College of Forest Resources Associate Dean
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||Mississippi, United States|
Mississippi State University - College of Forest Resources
Mississippi State University, College of Forest Resources seeks candidates to fill the position of Associate Dean. The College of Forest Resources (CFR) has three academic departments, Forestry, Forest Products and Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture. CFR has an undergraduate and graduate program and also a research and extension arm. The Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC) is a separately funded state agency which supports the research and economic development activities of CFR and Mississippi State University (MSU). The CFR operates the John W. Starr Memorial Forest, an 8,200-acre research and teaching forest. The CFR and FWRC have excellent on-campus facilities.
This position assists the Dean of the CFR in all areas pertaining to advancing the college’s academic mission. The CFR and FWRC plans, implements and administers programs and initiatives designed to target, recruit, admit, and retain students in CFR undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Associate Dean oversees recruitment, admissions, and graduation of the CFR undergraduate and graduate degree programs, oversees all curricula in the College and implements changes that affect curricula.
This is a full-time position and answers directly to the Dean of the College of Forest Resources. This position is a 70% administrative appointment, with the remaining 30% assigned to teaching and research activities. Tenure will reside in an appropriate department within the College of Forest Resources. The CFR Academic Coordinator and the CFR Admission Counselor (Recruiter) report to this position.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Develop innovative plans to support University goals of recruiting and retaining an academically talented and diverse undergraduate and graduate student population.
2. Represent the CFR at on-campus and off-campus meetings upon request, including Assistant/Associate Dean's Council meetings.
3. Work closely with CFR department heads in coordination of graduate programs including facilitating reports, procedures, and recommendations for graduate teaching assistantships.
4. Provide leadership and coordination to expand the international activities of CFR and globalization of its curricula.
5. Provide oversight of counseling and advising prospective students and families regarding undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities, admissions procedures, transfer of credit, scholarships, and university policies and entrance requirements.
6. Create, review, approve, and disseminate resource materials for student recruitment and retention programs; oversee mentorship, ambassador, and Dean’s Student Council; analyze trends in recruitment and retention programs; develop strategies for program evaluation.
7. Serve as liaison with various internal and external constituencies including domestic and international students, parents, school officials, faculty, alumni, and various external agencies.
8. Investigate and respond to inquiries from students and departmental advisors on recruitment, admissions, and retention issues.
9. Oversee administration of the CFR Scholarship Program.
10. Participate in the development of CFR goals and objectives; recommend, implement, and administer methods and procedures to enhance operations, evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and oversees implementation of changes required for strengthening academic programs.
11. Represent CFR on University Alumni Council in maintaining liaison with alumni.
12. Coordinate the CFR Student and Faculty Awards process.
13. Assist the Dean with preparation of reports and letters including Institutional Effectiveness (IE) reports and outcomes of CFR educational programs.
14. Participate in various campus committees and state and regional professional organizations.
15. Interpret and enforce academic policies and procedures as they pertain to CFR undergraduate and graduate recruitment and admissions.
16. Provide guidance and support as appropriate for various student life activities.
17. Oversee supervision of CFR staff within the Office of Academic Affairs, which includes work allocation and evaluation of performance of employees.
18. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Candidates for this position must hold an earned doctorate, with at least one degree in forestry, forest products, wildlife, fisheries, or a closely related natural resource field; appropriate academic and administrative experience; credentials appropriate for the rank of tenured professor in one of the CFR departments. Candidates must also provide evidence of administrative skills and energetic leadership, ability to foster a cooperative work environment, demonstrate a commitment to effective undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, and have a sustained record of teaching and scholarship and a history of contributions to professional organizations.
1. Understanding of the mission and role of a land-grant university
2. Knowledge and understanding of the integrated functions of the Registrar, admissions, enrollment services, career center, housing, and other and student affairs as they relate to the CFR and its students.
3. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
4. Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports.
5. Skill in examining and re-engineering CFR operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
6. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
7. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
8. Knowledge and understanding of academic advisement principles, methods, and procedures at the undergraduate and graduate level.
9. Knowledge and understanding of student career and graduate school opportunities.
10. Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
11. Knowledge of procedures and processes associated with the development and dissemination of student handbooks and informational materials.
12. Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
13. An ability to foster employee development and performance management skills.
14. Knowledge and understanding of a range of student life issues and concerns.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
No or very limited physical effort required.
No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
The search, screening, and selection process will begin May 1, 2013 and will continue until a successful candidate is chosen.
Mississippi State University is an EEO employer.
Instructions for Applying
Applicants must complete the personal data information form online at: www.jobs.msstate.edu. Applicants should also send a letter of application, curriculum vita, official transcripts, a brief statement of teaching interests and career goals, and the names, address, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references to:
Dr. L. Wes Burger, Ph.D.
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