Human Resources

Dean, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

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Department: College Forest Resources & Envr Sci
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Sciences, Academic Administrator, Forestry

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 Forest Resources and Environmental Science (CFRES) 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 CFRES, reports directly to the provost, and shapes the vision for the role of the CFRES within the University, the State of Michigan, higher education, and society at large. The dean provides leadership to 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 CFRES, other areas of the University, and external constituencies.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Lead the CFRES in developing and implementing strategic plans for research and education in support of the goals of the University Strategic Plan.
2. 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.
3. Advance CFRES goals for a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming learning and work environment that creates a sense of belonging for all students, faculty, and staff.
4. Promote a culture of safety throughout the CFRES.
5. Work with faculty, staff, students, and the College Advisory Board to oversee the development and accreditation of undergraduate and graduate programs.
6. Represent the CFRES within Michigan Tech, the state, nationally and internationally.
7. Oversee all on-campus CFRES facilities and off campus facilities, including the Ford Center and Forest
8. Lead planning, decision-making, and resource allocation activities within the CFRES.
9. Assist faculty and staff in professional development and conduct annual performance evaluations of the tenured, tenure-track, instructional-track and research faculty, as well as the dean’s other direct reports.
10. 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 CFRES.
11. 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 CFRES and the University.
12. Possess and encourage in others entrepreneurial and innovative approaches that value new educational and research initiatives.
13. Carry out other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Administrative supervision is exercised over associate dean(s), faculty, as well as professional and clerical staff within the college.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Earned PhD from an accredited university in a field related to forestry, environmental science or policy, or other natural resources related fields.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

● Experience in a leadership role, such as administering an academic or research-oriented unit or organization.
● Scholarly activity appropriate for a senior-level tenured appointment.
● Demonstrated commitment to promoting a culture of safety as a professional value and an essential component of day-to-day activities.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

● An exemplary record of teaching at the college level.
● An exemplary record of research and experience in fostering collaborative, interdisciplinary research.
● Experience leading or contributing to entrepreneurial activities in teaching and/or research.
● Experience working within a shared governance environment.
● Experience generating resources through coordinated fundraising efforts, including relationship-building with potential donors.
● Experience with promotion and tenure (or similar) process.

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

● Ability to articulate a clear strategic vision for the future of research, education, and fundraising in the CFRES.
● Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and presentation skills.
● Proven leadership ability and collaborative management skills.
● Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and the ability to create and manage budgets.
● Demonstrated success in maintaining and building relationships among diverse stakeholder groups both within and external to an organization.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

● Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic and tactical plans.
● Demonstrated ability to nurture and catalyze the success of students, faculty, and staff, both individually and collectively.
● Demonstrated ability to maintain and develop strong undergraduate and professional programs, including maintaining relevant accreditation.
● Experience managing research and graduate programs.
● Experience managing a field station or off-campus facilities.
● Proven ability to foster collaborative efforts by building relationships with national and/or international constituencies.
● Demonstrated ability to create a sense of belonging and foster a fair, objective, and welcoming environment for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics, diverse backgrounds, and viewpoints.

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.

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 CFRES
 3. Curriculum Vitae
 4. Contact information for five (5) professional references (referees   will not be contacted without written permission of the applicant).

Full consideration will be given to applicants to submit their application materials by January 8, 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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