Mississippi State University — Dean, Director & Professor

Mississippi State University seeks to hire a Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES). Mississippi State University (MSU) represents the highest level of research activity for doctorate-granting institutions and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation as an R1-Very High Research Activity University. A National Science Foundation “Top 100” research University, MSU shelters a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, and values the talents of our distinguished faculty, staff, and student scholars. With over 22,000 students and 4,600 faculty and staff, MSU is located in Starkville, MS. Here, a culture of inclusion is fostered, and we are driven each day to make a difference at the local, state, regional, national and global levels. We invite you to join MSU as we continue our momentum in research, teaching, and service.

CALS presents a broad array of opportunities for study, encompassing nine schools and departments, offering 17 majors and 45 concentrations for undergraduates and 17 majors and 38 concentrations for graduate degrees. MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences comprises the following departments: Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Agricultural Economics; Animal and Dairy Sciences; Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology; Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion; School of Human Sciences; Landscape Architecture; Plant and Soil Sciences; and Poultry Science. The College currently enrolls approximately 2,181 undergraduate and 440 graduate students. There are approximately 231 full-time equivalents (FTE) faculty employed in the College. Some faculty are located at regional Centers and Units. Additional information regarding the CALS can be found at https://www.cals.msstate.edu/

MAFES is a separately funded unit that receives direct state and federal funds. The mission of MAFES is to address issues important and relevant to Mississippi farmers, industry, communities and families. MAFES discoveries improve plant, animal, and food production systems to enhance commodity production and conserve the environment for the benefit of all people. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station’s 16 branch locations serve all regions of the state. A complete listing of branches and departments along with additional information can be found at https://www.mafes.msstate.edu

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a letter of application that includes a statement of administrative philosophy emphasizing their ability to foster effective academic programs, expand research, and commit to the Division’s programs and student enrollment growth. Please include a complete curriculum vitae, including the names, addresses, and phone/email for five references. Initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential; references will be contacted only upon the candidate’s approval. Application review will begin September 23, 2021 and continue until a successful candidate is identified. Nominations of outstanding potential candidates are welcome.

Nominations, applications and inquiries should be sent to:

Brent Fountain, Associate Vice President
Mississippi State University

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population