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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Position Number: 1283910
  • Location: Lincoln, NE
  • Position Type: Deans - Agriculture

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites nominations and applications for the position of dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). The university is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and entrepreneurial individual who will provide intellectual and strategic leadership for the college.

Position Overview

The dean is a member of the senior leadership team of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) who routinely coordinates with leadership team colleagues, particularly IANR's Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and the deans of the Agricultural Research Division (ARD) and Nebraska Extension. Provision of leadership and oversight of all academic programming in theIANR is expected in addition to facilitating the performative evolution of the IANR's teaching and learning mission, while ensuring the relevance, quality, and impact ofIANRefforts to prepare students for a changing world.

Position Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the dean include:

  • Advancing the development of a vision for the CASNR—with input from faculty, staff, and stakeholders—and ensuring the college's resources are strategically deployed to realize that vision;

  • Providing leadership that will expand the CASNR's local, national, and international visibility and academic reputation by engaging in, and leading, national groups and initiatives that define and drive the future directions of education about food, fuel, water, and landscapes;

  • Promoting an inclusive culture within the college, ensuring that opportunities are available to all and that every effort is made to engage diverse audiences, especially those that are traditionally underrepresented and/or underserved;

  • Identifying and prioritizing needed improvements in facilities and technology that will enhance teaching and learning and widening the reach of the college through programs offered in non-traditional ways and venues;

  • Promoting and generating global engagement opportunities for students, faculty members, and staff;

  • Serving as IANR's liaison to the Offices of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to ensure the rigor, relevance, and vitality of CASNR's curriculum and to promote the success of its students;

  • Serving as IANR's liaison to the Office of Graduate Studies to oversee both the integrity of graduate and postdoctoral education and the success and professional development of CASNR graduate and postdoctoral students by developing new pathways that recognize the changing and emerging career paths of those students;

  • Facilitating the recruitment, mentoring, retention, ongoing academic and personal development, and successful placement of students in all academic programs in the college and procuring financial support for undergraduate scholarships and fellowships for graduate and professional programs;

  • Overseeing the college's commitment to both academic and co-curricular student success by coordinating CASNR student organizations and leading such initiatives as internships, education abroad, learning assessment, career services, living-learning communities, and programming and awards that incentivize and recognize student achievement;

  • Fostering faculty development efforts that focus on the improvement of teaching and learning, advising and mentoring, development and review of curricula, and learning outcomes assessment and leading the implementation of initiatives that reward effective teaching and advising;

  • Managing the CASNR's annual budget to maximize the effectiveness of those resources, exhibiting fiscal discipline, using best fiscal management practices, and aligning resources with strategic directions;

  • Effectively managing personnel to accomplish strategic goals;

  • Actively promoting the engagement and stewardship of CASNR donors;

  • Providing counsel to the Vice Chancellor/Vice President for CASNR promotion and tenure cases, annual and reappointment reviews, and merit salary increases; and

  • Fostering relationships with college alumni, including providing opportunities for student-alumni interaction, to provide them with a sense of belonging and promote their continuing engagement with the college.

  • Actively seeking, forming, and nurturing linkages with UNL's other colleges, centers, and institutes, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Nebraska's six community colleges and three state colleges, and Nebraska's public school systems;

  • Pursuing other collaborations and partnerships, internal and external to the university, that strengthen or complement programs in the college;

  • Identifying experiential learning opportunities for students in Nebraska communities and promoting the development of credit and non-credit professional and continuing education programs and/or offerings;

  • Serving on university committees that support the overall operations of the institution; and

  • Serving as a compelling advocate and energetic spokesperson for the CASNR to faculty, staff, students within the university and to alumni, donors, and other friends of the college externally.

The dean reports to the Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources/Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources. The dean will be appointed to a five-year renewable term, subject to annual reviews by the Vice Chancellor/Vice President and a satisfactory formal performance review.

To be considered for the position, candidates must have:

  • A doctoral degree in a field of study represented within the departments of CASNR.

  • A record of excellence in teaching (and/or extension), research, and scholarship commensurate with appointment in a CASNR unit at the rank of professor with tenure.

  • Administrative experience within higher education.

Preferred candidates will:

  • Be able to demonstrate that they are visionary leaders with proven skills in academic administration, resource management, and program formation and review.

  • Have an administrative record at an institution of higher education that demonstrates strong collaborative academic management experience, creative and strategic thinking, sound judgement, excellent analytical skills, and the ability and courage to make difficult but informed decisions.

  • Be able to demonstrate an abiding commitment to diversity and to practices that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. The candidate should have demonstrated experience in mentoring members of underrepresented groups.

  • Show a commitment to and experience in supporting and cultivating an accomplished and diverse faculty. The passion for excellence and integrity must be paired with an ability to inspire and motivate.

  • Have experience with curriculum development and a commitment to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education.

  • Be sensitive to the perspectives and values of faculty, staff, and students; have a commitment to shared governance; and possess the ability to collaborate effectively with a broad range of consistencies.

  • Experience with effective development and fundraising activities.

  • Have a distinguished record of success in obtaining external funding.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) is an educational institution of international stature. The university is a member of the Big Ten Conference and the Big Ten Academic Alliance and is classified within the Carnegie R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity category. It is a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. UNL is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

UNL is made up of nine colleges through which it offers a broad range of majors, providing exceptional breadth and depth of opportunity in the sciences, liberal arts, and professional disciplines. The university's enrollment is growing and becoming more diverse. Fall 2017 enrollment topped 26,000, the highest and most diverse enrollment in the history of the university. In fall 2017, for the 13th straight year, UNL made U.S. News & World Report's annual evaluation of America's Best Colleges' list of Public National Universities, placing it among the top one-fourth of all public universities. UNL is ranked near the top third of all national universities both public and private. The university has approximately doubled its research expenditures over the past decade and has been recognized nationally as one of the fastest growing public research universities.

UNL boasts 22 Rhodes Scholars and three Nobel laureates among its alumni. The university is regularly named a top research institution whose students are awarded Fulbright scholarships and consistently succeed in prestigious national scholarship competitions. The university had a record eight faculty named AAAS fellows in 2015, tied for the second-most fellows behind Stanford's nine.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment and encouraging all members of its learning community to reach their full potential. UNL is responsive to dual-career families and strongly promotes work-life balance to support its community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.

Additional information about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln may be obtained from its website,

The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Created by the Nebraska Legislature in 1973, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) is composed of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR), the Agricultural Research Division (ARD), Nebraska Extension, and the ARD and Extension components of three departments in the College of Education and Human Sciences. Teaching is provided through the CASNR, research through the ARD, and extension education through statewide Nebraska Extension.

IANR innovation in research, teaching, and extension education places Nebraska on the leading edge of food production, environmental stewardship, human nutrition, business development, and youth engagement. The Institute's priorities are the life sciences, from molecular to global systems; sustainable food, fiber, and natural resource systems that support a bio-based economy; economics and environments for a sustainable future; and human capital development of children, youth, and families. IANR also discharges a global leadership role in enhancing worldwide food and water security, particularly in developing countries.

IANR is led by the Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Additional information about the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources may be obtained from its website,

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Since the establishment of the University of Nebraska in 1869, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) has provided opportunities for students to develop personally, intellectually, and professionally to meet the challenges of their era. Today's CASNR fosters a student-centered learning environment where diverse basic and applied natural, life, earth, and social sciences are integrated into the context of a global society and environmental stewardship. The college's goal is to prepare students as leaders for a future in which demands on food, energy, and water systems will challenge sustainability. Its areas of study are broad and span animal, plant, and human health and well-being, earth systems analysis, agricultural production and processing, global climate change, agricultural market structures, water resources, and land-use change. The college is also responsible for coordinating all agricultural sciences and natural resources programs in higher education within the State of Nebraska.

Additional information about the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources may be obtained from its website,


IANR invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of CASNR Dean. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of persons of color, women, persons living with disabilities, and veterans.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue to receive applications until the dean is selected. To ensure full consideration, nominations and applications should be submitted before October 3, 2018.

Questions and nominations can be directed in confidence to:

Richard Bischoff, Search Committee Chair

IANR Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Leader Success

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


How to Apply: Applicants should go to and search positions using requisition number F_180124, click on "Apply to this Job," complete the form and attach a letter of interest, summarizing the applicant's personal vision and relevant leadership experience and detailed curriculum vitae. The names of 3-5 professional references will be requested only of candidates who make the short list. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence until the final stage of the search at which time the express permission of finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. Candidates are urged to review all information and documents posted on the search web site.

For questions and assistance with submitting the application, contact Becky Carter, HR Specialist at or by phone at (402) 472-5893.

UNL offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate's background and experience.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

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