Clemson University: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences Dean
Location: 101 Barre Hall, Clemson, SC
Clemson University is seeking a leader who will continue the ongoing integration of CAFLS and PSA in a way that sustains the important missions and goals of each entity, but also captures significant synergies that can be afforded by integrating them. This will require that Clemson hires a candidate who will ultimately serve as both Vice President of PSA and Dean of the College. Both PSA and CAFLS are complex, dynamic organizations that have recently undergone major changes in structure and leadership, including a significant effort to integrate them structurally and implement strategic cross subsidies. PSA also has additional complexity related to its unique structure that includes regulatory elements and state agency status. Therefore, the next Dean will initially assume the title of Dean of the College and Associate VP for PSA, and have leadership of all academic departments in CAFLS, cooperative extension, and the experiment station. During the first year of the appointment, the Dean will work collaboratively with the current Vice President for PSA to build a logical administrative structure to operate the PSA agency and College going forward.
The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the college and reports directly to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Dean holds faculty rank and provides leadership, vision, and strategic planning to help formulate and implement educational policies while serving as the collegiate faculty's agent in the execution of such policies. The Dean serves as the principal internal and external spokesperson for the college as well as for its mission. The dean will have responsibility for:
• Fiduciary decisions: manage the budget and other resources
• Leadership: Departmental Administration includes appointing department chairs and college administrators, and periodically reviewing the performance of chairs and administrators in concert with the Provost. Leadership and oversight of Extension and Experiment Station activities.
• Personnel: hiring; establish job titles and salaries; make decisions and review policies regarding renewal, tenure, promotion, and dismissal; authorize faculty leave; review faculty annual evaluations; promote departmental mentoring and development opportunities, and
• Educational Leadership: Provide leadership and vision for academic programs, considering innovation, cost effectiveness, fidelity to standards and accreditation; establish and maintain high academic standards; ensure effective student quality, recruitment and retention;
• Endowment and Outreach: Establish a foundation for active and sustainable fund raising; participate in various councils, commissions, and committees as set forth in university policy; represent the College within state and national boards and organizations, and other appropriate groups;
• College Governance: Create ad hoc committees of the collegiate faculty; hear faculty grievances; promote academic freedom and responsibility; ensure that the college provides a diverse, opportunity- and perspective-rich environment;
• Effectively demonstrate a commitment to Clemson Core Values and engage the college in the campus, state and national communities;
• Diversity and Inclusion: Foster diversity and inclusivity among students, faculty and staff.
Clemson University seeks a strategic and visionary leader to lead the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) in fundamental science education, research and outreach. The successful candidate will have experience enabling leadership in a premier academic setting and can serve as a strong advocate for CAFLS, and its faculty, staff, and students. Qualifications should include:
• Visionary, innovative and influential leadership skills including supervisory and budgetary experience and decision-making to ensure CAFLS will become pre-eminent in education, research and outreach;
• Ability to build support and marshal resources for various initiatives and to achieve goals through appropriate engagement with internal and external stakeholders; • The capacity to work collegially and inspire faculty, directors, and chairs and facilitate their successes;
• A demonstrated commitment to the recruitment and retention of a culturally diverse and talented faculty, staff and student body within CAFLS;
• A commitment to the land-grant mission, an appreciation for the role of PSA faculty and staff, and the demonstrated ability to work with a diverse array of stakeholders to enhance South Carolina's citizenry;
• Demonstrate an appreciation of the breadth of pertinent issues facing society, and how these will impact academic programming in a land-grant institution;
• An understanding of and appreciation for the value of fundamental and applied research across the diverse range of disciplines represented within CAFLS including technology transfer and commercialization of academic research;
• A history of strong commitment to scholarship, and significant experience with writing and administering competitive research grants;
• An appreciation for and support of creativity across the instructional curriculum, including effective teaching, experiential instruction, and faculty engagement with undergraduate and graduate students;
• Recognition of the importance of and involvement in development, including strengthening relationships with alumni, public and private stakeholders and industry;
• An ability to create and maintain appropriate alliances with the external stakeholders for research, teaching and outreach opportunities; • Excellent interpersonal skills; and
• Strong communication skills (written and oral) and the need to adjust in order to fit the audience and the message; EDUCATION The successful candidate will have earned a Ph.D. and achieved a record of scholarly activity appropriate for a tenured appointment in the college at the rank of professor.
The successful candidate will have earned a Ph.D. and achieved a record of scholarly activity appropriate for a tenured appointment in the college at the rank of professor.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include 1) a detailed curriculum vitae and 2) a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above, as well as the applicant's motivation to apply. Inquiries and nominations should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to: Clemson-dean@KornFerry.com
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.
Internal Number: 101542480
About Clemson University
One of the country’s most selective public research universities, Clemson University serves a uniquely driven and highly accomplished student body. Ranked consistently a top public university by U.S. News and World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented college dedicated to teaching, research and service. Founded in 1889, we remain committed both to world-class research and a high quality of life.