Penn State Intercom......August 9, 2001

Associate dean for research
sought in College of Ag Sciences

The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking candidates for the position of associate dean for research and graduate education and director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station.

The associate dean and director provides leadership and administration for the college's research and graduate education programs. Reporting to the dean, the associate dean and director is a member of the college administrative team, which functions in a collaborative and integrative manner across the teaching, research, extension and outreach functions of the college. Several staff associates support the associate dean and director.

Specific responsibilities include: providing leadership, advocacy and facilitation in support of faculty and staff research; coordinating planning, implementation, evaluation and promotion of research and graduate education programs; establishing and maintaining close working relationships and collaborations within the college, with other colleges' programs and institutes of the University, external constituencies, and state and federal agencies; encouraging and assisting faculty in securing external funding; serving as college liaison to the dean of The Graduate School and serving as a member of the University Research Council; and assuring compliance with all applicable institutional, state and federal reporting requirements.

Candidates must have a distinguished record of research achievement in a field of study commonly associated with a college of agricultural sciences or equivalent. Credentials appropriate for rank of professor in her/his discipline are required. Demonstrated excellence in research, including extramural support and effective administrative, leadership and communication skills, are essential. The candidate should be thoroughly familiar with the role and missions of a land-grant university. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two-page summary of her/his view of the challenges facing a leading agricultural research institution and complete contact information for four references. Send nominations, application, or inquiries to: Robert D. Steele, dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Agricultural Administration Building-Box INT, University Park, Pa. 16802-2600.

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Applications and nominations will be reviewed beginning Oct. 1.