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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Open for Recruitment:  February 5, 2013 - Open until further notice
Announcement #:  11001002992
Salary Range:  Commesurate with qualifications and experience
Full or Part Time:  Full Time
Location: Moscow

Materials Required:
    Online Application
    Letter of Qualification
    Curriculum Vitae
    Contact Information for 5 References and Relationship to Each

The University of Idaho seeks an outstanding individual for the next dean to lead the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). CALS includes seven academic departments with over 300 full time employees, nearly $50 million in non-grant operating resources, and plays a leading role in both interdisciplinary and disciplinary research ( The College enrolls approximately 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Statewide, the College utilizes three district extension offices, ten Research and Extension Centers, and 42 county offices.


The University of Idaho is the leading research institution and land grant university in Idaho. Please see the following web sites for information about the University of Idaho and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences:

The dean is the chief executive officer of the college and reports to the provost who is the executive vice president of the University. Working collaboratively with the membership of Provostís Council, the dean is charged with fostering academic excellence in the college and its units as well as strategically considering effects of university-wide programs and activities. The dean plays a leadership role in development and fund raising; creating and sustaining an energized community; recruiting and retaining a diverse body of students, staff, and faculty, and representing the college to the external community. The dean has authority and responsibility for the curricula, faculty and staff evaluation and development, as well as budgets and facilities.


The College's mission is to support economic growth and enhance the quality of life for the people of Idaho.


Specifically, the Dean is responsible for:

∑ fostering academic excellence in the college and each of its units;

∑ developing, in consultation with unit administrators, recommendations concerning appointments, promotion, tenure, salaries, and termination of college personnel;

∑ planning, assessing and providing leadership for teaching, research and extension activities at the college, state, regional, national and international levels;

∑ establishing and carrying out appropriate relationships with educational institutions nationally and abroad, consistent with the increasingly globalized nature of Idaho's agricultural economy;

∑ oversight and advocating for state-wide Research and Extension centers and assisting with fostering relations between Extension, the University, and local counties;

∑ providing leadership for strategic budgeting including advocating for resources within the University and from the State Board of Education and the State Legislature;

∑ working collaboratively with other deans around budget and resource allocation issues;

∑ cooperating with commodity commissions and others in the greater agricultural community for program and research development to meet clientele needs;

∑ promoting and championing diversity within the college; ensuring that the needs and voices of all Idahoans, especially under-served and under-represented populations, are reflected in CALSí activities;

∑ developing programmatic and research activities intended to serve and meet the needs of agricultural workers, including migrant workers, and their families;

∑ cooperating and collaborating with public and private organizations that work for and on behalf of agricultural worker interests;

∑ developing programmatic and research activities intended to serve, and meet the agriculture-related needs of tribal communities;

∑ maintaining contacts with the professions for which the college prepares graduates;

∑ allocating facilities assigned to the college; approving duties for the faculty and non-faculty personnel of the college upon recommendations from unit administrators;

∑ actively participating in fundraising for the college and for the university.

Minimum Qualifications:

∑ An earned doctorate or equivalent from an accredited university in a discipline represented within the college

∑ Credentials sufficient to hold a full professorship with tenure within a department in the college

∑ Administrative experience with evidence of effective leadership

∑ Demonstrated ability to serve as an effective spokesperson for the college


Desirable Qualifications:

∑ A minimum of three years of leadership experience in higher education at or above the level of department chair or director of a comparable unit and other evidence of administrative experience

∑ Demonstrated successful leadership skills in building collaborative relationships among academic units, and with alumni and other stakeholders outside the university

∑ Evidence of effective and successful management and communication skills

∑ Management experience in private industry

∑ Demonstrated success in development and external fundraising

∑ Demonstrated success in teaching, research, and outreach, and a commitment to interdisciplinary activities in these areas

∑ Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the complexity of effort needed to work with and foster relationships with under-represented audiences

∑ Experience in interacting with congressional and legislative constituencies

∑ A strong vision for student-centered education


Application Process and Search Timeline

Completed applications must include a letter describing interest and experience relative to the qualifications described in this announcement, a current curriculum vitae, and full contact information for five professional references. References will be contacted only upon request. Please submit materials through the electronic online application system at: of nominations and applications will begin immediately.  Please provide all nominations and applications by March 5, 2013 for full consideration.  Late nominations and applications may be considered until an appointment is made. The successful candidate must pass a background check.


Nominations are welcomed and encouraged; they should be made by providing a letter to the search coordinator, Patty Houle ( Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Larry Stauffer, chair of the search committee (


To enrich education through diversity, the University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer 


To enrich education through diversity, the University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.