Framingham State University was founded in 1839 for a singular
purpose - meeting a public need to promote the public good. At our
founding as the nation's first public normal school, that need was
for comprehensively educated public school teachers who would, in
turn, promote an educated citizenry. FSU continues to offer
exceptional teacher education programs and, while we are proud of
our roots as a teachers' college, we have grown far beyond them.
Public need continues to evolve and FSU right along with it. Our
students and alumni are making waves in the fashion industry,
designing nutrition plans for professional athletes, writing for
major media and news organizations, and working for Fortune 500
companies right here in Framingham. FSU is a proudly [MK1] public
institution offering accessible, affordable educational
opportunities that integrate an academically challenging liberal
arts education with workforce preparation programs, in a highly
personalized teaching environment. Our programs have expanded but
our purpose and commitment to public education for the public good
At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence and
strive to promote a culture of antiracism, encouraging a
challenging yet collaborative learning environment, and providing
culturally relevant education. FSU is designated as an emerging
Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of
Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing
national leadership in science education and exploring strategies
that will lead to more inclusive science education. We are honored
that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in
Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity. We encourage
applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a
diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.
FSU currently enrolls about 3,000 undergraduate and 1,000
graduate and professional students, offers 39 undergraduate majors,
and enrolls 41% BIPOC students , and 57% first time, full-time
students in our undergraduate programs identify as a
first-generation student. Ideally situated between Boston and
Worcester, FSU and the surrounding area are steeped in history,
achievement, and innovation and provide access to urban hotspots,
verdant landscapes, natural and cultural amenities, and diverse
Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of
each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to
discover and teach "truth in theory and principle...truth in spirit
and motive...truth in manner and form...truth intellectual and
truth moral." Early leaders found this motto "speaks of sincerity
of spirit...of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of
joy in achievement." LIVE TO THE TRUTH aptly reflects our past and
our pledge for the future as it continues to guide our institution
in practice and endeavor. If you share in this quest for truth and
a commitment to living it fully, make the next chapter of your
career the best chapter at Framingham State University.
Learn more about our career opportunities at
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
The Dean articulates the goals of the College of STEM, both
within the university and to the outside community. The Dean is the
chief academic and administrative officer of the College of STEM,
consisting of the departments of Biology; Chemistry and Food
Science; Computer Science; Environment, Society, and
Sustainability; Mathematics; Nursing; and Nutrition and Health
Studies; and two major centers, the Christa McAuliffe Center for
Integrated Science Learning and the John Stalker Institute for Food
In addition to the Bachelor's Degrees awarded from these
academic departments, the College offers M.Ed. programs in
Mathematics, STEM, and School Nutrition Specialist; M.S. and 4+1
programs in Food & Nutrition; MSN programs with concentrations
in Nursing Education, Nursing Case Management, and Nursing
Leadership; and the Professional Science Master's in Biotechnology
with a concentration and certificate program in Quality Assurance
and Biotechnology Operations. The College also offers a rich
variety of graduate and post-baccalaureate certifications.
The Dean will possess visionary leadership skills with focus on
inclusion and achievement for the College and will be committed to
action by leveraging existing resources, pursuing external
financial support, and fostering partnerships with other academic
institutions, industry partners and a vibrant local community. The
Dean will foster the intellectual contributions of the STEM
faculty, center directors, and campus leaders, communicate
effectively, and address and advocate for the needs of the FSU STEM
community by promoting interdisciplinary collaborations among
departments, centers, and administrative offices at the
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Department chairs and faculty for Biology; Chemistry and Food
Science; Computer Science; Environment, Society, and
Sustainability; Mathematics; Nursing; and Nutrition and Health
Studies; and staff of the Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated
Science Learning and the John Stalker Institute for Food and
Nutrition. Co-supervises office staff.
EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Support and strongly advocate for STEM programs and disciplines
on campus and locally, across the state, within the New England
region, and in national and international venues.
- Provide innovative and creative leadership and work
collaboratively with our university community to support
student-centered programs (current and new) that respond to
university-wide enrollment and retention goals and a diverse
community of students, faculty, and staff.
- Encourage and support quality teaching and scholarship, both
disciplinary and pedagogical, as well as professional development
for faculty and staff.
- Provide leadership for and oversee the development,
coordination, organization, scheduling, and supervision of all
instructional programs, both undergraduate and graduate, in the
- Promote appropriate interdisciplinary collaboration with
programs in the College and other academic Colleges of the
- Acquires new resources and appropriately allocate resources for
departments and centers in the College, including budgets and
- Make recommendations to the Provost in the evaluation of
faculty members in the departments of the College.
- Oversee and coordinate the hiring of faculty members in the
departments of the College, negotiating salary and start-up
requests with faculty candidates.
- Administer the College's anti-racist activities in a manner
consistent with the policies of the University.
- Work with academic departments in the development of budgets
according to the timeline of the University, review proposed
budgets, and make recommendations to the Provost.
- Coordinate planning at the strategic and operational levels in
a manner that maintains and improves the overall effectiveness of
the College, including in the area of enrollment.
- Initiate and oversee undergraduate program reviews and ensure
that individual programs within the College achieve and maintain
- Coordinate with the Dean of the College of Graduate and
Continuing Education (DGCE) to assure that the graduate programs in
the College are appropriately administered and supported and the
College is appropriately involved in credit and non-credit
continuing education opportunities.
- Promote College of STEM sponsored activities and events to
campus and local communities, encouraging regional residents to
meaningfully engage with Framingham State.
- Work collaboratively with faculty, department chairs, center
directors, graduate program and continuing education coordinators,
and deans and other administrators (including, for example, the
Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement)
to achieve the mission of the University.
- Work within a unionized environment and participate in local
- Assure that reports, course schedules, and other written
materials are submitted in a timely manner.
- Perform additional duties as assigned.
- Responsible for reporting to the Equal Opportunity Officer or
Title IX Coordinator knowledge or receipt of reports of
discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and retaliation from
students or other members of the university community.
- Accountable for ensuring that equal opportunity, inclusion, and
equity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions in areas of
In-person, on-campus position with occasional weekend and night
- An earned terminal degree (Ph.D) from a regionally accredited
institution in one of the disciplines of the College.
- Demonstrated record of distinguished teaching,
research/scholarship, and service (including significant
contributions to appropriate professional organizations) in one of
the College's academic disciplines.
- At least three (3) years of leadership and management in higher
education at the level of Department Chair or in another
administrative leadership position/s.
- Knowledge of higher education practices and trends, including
but not limited to curriculum and instruction.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in program development, review and
revision, and data- informed decision making.
- Evidence of commitment to student success, equity, anti-racism,
and institutional diversity and the ability to promote inclusive
environments for faculty, staff, and students.
- Effective communication skills, both orally and in writing,
with diverse constituencies.
- Documented ability to collaborate and interact collegially with
faculty, students, other administrators, parents, K-12 personnel,
and other external constituencies.
- Professionalism, integrity, good judgment, creativity, and
This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible, non-unit
position. The salary range is $145,000-160,000.
Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual
offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final
employment for all positions.
Framingham State University is an equal opportunity
Members of underrepresented or minoritized groups, women,
veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to
equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged
Candidates must apply online by submitting:
- Cover Letter addressing any areas of
- Equity and Inclusion Statement*
- Names and contact information for three professional or
academic references (references are not contacted automatically
upon submission of application).
*An Equity and Inclusion Statement is a personal statement on a
candidate's past efforts, as well as future plans, to enhance
diversity, equity, and inclusion. Regardless of personal
demographic characteristics, FSU has a commitment to hiring
candidates who share our commitment to the American Association of
College and Universities (AAC&U) Inclusive Excellence Model.
The equity and inclusion statement is an opportunity for candidates
to discuss scholarship, professional skills, experience, and/or
willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the
university's efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive
community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as
part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidates'
For priority consideration, please submit application materials
by Nov. 15, 2023. The review of applications may continue beyond
that date and until the position is filled, at the discretion of
the search committee.
Framingham State University only accepts application materials
through our online application system. We are unable to accept
application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery.
If you experience technical issues with the online application
process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.
Framingham State University understands that persons with
specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application
process and/or with the interview process. For confidential
assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at
508-626-4530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.