University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Dean, College of Biological Sciences
The University of Minnesota seeks a collaborative and visionary scholar, leader, and educator to serve as the Dean of the College of Biological Sciences (CBS). The Dean reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and serves as the chief executive and academic officer of the College. CBS is one of just two colleges nationally focusing exclusively on the biological sciences, and is uniquely situated within a globally-engaged, public land-grant, AAU and R1 public research university that is consistently ranked among the world’s most comprehensive and renowned institutions for academic, clinical, and research advancement.
The next Dean will extend the preeminence of CBS in education, research, and public engagement. With field-shaping faculty whose expertise spans from molecules to ecosystems, CBS advances cutting-edge and collaborative research to improve human health and the environment and to prepare today’s students to create the biology of tomorrow. The College’s multidisciplinary programs include five academic departments, two shared with the UMN Medical School, working alongside 10 closely-affiliated sponsored or cosponsored centers and institutes. The College spans the University’s flagship Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
CBS offers eight undergraduate majors and six graduate programs, including three rated among the best in the world: ecology, biochemistry, and biotechnology. It includes 114 faculty (plus 44 additional Medical School faculty engaged in shared programs), 222 staff, and 59 postdoctoral researchers (with 77 additional Medical School postdocs also contributing to shared programs). CBS enrolls 2,323 undergraduate students and 297 graduate students.
In addition to on-campus facilities, the College runs two high-profile field stations—Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories and Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve—as well as the CBS Conservatory & Botanical Collection. CBS also has a strong partnership with the Bell Museum of Natural History. The College has an annual operating budget of $103 million and has a robust research portfolio including sponsored research expenditures of $33 million for fiscal year 2022.
The new Dean will provide leadership to advance and strengthen an inclusive and welcoming community where faculty, staff, and students thrive and feel a sense of belonging and shared purpose. The Dean will cultivate a culture of innovation and excellence to ensure that CBS remains on the leading edge in research, defining the future of the biological sciences and enhancing the College’s global impact. This includes specifically expanding the College’s strength in biotechnology and building new research collaborations with industry partners.
The Dean will champion the unparalleled undergraduate education, pedagogical innovation, and high-quality student experience that distinguish CBS nationally. The Dean will also enhance support for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, including the cultivation of multifaceted professional development and career opportunities. The Dean will increase philanthropic support and enhance corporate philanthropy. At the core of the Dean’s leadership will be a priority commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to build on work underway across the College.
The Dean is responsible for all areas of strategic, academic, and administrative leadership and oversight for the College. Working collaboratively within CBS and across the University, the Dean will provide leadership to create and sustain a unified vision for the College and to advance its overall quality, reputation, stature, and aspirational goals. As a senior academic administrative leader for the University and as a member of the Twin Cities Deans Council, the Dean also plays a collaborative leadership role in campus-wide academic affairs, working with other institutional leaders and collegiate deans to advance the overall mission and strategic priorities of the University and to develop joint educational and research activities.
The University and College seek a leader with intellectual vision, a collaborative leadership style, experience with strategic and operational leadership, and the ability to inspire CBS to a new level of preeminence. Candidates should have a record of academic leadership, the ability to cultivate consensus, and demonstrated accomplishments in fostering a climate of inclusive excellence. Candidates must have an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in the biological sciences or relevant field and a record requisite for an appointment as a tenured full professor at the University.
All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited and may be directed in confidence to WittKieffer. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal, via the buttons below. Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and inquiries can be directed confidentially to Suzanne Teer, Jessica Herrington, and Stacey Carbol at MinnesotaDeanCBS@wittkieffer.com.
The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.