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Middle Tennessee State University
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Posted: 09/8/2022
Dean, Jennings A. Jones College of Business
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience

Dean, Jennings A. Jones College of Business

Job Number: FAC300
Work Type: Executive
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Categories: Deans

Job Title

Dean, Jennings A. Jones College of Business


Academic Support Service Provost

University Expectation

MTSU seeks candidates committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity, and meaningful service. We also seek to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with a diverse student body.


Salary commensurate with education and experience

Job Summary/Basic Function

Middle Tennessee State University seeks an accomplished, creative, and dynamic individual to lead the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and invites applications for the position of Dean.

With an enrollment of 20,000 students, MTSU is the No. 1 producer of graduates for the greater Nashville economy, has been identified by the Princeton Review as one of the Best 385 Colleges in the U.S. four years in a row, and is also the top destination for transfer students in Tennessee. MTSU embraces its role as a major comprehensive university and the destination of choice for Tennessee undergraduates while expanding its reach nationally and internationally through signature programs and select master's, specialist, and doctoral programs. MTSU students, faculty, and staff generate, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and innovation and collaboratively promote excellence through teaching and learning, research, creative activity, and public engagement. MTSU holds the Carnegie Doctoral University: High Research Activity and elective Community Engagement classifications.

The Jennings A. Jones College of Business is accredited by AACSB International. Guided by the College’s principles of accessibility, diversity, and ethical conduct, departments of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Information Systems and Analytics, Management, and Marketing offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs as well as executive/continuing education. Research and professional centers and endowed chairs also contribute to the College’s mission to build knowledge about business theory and practice and provide impactful service.

The position begins no later than July 1, 2023. Expedited tenure will be considered at the time of appointment.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Serving as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Jones College of Business (College) concerning MTSU and MTSU Board of Trustees policies and curricula for undergraduate, master’s, and PhD programs;
  • Leading the development of plans and continuous improvement processes for the College, which is comprised of five diverse academic departments;
  • Maintaining accreditations for all accreditable programs in the College;
  • Providing leadership for department chairs, faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Providing leadership for interdisciplinary programs, centers, and endowed chairs housed in the College;
  • Increasing the College’s focus on and success in research;
  • Building relationships with external business and professional communities and agencies;
  • Leading student recruitment activities on and off campus and providing oversight of College advising;
  • Leading the development efforts of the College.
Required Education

Terminal degree from an accredited institution in a represented discipline of the College.

Required Related Experience

Three years of administrative experience in higher education at the level of a chair or above in a supervisory capacity. Must qualify for appointment at the rank of professor.

Other Desirables

• Ongoing commitment to supporting excellence in teaching, growth in externally funded research and service programs, and scholarly inquiry as evidenced by a distinguished record of discipline-related and administrative accomplishments;
• Leadership and communication skills for effective, articulate advocacy for programs and activities of the College’s departments and schools, as well as teamwork and consensus among faculty and departments;
• Proven ability to foster and facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion;
• Proven ability to marshal internal and external resources and organize faculty and external constituencies for implementation of College and University missions and strategic plans;
• Accomplishments that demonstrate knowledge of current and emerging trends in higher education as well as national and international business and economic development that support excellence for faculty, academic programs, and student success;
• Vision for and demonstrated ability to engage in partnerships with external constituencies to meet student and community needs in support of the University’s Carnegie Community Engagement classification and Academic Master Plan.

Documents Needed to Apply

To successfully apply, applicants must include the following documents as separate attachments at the time of online application submittal: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of Teaching Philosophy, and a Research Statement or Creative Activities (as appropriate to the discipline).

Special Instruction to Applicants

Application Procedures: To apply for open positions, go to and follow the instructions on how to complete an application, attach documents, and submit your application online. If you need help applying, please contact the Faculty Recruitment Specialist at (615) 898-5128.

If you have position-specific questions, please contact Beverly Keel at

MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:

  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • 13 paid University holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents


MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

For individuals requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email

Application Review Date: 10/02/2022