DEAN, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Commensurate to education and experience.
May 17, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

DEAN, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences


The University of Arkansas invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Academic Programs. 

The Bumpers College offers 14 majors and 21 minors for students interested in plants, animals, agri-business, food, the natural environment and includes the School of Human Environmental Sciences. Each major provides a close-knit, family like, student-centered atmosphere. Together with personal attention from faculty, use of hands-on experiential learning methods and an active and growing undergraduate research program, the College provides opportunity for intellectual enrichment beyond the traditional undergraduate experience. The Bumpers College has been the fastest growing college on campus in recent years with an enrollment of 2087 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.  The Bumpers College has a total of 215 faculty members, and in that total, there are 103 faculty members with active mentor standing in the Honors College and 10 Endowed Chair positions.

As Dean, the position reports directly to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  The Dean provides academic, intellectual and administrative leadership to the College.  As Associate Vice President for Academic Programs, the position reports directly to the Vice President for Agriculture and works with the Associate Vice Presidents for Research and for Extension to address the many challenges and opportunities faced by agricultural and rural communities in Arkansas.  Key areas of focus include student recruitment, leadership for innovative and relevant learning platforms, and the role that Bumpers College can play in preparing students for careers in food, family and environment. The position is the major administrative link between academic activities at the Fayetteville campus and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture.

The Division of Agriculture includes the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.  In addition to the Research and Extension Center in Fayetteville, the Division consists of four outlying research and extension centers, seven branch stations, the Center for Excellence in Poultry Science and the Institute of Food Science and Engineering.  Division scientists are also located on the campuses of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Arkansas State University, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The Division’s annual budget is in excess of $130 million.

Candidates must have an earned doctoral degree and qualify for appointment as a tenured professor in the College.  Experience in and a strong vision for the Land Grant system and demonstrated success in academics is strongly preferred.  In addition, the successful candidate should have evidence of effective, creative leadership and possess excellent communication skills necessary to be a strong advocate for the College and faculty within the College at the campus, state and national levels.  Candidates should have a broad knowledge and appreciation of both Agricultural Sciences and Human Sciences.  Salary is based upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.  The fringe benefits package is competitive. Complete applications must include a letter of application and current resume with the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references.  Please visit to apply by the August 18, 2017 deadline.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or

gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.