Montana State University — Dean of the College of Letters and Science

Montana State University is inviting applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of Dean of the College of Letters and Science. Faculty and staff in the College of Letters and Science embrace Montana State’s land-grant mission and excel in all areas of teaching, research and outreach. Offering more than 50 majors and 25 minors, ( the college helps students to think critically, solve problems, communicate clearly, understand various disciplines and cultures, and develop a commitment to engage with their communities in ways that will foster life-long learning and leadership. Many of its faculty members are well-known nationally and internationally for contributions to their respective fields. Moreover, College of Letters and Science faculty have amassed an impressive record for winning highly competitive national grants to support research and scholarship, with over $20 million in research grant expenditures in the college last year. The Carnegie Classification for Institutions of Higher Education has designated Montana State University as having “Very High Research Activity” among doctoral-granting universities, one of only 131 institutions in the United States with such a designation. 

Founded in 1893 as Montana’s land-grant institution, Montana State University has established a national and international reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, high research activity and active community outreach and engagement in the colleges of agriculture; arts and architecture; business; engineering; education, health and human development; letters and science; and nursing. The university also boasts a very successful graduate school, honors college, and a two-year program. Routinely listed by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s best buys for undergraduate education, it is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The university is in the first year of its new, 7-year strategic plan, Choosing Promise, which emphasizes the strengths and responsibilities of the land-grant university.  

The university is located in the city of Bozeman, one of the fastest-growing small metropolitan areas in the United States with a 2019 population of nearly 51,000. Bozeman and Gallatin County are home to approximately 112,000 people. The region is renowned for its beautiful vistas, proximity to Yellowstone Park, and an active outdoor recreation community. A depth of cultural life, expected from much larger cities, matches the natural beauty. Bozeman supports a wealth of artistic organizations, including a world-class museum, a symphony orchestra, opera, ballet, community theatre, and numerous galleries. Bozeman is frequently ranked in the top 10 of desirable places to live.

A complete Leadership Profile may be found at: For further information about the position and the Montana State University College of Letters and Science:

Assisting the search committee will be AGB Search executive consultants Garry W. Owens, PhD, (806) 239-3049, and Sally K. Mason, PhD,, (765) 414-0299. Potential candidates are encouraged to initiate a conversation about this opportunity through an initial email contact with Drs Owens or Mason prior to submitting materials. To receive full consideration, nominations and application materials should be submitted not later than the target date of March 1, 2020. 

Application materials must include: 1) a letter of interest, which responds directly to the position qualifications and Strategic Priorities listed in the Leadership Profile  2) curriculum vita and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references (indicate your professional relationship with each). Please include your personal email and cell phone number. All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to 

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes 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 provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile. To request an accommodation, contact the Office of Human Resources, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520;

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: