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Senior Asoc Dean-Managers

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Job Details

Job no: 874951
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Human Medicine
Department: Human Medicine Dean 10022430
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Research/Scientific, Academic Management, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly
Position Summary

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Research Office invites applications for the position of Senior Associate Dean for Research. Michigan State University conducts world-class research, which has been recognized by the American Association of Universities, since 1961. As a land-grant institution, MSU is committed to creating, applying, and disseminating knowledge to the people of Michigan, the United States, and the world. Therefore, research conducted by the MSU College of Human Medicine physicians, scientists, and mentored-students is essential for making discoveries, using proven results in practical environments, and sharing evidence-based results through peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations. Research informs and transforms both our teaching and clinical environments. The Research Office is the epicenter of strategy, support, and faculty development for research activity within the College’s Departments, Divisions and Dean’s Office.

Four pillar communities provide the college’s foundation for biomedical and public health research. Scientists at the Grand Rapids Research Center, located in the MSU Innovation Park, study women’s health conditions and diseases, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and cancer. Next door to the Grand Rapids Research Center, the college partnered with private corporations on the development of the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building and is recruiting several new computational, modeling, epidemiological, and public health faculty. East Lansing faculty both in basic science and clinical departments are involved in a variety of cutting-edge research including cancer biology, precision medicine, addressing health disparities, and integrating engineering principles into biomedicine. The college’s recently formed Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health in Flint has already been home to several NIH Center grants in community-based participatory public health research addressing addiction, suicide, and health disparities. It will be recruiting 15-18 additional faculty in coming years. In 2021, MSU entered an exciting new partnership with Henry Ford Health System. The HFH+MSU Health Sciences has already created infrastructure and new pathways for pioneering research creating new synergies for collaboration. Priorities for the HFH+MSU partnership include amplifying cancer research and care as well as embedding justice, diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the work we do together. Finally, as a community-based, inclusive medical school, the College of Human Medicine has the privilege of providing evidenced-based knowledge to campuses throughout the State.

Reporting to the Dean, the Senior Associate Dean for Research is responsible for executing the vision for research set forth by the college and university strategic plan; determines priorities for investment to grow the college’s research portfolio in partnership with the chairs; fosters a culture of research and scientific excellence; partners with units for faculty recruitment and retention and to ensure faculty have the resources they need to be successful; and leads the Research Office team. As the leader of the Research Office, the Senior Associate Dean resolves conflicts, manages compliance, and ensures integrity in action across the college’s research endeavors. The Senior Associate Dean supports researchers across all eight community campuses, both MSU employed and volunteer faculty. The Senior Associate Dean serves as the key contact for research related issues across the university including the Office of the Research and Innovation, the university and college budget offices, and other colleges. In addition, the senior associate dean will be the key college-level contact for all issues related to grant funding agencies including state and federal agencies and will work with university officials on all compliance issues, research misconduct issues, etc. The role is expected to partner with other associate deans (for research) and work with faculty affairs and development to provide faculty development programs focused on skills necessary to be successful and well-funded research faculty. Finally, the Senior Associate Dean is responsible for relationships with research partners, is a key collaborator for departments recruiting research faculty and supports the work of the college’s Advancement team.

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

The successful candidate will:

  • have a record commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor;
  • have a terminal degree including MD, DO, PhD or equivalent;
  • a documented record of research success including a strong track record of federal extramural research funding as a principal investigator and significant contribution on federal grant review panels;
  • understanding of a wide range of research approaches sufficient to support the full range of college research;
  • demonstrated abilities to effectively lead diverse teams of faculty and staff, and evidence of the ability to manage budgets.
Desired Qualifications

In addition, we desire a candidate who can:

  • demonstrates that they are an innovative scholar and leader that will help oversee the college’s research enterprise and have the following skills and experiences:
  • have a working knowledge of the broad variety of discipline specific startup packages;
  • experience engaging donors, philanthropic organizations and engage in cooperative activities with the development office;
  • the ability to develop strong relationships with leaders across the college, university and their clinical partners in support of the college’s research mission;
  • knowledge of federal research policies and regulatory compliance;
  • a demonstrated record of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through their work;
  • excellent communication skills with the desire and ability to connect with a range of constituencies including students, faculty, staff, the lay public and funding agencies.
Required Application Materials

Application materials to be uploaded must include a cover letter highlighting specific strengths related to this position; a statement of efforts related to diversity, equity and inclusion; curriculum vitae; and the names of three references (not to be contacted without the permission of the applicant).

Special Instructions

To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials by 7/10/2023, although the position will remain open until filled. Candidates who are referred for interview will be expected to explain how they will lead efforts to deliver on the research + scholarship goal area of the college’s strategic plan.

Review of Applications Begins On


Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Department Statement

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity; we seek individuals who will contribute to our intellectual diversity and cultural richness. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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: Jun 19, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jun 19, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

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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