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Dean of the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Michigan Technological University

Job Field:
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Houghton, Michigan
Job Description:

Dean of the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science


Michigan Technological University invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of dean of the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Building upon our strengths, the dean should be a forward-thinking, innovative, and collaborative leader who provides strategic leadership to take the College to even greater heights.


Located in Houghton, in the heart of Upper Michigan's scenic Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan Tech is the state’s flagship technological university with more $102 million in research expenditures and 16 unique research centers and institutes. The University is home to more than 7,200 students from 69 countries around the world. The University attracts world-class faculty who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Michigan Tech is well known for its return on investment, with our graduates earning the ninth highest median starting salary in the country.


The College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science has over 350 students, 30 full-time faculty, and 15 staff. The College aims to advance knowledge of inherently complex social-ecological systems and delivers 14 degree programs, including 8 graduate programs. The successful candidate will be committed to promoting a sense of belonging and an inclusive environment throughout the college and university (


Michigan Tech is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Required Education:


Earned PhD from an accredited university in a field related to forestry, environmental science or policy, or other natural resources related fields.


Required Experience:


● Experience in a leadership role, such as administering an academic or research-oriented unit or organization.

● Scholarly activity appropriate for a senior-level tenured appointment.

● Demonstrated commitment to promoting a culture of safety as a professional value and an essential component of day-to-day activities.


Desirable Education and/or Experience:

● An exemplary record of teaching at the college level.

● An exemplary record of research and experience in fostering collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

● Experience leading or contributing to entrepreneurial activities in teaching and/or research.

● Experience working within a shared governance environment.

● Experience generating resources through coordinated fundraising efforts, including relationship-building with potential donors.

● Experience with promotion and tenure (or similar) process.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements):

● Ability to articulate a clear strategic vision for the future of research, education, and fundraising in the CFRES.

● Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and presentation skills.

● Proven leadership ability and collaborative management skills.

● Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and the ability to create and manage budgets.

● Demonstrated success in maintaining and building relationships among diverse stakeholder groups both within and external to an organization.


Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities:

● Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic and tactical plans.

● Demonstrated ability to nurture and catalyze the success of students, faculty, and staff, both individually and collectively.

● Demonstrated ability to maintain and develop strong undergraduate and professional programs, including maintaining relevant accreditation.

● Experience managing research and graduate programs.

● Experience managing a field station or off-campus facilities.

● Proven ability to foster collaborative efforts by building relationships with national and/or international constituencies.

● Demonstrated ability to create a sense of belonging and foster a fair, objective, and welcoming environment for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics, diverse backgrounds, and viewpoints.

Commensurate with experience

How to Apply:

For additional information, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Andrew Burton, at For full consideration, complete application packages should be received by January 8, 2024. To apply, visit

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