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Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education

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North Dakota State University (NDSU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education. The University seeks an individual who will provide vision and leadership to the College.


The Dean reports to the Provost and is responsible for: administering the College and its programs; leading the faculty in planning, developing, and implementing instructional, research, service, outreach activities, and state-wide Extension units (consistent with NDSU’s land-grant mission); in collaboration with departments, overseeing College’s recruitment and retention effort to increase the number of majors and enhancing academic success of students enhancing relationships with internal and external constituencies; supporting the efforts of the NDSU Foundation; fostering participatory management and continuous improvement of programs; implementing academic policies; administering the College budget; evaluating faculty for tenure and promotion; appointing College ambassadors’ advisor; leading Dean’s Office staff; supporting departmental initiatives for program growth and improvement; serving as a member of the Provost’s Council of Deans; leading and mentoring the Dean’s cabinet; and fostering a climate characterized by equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in one of the College’s administrative units or a related discipline, and a record of academic achievement warranting the rank of full professor
  • Leadership experiences, such as a successful Program Director, Department Chair or Head, or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with internal and external constituents to promote and execute a shared mission and vision
  • A record of administrative experience that fosters a collaborative, inclusive work environment in which diversity and integrity are valued
  • Effective communication (oral, written, and listening) and interpersonal skills
  • Administrative experience with personnel (including performance appraisals) and fiscal management (planning, budgeting, and follow-through) responsibilities
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Evidence of commitment to enhancing student learning
  • Evidence of commitment to promoting research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Progression in achievements in leadership, including, but not limited to, experience as a successful Dean, Associate Dean, equivalent or higher
  • Demonstrated ability to fundraise and secure external funding
  • Participation in leading successful accreditation processes
  • Experience in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students
  • Evidence of understanding responsive program development
  • Evidence of understanding the value of diverse programs within the College
  • Evidence of commitment to shared governance


The College’s programmatic offerings are across six administrative units: Apparel, Merchandising, Interior Design, and Hospitality Management; Center for 4-H Youth Development; Human Development and Family Science; Education; Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences; and Office of Teaching and Learning. We offer 9 undergraduate majors plus 18 teaching specialties, and graduate study at the Masters, Specialist, Certificate and Doctoral levels.

The College is home to over 1,233 undergraduate students, 347 graduate students, and 112 full time faculty and staff. We house one of the largest doctoral programs on the campus, and enroll 15% of the graduate students on campus.

Through our exceptional academic programs, creative learning opportunities and world class research, we equip students to positively impact the human experience in the world. We are proud of the 18,628 living graduates of the College, which represents approximately 19% of the alumni population of the University. The Dean works with a volunteer alumni advisory group called the Board of Visitors which represents a broad range of successful alumni committed to supporting the College's faculty, staff, and students. Thanks to the strong philanthropic spirit of loyal alumni and friends of the College, we are proud to steward over $9 million in endowed resources to competitively recruit and retain students and faculty. The College has a dedicated major gifts officer deployed with the NDSU Foundation to engage and cultivate alumni for continued philanthropic support.

The College plays an integral role in upholding the University’s land grant mission through Extension programing in every county within the state. The Center for 4-H Youth Development offers learning opportunities outside the classroom across the state and reaches over 25,000 North Dakota youth. For additional information on the College of Human Sciences and Education, including the mission and vision of the College, visit


Proud of and committed to its historic land-grant mission, NDSU is ranked by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as North Dakota’s only top-100 public research university. In that category, NDSU is 95th in the nation in total R&D expenditures. Research productivity leads the state and in recent years climbed as high as $156 million as reported to the NSF.

NDSU is located in the vibrant and growing city of Fargo, North Dakota. North Dakota has been one of the fastest growing states in the country over the past decade with the Fargo area in the vanguard of that growth, with a metropolitan population of more than 257,000. Residents of Fargo enjoy a fantastic quality of life with the city continuously earning numerous national awards. Residents enjoy a wide range of cultural and entertainment options from live theater, ballet, opera, galleries, museums, and athletic events. The area also includes an array of restaurants, craft breweries, wineries, as well as shopping options. The area is abundant with natural beauty and activities for the outdoor lover. Fargo offers a lower unemployment rate, favorable tax structure as well as a cost of living that is 8.1% less than the U.S. average. With higher than the national average investment per student, Fargo is proud of its public-school system.

The NDSU community prioritizes and values diversity and inclusion and takes collective responsibility for ensuring a sense of belonging, respect, and justice that supports the success of each person. NDSU especially encourages applications from women, members of ethnic minority groups, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented classes.

Moreover, Fargo is an increasingly cosmopolitan metropolitan area, with steady and notable growth over the past few years in its cultural and ethnic diversity. Considering these consistent trends, NDSU is actively engaged in attracting candidates from diverse backgrounds. NDSU genuinely values and encourages their contributions to making the campus reflect, embrace and meaningfully promote this diversity. For further information on North Dakota State University, visit


Questions about the search can be directed to Dr. Kimberly Wallin, [[email protected]], chair of the search committee. While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, optimal consideration will be given to those candidates who submit application materials by November 30, 2021. A curriculum vitae and a cover letter addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications should be submitted to [email protected]. The search is confidential until the finalists are identified.

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in the lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to a current employee, or veteran status, as applicable. NDSU is committed to diversity and encourages applications from traditionally underrepresented groups. This position is exempt from North Dakota Veterans’ Preference requirements.


We collectively acknowledge that NDSU, a land grant institution, sits on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region (see


North Dakota State University has enjoyed a remarkable period of growth and expanded academic opportunities, and it is recognized as a national model of the contemporary land-grant institution. Located on the state's eastern border in Fargo, North Dakota's largest city, NDSU is the state's Morrill Act land-grant institution. North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university, ranked by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education among the top 108 public and private universities in the country. NDSU is in the elite category of "Research Universities/Very High Research Activity." NDSU is one of two flagship universities in North Dakota, with several programs ranked in the Top 100 by the National Science Foundation.

NDSU has continuously set numerous enrollment records, and currently enrolls more than 14,700 students. NDSU encompasses a broad spectrum of curricular offerings, scholarly activity and service. The university strives to be an innovator in information systems, technology transfer, economic development and lifelong learning. NDSU also is home to the state's first full NCAA Division I athletic program, and has been highly successful across several sports, including an unprecedented four consecutive national championships in football.

Innovative teaching and learning are conducted in nine academic units: the Colleges of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business; Engineering; Human Development and Education; Health Professions; Science and Mathematics; University Studies; and the Graduate School. NDSU offers more than 100 undergraduate and approximately 135 graduate degree programs of study. Degrees are awarded at the doctoral, master’s, professional, and baccalaureate levels. Various undergraduate minors and certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels also are available.

NDSU research productivity continues to steadily climb, and slightly more than $150 million in research expenditures were reported for the upcoming National Science Foundation survey. NDSU’s research intensity frequently places it in lists of top 100 research universities. NDSU is home to exceptional research infrastructure, and new partnerships are underway, providing world class opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, faculty and staff researchers at this student-focused, land-grant, research institution. The NDSU Research and Technology Park and Technology Incubator located on campus are home to fast-paced, entrepreneurial, high-growth companies that promote technology-based economic development in North Dakota.

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and NDSU Extension Service are integral parts of the university.

One of the university's latest additions is the new STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) instruction building on campus, designed to enhance student learning through state-of-the art classrooms and labs. NDSU believes that the universal design of the building will serve as a statewide model for other colleges and universities. The building will have three floors and more than 109,000 square feet. Spaces in the building will be devoted exclusively to labs and traditional science and engineering classrooms as well as modular open frame flexible classrooms that would range in size from 20 to an auditorium that would house 250-500 students.

NDSU employs more than 750 ranked faculty and lecturers, about 245 extension educators and experiment station researchers, and more than 950 graduate assistants and fellows. In total, the university has more than 6,300 full-time and part-time employees across the state.

NDSU is part of an 11-institution state university system. NDSU also serves people across the state through continuing education and extension programs. NDSU participates in the Tri-College University consortium with neighboring Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College.

The Community

NDSU is located in Fargo, a metropolitan area that is often listed as one of the best places to live in the country. Fargo is quietly earning a reputation as a perfect place to make a home. Nestled in the rich farmlands of the Red River Valley, the Fargo-Moorhead community has many qualities that contribute to this reputation, including a highly respected educational system; advanced medical technology; a progressive business community; numerous cultural and arts opportunities; clean air and water; and good-hearted, friendly people.

Fargo-Moorhead is among the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. More than 230,000 people make their home in Cass and Clay Counties. One of the reasons people choose NDSU as a place to get a good education is that the F-M community provides students access to part-time jobs, internships, parks and other recreational facilities, entertainment, and cultural amenities.

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