Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture

Purdue University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Agriculture.

Established in 1869, Purdue is Indiana’s land-grant university. The College of Agriculture is one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, economic, food, life, and natural resource sciences, and was ranked eighth globally in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to excellence in the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), and in international activities and perspectives that span all missions. The College is organized into four administrative units, each led by an associate dean and director: Academic Programs, Agricultural Research and Graduate Education, Cooperative Extension Service, and International Programs. With an annual budget of ~$234 million, the College comprises 11 academic departments, employs 325 faculty, 785 staff (on campus and extension staff in the counties), and provides educational opportunities to 2782 undergraduate students, 690 graduate students, and 105 postdoctoral associates. The College’s strategic plan can be accessed here.

The Dean’s primary role is to provide exceptional vision and leadership to the College, and to foster a culture of academic excellence, and inclusivity. The Dean promotes and supports the pursuit of excellence in learning, engagement, discovery and international experiences. As chief executive officer of the College, the Dean actively represents the College to a variety of constituents inside and outside the University, and holds responsibility for many state regulatory functions. The Dean also provides leadership for the recruitment and promotion of faculty and staff, budget development, and allocation of fiscal and physical resources within the College. The Dean provides leadership in fundraising and capacity for obtaining extramural support. The Dean reports directly to the Provost and works closely with other deans, vice presidents, and the President. The successful candidate will have:

  • an earned doctoral degree in an agriculture related field and a distinguished record of scholarship appropriate for a tenured full Professorship,
  • demonstrated excellence in administration, with a proven record of providing strategic vision and leadership,
  • a working knowledge of state and national funding environments with the ability to promote the College and attract resources through external sources,
  • effective communication skills, with the ability to articulate and advocate the vision and goals of the College,
  • the ability to work successfully within the framework of a large university, as well as with external stakeholders,
  • a strong commitment to diversity, excellence in instruction, basic and applied research, and the University’s outreach and extension mission,
  • sensitivity to all constituencies served by the University with a demonstrated commitment to cultural and ethnic diversity, and gender equity,
  • and, preferably, experience at a land-grant institution.

Nominations or letters of interest should be sent electronically to: Dr. Willie M. Reed, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Chair of the Search Committee, Purdue University, at Cover letters should address the applicant’s experience and qualifications; include a curriculum vita; and provide names and contact information for at least five references. Initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential; references will be contacted only upon approval of the applicant. Purdue University’s College of Agriculture is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – A background check is required for employment in this position.

To ensure consideration, applications should be submitted by February 5, 2018. Applications will be accepted until this position is filled. Questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Reed at (765) 494-7608. The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. upon appointment.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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