|Type of position
|Michigan State University
|Description of Employer
|Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is a leading land-grant university, and an innovator in research, teaching, and extension of knowledge. The University was established to ensure higher education was broadly available for the benefit of the public good while serving as a model for the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862. MSU has evolved into a world-class university, offering a full spectrum of programs that attracts gifted professors, staff members, and students. The University is part of the Big Ten Conference and, since 1964, has been one of 62 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities.
MSU enrolls approximately 50,000 students, including 11,000 graduate and professional school students. The University employs more than 12,000 faculty and staff members. MSU’s students come from 82 of 83 counties in Michigan, each of the fifty United States, and more than 125 other countries. Underrepresented minorities comprise 25.9 percent of the student body, and 8.3 percent of the student body are international students. MSU has an alumni network nearly half a million strong.
The 5,100 MSU faculty members along with more than 560 post-doctoral research associates are the driving force behind the University’s growing reputation as a national leader in research and development. A significant number have received national and international recognition, including membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Many have received Dreyfus, Fulbright, Guggenheim, MacArthur, Sloan, and other awards. The University’s annual research expenditures are over $713 million across a very broad range of areas of study.
MSU’s East Lansing campus boasts 538 buildings, including 95 academic buildings, spread across 5,200 acres with 2,100 more acres in existing or planned development. The University owns approximately 19,600 additional acres throughout Michigan for agricultural and natural resources research and education. MSU offers students more than 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional study. The University has emerged as a leader in global education and ranks in the top ten for education abroad participation and international student enrollment with more than 140 countries represented. It also ranks sixth in the country among large universities for producing Peace Corps volunteers.
Over 800 faculty and staff housed in 13 academic units teach, conduct research, and provide outreach activities across a broad range of disciplines throughout the state, region, nation, and the world. Annual enrollment in the 20 undergraduate majors, 21 minors and 15 certificate programs offered within the CANR attract 2,969 undergraduates and 589 graduate students who can participate in more than 50 CANR clubs and organizations.
The Institute of Agricultural Technology, founded in 1894, delivers innovative, educational programs that develop career-ready graduates through intensive, practical learning, and skill enhancement in agriculture, the environment and applied technologies to meet the needs for a skilled workforce. With the delivery of certificate programs at multiple community college locations around the State of Michigan, participants work towards a certificate and an associate’s degree concurrently. All programs can be completed in two years, including a required professional internship. In addition, graduates have the option to continue their education by transferring into a CANR bachelor’s degree program.
Background: The state of Michigan and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources:
Agriculture is a major economic driver in Michigan and the dynamic agri-food industry generates more than $104 billion in annual economic activity. Michigan ranks second in the nation in the diversity of agricultural commodities produced and annually ranks as a top-10 producer of approximately 75 commodities. More than 300 agricultural commodities are produced and the annual value of agriculture exports from the state exceeds $2.8 billion.
Michigan has 10,031 inland lakes and borders four of the five Great Lakes with 3,052 miles of shoreline, which is roughly equal to the length of California’s ocean shoreline. Clean water is one of the most valuable natural resources for Michigan’s economy and environment. Indeed, one in five jobs in Michigan is directly tied to the quantity and quality of Michigan’s clean water. The varied and extensive natural resources within the state provide remarkable opportunities for outdoor recreation and support a range of industries. Forest products is one such industry, as Michigan has roughly 20 million acres of forest land, and forest products support about 91,000 Michigan jobs with $5.5 million in annual wages and contributes about $20.2 billion to Michigan’s economy when accounting for direct and secondary effects.
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), the first and largest college at MSU, has a well-established national and international reputation for innovative research, education, Extension and outreach. The mission of the CANR is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Michigan and the world by advancing knowledge for the management of communities and agriculture, natural resources, and food systems to meet diverse human needs in a sustainable manner. We accomplish this mission through learning, discovery and engagement. As a community, the CANR values: scholarship; providing service to others; cultivating and maintaining partnerships; balance among teaching, research, and Extension activities; creation of basic and applied science and its translation into workable solutions that address critical societal needs; promoting excellence and valuing academic freedom, diversity, equity, and inclusion; accountability to meet the mission and programmatic priorities; and the tradition of the land-grant mission, upon which MSU was founded. MSU and the CANR are both national leaders and partners in fostering the economic sustainability of the state.
Points of pride within the CANR include the following examples:
MSU AgBioResearch (ABR) — founded in 1888 as the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station — funds fundamental and applied research for nearly 300 scientists in six MSU colleges, including many in CANR. In collaboration with industry constituents, MSU Extension and partner colleges, ABR scientists work to advance healthy and resilient agriculture and food systems, natural resources and communities throughout Michigan and beyond. There are 15 ABR-supported research stations across Michigan (over 14,737 acres) and 18 facilities on south campus hosting research. ABR support is used to fund faculty salaries, infrastructure, research initiatives and prominent internal programs (Project GREEEN, M-AAA). This funding primarily comes from federal and state agencies, commodity organizations, industry, conservation groups, foundations, and/or direct legislative funding from the state of Michigan.
|East Lansing, Michigan
|Commensurate with experience
|Closing date of competition
|Open until filled
|Date position available
|Description of duties
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, http://www.agbioresearch.msu.edu“>MSU AgBioResearch, http://www.msue.msu.edu“>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:
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.
|While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to submit applications by September 30, 2022 for full consideration. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and 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.
|All nominations, applications, and inquiries should be sent electronically via email to:
|Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workplace and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively supports partner accommodations and encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.