laboratory: This pioneering new multidisciplinary research lab explores the educational potential of virtual reality for learners at all levels and how virtual reality affects pre-teens. When completely operational, this will be one of the few places in the nation that combines virtual reality with neuroimaging technologies and other psychological and physiological measures.
  • Satsanga Center for Wellness and Positive Psychology: The Satsanga Center is dedicated to research, prevention and treatment programs, such as yoga, that help those who struggle with eating, the experience of their body, and/or eating disorders.
  • Teacher Education Institute: This institute provides coursework, field experiences, and student teaching required for New York State initial teacher certification. It also collaborates with numerous school districts and teachers to prepare pre-service teachers to be problem solvers and critical thinkers who strive to improve their teaching.

Academic Programs

UB’s Graduate School of Education offers an extensive array of online and on-campus doctoral, master’s and undergraduate programs, advanced certificates, preparation for New York State certification through accredited teacher education and other programs, and continuing education opportunities. GSE’s flexible programs allow students to work closely with faculty and participate in a variety of experiential learning opportunities that prepare them for future success, including fieldwork, practica, internships, student teaching, and research. This success is reflected in GSE’s impressive job placement rates. In 2014-15, the placement rate for students three years after graduation was 95%.

Since 2001, GSE has been at the forefront of distance education, offering high-quality, accredited, fully online degree programs for students across the world, and has been recognized for its pioneering role in improving access and excellence in online education. In the 2017 US News and World Reports rankings, GSE’s programs placed in the top 10 of the best online education programs in the nation. GSE currently offers a wide variety of fully online and blended programs at all levels across its four departments that prepare students for professional careers in counseling, teaching, leadership and information fields. In addition, in 2016, GSE launched UB’s first academic MOOC on Coursera and has several new online programs in various stages of development.

GSE offers undergraduate minors in education, counseling, and information studies and a five-year teacher education program that allows education minors to earn initial teacher certification one year after earning a bachelor’s degree. In addition, GSE offers courses for UB’s innovative new undergraduate general education program, the UB Curriculum, and provides ESL courses for international undergraduate students for UB’s national recognized Finish in 4 program, which provides participating students with the resources and guidance needed to complete their undergraduate degrees in four years. These undergraduate classes and programs introduce students to the Graduate School of Education early in their academic careers and create pathways for students into GSE programs.

Engagement and Community Impact

The Graduate School of Education encourages faculty, staff, and students to make a difference in our regional and global communities through teaching, research, and service programs, recognizing the importance of integrated engagement as vital to GSE’s and UB’s missions. GSE faculty are recognized as campus leaders in community-based research, civic engagement and partnerships with local schools and community organizations aimed at improving educational outcomes in the region and beyond. These efforts create opportunities for student experiential learning outside classrooms through the development of practicum and internship programs that enhance UB’s impact.

In 2015-16, GSE research impacted a total of 53 local K-12 schools through engagement projects; 30 of these sites were part of the Buffalo Public School system, while 10 were charter schools and 13 were in the larger Western New York region.

Examples of recent impactful partnerships and engagement projects pursued by GSE faculty include:

  • The College Success Centers and FASFA Completion Project, which address barriers to college access that students in Buffalo Public Schools face in an effort to help students break the cycle of poverty and empower them through education. This program succeeded in increasing FASFA completion rates by more than 60% in a single year
  • The multidisciplinary Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership led by GSE and the College of Arts and Sciences in partnership with Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo State College, Buffalo Museum of Science and others, which focuses on improving math and science education and teacher training in STEM fields in high-needs/high-potential urban schools
  • Hosted by the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention and regional partners, BAND Against Bullying, which is an annual arts competition for students of nine local schools that seeks to raise awareness of bullying-related issues, efforts, and legislation
  • Engineering Club, a collaboration of GSE and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which is an after-school program for elementary school students that teaches them to learn, think and approach problems like an engineer

These are just a few examples of the many ways that GSE faculty and students are engaging the community to enrich people’s lives and to address the pressing issues and challenges facing education today and in the future. 

University at Buffalo: An Overview

Impactful research, scholarly distinction, transformative student experiences, and far-reaching service to local, state, national and international communities define UB’s mission as a premier research-intensive public university. UB was founded in 1846 as a private medical college located in downtown Buffalo and joined SUNY in 1962. SUNY is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, comprising 64 campuses with a total enrollment of approximately 463,000 students; UB is the largest and most comprehensive public research university within the SUNY system. In 1989, UB was among the first public universities in the Northeast to be admitted into the Association of American Universities (AAU), joining North America’s other leading research universities.

UB enrolls more than 30,000 students (approximately 2/3 undergraduate and 1/3 graduate and professional students), and offers nearly 400 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional and doctoral levels across its 12 decanal units. UB is a global community of scholars, consistently ranking among the nation’s top 20 universities for the enrollment of international students. The university enjoys a strong international presence, maintaining affiliation agreements with over 80 universities in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. UB’s approximately 250,000 alumni live in over 145 nations worldwide.

UB has a distinguished faculty of approximately 1,600 full-time members and almost 750 part‑time members. With more than 150 research centers and institutes, UB’s current annual research expenditures, including affiliated institutions, exceed $382 million. The Libraries hold four million volumes in eight libraries and provide access to 100,000 full-text e‑journals and 800,000 e-books.

UB’s academic programs and facilities are located on three distinct campuses in the Buffalo metropolitan area. UB’s North Campus, located in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, is the university’s main undergraduate campus, and home to the Graduate School of Education and the university’s primary athletics and cultural facilities. Three miles to the south, on the northern edge of the City of Buffalo, is the university’s historic South Campus, which serves as the primary health sciences campus. UB also has a rapidly developing third campus center in downtown Buffalo. The focal point of UB’s downtown presence is the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, on which UB’s new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility is being constructed in proximity to the university’s health and life science partners (anticipated completion date of 2017).

Recognizing the key role that a vibrant 21st-century physical campus environment plays in enhancing education, research, and learning, as part of the UB 2020 vision, UB is implementing a long-range plan for enhancing its North, South, and Downtown campus spaces and connecting them more effectively to their surrounding communities. The centerpiece of this plan is the Heart of the Campus project, the first phase of which was completed in fall 2016 and focused on creating a 21st-century library experience in the undergraduate library, and the second phase of which, creating a one-stop-shop for student services, is currently underway. The Heart of the Campus project on the North Campus is designed to build a sense of place at the center of the campus, enhance coordination of student support services, offer new opportunities for collaboration outside the classroom, and enhance the student learning experience.

With annual revenues of $1.5 billion from all sources, UB and its affiliated entities generate an estimated economic impact that exceeds $2.2 billion annually in New York State. The university’s total workforce of approximately 6,200 full-time equivalent employees makes it one of the region’s largest employers. UB is also a leader and an active partner with the more than 20 public and private colleges and universities in the Buffalo-Niagara region. 

UB leadership

President Satish K. Tripathi

Internationally recognized as an accomplished researcher and transformative higher education leader, Dr. Satish K. Tripathi was appointed the 15th president of the University at Buffalo on April 18, 2011.

Dr. Tripathi, who served as UB’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004-2011, was one of the principal creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve academic excellence, and has led the university to achieve significant growth in research and scholarly activity, enhanced student quality and diversity, and an expanded international presence. Building on this strong foundation, Dr. Tripathi’s vision for UB’s future focuses on moving the university into the highest ranks of the nation’s leading research universities through expanding its reach and impact locally as well as globally.

The first international-born president in UB’s history, Dr. Tripathi served as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California-Riverside prior to coming to UB. Previously, he was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where his 19-year tenure as a faculty member included serving as chair from 1988-95. A fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he holds honorary degrees from the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, and Brock University in Ontario, Canada. In 2009, he was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Banaras Hindu University.

An active leader in the national higher education community, Dr. Tripathi is a member of the Mid‑American Conference Council of Presidents Executive Committee and serves on the boards of directors of the Association of American Universities, American Public Land-Grant Universities, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Digital Preservation Network, and Internet2. Among his numerous community leadership roles, Dr. Tripathi serves on the boards of directors of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Great Lakes Health, and was appointed by Governor Cuomo as co-chair of the Regional Economic Development Council for Western New York. 

Provost Charles F. Zukoski

An internationally renowned scholar in chemical engineering who is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was named one of the Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Charles F. Zukoski was appointed provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on June 1, 2012. As the university’s second-ranking officer, the provost is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the university’s academic vision captured in UB 2020.

Since 2012, Provost Zukoski has actively engaged the campus in a vigorous conversation about the future of higher education, how to make UB more competitive in a changing world, how to prepare graduates to be active and responsible global leaders, and how UB can enhance its local and global impact. Under his leadership, the university has launched a number of exciting initiatives that have transformed UB’s curriculum and research programs.

Provost Zukoski joined UB from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as vice chancellor for research and Elio Eliakim Tarika Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College and a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University. 

Buffalo Niagara

As a world-renowned research university, UB’s intellectual capital and innovation are playing a vital role in Buffalo’s resurgence as a thriving city that is a magnet for talented professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators who recognize the tremendous energy and momentum gathering here. Home to one of the nation’s fastest growing populations of college graduates, the Buffalo-Niagara region, with 1.1 million residents, is the state’s second largest major metropolitan area, exceeded only by New York City. The region includes a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct personality, yet commonly characterized by a distinctly neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents. Buffalo’s own strong sense of community, easy lifestyle, and affordability regularly place it in top ten lists from a variety of national publications for its overall quality of life.

Buffalo offers an impressive array of cultural and recreational opportunities uncommon for a region of its size. Buffalo’s rich cultural resources reflect its distinguished history and commitment to sustaining the arts, including the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; the world-class collection of modern painting and sculpture at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; an extensive array of historic architectural treasures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and Eero and Eliel Saarinen; and an expansive park system (including Delaware Park), considered to be the very best work of designer Frederick Law Olmsted. The city is home to the state’s largest concentration of theaters outside of New York City. Buffalo is a family friendly, livable and affordable city, with Niagara Falls, one of the major tourist attractions of the world, a short drive away. Buffalo is close to two significant wine growing regions—Niagara Escarpment and the Finger Lakes region. In addition, the Adirondack Mountains are half-day’s drive from Buffalo.  

Rich in natural resources and beauty, the Buffalo-Niagara area is a four-season region that offers the best for seasonal sports enthusiasts. University at Buffalo fans enjoy a full complement of NCAA division I sports with the UB Bulls, as well as the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, Triple-A baseball’s Buffalo Bisons, and the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits.

Less than a two-hour drive from Buffalo across the United States-Canada border is Toronto, the cultural, entertainment, and financial capital of Canada. Buffalo is also ideally located for easy access to many of America’s greatest cities. The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport offers direct flights to more than 20 cities, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, DC, all only an hour’s flight away.

Buffalo’s resurgence is making national headlines, and UB is playing a central role in the creation of a strong, sustainable knowledge economy and thriving entrepreneurial culture that are driving this revitalization. Exemplified and driven by the centrally located Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and UB’s new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility, Buffalo is experiencing a period of tremendous progress and momentum as well as unprecedented regional investments in the industries of the future and in the assets that ensure a satisfying quality of life for all its citizens.

The university and Graduate School of Education are vital participants in Buffalo’s economic resurgence and education community, and the dean will be a visible representative of the school and university. Within the local business community, UB has well-established ties with major partners such as Praxair, Lockheed Martin, Moog and Greatbatch and is also making a mark in the areas of health sciences, advanced manufacturing, materials informatics, life sciences and clean energy. The dean will encourage and support faculty, student, and staff research, education, and engagement activities that make an impact in Buffalo and around the world.


The Graduate School of Education seeks in its Dean a leader with creative vision, extraordinary energy, integrity, and the personal qualities and professional profile to inspire and lead the School to new levels of excellence. The search committee understands that no single candidate may have all of the ideal qualifications, but prefers candidates with the following experience and abilities:

  • Demonstrated capacity for leadership in a distinguished academic or comparable setting, and the ability to persuade and engage others in the mission;
  • Proven experience in developing and executing a strategy that defines a distinctive school or program identity and articulating what differentiates that entity from its peers informed by a deep understanding of the education  school marketplace;
  • An innovative approach to growing student enrollments;
  • Demonstrated a vision for and record of success in recruiting, supporting, mentoring and retaining faculty, staff and students from diverse cultures, backgrounds and perspectives;
  • A tech-savvy disposition with an ability to support and drive innovative curricular content and delivery methods; 
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate a clear, collegial vision and to engender support from both internal and external constituents in implementing that vision;
  • Proven capacity for building strong alliances and partnerships- particularly in building relationship with school board and elected officals;
  • A record of academic accomplishment that demonstrates the ability to lead  and expand the school’s research and other educational program activities with distinction;
  • Proven record of resourcefulness in the management of budgets and human resources;
  • Ability to engage effectively with local, national, and international entities as well as government partners to strengthen the school’s and university’s central role in the creation of a strong, sustainable knowledge economy as part of Buffalo’s resurgence;
  • Enthusiasm for working with alumni and other external groups; experience with and an appetite for fund-raising;
  • The ability to recruit, motivate, inspire and retain talented and diverse faculty; provide strong support for their progress through promotion and tenure with processes that ensure clarity and integrity;
  • An ability to lead a dedicated and professional Dean’s office administrative staff with a demonstrated commitment to supporting an inclusive community as a personal and professional value;
  • Experience with and commitment to transdisciplinary research and educational programs across the institution; ability to identify common interests, seek consensus and work collaboratively across schools and colleges;
  • An affinity for consensus-building and diplomacy and the ability to listen to, and be heard by, a wide variety of constituents;
  • An entrepreneurial mindset; an enthusiastic, collaborative, and even-keeled style; outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. 

Nomination and application procedures

Additional information about UB Graduate School of Education can be found at or at the search website:  

Applications, which should include a resume or curriculum vitae and an optional cover letter, should be sent to the following electronic mailbox: Electronic submission of materials is strongly preferred. Inquiries and nominations may also be sent to the web address cited above or directed to:

Sean Farrell

Isaacson, Miller

1300 19 Street, NW, Suite 700

Washington, D.C. 20036

Telephone: 202-682-1504

All materials and inquiries will be held in strict confidence until the final stages of the search, at which time the express permission of the finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate.

Compensation for this position is highly competitive. It is anticipated that the dean will begin service by the start of the 2017-18 academic year. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until a dean of the Graduate School of Education is appointed.

The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.