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Lincoln, Nebraska

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Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Doctorate Degree


September 4, 2018

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Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Position Announcement


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites nominations andapplications for the position of dean of theCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR).The university isseeking an innovative, dynamic, and entrepreneurial individual who willprovide intellectual and strategic leadership for the lege.


Position Overview

The dean is a member of thesenior leadership team of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) who routinely coordinates with leadership team leagues, particularly IANR's Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and the deans of theAgricultural Research Division (ARD) and Nebraska Extension. Provision of leadership and oversight of all academic programming in the IANR is expected in addition to facilitating the performative evolution of the IANR's teaching and learning mission, while ensuring the relevance, quality, and impact of IANR efforts to prepare students for a changing world.


Position Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the dean include:


·         Advancing the development of a vision for the CASNR-with from faculty, staff, and stakeholders-and ensuring the college's resources are strategically deployed to realize that vision;

·         Providing leadership that willexpand the CASNR's local, national, and international visibility and academic reputation by engaging in, and leading, national groups and initiatives that define and drive the future ections of education about food, fuel, water, and landscapes;

·         Promoting an inclusive culture within the college, ensuring that opportunities are available to all and that every effort is made to engage diverse audiences, especially those that are traditionally underrepresented and/or underserved;

·         Identifying and prioritizing needed improvements in facilities and technology that will enhance teaching and learning and widening the reach of the lege through programs offered in non-traditional ways and venues;

·         Promoting and generating global engagement opportunities for students, faculty members, and staff;

·         Serving as IANR's liaison to the Offices of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to ensure the rigor, relevance, and vitality of CASNR's curriculum and to promote the success of its students;

·         Serving as IANR's liaison to the Office of Graduate Studies to oversee both the integrity of graduate and postdoctoral education and the success and professional development of CASNR graduate and postdoctoral students by developing new pathways that recognize the changing and emerging career paths of those students;

·         Facilitating the recruitment, mentoring, retention, ongoing academic and personal development, and successful placement of students in all academic programs in the lege and procuring financial support for undergraduate scholarships and fellowships for graduate and professional programs;

·         Overseeing the lege's commitment to both academic and co-curricular student success by coordinating CASNR student organizations and leading such initiatives as internships, education abroad, learning assessment, career services, living-learning communities, and programming and awards that incentivize and recognize student achievement;

·         Fostering faculty development efforts that focus on the improvement of teaching and learning, advising and mentoring, development and review of curricula, and learning outcomes assessment and leading the implementation of initiatives that reward effective teaching and advising;

·         Managing the CASNR's annual budgetto maximize the effectiveness of those resources, exhibiting fiscal discipline, using best fiscal management practices, and aligning resources with strategic directions;

·         Effectively managing personnel to accomplish strategic goals;

·         Actively promoting the engagement and stewardship of CASNR donors;

·         Providing counsel to the Vice Chancellor/Vice President for CASNR promotion and tenure cases, annual and reappointment reviews, and merit salary increases; and

·         Fostering relationships with lege alumni, including providing opportunities for student-alumni interaction, to provide them with a sense of belonging and promote their continuing engagement with the lege.

·         Actively seeking, ing, and nurturing ages with UNL's other leges, centers, and institutes, theNebraska lege of Technical Agriculture, Nebraska's six community leges and three state leges, and Nebraska's public school systems;

·         Pursuing other laborations and partnerships, internal and external to the university, that strengthen or complement programs in the lege;

·         Identifying experiential learning opportunities for students in Nebraska communities and promoting the development of credit and non-credit professional and continuing education programs and/or offerings;

·         Serving on university committees that support the overall operations of the institution; and

·         Serving as a compelling advocate and energetic spokesperson for the CASNR to faculty, staff, students within the university and to alumni, donors, and other friends of the lege externally.


The dean reports to the Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources/Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources. The dean will be appointed to a five-year renewable term, subject to annual reviews by the Vice Chancellor/Vice President and a satisfactory al performance review.


To be considered for the position, candidates must have:

·         A doctoral degree in a field of study represented within the departments of CASNR.

·         A record of excellence in teaching (and/or extension), research, and scholarship commensurate with appointment in a CASNR unit at the rank of professor with tenure.

·         Administrative experience within higher education.


Preferred candidates will:

·         Be able to demonstrate that they are visionary leaders with proven skills in academic administration, resource management, and program ation and review.

·         Have an administrative record at an institution of higher education that demonstrates strong laborative academic management experience, creative and strategic thinking, sound judgement, excellent analytical skills, and the ability and courage to make difficult but informed decisions.

·         Be able to demonstrate

·         Show a commitment to and experience in supporting and cultivating an accomplished and diverse faculty. The passion for excellence and integrity must be paired with an ability to inspire and motivate. 

·         Have experience with curriculum development and a commitment to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education.

·         Be sensitive to the perspectives and values of faculty, staff, and students; have a commitment to shared governance; and possess the ability to laborate effectively with a broad range of consistencies.

·         Experience with effective development and fundraising activities.

·         Have a distinguished record of success in obtaining external funding.



The University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Big Ten Conference and theBig Ten Academic Alliance and is classified within the CarnegieR1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity category. It is a land-grant university and a member of theAssociation of Public and Land-grant Universities. UNL is accredited by theHigher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of leges and Schools.

UNLis made up of nine leges through which it offers a broad range of majors, providing exceptional breadth and depth of opportunity in the sciences, liberal arts, andprofessional disciplines.The university's enrollment is growing and becoming more diverse. Fall 2017 enrollment topped 26,000, the highest and most diverse enrollment in the history of the university.In fall 2017, for the 13th straight year, UNL madeU.S. News & World Report's annual evaluation of America's Best leges' list of Public National Universities, placing it among the top one-fourth of all public universities. UNL is ranked near the top third of all national universities both public and private.The university has approximately doubled its research expenditures over the past decade and has been recognized nationally as one of the fastest growing public research universities.


UNLboasts 22 Rhodes Scholars and three Nobel laureates among its alumni.national scholarship competitions. The university had a record eight faculty named AAAS fellows in 2015, tied for the second-most fellows behind Stanford's nine.


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment and encouraging all members of its learning community to reach their full potential. UNL is responsive to dual-career families and strongly promotes work-life balance to support its community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.


Additional information about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln may be obtained from its website,


The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources


Created by the Nebraska Legislature in 1973, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) is composed of theCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR), theAgricultural Research Division(ARD), Nebraska Extension, and the ARD and Extension components of three departments in theCollege of Education and Human Sciences. Teaching is provided through the CASNR, research through the ARD, and extension education through statewide Nebraska Extension.


IANR innovation in research, teaching, and extension education places Nebraska on the leading edge of food production, environmental stewardship, human nutrition, business development, and youth engagement. The Institute's priorities are the life sciences, from molecular to global systems; sustainable food, fiber, and natural resource systems that support a bio-based economy; economics and environments for a sustainable future; and human capital development of children, youth, and families. IANR also discharges a global leadership role in enhancing worldwide food and water security, particularly in developing countries.


IANR is led by the Vice Chancellor/Vice President


Additional information about theInstitute of Agriculture and Natural Resourcesmay be obtained from its website,



The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources



Additional information about the lege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources may be obtained from its website,



IANR invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of CASNR Dean. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of persons of color, women, persons living with disabilities, and veterans.


The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue to receive applications until the dean is ed. To ensure full consideration, nominations and applications should be submitted before October 3, 2018.


Questions and nominations can be ected in confidence to:


Richard Bischoff, Search Committee Chair

IANR Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Leader Success

University of Nebraska-Lincoln



How to Apply: Applicants should go to and search positions using requisition number F_180124, click on "Apply to this Job," complete the and attach a letter of interest, summarizing the applicant's personal vision and relevant leadership experience and detailed curriculum vitae. The names of 3-5 professional references will be requested only of candidates who make the short list. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence until the final stage of the search at which time the express permission of finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. Candidates are urged to review all information and documents posted on the search web site.


For questions and assistance with submitting the application, contact Becky Carter, HR Specialist at or by phone at (402) 472-5893.                    


UNL offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate's background and experience.


As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, or, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender entity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See 



Company Name:


Lincoln, Nebraska

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:


Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Doctorate Degree


September 4, 2018

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