Dean & Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 028800 - Dean of Architecture,Art, & Design
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Executive/Administrative/Managerial
Position Open Date:

Department Profile:

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Area of Specialization:

Architecture, Art, or Design

Anticipated Appointment Date:

July 1, 2018

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Serves as the chief administrative officer responsible for the accomplishment of teaching, research, and service missions of the College.
  2. Oversees all academic programs of the College and encourages the faculty to continuously improve the College’s undergraduate academic programs.
  3. Fosters an environment conducive to scholarly research appropriate for degree programs in the College.
  4. Encourages service activities that are consistent with the mission of the college.
  5. Oversees the recruiting, hiring, supervising, and evaluation of personnel within the College with a commitment to diversity and fairness.
  6. Manages the College’s budget and resources effectively, transparently, and collaboratively.
  7. Leads the College and work in collaboration with the faculty and staff to formulate and effectively implement a strategic plan for the College.
  8. Works with the faculty and staff in establishing the mission and strategic plan that will productively guide the teaching, research, and service activities and decision-making of the College.
  9. Values and actively encourages faculty and staff involvement in periodic reviews of the strategic plan.
  10. Develops, fosters, and maintains positive and productive relationships with College stakeholders within the University and with those external to the College.
  11. Identifies, develops, and strengthens synergistic relationships with other MSU Colleges and serves as an advocate for the College.
  12. Develops, fosters, and maintains positive and productive relationships with key College stakeholders external to the University.
  13. Develops and strengthens relations with Alumni of the College.
  14. Serves as the primary spokesperson for the College in interactions with local and state business and other leaders to promote the missions of the College and enhance its stature.
  15. Oversees and participates in major fundraising initiatives and activities of the College to acquire the resources necessary for effective performance of the teaching, research, and service mission of the College.
  16. Ensures compliance with all requirements of the College and University accrediting bodies.
  17. Performs related duties as assigned.

The above essential duties are representative of major duties of positions in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Supervisory Responsibility:

Full supervisory authority

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctorate or terminal degree and a distinguished record of teaching and scholarly activity commensurate with appointment as a Professor with tenure in one of the College’s academic departments/school.

Significant experience in budgetary and academic affairs, demonstrated skills in securing external funding, commitment to cultural diversity, and a desire to enhance international education.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Administrative experience equivalent to department head or above.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a work environment characterized by academic excellence in teaching and research and effective outreach to the public.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds from a variety of sources, including private donors, foundations, and government agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate and implement strategic planning consistent with a work unit’s missions and goals.
  • Knowledge of accrediting standards pertinent to the College and ability to interpret and implement applicable standards of accrediting bodies.
  • Commitment to recruitment and hiring of a highly qualified and diverse faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain productive relationships with a work unit’s external stakeholders.
  • Ability to create and maintain a collegial environment that fosters excellence of scholarship and learning.
  • Ability to conduct the planning, review, and assessment of programs.
  • Leadership skills necessary to work effectively with internal and external constituencies to achieve the goals of the College and the University.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate planning, review, and assessment of programs and program outcomes.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • No unusual physical requirements. Requires limited lifting of files and records. Work is normally performed inside.
  • Frequent - External imposed deadlines set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions that influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.
  • Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands.
  • Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.
  • Hearing requirements: Ability to hear over the telephone and during presentations.
  • Involves some night and weekend work and travel.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, statement of administrative philosophy as it applies to this position, and the complete contact information for at least five professional references.

Official transcripts for the position finalists will be requested at that time. Review of applications will begin on March 18, 2018.

Inquiries and nominations should be directed to the chair. Contact information is listed below:

Search Committee Chair
Dr. Rick Travis, Dean of Arts & Sciences
P.O. Box AS
175 President’s Circle
Mississippi State, MS 39762
phone: (662) 325-8071


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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