Dean & Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 058800 - Dean of Education
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Executive/Administrative/Managerial
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Dean is the chief administrative officer of the College of Education. As such, the Dean collaborates with the faculty and staff of the College in the management of the College’s teaching, research, and service activities as well as oversees academic programs and fiscal affairs within the College. Further, the Dean is responsible for developing, promoting, and maintaining positive and productive relationships with constituencies external to the College and University. The Dean reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President.

Employees hired into Intermittent positions are limited to working no more than 720 hours per fiscal year.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The College of Education at Mississippi State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The College, the third largest at Mississippi State University, includes the Departments of Counseling, Educational Psychology, & Foundations; Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education; Educational Leadership; Instructional Systems and Workforce Development; Kinesiology; Music, and the Division of Education at the Meridian Campus of Mississippi State University. The research centers include the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision; America Reads; Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center; Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute; MSU World Class Teaching Program; the T.K. Martin Center for Technology & Disability; and the Research Institute for Sports Convergence. Currently, the College serves nearly 3000 undergraduate and 800 graduate students with approximately 140 faculty and 100 staff. More detailed information about the college can be found at: .

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 and graduate 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. Works with the faculty and staff in establishing and implementing the mission and strategic plan that will productively guide the teaching, research, and service activities and decision-making of the College.
8. Values and actively encourages faculty and staff involvement in periodic reviews and reassessments of the strategic plan.
9. Develops, fosters, and maintains positive relationships with College stakeholders within the University and with those external to the College.
10. Identifies, develops, and strengthens synergistic relationships with other MSU Colleges and serves as an advocate for the College.
11. Develops and strengthens relationships with Alumni of the College.
12. Serves as the primary spokesperson for the College in interactions with local, state and federal officials and other leaders to promote the missions of the College and enhance its stature.
13. 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.
14. Ensures compliance with all requirements of the College and University accrediting bodies.
15. 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 needs as they arise. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the job.

Minimum Qualifications:

• An earned doctorate or terminal degree and a distinguished record of teaching and scholarly activity commensurate with a tenured Professor in one of the College’s academic departments.
• Demonstrated experience in leading and supervising faculty and staff.
• Experience in administering a broad range of programs in settings including higher education.
• Experience in budgetary and academic affairs.
• Experience in securing external funding for research and educational purposes from private, public, and/or non-profit sources.

Preferred Qualifications:

Administrative experience equivalent to department head or above

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Proven visionary leader with a record of effective interpersonal, motivational, and innovative skills.
• Knowledge of accrediting standards pertinent to the College and ability to interpret and implement applicable standards of accrediting bodies.
• Effective leadership skills and a commitment to fostering a supportive environment of faculty development, high levels of scholarly achievement, and impactful outreach into the public sector.
• An advocate for the College with excellent interpersonal and communication skills in working with all constituent groups.
• A strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, in both teaching and non-teacher preparatory academic programs.
• Commitment to fostering global partnerships and research initiatives, in addition to the advancement of international education among undergraduate and graduate students.
• Commitment to and experience with faculty governance practices.
• Commitment to transparency and integrity in decision-making.
• Ability to represent the college’s diverse education interests and research strengths to the university, local, regional, national, and global communities.
• Ability to guide the college to become a diverse, inclusive, and equitable leading force for its faculty, staff, and students, as well as to be an advocate for professionals and constituencies throughout the state, region, and nation.
• Ability to formulate and implement strategic planning consistent with the mission and goals of individual academic and research units.
• Ability to support the college as a resource and collaborative partner with P-16 education in the state of Mississippi and beyond.
• 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 raise funds from a variety of sources, including private donors, foundations, and government agencies.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• No unusual physical requirement. Requires limited lifting of files and records. Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
• 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 presentation.
Involves some night and weekend work and travel

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, current curriculum vitae and the complete contact information for at least three professional references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable 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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