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Job no: 802300
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Provost And Academic Affairs
Department: Provost Evp For Academic Affairs 10050692
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Academic Management, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Dean College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Position Summary

The Dean will provide vision and leadership and will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer. Reporting to and working with the Provost, the Dean is responsible for overseeing CANR’s programs, budgets, academics, MSU AgBioResearch, MSU Extension, and international programs. The Dean will work collaboratively with internal constituencies, including department chairs and directors, other schools and colleges, and outside constituents to foster a program that is both strategic and innovative, and that will enhance research, teaching, extension, and diversity. The Dean represents the college within the university and in interactions with the college’s highly engaged and accomplished students and alumni.

The Dean will be responsible for the following:

  • Managing effectively in an academic environment and enabling the College’s programs and strategic planning;
  • Balancing the fiscal and business operations of the college including the state-based work in Extension and AgBio Research;
  • Leading, recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff and ensuring an inclusive environment;
  • Balancing considerations of curriculum, enrollment, finances, and faculty resources to ensure excellent inclusive instructional and research programs;
  • Generating increased engagement and donors support from external partners, institutional supporters, alumni, industry, and other key constituencies;
  • Supporting the work of the institution through inter-college collaborations; and,
  • Being a publicly visible and engaged advocate, primary representative, and champion for the College’s mission and image increasing the reputation of the College locally, nationally, and internationally.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Michigan State University seeks a visionary individual with a record of achievement in the leadership of a complex organization. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience enabling leadership in a premier academic setting and serve as a strong advocate for CANR, and its faculty, staff, and students.

  • Significant record of effective administrative leadership including supervisory and budgetary experience and decision-making;
  • The capacity to work collegially and inspire faculty, directors, and chairs and facilitate their successes;
  • A demonstrated ability to engage with and work collaboratively with faculty and staff at all levels in a complex and diverse environment;
  • A style of approachability and accessibility to engage with and respond to a diverse spectrum of external constituents;
  • A record of demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and measurable outcomes for faculty, staff, and students;
  • Exceptional, written and oral communication skills;
  • Earned doctorate in a relevant field with outstanding scholarly accomplishments; and
  • Achievement of standards for appointment at the rank of professor (with tenure) in an academic department of the University.
Desired Qualifications

Expectations include:

  • Visionary leadership from a Dean who will actively engage with the faculty and facilitate their capacities to identify and address challenges in agriculture and natural resources;
  • An understanding of and appreciation for the value of fundamental and applied research across the diverse range of disciplines represented within CANR;
  • An appreciation for and support of creativity across the instructional curriculum, including effective teaching, experiential instruction, and faculty engagement with undergraduate and graduate students;
  • A commitment to the land-grant mission, recognition and an appreciation for the role of MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch faculty and staff, and the demonstrated ability to partner with a diverse array of interested parties to enhance Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources;
  • A demonstrated commitment to the recruitment and retention of a culturally diverse and talented faculty, staff and student body within CANR;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, maintain and enhance strong relationships with alumni, public and private interested parties and industry;
  • An ability to create and maintain appropriate alliances with the private sector for research, teaching and outreach opportunities;
  • Leadership at the university level to facilitate collaborations and efficient and effective use of resources across colleges; and
  • Possess a strong record of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and outcomes, and knowledge and commitment to the diverse communities that impact the national agricultural landscape from migrant and seasonal farm worker communities to S.T.E.M. centered research and practices in agriculture.
Required Application Materials
  • Applicants must include a statement addressing how past/and or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence that will held in confidence.
  • CV
  • Cover Letter
Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: of Applications Begins On



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: Aug 2, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Aug 2, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


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Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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