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Langston University

  • Mar. 16, 2017
  • Langston University
    Langston, OK
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Agricultural Extension
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DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE AND APPLIED SCIENCES AND RESEARCH DIRECTOR AND COOPERATIVE EXTENSION ADMINISTRATOR OF THE 1890 LAND-GRANT PROGRAM Langston University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (Dean), 1890 Research Director (RD), and 1890 Extension Administrator (EA). The University seeks a visionary leader dedicated to enhancing and strengthening the mission of the School and land-grant program. As the chief academic and executive officer of the School and land-grant program, the Dean, RD, and EA has the primary responsibility for faculty and academic professional staff development, budgetary oversight and planning, academic and curricular issues, fund-raising, recruitment, and facilities development. The Dean, RD, and EA serves as the Authorized Representative (AR) for administration of the land-grant program and projects.

The School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences comprises the following divisions: Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education, Aquaculture, and Biotechnology Programs. The Dean, RD, and EA will be pivotal in strengthening the School and University as a national and international leader in areas related to food, energy, sustainability, human and community development, among others. The Dean, RD, and EA will be a strong advocate and spokesperson for the School and land-grant program both on campus and with external partners and stakeholders.

The successful candidate will:

  • hold an earned doctoral degree in Agriculture or a closely related field;
  • have a distinguished record of scholarly research, teaching, and extension accomplishments commensurate with an appointment at the rank of full professor (i.e., typically at least 10 years of service after Ph.D.) and strong record of academic, research, and grant successes;
  • in addition to the experience noted immediately above, have served in a leadership position administering land-grant activities for at least 5 years;
  • possess outstanding scholarly credentials, including recognition as an accomplished academic leader both nationally and internationally;
  • demonstrate commitment to research, teaching, Extension/outreach, and equal opportunity;
  • demonstrate a commitment to innovation within Agriculture and related fields of study;
  • demonstrate an ability to develop strong relationships and engage with alumni;
  • demonstrate ability to attract, retain, and advance a diverse and superior faculty, student body, and staff;
  • possess outstanding leadership and communication skills to develop productive relationships with stakeholders and be a strong advocate for the School and land-grant program;
  • demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the 1890 land-grant system and mission of the University and Cooperative Extension;
  • have a proven record of effective interaction with USDA agencies and programs including the acquisition and administration of federal funds;
  • be familiar with relevant programs and activities of the USAID and other international organizations;
  • possess experience in interacting with local, regional, and national legislators and congressional constituencies,
  • demonstrate success in external fund-raising and resource development;
  • have evidence of excellent organization, communication, interpersonal, and decision-making skills;
  • have a thorough understanding of the financial issues facing a diverse School and a land-grant institution.

The Dean, RD, and EA will be responsible for providing leadership and administering the divisions. He/she will lead the School and land-grant program in the mission to support agriculture, natural resource sustainability, and statewide economic development. The Dean, RD, and EA will be a collaborative, inspiring administrator with a demonstrated capacity for leadership to enhance the programs and foster a culture of excellence in teaching, research, and statewide outreach and service in fulfilling the mission of its 1890 land-grant status.

Responsibilities of the Dean, RD, and EA include the following:

  • oversee academic/instructional activities;
  • foster the development of academic programs and their curricula;
  • recommend faculty appointments, promotion, tenure, and termination;
  • promote faculty development;
  • facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and development of programs, courses, grant proposals, and projects;
  • supervise and evaluate department heads, directors, and associate directors;
  • participate in fiscal year budget planning;
  • serve as Research Integrity Officer for the Office of Research Integrity of the University;
  • serve as Responsible Officer for the International Exchange Program of the School, being responsible for use of SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System);
  • frequently communicate and closely coordinate with relevant divisions and personnel of the USDA, in particular the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), regarding use of federal resources for the land-grant program;
  • interact with representatives of 1890 and 1862 land-grant institutions and communities, USDA/NIFA, APLU CARET (Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching), and USAID and other international funding entities;
  • interact with congressional and legislative constituencies and regional and statewide policy makers to foster support of the School, University, and land-grant program;
  • assume other responsibilities assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

To fulfill these responsibilities, the Dean, RD, and EA has a senior leadership team comprised of the following:

  • Associate Dean of the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences,
  • Director of the E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research and Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The position of Dean, RD, and EA reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This full-time, 12-month appointment has a negotiable start date with salary commensurate with experience.

Langston University invites letters of nomination or applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and five references). Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, and review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit materials to:

Office of Human Resources
Langston University
P. O. Box 1205
Langston, OK 73050
(405) 466-3204

Langston University is a land-grant university committed to excellence in research, teaching, extension, and international programs. Langston University is governed by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) Colleges, the body which also governs Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Panhandle University, Connors State College, and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Langston University is comprised of three campuses in Langston, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. The School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences programs are located in Langston, Oklahoma and include the E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research with an annexed farm to the South of campus. More information about the University is available at

  • Langston University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas, who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources
    Langston University
    P.O. Box 1205
    Langston, OK 73050
  • 405-466-3204


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