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Searching for Dean, Dorothy M. Bush College of Education

Founded in 1898, Dallas Baptist University is a comprehensive, Christ-centered university with a mission to produce servant leaders who will seek to transform the world for the glory of God. The DBU campus, located in the southern foothills of Dallas, is home to more than 4,700 students, some 2,000 of which reside on campus. DBU offers a variety of degree options for students on the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

The Dorothy M. Bush College of Education is nationally recognized for developing incredibly trained and prepared educators and education administrators in public, private, and charter institutions. Its faculty of dedicated professors has a wide-range of experience both teaching in the classroom and leading elementary and secondary schools.

The College of Education is seeking to find its next Dean who will not only continue to advance the mission of DBU and continue the success of the College, but also propelling its work to the next level.

This new leader will be carry on the tradition of servant leadership that has been established throughout DBU, with a student-centered focus and a desire to mentor and train students in addition to developing a spirit of camaraderie and unity among the faculty, both in the College of Education and throughout the DBU community.

Above all, the Dean should model the Christ-centered focus of DBU and demonstrate a strong commitment to the two greatest commandments: to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love their neighbor as themselves. It is the belief of DBU that this second commandment is best understood through the principle of servant leadership.

Therefore, the next Dean of the College of Education should embrace and embody the ideals of what it means to be a servant leader—seeing their role as a servant to the University and those who make up the DBU Family; putting the needs of others ahead of himself or herself; attempting to place individuals in the best possible positions to succeed in their God-given callings; approaching the position with a high level of humility, knowing that their role is a temporary shepherd, not the owner, of the University; demonstrating a winsome and engaging personality that welcomes input and involvement from others; and treating all levels of the University community with kindness, compassion, and gentleness, while also helping the University and the College of Education continue to strive for excellence.

Applicants for this position should also have a terminal degree in education, as well as an extensive background in teaching and educational administration. They should also be active members of their local Baptist church.

Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019. For further inquiries or to request an application packet, please complete the online form or email email@

The DBU Story

For more than 100 years, Dallas Baptist University has been producing servant leaders who seek to impact the world for the cause of Christ. Throughout this time, the University has experienced challenges and triumphs, all while attempting to maintain a focus on being a University that pleases God.

A group of North Texas Baptists established Decatur Baptist College in 1898 as the first two-year institution of higher education in Texas. Conceived as a feeder school for other universities, Decatur Baptist sought to bridge the gap between Texas’ public education system and larger colleges by allowing students to complete preparatory work along their way to a bachelor’s degree.

After much prayer and discussion, the decision was made to move the College to Dallas, thus establishing Dallas Baptist College, with its first classes being offered in the fall of 1965, with its first graduating class in 1970. In 1985, the college achieved university-status, becoming Dallas Baptist University and offering master’s programs for the first time.

Since that time, DBU has grown tremendously. Currently, the University offers 73 undergraduate majors, 32 master’s programs, and 2 doctoral programs. for its more than 4,700 students.

In addition, the University’s net assets have grown from $19.9 million to $150 million, and the University has finished each fiscal year in the black for the last 26 years. The campus has expanded from 200 acres to 368 acres.

Average SAT scores for incoming DBU freshmen have been raised from 887 in 1992 to 1180 in 2018. In addition, 82% of full-time faculty have doctorates or terminal degrees, compared to 52% in 1988. Another 9% of the full-time faculty are currently working on a terminal degree.

The University also has an active international student population, with 673 students at DBU, representing 68 countries.

In 2018, DBU once again received full affirmation from its accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. In addition, the University has expanded its reputation through partnerships and associations with other national accrediting and academic bodies.

The National Council on Teacher Quality continues to recognize the College of Education as one of the top teacher preparation programs in the country, receiving top marks for both its elementary preparation as well as its secondary preparation.

The University’s focus on servant leadership continues to grow through its service learning program, which integrates academic instruction, community service, and guided reflection from a Christ-centered, faith-based perspective in order to enhance student learning, to foster global civic responsibility, and to develop servant leaders. Each month, an estimated 2,000 DBU students provide over 10,000 service hours to non-profit organizations throughout the DFW Metroplex. Additionally, student-athletes participate in community service through the Global Sports Mission Initiative, where they have been involved in local and global projects.

In addition, the University recently began its Office of Mentoring designed to help students connect with professional and spiritual mentors who can help guide them along the way.

Throughout the midst of this growth, the University has remained committed to its core mission statement—to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning wherever the Lord may lead them. DBU graduates serve across the country and around the world as business leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, lawyers, doctors, missionaries, athletes, administrators, pastors, and the list could go on.

In 2018, the University adopted a new Strategic Plan with goals that reflect this continuing commitment to being a University that above all else is pleasing to God. While the future may not be clear, the direction is. Dallas Baptist University will remain a Christ-centered institution for years to come.

Quick Facts

Established: Decatur, Texas, 1898
Relocated to Dallas: 1965
Institutional control: Private
School type: 4-year, doctoral level
Accreditation: SACSCOC, level V*
Academic calendar: 4-1-4
Religious affiliation: Baptist General Convention of Texas
Total Number of Students: 4,766**
Undergraduate Students: 3,014
Master’s Students: 1,470
Doctoral Students: 282
International Students: 673
Student-faculty ratio: 13:1
Faculty w/Terminal Degrees: 82%
Total Number of Staff: 304
Total Number of Faculty: 133

Annual Budget: $124 million
Endowment: $51 million
Net Assets: $199 million
Undergraduate Majors: 85
Master’s Degrees: 32
Dual Master’s Degrees: 73
Doctoral Programs: 2
Undergraduate tuition: $29,220/yr
Room and board: $8,226/yr
Avg. Freshman GPA: 3.52
Avg. Freshman ACT/SAT: 22.2/1180
NCAA Varsity Sports:
Division I - Baseball (Missouri Valley
Division II - 14 sports (Heartland
Club Sports: 5

*Dallas Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Dallas Baptist University.

** as of Fall 2018

Dorothy M. Bush College of Education

The Dorothy M. Bush College of Education exemplifies a culture of high expectations, servant leadership, academic integrity, and a passion for preparing the next generation of educators. With the integration of academic rigor and Christian faith, the College provides a unique structure to ensure success in a changing world.

The spirit of cooperation, support, and encouragement is an every day expectation and practice. Diversity is embraced and enriches the learning environment, all the while ensuring academic success for all. Everyone works as a team and wants to provide the best educational experience possible for our students.

The vision of the Educator Preparation Provider is to produce Christ-centered educators who are committed to transforming the world through excellent instruction and Biblical servant leadership.

The mission of the DBU College of Education Educator Preparation Unit is to provide a Christ centered, supportive learning environment in which candidates develop as servant leaders to transform the lives of all students in order to create a positive impact in their local and global community. The Educator Preparation Unit seeks to prepare DBU candidates through the development of deep content and pedagogical knowledge, effective skills, and critical dispositions.


  • Texas Education Agency
  • Southern Association of Colleges and School/ Council on Colleges
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation


  • Top 1% for Elementary Teacher Preparation Programs, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality
  • #2 in Texas for Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality
  • Top 100 Online Graduate Programs in US, according to US News & World Report


Spring 2019 Semester

Undergraduates 327 students
Masters 326 students
Doctor of Education 127 students

Undergraduate Programs

Teacher Certification in:

  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Elementary Education (Interdisciplinary Academic)
  • English
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Natural Sciences
  • Special Education
  • Speech

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts

  • Teaching
  • Sport Management

Master of Education

  • Bilingual Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership
  • Kinesiology
  • Reading and ESL
  • School Counseling
  • Special Education

Master of Science

  • Kinesiology
  • Learning Technologies

Doctor of Educational in Educational Leadership

  • K-12 Leadership Concentration

COE Personnel

  • 20 Full-time Faculty
  • 100+ Adjunct Faculty
  • 5 Full-time Staff
  • 17 Student Workers

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