The Associate Dean and Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is an administrative position that reports directly to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR; http://www.canr.msu.edu/) at Michigan State University(MSU; https://msu.edu/). This individual advises the Dean on matters related to inclusion, diversity, and equity and, with delegated authority from the Dean, directs the strategic development and implementation of the overarching diversity and inclusion agenda for the College. The Associate Dean and Director is a member of the Dean's leadership team, which includes associate and assistant deans, directors, and department chairs and school directors.
The successful Associate Dean and Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will provide leadership for infusing diversity and inclusion principles through all areas of the College. The individual will lead initiatives and coordinate integrated approaches to increase diversity and inclusivity; create a more multi-cultural environment for faculty, staff and students within CANR, AgBioResearch (ABR; http://www.agbioresearch.msu.edu/), and MSU Extension (MSUE; http://msue.anr.msu.edu/); and network with partners across MSU, including the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives (I3; http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/).
The Associate Dean and Director will engage the College leadership team to support and enhance a diverse and inclusive environment by a) assisting with the management of resources for professional development of faculty and staff, b) providing guidance and vision for recruiting and retaining diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and c) identifying and responding to areas in need of multi-cultural engagement. In all of these efforts, the Associate Dean and Director will champion inclusive values and incorporate practices through professional development (at the individual level) and organizational development (at the unit level) that sustain progress toward achieving a multicultural organization.
The successful Associate Dean and Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion should possess as many of the following attributes as possible:
Demonstrated ability to creatively pursue the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion and strategize organizational change including the design, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based initiatives and change processes that create and sustain an inclusive environment.
Broad knowledge of, and experience with, diversity issues in academia and with scholarship of diversity and inclusion including: theoretical and practical approaches to implicit bias and bystander intervention; structural understanding of power, privilege, and difference; systemic racism and sexism in academia.
Professionally socialized into equity and inclusion work in higher education and interested in contributing to research, teaching, and/or outreach scholarship.
Understanding of the legal/regulatory framework and climate for diversity in the workplace.
Demonstrated record of working productively with diverse populations and creating opportunities for all people to express their voices in effective and constructive manners.
Experienced with proposal development for extramural funding.
Skilled for convening and collaborating successfully with action teams, including ability to communicate effectively with administration, faculty, and staff.
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.
MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas.The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and places a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families,both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms.Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at http://miwin.msu.edu/. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at http://worklife.msu.edu/.
Tenure-system or fixed-term faculty members are ranked as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, and each must possess the terminal degree in their field (Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D., D.O., D.V.M., etc.) or its equivalent. Appointment status (tenure system or fixed term) will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s experience.
Required Application Materials
Applicants for the position of CANR Associate Dean and Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are asked to submit two documents: 1) a resume/CV and 2) a cover letter describing your interest in the position with an emphasis on your experience and philosophical approach(es) to achieving a culture of diversity and inclusion. At the end of the cover letter, please also submit names and contact information for three (3) references who are familiar with your previous work. Letters from these references are not initially required, but these individuals may be immediately approached for additional information.
Nominations and applications may be sent in confidence to the University's executive search firm:
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 775
Bethesda, MD 20814
Inquiries, nominations and applications should be addressed to Claudia Teschky and Oliver Tomlin at
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