Saint Martin's University
College of Education & Counseling Psychology


The University seeks a visionary and collaborative academic leader. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean provides leadership for the conduct, coordination, and quality of the College’s educational programs, research activities, fundraising, finances, and community outreach.

Consensus-Builder ... Listener ... Mission-Driven ... Experienced ...Communicator ... Collegial 
Transformative ... Positive Attitude ... Leadership ... Team Player ... Supportive ... Results-Oriented Transparent ... Sense of Humor ... Integrity ... Collaborative ... Fundraiser



The Position

The Dean works collaboratively to develop and set the strategic direction for the College; represents the College effectively in regional, national, and global settings; engages alumni; and manages and generates financial resources to support and grow the multiple site educational programs of the College. Joining a peer group of four academic Deans and several academic Directors, the Dean provides leadership for the College faculty, recruits new faculty members, and guides faculty advancement; develops and implements curriculum; envisions and develops appropriate facilities; initiates, implements, and oversees a College budget; and works with academic and University leadership in strategizing for the further development of Saint Martin’s as a key center of Catholic higher education in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Specific Responsibilities include:


  • Provide leadership for the overall operations of the College.

  • Guide the College in strategic planning and oversee curriculum development, assessment, evaluation, research, and new program development to ensure instructional and practicum program excellence.

  • Develop and manage budgets within the framework of financial resources; approve and monitor all fiscal expenditures; and prioritize financial needs including new hires, program funding, facilities, and technology.

  • Oversee the College’s continuation of state and national accreditation.

  • Advocate for, and participate in, the recruitment and selection of faculty and staff and provide leadership in efforts to increase diversity within the College.

  • Provide support in performance coaching, mentoring, and evaluation of faculty and staff.

  • Support faculty and staff in leadership, scholarship, service, and professional development.

  • Cultivate and maintain collaborative partnerships and programs with regional school districts, practicum and internship sites, and agencies that further the goals of the College and the mission of the University.

  • Serve as a key representative of the College within the University and to the wider community.

  • Take an active leadership role in the outreach and effort to recruit students with a focus on increasing the diversity of student populations.

  • Assist both faculty and department chairs in resolving student concerns and serve as a source of appeal for program requirements and University policies and procedures.

  • Seek external grant and private funding to support the College programs, services, and special projects.

  • Support the University's Catholic Benedictine mission.

The Qualifications

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or Ed.D. from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education, and a record of leadership, educational excellence, and research productivity that merits appointment as a tenured Associate or full Professor in Education. Also required is the ability to demonstrate success in strategic planning and academic administration, including team-building and effective interaction with faculty, University and academic leadership, students, parents, and external stakeholders.

Core Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics:


  • Successful, progressive, and collegial leadership at the Chair, Department Director, or Dean level.

  • Ability to model the role of faculty as teacher-scholars.

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills with specific focus on cross-disciplinary teaching and research initiatives.

  • Successful experience in strategic planning, fundraising, and grant generation.

  • Ability to develop and communicate a shared vision and mission within the University and to external constituents.

  • Experience enhancing cultural diversity among students, faculty, and staff.

  • Expertise in creating partnerships and professional collaborations with parochial, public, and independent school districts.

  • Commitment to shared governance.

  • Demonstrated support for the Catholic Benedictine mission of the University.

The University

Saint Martin’s University is a Roman Catholic coeducational university, one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only Benedictine university west of the Rocky Mountains.

Founded in 1895, the University offers 25 baccalaureate and seven graduate degree programs in four colleges and schools: the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering, the School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Education and Counseling Psychology. The University has a student enrollment of approximately 1,400 undergraduates and 300 postgraduates and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio. The school's sports teams participate in the NCAA's Great Northwest Athletic Conference at the Division II level.

The Saint Martin’s community is shaped by its Benedictine heritage. Characterized by community, stewardship, hospitality, stability, listening, and love of learning; the University seeks to foster a community of faith, reverence for the dignity of all life, dedication to peace and justice, and devotion to service. Reflecting the Benedictine virtue of hospitality, the University welcomes and, indeed, seeks students not only from the Pacific Northwest, but from other parts of the nation and the world at its main and extension campuses. Saint Martin’s treasures persons of all ages, religions, and nationalities as it encourages cognizance of diverse viewpoints and an appreciation of all cultures.

The beauty of the 300-acre suburban campus reflects the rich academic and spiritual nature of its presence in the Pacific Northwest. Saint Martin’s Abbey, home to a community of Benedictine monks, is centrally located on campus. The monastic community provides firm spiritual ground for many students and alumni as they progress through a turbulent contemporary society. For additional information, please visit

The Location

Lacey, Washington, a city of 36,000 people, and neighboring Olympia, the state capital, combine for a total population that exceeds 100,000. Located near the waters of southern Puget Sound, Saint Martin's is less than an hour from Seattle, 30 minutes from Tacoma, and two hours from Portland, Oregon. With its surrounding metropolitan area, Saint Martin's and the greater Olympia area attract nationally recognized entertainers, artists, and musicians, providing cultural opportunities that complement the University's educational experience.

The southern Puget Sound area is naturally wonderful. Swimming and other water activities are as close as five minutes from campus on a wealth of nearby lakes, streams, and ocean inlets. Pacific Ocean beaches, just 50 miles west, offer opportunities for clamming, kiting, deep-sea fishing and sailing. Less than an hour away, hikers, skiers, backpackers, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts can pursue their favorite pastimes in the mountains or enjoy such spectacular Northwest attractions as Mount Rainier National Park, Mount St. Helens, the Olympic Peninsula, and the San Juan Islands.

The Invitation

Application, confidential conversation, or nomination.


To apply, please submit a complete curriculum vitae with a letter of application summarizing your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Send your application materials to me at the email address below.


To arrange a day and time for a confidential conversation, simply email me at the address below and suggest a few days and times convenient with your schedule.


If a colleague comes to mind you feel might have an interest, I would welcome your nomination. Please forward your nomination to me at the email address below or call me.


Thank you for your consideration,                                                                                                                        

Gary R. Rhoads
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The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.


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