Paul Kei Matsuda

UMBC Education Chair Search

Chair, Department of Education

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)


UMBC seeks an educational leader with vision and demonstrated ability to head the Department of Education in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Eligible to be appointed at Full Professor rank, the successful candidate for Chair must have a doctoral degree, a minimum of 5 years of administrative experience, a substantive scholarly record, and a record of successful teaching.


Located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., UMBC is an NCATE-accredited, Carnegie Research University (RU/H) widely recognized for its commitment to diversity and excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, with a total enrollment of 12,000 students, 40% of whom are minorities.


The Department has 80 full- and part-time faculty members, with 21 full-time faculty on tenure-track, clinical, and lecturer lines. Serving over 550 graduate students, the Department enrolls the largest number of graduate students on campus in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) initial certification program, the Master of Arts in Instructional Systems Development Program, the Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) advanced degree program. It also partners with six other departments in offering the interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Language, Literacy, and Culture. In addition, approximately 250 students are seeking initial teacher certification through the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education undergraduate programs. The Department is actively engaged in state and national initiatives to increase the number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers. The department also has strong online programs.


Committed to PreK-16 collaboration, UMBC has built strong ties with the State of Maryland’s network of teacher education institutions, as well as partnerships with culturally and linguistically diverse school districts, including Professional Development Schools (PDS) and MAE cohort programs for in-service teachers. The Department also collaborates on several NSF grants designed to educate more STEM teachers, and has recently received a $1 million U.S. Department of Education ESOL development grant, as well as substantial scholarship funds from private donors.


The Chair will supervise all departmental activities, including curriculum development, the department budget, personnel, and coordination of accreditation reviews for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and NCATE. The Chair will also assist in the University’s marketing efforts of Department programs and pursue funding opportunities. The Chair must be able to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders.


Applicants should send a letter of interest including a description of major leadership accomplishments and research activities, curriculum vitae, and manuscript reprints to: Dr. Sarah Shin, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Education, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 or by email to In addition, applicants should ask for three letters of reference to be sent to the same address.


Consideration of candidates will begin October 15, 2009 and continue until the position is filled; for optimal consideration, applications should be received by October 15.


For information about UMBC and the Department of Education, respectively, visit: and


UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from a diverse pool of candidates.


Department of Education | University of Maryland, Baltimore County | Phone: 410.455.2465


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