Dean of the College of Business and Economics.
The University of Idaho, a recognized leader in business education, seeks a forward-thinking, innovative, and collaborative leader to serve as Dean of the College of Business and Economics. Located in Moscow, Idaho, University of Idaho's 1,600-acre campus is nestled within the rolling hills of the Palouse in North Idaho.
As Idaho's land-grant institution, we serve every county through our Extension system that touches all 44 counties, seven research and Extension Centers located in agricultural production lands, and education centers in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls and McCall. This ensures we achieve our mission of serving all the citizens of the state through education, outreach, and research. We teach tomorrow's leaders and solve challenges that help Idaho's industries thrive, including cybersecurity, nuclear energy, business, health, agriculture, and natural resources.
The University of Idaho is a leading economic driver in the state, with over $120 million in research grants and contracts focused on issues critical to Idaho. For three years in a row, we have ranked #1 Best Value in the West by U.S. News and World Report, made possible by the more than $50 million in scholarships and grants awarded to students annually. Over 70% of these students graduated from Idaho high schools and contribute to the highest degree of college completion in the state.
Called the "Tuscany of America," Moscow is known for its rich culture and focus on education. It boasts a nationally ranked farmers market and year ‘round outdoor recreational opportunities. The city features music festivals, art exhibitions, locally sourced restaurants, boutiques, bookstores, coffee shops and much more. You get big city attributes with the small-town friendliness and support.
The College of Business and Economics
The college is recognized for excellence in business education:
Integrated Approach: Faculty teach students business how it's done in the real world. Students learn business by doing business — making themselves more qualified after graduation.
Innovative Hands-on Learning: Programs include student businesses, an entrepreneurship program, internships, student-managed investments and executive connections and international learning.
Outcomes that Matter: The University of Idaho focuses on readiness for the real world. Our students have career opportunities all over the world and are globally competitive.
Personal Attention: With a low student-to-faculty ratio, students know their professors. Students collaborate closely with faculty and classmates, developing friendships that evolve into valuable professional networks.
First-Class Facilities: The J.A. Albertson Building, home of the College of Business and Economics, is the only privately funded building on campus. Students learn in technologically advanced classrooms. They study or chat with friends and faculty at one of the building's comfortable gathering areas. The building also has a full-service deli.
College Vision, Mission and Values
We will deliver the best business educational experience in the Northwest.
Provide innovative learning experiences, impactful research and community engagement.
Deliver transformative undergraduate and focused graduate curricula that foster innovative and active learning experiences.
Create research that makes meaningful contributions to the business profession, education, and the academy.
Share our business expertise in support of our state, our professions and academic community.
Nurture a collaborative environment of interaction among faculty, staff, students, and professionals across disciplines.
Foster a collegial culture that values diversity, inclusion, safety, and engagement to enhance the living and learning experience.
Vandal Student Enterprises apply classroom lessons to real-world business providing work-ready leaders upon graduation.
Barker and Davis trading groups allow students to invest real money in the stock market, learning investment strategies while building scholarship dollars to bring in new Vandal traders.
Idaho Entrepreneurs often win state and regional pitching competitions and earn thousands of dollars to help move their great ideas into real businesses.
The Executive Energy Course has, for 70 years, brought industry together to build professional growth and successful leadership.
The dean has responsibility to oversee and implement policies and priorities of the college and university. The Dean for the College of Business and Economics leads the college faculty in the development of policies and priorities governing the academic programs of the college. The dean facilitates the appropriate inclusion of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders in the college decision-making processes. The academic programs of the college are directly affected by program planning, definitions of goals and priorities, instructional methods and standards, student advising, mutually beneficial partnerships with stakeholders, research policies, allocation of resources, fund-raising, and the development of professional standards related to the branches of learning for which the college is responsible. The academic programs of the college include undergraduate and graduate instruction, research and creative activity, and extension services. It is expected that the dean satisfactorily employs strategies to implement objectives and achieve the University's strategic goals while carrying out the mission of the college.
Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership
Relationships, Partnerships and Outreach
The College of Business at the University of Idaho has a very strong and passionate alumni base and a tradition of creating leaders in business. The dean will capitalize on these strengths while bringing new energy to internal and external relationship-building that will raise the external profile of the College. The dean will bring the staff and faculty together to advance industry, business, and community partnerships in the service of students. The dean will be an experienced fundraiser who will work with the College Advisory Board and stakeholders to attract resources to support the College's goals and initiatives, grow endowments, and extend the College's reach. The dean will be an excellent communicator who can translate the College of Business's impact on the state, region, and nation to diverse audiences.
Strategic Planning and Program Expansion
The dean will be an agile, dynamic, and forward-thinking leader who will advance a long-term vision for the College, provide unifying leadership for strategic planning, and will lead the faculty to leverage the College's unique programs and interdisciplinary strengths. The dean will ensure that the College's curriculum is relevant and aligned with student and industry needs. The dean will lead the expansion of graduate and undergraduate programs and increase student enrollment. The dean will be a good listener with a deep connection to the research and teaching tradition of the institution while understanding the role of innovation in advancing the College's profile. The dean will be comfortable with change and a champion of new ideas.
Academic Innovation and Student Success
The College of Business and Economics prides itself on the quality of its academic programs and success of its students. However, we must always improve and adapt to a changing business climate if the college is to remain competitive and meet the needs of the future workforce. The Dean will be a student-centric leader who will foster innovation in teaching and learning to address the emerging needs of new and current student populations.
The dean will cultivate the high research productivity of the College's faculty to help move the University of Idaho to the Carnegie "Very High Research Activity" (R1) category. The dean will have a strong understanding of business research needs and serve as a catalyst for research productivity.
The new dean will be a collaborative, transparent leader who will champion the institution's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts and support the College's employees at all stages of their career trajectory. The dean will actively foster an environment in which all members of the community are respected, valued, and heard, creating space for new ideas and mutual respect for the various roles of the College employees. The dean will ensure that College resources are maximized to assist faculty in reaching the institution's teaching, research, service, and extension goals.
●	An earned terminal degree (e.g. Ph.D., M.B.A., etc.) from an accredited university in a discipline appropriate to the college.
●	Accomplishments and experience to merit an appointment with tenure and rank of full professor.
●	Academic leadership experience including personnel management (faculty and staff), resource management (finances, facilities, equipment, etc.), and quality academic programming / delivery.
●	Evidence of original initiatives focused on improving excellence in teaching, research, outreach, mentoring, and/or student success.
●	Experience with strategic planning and visioning to successfully address change, managing program/professional-level accreditation and program assessment, increasing student enrollment, and attracting and retaining a diverse student and employee population.
●	Interpersonal and communication skills to develop, maintain, and work successfully with faculty, staff, department administrators, peer colleagues, students, alumni, and other stakeholders.
●	Experience developing and advancing philanthropic opportunities, economic development, extramurally funded research, or other fundraising efforts.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications in January 2023 with the deadline for full consideration of Monday, January 16, 2023.
Applications must include a letter of interest, a CV and five professional references with email addresses, telephone numbers and an explanation of your professional relationship. (References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.)
Application materials and nominations should be sent electronically (Microsoft Word or PDF format) to: [email protected]
The search is being assisted by the AGB Search Team:
Laura Woodworth-Ney, Ph.D., Principal [email protected]
Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D., Principal [email protected]
Dawn Overstreet, Ph.D., Executive Search Consultant [email protected]
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