Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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Tarleton State University
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Tarleton State University, a member of the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) since 1917, is a vibrant learning community offering 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees within five colleges—agricultural and environmental sciences, business administration, education, liberal and fine arts, and science and technology. Tarleton’s research centers include the renowned Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and the Southwest Regional Dairy Center. The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (COAES) stands at the heart of the institutional mission and tradition. Enrolling approximately 1,600 students, COAES has the second largest enrollment of its kind in Texas and ranks third nationally among non-land grant universities. Tarleton’s graduates have a reputation for high performance and for contributions to their professions in agriculture, agribusiness, education, and human sciences. The main campus is located in Stephenville, a friendly community of 17,000, an hour southwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, surrounded by rolling hills and the prairie plains of West Central Texas.

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will provide strategic leadership for the academic departments of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences, Animal Science and Veterinary Technology, and Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystems Sciences, as well as the College Farm. This is a time of transition as agricultural theory and practice continues to evolve, propelling the integration of greater research and science into the curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Dean will provide strong planning and management, vision, and support to programs and personnel emphasizing collegiality, integration, and collaboration across all dimensions of the College and broader University. Encouraging a culture of academic excellence emphasizing high academic standards; excellent teaching, faculty and student scholarship; continuous quality improvement; and data driven decision-making is a key priority. The Dean will design and implement strategy to enhance the academic profile of the College and strengthen enrollment while concurrently ensuring applied learning experiences for students are integrated into every academic program. Additional duties and responsibilities include: building an advancement program focused on the cultivation and acquisition of resources for continuous development and improvement of the College; managing College budgets, personnel, and natural, technological, and physical resources; ensuring compliance with TAMUS and Tarleton policies and regulations; advocating for student, faculty, staff, and intellectual diversity; and initiating industry and school district linkages that will assist in curriculum development and career opportunities for graduates. Periodic teaching in one’s academic discipline will be balanced with leadership and administrative responsibilities as needs and schedules allow. This is a 12-month, administrative appointment with opportunity for academic tenure. Anticipated start date is July of 2016.

Applicants must hold a terminal degree in a discipline housed in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, have achieved earned academic rank, and possess a record of sustained scholarship or creative activity. Additional required qualifications include: a demonstrated record of successful administrative leadership; outstanding written and verbal communication skills; and a reputation as an accessible and decisive leader, effective in managing change, facilitating conflict resolution, and fostering a spirit of innovation and collaboration among faculty as well as other campus, community, industry, and governmental/educational/non-profit partners. Evidence of leadership in strategic planning, academic program review, assessment of student learning outcomes, and program or regional accreditation processes is desired. Experience in academic fundraising and the procurement of extramural grants; record of accomplishment, including awards for excellence in teaching; and a well-articulated understanding of the relationship between teaching, service, and scholarship activities will also be important considerations in the selection of the next Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the SJG website at under the link Current Searches. Inquiries or nominations may be directed to Valerie Szymkowicz at

SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group

Tarleton State University – Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate

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Tarleton State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.