Dean of Natural Sciences

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St. Norbert College seeks candidates with a progressive record of innovative academic and administrative accomplishment to serve as the next dean of natural sciences. St. Norbert College, a thriving, nationally ranked Catholic liberal arts college known for its academic excellence, international focus, and leadership and service opportunities is situated on an attractive, riverside campus in De Pere, Wisconsin, a community contiguous with the city of Green Bay. St. Norbert is the only college in the world sponsored by the Norbertines, a Catholic order devoted to community, education, and serving the needs of others.

About St. Norbert College: As one of the nation’s top Catholic liberal arts colleges, St. Norbert builds on the beliefs and practices of an ancient religious order while responding to the current needs of its students and communities. Today at St. Norbert College, the spirit of Norbert of Xanten, who founded the Norbertine order of priests in the twelfth century, lives through this modern, bustling community dedicated to transforming and empowering its students. The college has seen remarkable development in the past decade, particularly the construction and renovation of more than $150 million in campus facilities and infrastructure. St. Norbert is characterized by recent strong enrollments, as evidenced over the past ten years by the largest, most diverse, and most talented first-year classes in the college’s history.

At St. Norbert College, a holistic approach to students characterizes the curriculum and classroom; faculty use their award-winning research to challenge and encourage students to greater curiosity, and students learn and collaborate both in and outside the classroom in an integrated experience. St. Norbert College is organized into four academic divisions – Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Visual & Performing Arts – and the Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics.

The Division of Natural Sciences: The Division of Natural Sciences provides an educational environment that fosters intellectual, spiritual, and personal development. The division serves a variety of students interested in engaging with the world around them, from pre-professional students interested in medical fields, to students interested in global environmental issues, to students interested in engineering and technology. Throughout their coursework and beyond, students build critical thinking skills, research skills, and the communication skills needed to work with both technical and lay audiences. The division consists of 7 academic disciplines (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics and Physics), each offering at least one major and minor, in addition to the divisional Natural Sciences major.

The Dean of Natural Sciences: The dean serves as the academic and administrative leader for the Division of Natural Sciences and advocates for the mission, purpose, and support of the division’s programs. The dean reports to the vice president for academic affairs. The dean exercises responsibility over all internal and external activities impacting the division, implementation of its strategic plan, and its financial management. The dean will also work with the vice president of college advancement to identify priorities for philanthropic support and secure such support for teaching, research, program development, professional development, facilities, scholarships, and other needs, while providing leadership and support for the value of a liberal-arts-based education.

Qualifications: The Dean of Natural Sciences must possess an earned doctorate or terminal degree in a discipline housed, or closely related to those, in the Division of Natural Sciences; a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and research that warrants appointment as a tenured associate or full professor; demonstrated successful administrative leadership, including management of budgets, personnel, and curriculum; experience with the evaluation and development of faculty and staff; experience in resource development and community engagement; and a commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and shared governance

Additional information, including a profile containing a full list of responsibilities, is available here.

How to Apply: Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by August 17, 2021. Application materials (to include a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references – who will not be contacted without permission) must be electronically submitted to:

[email protected] 

Assisting St. Norbert College in this search are Ann Die Hasselmo ([email protected]) and Chris Butler ([email protected]), consultants with Academic Search, Inc., of Washington, D.C. Further information about St. Norbert College is available at

St. Norbert College is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of our people, ideas, and talents. We welcome individuals with diverse experiences, backgrounds, and skills to join our college community in our pursuit of inclusion and excellence. Women and individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

St. Norbert College, a Catholic institution rooted in the Norbertine tradition, welcomes applications from members of all backgrounds and faith traditions. The College’s mission emphasizes the Norbertine vision of community and includes providing “an educational environment that fosters intellectual, spiritual and personal development.” We seek those who will contribute to our mission and support our commitment to building a vibrant, diverse and spiritually engaged community. Mission Statement

The College offers an outstanding benefits package including health, dental, and life insurance, retirement plan; paid time-off and tuition waiver.




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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 8/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time

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