Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 39231
Work Location: Pullman
Summary of Duties: Washington State University (WSU), a distinguished and innovative land grant university, seeks a highly skilled, creative, articulate, and experienced leader to serve as Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). The CAHNRS Dean is a highly visible and influential leader in agricultural, human, and natural resource sciences in the State of Washington, nationally, and around the globe. CAHNRS serves the diverse and varied communities, businesses, agriculture systems, natural resources, and landscapes of the State of Washington, and the incoming Dean will lead the College, increase its visibility, impact, and influence, and set the path forward for continued success in the years ahead.
The Dean will play a critical and exciting role in translating WSU's land-grant mission into action. Recognizing its land-grant mission and commitment to the people of Washingtonas well as the state's role as a doorway to the global business and learning communityCAHNRS provides leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge through high quality research, teaching, partnerships, and extension programs that contribute to a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promote the health, development, and wellbeing of people and communities; enhance sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promote stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. CAHNRS includes 16 academic units, 13 subject matter centers, four large research and extension centers, and one tribal and 39 county extension offices distributed across Washington, with approximately 550 faculty, 700 staff, 2,300 undergraduates, and 600 graduate students.
The successful Dean will be a visionary leader prepared to serve as a visible and vocal advocate and spokesperson for CAHNRS, WSU Extension, and the College's external partners across the State. They will engage the College's stakeholders in a sense of cohesion and common purpose, possess the ability to advance excellence in the fields within the College, and build and grow mutually beneficial partnerships across the State of Washington. To achieve these goals, the Dean will need to address the following opportunities and challenges that are central to CAHNRS's future success:
Develop a comprehensive and compelling narrative for CAHNRS to increase the College's visibility, impact, and reach
Serve as a highly visible leader, spokesperson, and advocate for CAHNRS and agricultural, human, and natural resource sciences in the State of Washington
Foster, coordinate, and provide leadership to research and outreach initiatives that solve important societal problems
Improve access, increase enrollment, and create new academic programs to sustain the future of agricultural, human and natural sciences in Washington and beyond
Nurture stakeholder relations and CAHNRS-industry partnerships that provide support to WSU research and extension programs
Develop, recruit, and retain excellent research, teaching, and extension faculty, staff, and students
Lead and foster professional development within a complex organization
Lead resource generation and management efforts for the College
Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/6062 . For a full description: Click Here
Required Qualifications: CAHNRS seeks in its Dean a transformational leader with creative vision, extraordinary energy, integrity, and the personal qualities and professional profile to inspire and lead. The search committee understands that no single candidate may have all of the ideal qualifications, but prefers candidates with the following experience and abilities:
An earned Ph.D. in a discipline related to agriculture, human, and/or natural resource sciences;
Demonstrated capacity for leadership in a distinguished academic or comparable setting, and the ability to persuade and engage others in the mission;
Proven experience in developing and executing a strategy that defines a distinctive college or program identity and articulating what differentiates that entity from its peers;
Demonstrated ability to articulate a clear, collegial vision and to engender support from both internal and external constituents in implementing that vision;
A strong record of academic accomplishment that demonstrates the ability to lead and expand the Colleges research and other educational program activities with distinction;
An understanding of and appreciation for the value of fundamental and applied research across the diverse range of disciplines represented within CAHNRS;
Proven capacity for building strong alliances and partnerships;
Proven record of resourcefulness in the management of personnel and budgets;
Ability to engage effectively with local, national, and international businesses as well as government partners to strengthen the Colleges and the Universitys central role in ensuring the environmentally sound and sustainable use of agricultural and natural resources in Washington and beyond;
Enthusiasm for working with alumni and other external groups, as well as experience with and an appetite for fundraising;
The ability to recruit, motivate, inspire, and retain talented and diverse faculty; and to provide strong support for their progress through promotion and tenure with processes that ensure clarity and integrity;
Be a champion for staff, including the recruitment and retention of a diverse staff, and demonstrate a commitment to supporting an inclusive community as a personal and professional value;
Experience with and commitment to transdisciplinary research and educational programs across the institution; ability to identify common interests, seek consensus, and work collaboratively across Schools and Colleges;
An affinity for consensus-building and diplomacy and the ability to listen to, and be heard by, a wide variety of constituents;
An appreciation for and support of creativity across the instructional curriculum, including effective teaching, innovative methods of curricular delivery, and faculty engagement with undergraduate and graduate students;
An entrepreneurial mindset; an enthusiastic, collaborative, and even-keeled style; and outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximate...ly 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.