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Dean of the College of Science

Oregon State University

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Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

Oregon State University (OSU) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the role of Dean of its College of Science. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and creative leader to join a dynamic community of faculty, staff, and students at one of the nation's leading land-grant research universities.

OSU is Oregon's land grant university and the state's only institution to hold both a Carnegie R1 (very research-intensive) designation and Carnegie Community Engagement classification. In addition to its main campus in Corvallis, the university consists of OSU-Cascades in Bend, the nation's 5th ranked online education program (Ecampus), joint programming with Eastern Oregon University, the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, and the OSU Portland Center. Through its two campuses, centers in Newport and Portland, agricultural research experiment stations, Extension offices, and research forests, OSU has a presence in all 36 Oregon counties.

The College of Science (COS), formally established in 1932, is a vibrant scientific community of more than 3,600 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students, and 184 faculty. Home to the core life, statistical, physical, and mathematical sciences in seven departments, OSU's College of Science is recognized nationally and globally as a center for excellence in research and scholarship. Many of the leading scholars and researchers at the university are COS faculty, including two members of the National Academy of Sciences, two MacArthur “Genius” Fellows, seven NSF CAREER awardees, 15 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and 15 Distinguished University Professors, the most of any college at OSU. COS is leading change in critical priority areas at OSU. It was the first OSU college to develop a comprehensive diversity strategic plan and it, in furtherance of the university's student success goals, it pioneered a learning assistant program that ushered in a new era of evidence-based science teaching.

The next Dean of the College of Science will join Oregon State at an exciting time as the University recently welcomed Dr. Jayathi Murthy as its 16th president. Emerging in a strong position from the pandemic, OSU continues to experience steady enrollment growth and climb in excellence by holding fast to the values of student success, developing and disseminating knowledge, and working in collaboration with communities in Oregon and beyond. The University recently announced the creation of a new $200 million Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex (CIC), which will be a hub for using computation, artificial intelligence and other technologies and tools to advance team-based, transdisciplinary research tackling grand challenges in climate science, sustainability, and health. The COS Dean is a key contributor to the development of the CIC.

As part of a trailblazing research institution, the College seeks a creative thinker who is comfortable operating beyond functional silos and excited by boundary-spanning opportunities. The next Dean will also be a collaborative and inspiring leader who will hold fast to OSU's core values of accountability, diversity, integrity, respect, and social responsibility while strategically leading the College of Science into its next phase. In fulfilling this goal, the Dean will address the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Champion the College of Science as a leading force for improving the human condition;
  • Recruit, retain, and develop eminent faculty to deepen excellent research and education;
  • Increase enrollment, improve access, and ensure the academic and career success of all students;
  • Lead resource generation and the efficient and effective management of the college;
  • Partner across the university and with external stakeholders to help fulfill OSU's land-grant mission and enhance the College's profile.

    OSU has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

    Julie Filizetti, Phuong Ta, and Katie Pusecker-Kilcawley
    Isaacson, Miller
    1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
    San Francisco, CA 94111

    OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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