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Central State University (CSU) is a public land-grant institution located in Wilberforce, Ohio, seeks a dynamic, innovative and transformative leader to serve as Dean of the College of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) and Director of 1890 Land Grant Programs. The Dean/Director is the chief academic and administrative officer of CESTA. The Dean/Director reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and will work closely with the Deans’ Council and administrative and fiscal units of CSU.
CESTA offers degree programs in 10 critical areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). CESTA offers minors in many of these same programs as well as in interdisciplinary fields such as Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Computational Science and Nuclear Engineering. CESTA is the critical hub for computer literacy, mathematics, and science requirements in the General Education component of all CSU programs. Unique to Ohio, and the Nation, CESTA offers an interdisciplinary degree program in Water Resources Management.
CESTA comprises four departments: the Department of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Department of Manufacturing Engineering, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Department of Water Resources Management. The College also contains the International Center for Water Resources Management (ICWRM), the Center of Excellence of STEM Education (STEM-X-ED) and the Center of Excellence in Emerging Technologies (CEET) - a Center designated by the State of Ohio.
CESTA has excellent laboratories for instruction and research and trains students in the hands-on usage of advanced equipment. Many CESTA faculty are engaged in cutting edge and unique research for Federal agencies such as Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DoE), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Institute of Health (NIH), among other agencies. CESTA is well connected with larger universities in Ohio as well as federal laboratories throughout the Nation. CESTA works closely with the National Environmental Technology (NET) Incubator at CSU and engages in technological development and commercialization.
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Provides visionary leadership to the College, including the academic departments and land grant programs
· Serves as a liaison between CESTA and the Office of Academic Affairs
· Leads CESTA in its mission to support the STEAM fields, the food and agricultural sciences, natural resource sustainability, economic development and community health and wellness
· Institutes a culture of excellence in teaching, research and Extension in fulfilling the tripartite mission of a land grant university
· Leads CESTA in academic planning and evaluation, accreditation, strategic planning and implementation, online programs, fundraising, facility development as well as the land grant budget inclusive of the Agricultural Research Program and the Cooperative Extension Program
· Advises university administrators, faculty and staff on the trends and factors affecting faculty competiveness for Evans-Allen, McIntire Stennis, and 1890 Cooperative Extension funding
· Ensures that the Land Grant Programs are administered in accordance with relevant State and Federal policies, rules, and regulations with a view toward maximizing all available state and federal resources to support the University’s mission
· Evaluates the work of teaching and research faculty members in CESTA
· Provides written recommendations concerning the retention, promotion and tenure of faculty members to the Provost
· Prepares an annual report on the progress toward the goals and objectives of CESTA and the University, including recommendations related to funding and future needs
· Serves as a local and state leader in public policy issues related to the food, agricultural sciences and natural resources
Candidates for the position of Dean/Director must hold an earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution and be eligible for tenure as a full professor in one the disciplines within CESTA. The successful candidate must have a strong record of academic experiences and have served in administrative leadership at or above the level of chair or director.
The Dean/Director must be a collaborative, inspiring administrator and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well a commitment to student success, faculty development and program innovation.
Other requirements include:
Application and Nomination Process: Confidential inquiries are welcomed and nominations are invited.
To Apply: Applications must include: (1) a letter of interest; (2) a current curriculum vitae; and (3) at least three references with full contact and email information. (References will not be contacted without the applicant’s consent)
Submit Application to: Central State University’s website, www.centralstate.edu
Submission Date: February 1, 2021, for best consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
Special Instructions to Applicant: Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks. Central State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
Central State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking candidates committed to working in a diverse environment.