Michigan State University, Lyman Briggs
Associate Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Academic
Michigan State University's Lyman Briggs College invites
applications, nomination, and expressions of interest for the
position of associate dean of inclusive excellence and academic
Lyman Briggs College (LBC)
was founded in 1967 and focuses on the study of the sciences in
their societal and global contexts. It is one of three residential,
degree-granting colleges at Michigan
State University (MSU) that are focused on undergraduate
teaching and learning and provide living-learning communities for
their students. By majors, LBC is the 8th largest college on
campus, with approximately 2,000 students and approximately 65
faculty and professional staff members including a student success
and advising team with academic and career advising professionals.
Located in East Lansing, three miles east of Michigan's capitol in
Lansing, MSU's campus is one of the biggest and greenest in the
The associate dean of inclusive excellence and academic innovation
(associate dean) is an essential role within the college's
leadership team. The associate dean's portfolio will focus on
advancing inclusive excellence across all key functional areas of
the college, with particular attention to the core area of teaching
and learning. This position will play a key role in implementing
the LBC 2032
Strategic Plan, especially in the areas of Strengthening
Community and Advancing Inclusive, Interdisciplinary, and
Experiential Teaching, Advising & Learning, in alignment
with the MSU Strategic
DEI Report and Plan. The associate dean will provide
intellectual and strategic leadership to promote inclusive
excellence and exceptional teaching and learning experiences. The
person appointed to this position will build positive relationships
within the vibrant LBC community of faculty, students, staff,
advisors, and alumni, as well as with those advancing diversity,
equity, inclusion, and belonging at MSU, notably the
Council of Diversity Deans, Faculty Excellence Advocates, the
Office for Institutional
Diversity and Inclusion, and the LBC Inclusion Committee. The
associate dean will supervise ten employees, including three direct
The associate dean reports to the dean of Lyman Briggs College.
Associate deans at MSU are considered faculty members. However,
this position is a full-time, annual year (12-month), and 100%
administrative role. The successful candidate will begin January
2024 (exact start date negotiable), the first (renewable)
appointment will be effective for five years, and the position will
be supported by the executive assistant to the associate deans.
Candidates must have an advanced degree and five years of relevant
experience. The ideal candidate will possess most, if not all, of
the following qualifications and characteristics:
- A PhD or other terminal degree, preferably in one of the
disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary areas of the college.
- Three years of administrative or leadership experience in
- Demonstrated understanding of the challenges faced by members
of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups and the visible and
invisible institutional structures needed to increase diversity,
equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in educational
- Evidence of developing, implementing, and/or assessing
initiatives that advance DEIB and address barriers.
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching through the use of
innovative and evidence-based approaches in their classrooms.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including effective communication,
collaboration, and problem-solving with a wide range of
individuals, groups, and institutions to achieve results and effect
- Demonstrated ability to balance strategic thinking and
Application and Nomination
Michigan State University has retained Spelman Johnson, a national
executive search firm, to assist with this search. Review of
applications will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled. For full consideration, application materials
should be received by September 25, 2023. A resume with a cover
letter that addresses the responsibilities and requirements
described in the online position specification may be submitted via
the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions.
Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in
the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at
413-529-2895 or email email@example.com.
Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim
Norfleet, practice leader and senior consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Michigan State University website at https://msu.edu/ and the Lyman Briggs
College website at https://lbc.msu.edu/.
Michigan State University is an Equal Opportunity