Skip Navigation
Employment Opportunities

Jobs at Member Institutions & APLU

Job Postings enable you to post your own job and find other job listings offered by APLU members. This service is free for APLU members. For more information, email

Apply Now
Fort Valley State University
1890 Instiitutions
Fort Valley
Peach County
Website URL:
Posted: 08/17/2022
Dean of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology

Named as one of the Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities for 2021 by College Consensus, Fort Valley State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology. The University seeks a leader with demonstrated experience in successfully leading a college of agriculture in a land grant university; an innovative and engaged strategic thinker with proven experience in strategic planning and implementation and a commitment to student success, faculty development, program innovation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and working in collaboration with faculty, students, and staff, the Dean will provide dynamic, visionary leadership to build upon the College’s strengths and develop new opportunities to fulfill the role of the College as a model of intellectual and community engagement. The expected start date is January 3, 2023.

For complete information, see the Search Profile


College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology

The College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology (CAFST) serves 618 undergraduate and graduate students across four departments: Agricultural Sciences; Engineering Technology; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Veterinary Science and Public Health. The College also provides career enhancement through graduate programs in Animal Science, Biotechnology, and Public Health.

The College has 33 faculty members and 216 staff, which includes 21 academic staff; 29 research staff; 54 extension staff; and 112 Head Start/Early Head Start staff.

Fort Valley State University is the only public institution in Georgia that offers a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology, the development of products from living organisms, their components, or systems. While biotechnology often is applied to develop agricultural advancements, food, and medicine, FVSU master’s degree candidates can specialize in plant biotechnology, animal biotechnology, and applied biotechnology.

Widely recognized for the quality of its undergraduate education, research, and outreach programs, the College is ranked sixth nationally in graduating African American students in agriculture disciplines. It also has been a leader in placing first-time applicants into medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy schools and colleges since 2001.

Utilizing state-of-the-art laboratories, the faculty are securing external grant funds and conducting innovative research. Faculty conduct research in five primary areas: Agricultural Economics, Bioenergy and Climate Change, Food Safety, Small Ruminants, and Specialty Plant Biotechnology. Students work with the scientists in these laboratories, which contributes to their success in being accepted to professional and graduate schools. The College is also home to the Georgia Small Ruminant Research and Extension Center (GSRREC), the largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind east of the Mississippi River.

Several programs in the College hold national accreditation: the Electronic Engineering Technology Program: ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology); the Family and Consumer Sciences Program: AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences); the Veterinary Technology Program: AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association); the Agricultural Education Program: NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education); and the Master of Public Health: EHAC (National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council).

The Opportunity

Fort Valley State University is a comprehensive institution and an internationally recognized leader in agricultural research. Beyond the classroom, the College provides valuable extension services and programs to citizens and businesses throughout the state.

The Dean of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences & Technology (Dean) is part of the academic team dedicated to supporting FVSU’s mission of meeting the higher education needs of the state, region, and nation through innovative teaching, and applied research. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost), the Dean collaborates closely with the Deans’ Council and the President’s Cabinet in the management of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences & Technology.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serves as a liaison between the College and the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Works closely with the other college deans and the Provost to formulate and implement the academic objectives of the College within the context of the mission and objectives of the University.
  • Leads the administration, development, and direction of the academic programs, strategic planning, fundraising, facility development, as well as the Research Program budget inclusive of the Research Station and Farms and the Cooperative Extension Program.
  • Evaluates the work of faculty members within the College.
  • Provides written recommendations concerning the retention, promotion, and tenure of faculty members to the Provost.
  • Prepares an annual report on the progress toward the objectives of the College and the University, including recommendations related to funding and future needs.
  • Serves as an influential voice and presence locally and regionally on public policy issues related to water, nutrition, food, and agricultural and natural resources.


Candidate must have an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited university with a degree in a discipline represented within the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences & Technology. Distinguished scholarly credentials and stature appropriate for the rank of Professor in a department in the College are required.

Other requirements include:

  • Knowledge and experience of the roles and responsibilities of a dean at an 1890 Land Grant institution
  • Participatory management and leadership style that encourages and values input from others
  • Knowledgeable, or the ability to become knowledgeable, of the requirements of academic programs beyond those in the College
  • Proven academic leadership, administrative ability, and experience
  • Experience in budget, planning, personnel, and student matters
  • Ability to lead teams to achieve established goals
  • Commitment to exacting standards in education, research, and outreach
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with on- and off-campus constituencies
  • Experience in program reviews, assessment, and specialized accreditation
  • An established record demonstrating the recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty and staff
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a high level of competency related to various technologies (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, BANNER, etc.) utilized in an academic setting

Application Process

  1. Application packet must include the following: a) A letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, b) Curriculum vitae, and c) At least four references with full contact information including e-mails (References will not be contacted without consent from applicant.)
  2. Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to by October 1, 2022, for best consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Expected start date is January 3, 2023. Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application.


Submit nominations to with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.

Jennifer Barfield, Senior Vice President of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is assisting Fort Valley State University with this search. Request a conversation regarding this search at

Fort Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or marital or veteran status.