Professor-Tenure System

East Lansing, Michigan
Sep 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

The Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources invites nominations and applications for the position of Chairperson of the Department of Community Sustainability, an interdisciplinary department that provides a stimulating intellectual environment for engaged scholarship. Most members of the faculty are social scientists, but the Department also includes individuals with backgrounds in the natural sciences and humanities. Research, teaching, and outreach programs in the Department engage with a broad array of communities to address sustainability challenges and goals. The Department's commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, recent growth in student enrollment, a cadre of newly hired faculty, and an identity that emphasizes community engagement provide a rich opportunity for leadership to support and enhance an inclusive departmental vision. The position is available as early as August 16, 2017. 

The Chairperson of the Department of Community Sustainability provides facilitative leadership to the Department in all teaching, research, extension, and outreach programs and is expected to maintain and enhance a creative and productive environment for the faculty, support staff, and students. The Chairperson serves as the chief administrative officer of the Department, and reports directly to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and interacts with senior leadership of the College, Michigan State University Extension and MSU AgBioResearch 
(formerly Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station) on a regular basis. 

Specific responsibilities of the Chairperson include: 

-Provide facilitative leadership to advance the mission and vision of the Department; 
-Advance strategic short- and long-range program planning and development for research, teaching, and extension/outreach programs; 
-Support faculty and student achievement throughout the Department, and foster a culture of collaboration, creativity, and mentorship; 
-Work cooperatively within the governance structure of the Department, which currently includes an associate chair, coordinators of undergraduate and graduate programs, and a faculty-elected Faculty Advisory Committee; 
-Work cooperatively within the larger governance structure 
of the College and University; 
-Foster diversity, equity and inclusion within the Department and its programs; 
-Foster a community of Department alumni; 
-Recruit excellent faculty and staff, assign responsibilities, evaluate performance, and promote faculty, student, and staff development; 
-Manage and administer Department budget and provide oversight in the procurement of financial and other resources; and 
-Advance fund development at the Department, College, and University levels. 

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.      

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates must have an earned doctorate and meet the requirements for tenure at the rank of full professor in the Department of Community Sustainability. This includes a distinguished record of scholarship, leadership, teamwork, and dedication to the land grant philosophy. The successful candidate must show excellence in sustainability scholarship, including teaching, research, and extension/outreach, and must exhibit preparedness for administration of a large, diverse faculty. The Chairperson of the Department of Community Sustainability must embrace interdisciplinary scholarship and the intellectual diversity within the Department. Applicants must demonstrate innovative and collaborative leadership, and possess a commitment to community engagement. 

The successful candidate must support long-range planning and bring leadership to build on the current strengths of the Department, promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the Department, further advance the departmental mission, and promote national and international prominence.             

Review of Applications begins on:


Department Website:

Required Applicant Documents:

Resume/CV, Cover letter, Other Document

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Qualified persons are requested to submit (i) a cover letter of application; (ii) a statement of administrative philosophy and vision emphasizing a) ability to foster faculty/staff/student development, b) alignment of leadership vision and experience with CANR's focus on excellence through diversity and inclusion, and c) program direction and growth for the future; (iii) complete curriculum vitae; and (iv) at the end of the cover letter the names, addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of five references. Nominations and applications may be sent in confidence to the University's executive search firm: 

Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner 
10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 190 
Brentwood, TN 37027 
[email protected]             

Advertised: Apr 26, 2017 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: