Founded in 1967, the Lyman Briggs College (LBC) is a residential college within Michigan State University (MSU), designed to bridge the cultures of the biological and physical sciences with those of the humanities in an integrative curriculum. LBC students and faculty enjoy the “best of both worlds,” experiencing many of the advantages of a small liberal arts environment (student housing, faculty and staff offices, and classrooms are all under one roof in Holmes Hall), paired with the learning and research opportunities of a world-class AAU research university. LBC isstudent-centered. Pedagogies are based on research-validated techniques and technologies that make students active participants in their classrooms. LBC is an inclusive and collaborative community that values its teaching-focused academic specialists, its tenure-system faculty who do research and have joint appointments with other MSU departments, its in-house advisors, and its support staff.
LBC admits up to 625 incoming MSU students each fall, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Reflecting MSU’s land-grant mission, LBC’s student body is diverse, including 60% women and 20% students of color. LBC students build a core science foundation in innovative biology, chemistry, physics, and math courses, before taking upper-level STEM courses in other MSU colleges. Approximately 80% of LBC alumni pursue postgraduate degrees, nearly all in STEM and about half in medical fields.
LBC is governed by a Dean, Associate/Assistant Deans, and several standing committees. Faculty, staff, and students all contribute to the guidance of the College. The Briggs Advisory Council is a group of faculty, staff, and students who assist the dean in the evaluation of college planning/initiatives and personnel. The LBC curriculum is the domain of the faculty, and an Educational Policies Committee governs course offerings and disciplinary majors. This administrative culture of collaboration and constructive leadership facilitates academic freedom and fosters creativity. The faculty of LBC act as a single governance unit rather than being divided into formal departments.
Reporting to and working with the Provost, and in coordination with a collaborative group of Deans from other units, the Dean of Lyman Briggs College will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer. The ideal candidate will be an experienced and collaborative leader who works at the critical interface of science and society. The next Dean must have the appetite to embrace the existing College culture of experimentation and to continue to bridge biophysical sciences and the humanities/social sciences within a unit where students and faculty are empowered to solve global problems without disciplinary boundaries. As a key member of the University’s leadership, the Dean must have the ability to work across disciplinary boundaries. They will bring a strong commitment to recruitment, retention, and placement of a diverse group of students, as well as the recruitment and retention of a diverse group of faculty and staff. The successful candidate will bring the requisite experience and skills to build upon and shape the College’s strengths and will have a distinguished record of academic accomplishments and scholarship appropriate for appointment at the rank of Full Professor.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced and collaborative leader who works at the critical interface of science and society. The next Dean must have the appetite to embrace the existing College culture of experimentation and to continue to bridge biophysical sciences and the humanities/social sciences within a unit where students and faculty are empowered to solve global problems without disciplinary boundaries. The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of academic accomplishments and scholarship appropriate for appointment at the rank of Full Professor.
As a key member of the University’s leadership, the Dean must have the ability to work across disciplinary boundaries. They will bring a strong commitment to recruitment, retention, and placement of a diverse group of students, as well as the recruitment and retention of a diverse group of faculty and staff.
Desired experience and qualifications will include:
Demonstration of leadership experience, meaningful accomplishment, and career success appropriate to the Dean’s role;
Advanced interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to articulate the College’s strengths and advocate for its needs;
Demonstrated understanding of the College’s educational programs and a commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence;
Experience with interdisciplinary curriculum that aims to integrate the biophysical sciences and humanities/social sciences;
Demonstrated commitment to teaching;
Ability to involve and engage faculty, students, staff, alumni, employers, and donors;
Successful record of, or aptitude for, obtaining external financial support;
Ability to facilitate collaboration among professional and support staff and University transdisciplinary programs and divisions;
Ability to build consensus and share decision making when appropriate;
Demonstrated vision, creativity, and resourcefulness;
Demonstrated experience in enhancing diversity and inclusive excellence;
Demonstrated ability in management and administration, including strategic planning, program development and evaluation, and financial management;
A track record of attracting, mentoring, and retaining diverse, high-quality faculty/staff; and
Familiarity with, and appreciation for, the use of technology in creating and delivering outstanding academic programs.
Required Application Materials
Nominations and expressions of interest will be received until a list of candidates is put forward for final consideration.
Review of candidates will begin February 1, 2018, and will continue until the position has been filled. Applications and nominations may be sent to:
Rosa Morris, Paul Chou and Victoria Antolini of Korn Ferry
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