Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Rights and Responsibilities

Michigan, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 10, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Michigan State University

Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Rights and Responsibilities


Founded in 1855 as the nation’s first land-grant university, Michigan State University (MSU) enrolls over 50,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. MSU is known internationally as a major public research university with global reach and extraordinary impact. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders. The campus is located in East Lansing, three miles from the state capitol, 80 miles from Detroit, 210 miles from Chicago, and 90 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan.


The Position

The Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Rights and Responsibilities reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services. The Dean of Students Office supports student success by ensuring a civil and inclusive learning environment based on academic and personal integrity. All community members have a responsibility for establishing, maintaining, and fostering a commitment to our shared values, ethical decision-making, and personal and collective excellence. The Dean of Students Office engages in restorative and transformative processes designed to build more accountable communities. This office addresses conduct that harms individuals and/or communities and is inconsistent with the values of honesty, respect, and fairness included in our Spartan Code of Honor.



Successful candidate must have a master’s degree and a terminal degree in a related field is desired. The successful candidate will be required to possess significant experience with student conduct and demonstrated successful supervision and leadership experiences within a University context. Among a broad array of desired qualities, the successful candidate will be a visionary and collaborative leader with the ability to strategically manage and facilitate organizational change; The DOS/AVP will demonstrate: the ability to recruit, train, and support diverse staff; excellent oral and written communication skills and an engaging public presence; the ability to manage conflicts and crisis situations; an active and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the ability to work collaboratively with students, parents/supporters, faculty, local community members, and alumni.


The DOS/AVP will possess a passion for the profession and the talent to incorporate best practices into the organizational culture, and an engaging style that demonstrates intelligence, integrity, and adaptability. An understanding of student development and how to work effectively with university community; an understanding of legal issues and risk management; and media savvy with a level of comfort when approached/pressed by news organizations are also highly desired skills.


Application and Nomination

This position posting is scheduled to go live on the MSU employment website on or about February 18th. Review of applications will begin March 19, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter must be submitted via the Michigan State University employment website Nominations for this position may be emailed to Ms. Carol Noud at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should also contact Ms. Noud.


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.