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Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education
Montana State University Northern in Havre, Montana
Date Posted 05/20/2021
Executive-Dean-Fine And Applied Arts
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Dean serves as the chief administrative and academic officer of the College. All academic and administrative decisions and recommendations pertaining to the College will be the prerogative of the Dean, subject to review by the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the advisory roles of the faculty.

As key member of the Provost’s leadership team, the Dean reports to and works with the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer in the College, overseeing strategic planning; budgets; fundraising; curriculum; student recruitment and retention; faculty and staff recruitment, development, support, evaluation, and retention; program development; assessment and reporting; accreditation activities; administration; and community outreach.

Priorities of the College include further strengthening research and graduate education, fostering a first-class undergraduate educational experience within the college, implementing the college’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, reinforcing positive relationships with stakeholders in the community, and partnering with key entities across the university to foster learner success. The new dean will provide inspirational leadership grounded in a steady commitment to academic excellence and aligned with the University’s strategic vision and values (http://www.msun.edu/aboutmsun/mission.aspx).
To serve needs in Montana, there is an expectation that elementary and secondary teacher preparation program enrollment will grow under the new dean’s leadership. The College has a long and distinguished history in rural-based teacher education and grew out of a “normal school” as one of the founding programs of the university since 1929.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Work with academic departments on developing and implementing strategic planning goals, objectives, and action plans, and efficient use of the college budget.
2. Work with the academic departments on developing new academic programs and revising or integrating existing programs.
3. Work with the academic departments to set and meet goals for student enrollment, retention, and graduation.
4. Work with the academic departments on programmatic assessment, accreditation and reaccreditation processes with NWCCU and programmatic accrediting agencies (e.g. CAEP and CACREP).
5. Work on meeting the need of the faculty and students for technological resources for teaching and learning and for research and scholarship.
6. Represent the college and provide leadership in University-level planning, scholarship, and evaluation.
7. Expand and enhance the College’s presence in the larger community via outreach, partnerships and recruiting activities including collaboration with other state and tribal colleges and universities.
8. Collaborate with Advancement and other personnel in fundraising efforts to strategically develop resources for the college.
9. Provide academic leadership in creating a vision for a dynamic College ensuring that curricula and degree programs, both undergraduate and graduate, are innovative and promote currency in their fields.
10. Establish and maintain high academic standards that lead to the College’s sustained growth.
11. Serve as part of the Provost’s senior management team.
12.. Conduct performance reviews and evaluations for faculty and staff.
13. Encourage, support, and enhance faculty and staff professional development.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. Terminal degree from accredited institution of higher education in one of the disciplines or professions within the college.
2. A record as an accomplished administrator with progressively responsible academic administrative positions in higher education.
3. A record of accomplishment that has/would meet the standards for faculty tenure.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. Previously tenured at a regionally accredited, baccalaureate and graduate granting institution.
2. Evidence of senior faculty level effective teaching, and service contribution and scholarly efforts.
3. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively with constituencies.
4. A record of budget management, personnel management, strategic planning, and using analytics to guide decisions.
5. Demonstrated commitment to shared governance and a history of collaborative, inclusive, consultative, and transparent decision-making, including communicating difficult decisions respectfully.
6. A record of working with national and state policies and accreditation related to educator preparation programs.
7. A record of commitment, advocacy and success in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff; infusion of diversity and inclusive teaching practices into the curriculum, and promotion of a work environment that is inclusive and collegial for faculty, staff, and students).
8. A history of innovation in developing and supporting academic programs that support student success goals.
9. Knowledge of programs and practices that focus on the improvement of retention and graduation rates of all MSUN students.
10. Knowledge of practices to promote student recruitment, persistence, and completion.
11. Demonstrated dedication to teaching and learning and to the mission of a public, comprehensive regional university.

The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will excel at the following:
1. Decision-making
2. Time management
3. Multi-tasking
4. Communicating
5. Use of computer knowledge and skills

Special Requirements Physical Demands

1. Office environment
2. Possible hours outside of normal workday

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Announcement Number
Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date
August 16, 2021
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Until an adequate pool is established
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Nondiscrimination Statement and Title IX Coordinator Notice Policy Statement

Montana State University-Northern (MSUN) commits to a learning and working environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment based upon race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, gender, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation (taken together, generally, “protected-class harm”). An inclusive environment is necessary for a healthy and productive University community.
Consistent with MSUN’s commitment, and with all applicable law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination or harassment, including sexual misconduct prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and will take appropriate action to prevent, resolve, and remediate the effects of protected-class harm.
The Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy defines and prohibits protected-class misconduct, and the Discrimination Grievance Procedures set forth the University’s processes for addressing and resolving such reports. The Policy and Procedures apply to all University programs and activities, including, but not limited to, admissions, athletics, instruction, grading, University housing, and University employment. In addition, the law prohibits retaliation against an individual for opposing any practices prohibited by this Policy, for bringing or responding to a complaint of discrimination or harassment, for assisting someone with such a complaint, for attempting to stop such discrimination or harassment, or for participating in resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment.
Inquiries about the application of Title IX at the University and reports about all forms of protected-class discrimination and harassment should be made to the Director of Human Resources/ Title IX Coordinator:

Human Resources /Title IX
Montana State University-Northern
PO Box 7751
Havre MT 59501
Director of Human Resources/ Title IX Coordinator:
Suzanne Hunger

208 Cowan Hall
Tel: (406) 265.3568
E-mail: titleixcoordinator@msun.edu or suzanne.hunger@msun.edu

Please note that reports can be made at any time, including during non-business hours, by using the email address or listed telephone number (and leaving a private message).

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with federal and state discrimination and harassment laws, including Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator oversees compliance with the University’s Discrimination and Grievance Policy. Specifically, the Title IX Coordinator:

  • Coordinates educational programs and trainings regarding discrimination and harassment prevention for students and employees;

  • Responds to and seeks to resolve reports of discrimination and harassment following the Procedures;

  • Provides information about and, if requested, assists with criminal reporting;

  • Provides information about resources for obtaining advocacy, healthcare, and counseling services; and

  • Coordinates supportive and protective measures for members of the MSUN community.

A full copy of the University’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy and the accompanying Discrimination Grievance Procedures are available on the Human Resources and Title IX website. More information about reporting options, resources, and other information about sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is located at the Human Resources and Title IX website: https://www.msun.edu/hr/titleix/index.aspx
This notice is disseminated annually to students and employees at the Montana State University-Northern.

For further information regarding Title IX and non-discrimination, visit http://www.ed.gov/ocr or contact:
U.S. Department of Education
915 Second Avenue, Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
Telephone: (206) 607-1600
Facsimile: (206) 607-1601
Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov

Montana State University -Northern makes reasonable accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU-Northern provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference or request accommodation, contact the Office of Human Resources, PO Box 7751, Montana State University-Northern, Havre, MT 59501; 406-265-4147; http://www.msun.edu/hr/forms/EmployPref.pdf

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