Associate Dean-Management

Job description

Associate Dean-Management

Job no: 559982
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: International Studies And Programs
Department: International Studies And Programs Dean 10054474
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: 3/4 Time (65-89.9%), Education/Training, Student Services/Student Affairs, Academic Management
Working/Functional Title

Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships

Position Summary

International Studies and Programs (ISP) at Michigan State University (MSU) is searching for an Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships to provide leadership, vision and oversight for ISP’s global thematic and area studies centers consistent with MSU’s international themes, regions and relationships strategy. ISP intends to advance this strategy by building upon existing and developing new partnerships with universities, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, foundations and industry partners across countries, projects, and multi-continent consortiums on topics of key thematic interest to MSU faculty. The strategy will be accomplished through five strategic intents: 1) achieving scholarly excellence; 2) graduating globally competent and culturally aware students; 3) obtaining new and diversified external funding; 4) promoting cross-unit, cross-college and cross-institutional collaboration; and 5) creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

This position is open to fixed-term and tenure system faculty, preferably at the Full Professor level. The Associate Dean reports to the Associate Provost and Dean of ISP and is a member of the Executive Team in the ISP Dean’s Office. The appointment is annual (twelve-month) appointment up to 75% level of effort for five years and is contingent upon satisfactory annual performance reviews, beginning August 1, 2019. Subsequent reappointment is possible if deemed to be mutually beneficial and subject to a successful five-year performance review.

Complete project assignments in ISP as identified by the Dean, including:

  • Facilitate efforts to develop and strengthen strategic international partnerships between MSU and international universities and organizations to promote MSU faculty research, scholarship, and engagement
  • Drawing on international data for each region and thematic area of focus, build relationships across campus to understand college and unit priorities for international engagement that might be supported through strategic partnerships
  • Become a resource for MSU on the models for strategic partnerships that are being developed on campus and at peer institutions
  • Oversee and support the efforts of existing hubs and programs, including the Alliance for African Partnership and the Asia Hub, as well as ISP centers and units, as assigned
  • Collaborate with the ISP Executive Team and ISP Directors to assess opportunities and develop program proposals surrounding existing and new international initiatives
  • Assist the Associate Provost and Dean of ISP with ISP leadership, strategy and vision, working in collaboration with the ISP Executive Team
  • Attend various ISP leadership and other meetings related to the above
  • Represent the Associate Provost and Dean of ISP, as requested
Required Degree

Doctorate -Interdisciplinary, international engagem

Minimum Requirements

A Doctorate degree. Five years administrative experience as center or office director, head of department or equivalent position, including experience with strategic planning. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty and administrators from many different disciplines/colleges. International research and publishing experience, with interdisciplinary, international engagement or global studies fields preferred. Fixed-term and tenure system faculty, preferably at the Full Professor level.

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit a CV, letter of interest and the name and contact information for three professional references.

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Department Statement

Michigan State University has been intentionally global for more than 60 years, and is known worldwide as a top research university. It is home to renowned scholars and scientists from around the globe and a vibrant and diverse community of undergraduates and graduate students. MSU leverages international partnerships with scientists and practitioners from academia, the government, private sector, and strategically chosen research and development organizations to create new knowledge and explore innovative and practical solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

The growth of Michigan State University’s international work can be tied to the development of the Office of International Studies and Programs (ISP). ISP is the hub for international research, teaching and outreach at MSU. As a university-level office under the leadership of an associate provost and dean, ISP supports international activities throughout the institution, working to mobilize MSU's research and scholarship, enhance study abroad and other educational programs, form and strengthen international partnerships, and welcome and support international visitors, scholars and students.

Within ISP are seven global thematic and area studies centers, programs for students and scholars, and resources for international travel and safety, international research collaboration, and faculty and student support. ISP also has strong ties to affiliated international units across campus focusing on agriculture, business, education, engineering, health, international development, and language study.

A defining characteristic of the MSU model is that ISP does not have its own solely assigned faculty. Consistent with the goal of spreading the international dimension throughout the university, all faculty members have their major academic appointments in university departments and schools across campus. This allows ISP to serve as a convener of interdisciplinary groups of faculty drawn from throughout MSU’s 17 academic colleges.

ISP’s efforts expand and deepen MSU’s global research and help create the scientific knowledge needed for responding to the world’s emerging opportunities and global goals. ISP works to position MSU as a leader in international research and scholarship, the internationalization of higher education, and as an indispensable partner in global collaborations.

International Student Impact

Since admitting its first international student in 1878, MSU has welcomed tens of thousands of international students and scholars. Today, MSU is home to more than 7,200 students and scholars from more than 130 countries. In addition to their academic and cultural contributions on campus, these students also have a tremendous positive economic impact, contributing $310.2 million to the local economy and supporting 4,675 jobs in the region.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Feb 12, 2019 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 12, 2021 Eastern Standard Time




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