Professor, Dean, College of Natural Sci

East Lansing, MI
Apr 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources and collaborative power on creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a vibrant and diverse community of students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

Posting Number: 4966

Internal Posting Date: 02-14-2017

Internal Closing Date: 04-23-2017

External Closing Date: 04-23-2017

Review of Applications begins on: 02-28-2017

Job Title: Professor

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Major Administrative Unit/College: Provost - VP for Academic Affairs

Primary Department: 10050692 PROVOSTS OFFICE

Position Employee Group: Tenure System Faculty-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Tenure System Faculty

Employment %: 100%


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Position Summary: Michigan State University seeks an experienced, collaborative, and visionary leader for the position of Dean of the College of Natural Science. Michigan State University is one of the world's leading public, research intensive, land-grant institutions. It enrolls over 50,000 students in seventeen colleges, including 11,400 graduate students, employs more than 11,000 faculty and staff, and has approximately 541,000 living alumni worldwide. The beautiful 5,200-acre campus is located in East Lansing, Michigan, adjacent to the state capital and an hour from suburban Detroit.

The College of Natural Science (CNS) comprises 28 departments, programs, and centers in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences. The College averages $28 million in research expenditures annually while providing outstanding education opportunities to more than 5,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. There are approximately 325 faculty and staff associated with the College and more than 40,000 living alumni. CNS faculty conduct research at or manage an impressive number of world-class scientific facilities, including the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the SOAR 4.5m telescope in Chile, the MSU Department of Energy (DOE) Plant Research Laboratory, the Center for Microbial Ecology, the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, and other core research infrastructure facilities. CNS provides instruction in the natural sciences for all MSU undergraduates and offers programs of study leading to B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., M.A.T., and Ph.D. degrees.

The Dean of CNS is the chief academic officer of the College and is responsible to the Provost and the President for its general administration. The Dean provides leadership and vision in strategic planning and implementation of programs in addition to advancing College development activities. Michigan State University seeks a Dean with high academic standards, outstanding record of scholarship, demonstrated commitment to diversity, ability to advocate effectively for the College to local, national, and international constituencies, and strong willingness to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to set and implement college and university priorities.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications Support Staff: Minimum Requirements Qualifications include an earned doctorate, or the equivalent, a record appropriate to appointment as Professor (with tenure) in a College department, relevant administrative experience, and evidence of significant international stature in a discipline within the natural sciences. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
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Number of Reference Letters Required: No letters required

Special Instructions to Applicants: Acceptance of inquiries, nominations, and applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Applicants are encouraged to transmit a detailed letter of interest and resume online at

John Muckle, Vice President
Andarla Hodge, Associate
Isaacson, Miller
Phone: 617-262-6500

Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2017; and continue until the position is filled.

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Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Victor DiRita/Chairperson/

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Union Affiliation: Non Union

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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