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Posted: 06/23/2024

Position Summary The Director of Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) works collaboratively with the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services to provide leadership for all educator preparation programs, including curriculum, assessment, accreditation, policies, and personnel. The Director works closely with Office of Educator Preparation program staff to manage clinical field placements, establish and support BK-12 and community college partnerships, and ensure compliance with national and state accreditation standards. The Director supervises the Associate Director of Clinical Experiences and Pathway Partnerships and the Associate Director of Assessment and Accreditation. The Director works collaboratively with faculty across 5 academic colleges and more than 20 academic programs to implement initial and advanced educator preparation programs.
Required Qualifications Terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) from a regionally accredited college or university in education, higher education administration, or a related field.
Three years of BK-12 public school teaching experience.
Experience with curriculum development in higher education.
Experience leading a diverse staff and resolving day to day issues with staff and students.
Knowledge of regional and/or disciplinary accreditation standards and reporting practices.
Established record of relationship building and partnership activity with BK-12 public school and/or school district administrators.
Evidence of strong decision-making and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated project management skills.
Record of supporting teacher preparation and development in the service of diverse, marginalized communities.
Demonstrated commitment to social justice and educational transformation.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Preferred Qualifications Teaching experience in higher education, online, and/or face-to-face.
Experience in higher education administration.
Involvement with educator preparation program accreditation such as Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) or Association forAdvancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).
Duties & Responsibilities Leadership Duties:
Provides leadership for the daily operations and essential functions of the Office of Educator Preparation Programs (OEPP) including supervision of the Associate Director of Clinical Experiences and Pathway and Partnerships and Associate Director of Assessment and Accreditation.
Monitors research and trends in educator preparation across the state and in the field and communicates relevant information to educator preparation programs.
Serves as a liaison and CMU representative to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) regarding curriculum revisions, state mandates, and innovative programming.
Facilitates the implementation of state-mandated educator preparation initiatives.
Serves as the CMU Educator Preparation Program (EPP) representative to state level organizations such as Directors and Representatives of Teacher
Education Programs (DARTEP) and the MDE.
Serves as a liaison to all EPP programs across the university.
Participates in developing initiatives that support student success and are aligned with the university’s mission, vision, values, and priorities.
Establishes an ethical and collegial work environment and promotes a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team.
Strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent-builder that develops team attributes, furthering unit goals.

Management Duties:
Manages, implements, and assesses the effectiveness of the EPP shared governance system.
Coordinates the EPP shared governance committee assignments.
Serves as the main point-of-contact for inquiries involving regulations and policies related to educator licensure, certification, and accreditation requirements.
Provides support to OEPP staff to resolve student issues related to educator licensure.
Provides oversight for CAEP accreditation and EPP reporting such as data pack preparation, program assessment, and data analysis reporting.
Provides oversight and support on special events related to educator preparation such as the Students Educating Every Child (SEEC) Conference, articulation agreements; and off-campus program offerings.

Collaboration Responsibilities:
Works collaboratively with faculty to support specialized accreditation efforts across the college including NAEYCCOAPRTCIDANASAD.
Collaborates with the Dean’s Office on system support for program assessment data.
Establishes and maintains excellent communication and positive relationships with both internal and external partners.
Builds a sense of community across diverse populations, including across grade level programs.
Collaborates with deans/associate deans regarding EPP curriculum, accreditation, personnel, and policies.
Works collaboratively with the Dean’s office to establish the annual budget to support cooperating teachers, university supervisors, teacher candidates, and the work of the OEPP.
Works collaboratively with the Dean to establish new BK-12 partnerships and to support educators.
Works collaboratively with department chairs to ensure course scheduling and modalities support the timely progression of teacher candidates through to program completion.

Serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Supervision Exercised Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. The Leadership Standards define how we lead and treat others in our teams. As leaders, it is our responsibility to seek input from our teams to continuously improve leadership abilities and demonstration of the standards. Additionally, it is our responsibility to encourage and support the growth and development of those whom we lead. At CMU, we encourage employees to grow both personally and professionally, and thus advance CMU’s culture of excellence.
Message to Applicants Central Michigan University is dedicated to fostering a broadly diverse and inclusive campus that respects all social identities, experiences, and perspectives. In an effort to further this initiative, we are especially interested in candidates who will advance and promote an inclusive and supportive environment for every member of our university community.

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. Please review the Leadership Standards before applying for this position.
Employee Group Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level  
Pay Range $90,000 - $100,000 per year
Division Academic Affairs
Department College of Education & Human Services
Position Status Regular
Position End Date  
Employment Status Full-Time
FTE 1.0
Position Type 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / weekends and evenings as needed
Location Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department  
About CMU Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.

We serve nearly 15,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.

CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.

Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.

Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.
CMU Leadership Standards Central Michigan University is a place where we value students and work for their success, where we act as family, and where employees are engaged, appreciated and have extraordinary opportunities to make a difference.

We intentionally maintain and strengthen the hallmark CMU culture that sets us apart from our peers by expecting CMU leaders and employees to model the following Leadership Standards and develop them within their teams.

Please review the Leadership Standards before applying for this position.
EEO Statement
CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex‐based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see https://www.cmich.edu/offices-departments/OCRIE).
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CMU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, including admission and employment, and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 not to discriminate in such a matter.
Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be made to CMU’s Title IX Coordinator, the US Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary, or both.
CMU’s Title IX Coordinator can be reached at:

Phone: 989-774-3253
Office: 103 E. Preston St.
Bovee University Center, suite 306
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Email: titleix@cmich.edu
Posting Ends  
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first learn of this job opportunity? Please list the specific advertising source or indicate if it was word of mouth.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Are you currently an internal employee of CMU according to the university's definition?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * If yes, to which employee group do you belong? (If not applicable, select "Not Applicable").
    • Not Applicable
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    • Office Professional
    • P&A, SO or Faculty
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    • Service Maintenance
    • Supervisory/Technical
  4. * Do you have a terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) from a regionally accredited college or university in education, higher education administration, or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have at least three years of BK-12 public school teaching experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have experience with curriculum development in higher education?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have experience leading a diverse staff and resolving day to day issues with staff and students?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. Please review the Leadership Standards before applying for this position and click “Yes” if you understand and support the culture that is important to CMU.
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. List of References

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