Human Resources

Dean, College of Sciences & Arts

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Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Sciences, Arts, Academic Administrator

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Dean of the College of Sciences and Arts (CSA) is a forward thinking, innovative, and collaborative leader who provides strategic leadership in the college. The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer in the CSA, reports directly to the provost, and shapes the vision for the role of the CSA within the University, the State of Michigan, higher education, and society at large. The dean provides leadership to the department chairs in the college and works with other administrators (vice presidents, deans, and directors) as well as faculty, staff, and students to promote excellence in research, teaching, and service. The dean is responsible for fostering successful collaborations among personnel within the CSA, other areas of the University, and external constituencies.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Lead the CSA in developing and implementing strategic plans for research and education in support of the goals and mission of the University.
2. Enact a growth mindset, including the successful identification and implementation of a broad and exciting vision to promote growth within the CSA, in alignment with institutional strengths and in partnership with other academic units.
3. Advance the CSA goals for a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming learning and work environment that creates a sense of belonging for all students, faculty, and staff.
4. Work with the chairs in the CSA in developing and implementing department strategic plans and action plans consistent with the CSA vision.
5. Possess and encourage in others entrepreneurial and innovative approaches that value new educational and research initiatives.
6. Provide leadership to the college and work with other units across Michigan Tech to ensure the University continues to thrive during a time of rapid change in higher education.
7. Work with other senior academic leaders as part of the Deans Council, which meets regularly to advise the provost and provide overall academic leadership to the University.
8. Champion the University vision, mission, and strategic initiatives within the college, the University, the state, nationally and internationally.
9. Develop and foster relationships with key external constituents, including alumni, government, industry, and foundations to increase levels of engagement and giving in order to obtain resources that support the continual growth and improvement of students, faculty, staff, programs, and infrastructure of the college and the University.
10. Lead planning, decision-making, and resource allocation activities within the CSA, including providing oversight for decisions made at the departmental level.
11. Supervise CSA associate dean(s), the nine CSA department chairs, and CSA staff and provide opportunities for career development and increased effectiveness.
12. Collaborate with the two Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) departments housed in the college.
13. As appropriate, implement new structures within the CSA and/or in partnership with other academic units to promote growth in alignment with emerging and/or priority areas.
14. Make recommendations to the provost and president regarding hiring, tenure, and promotion for tenured and tenure-track faculty, and appointments and renewals of instructional-track faculty and academic administrators within the CSA.
15. Comply with and provide leadership for initiatives associated with accreditation of departments and programs within the CSA and University.
16. Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Earned PhD or equivalent degree in a discipline represented in CSA or in a closely related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

● Leadership experience in a research-oriented organization.
● Demonstrated commitment to promoting a culture of safety as a professional value and an essential component of day-to-day activities.
● Experience managing and providing professional development for professional staff in a scholarly environment.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

● An exemplary record of disciplinary or interdisciplinary research, and/or scholarship in a domain represented in the College of Sciences and Arts.
● Experience leading or contributing to innovative activities in teaching and/or research.
● An exemplary record of teaching at the university level.
● Experience managing and leading PhD level (or equivalent) professionals working in a scholarly environment.
● Experience working within a shared governance environment.
● Experience implementing a diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan.
● Experience in generating resources through coordinated fundraising efforts, including relationship-building with potential donors.
● A record of success at securing external funding in support of research or other scholarly activity.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

● Ability to articulate a clear vision for the future of education, research, and scholarship in the CSA.
● Proven leadership ability and collaborative management skills in a shared governance environment.
● Demonstrated success in building partnerships among diverse stakeholder groups, both within and external to an organization.
● Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and the ability to manage budgets and college growth.
● Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and presentation skills.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

● Experience leading an academic unit with a wide diversity of academic disciplines similar to those present in the College of Sciences and Arts.
● Demonstrated success in leading research program growth, including increased funding, scholarship, and research productivity.
● Demonstrated success in leading broad institutional change, such as through effective implementation of a strategic plan.
● Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints.
● Experience with developing and implementing collaborative agreements with other academic institutions, especially those that primarily serve diverse underserved populations.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months



Pay Rate/Salary

Commensurate with Experience

Title of Position Supervisor

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Please visit to apply. Applicants will be asked to upload:
1. Cover letter
2. Statement of vision for the future of education, research, and scholarship in the CSA
3. Curriculum Vitae
4. Contact information for five (5) professional references (references will not be contacted without written permission of the applicant).

Full consideration will be given to applicants to submit their application materials by January 5, 2024.

We strongly encourage applicants to address the required and desired qualifications with respect to education, experience, skills, and abilities in their cover letter along with an explanation of their ability to be successful in the essential duties and responsibilities.

Additional Information

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior in Houghton Michigan. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities.

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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