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Associate Dean for Faculty, Research, and Administration

Kansas State University - Olathe
Olathe, Kansas
Commensurate with experience.
Start date
Oct 17, 2023

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Kansas State University Olathe invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean for Faculty, Research, and Administration. Reporting to the Dean and CEO of the Olathe Campus, the Associate Dean is a critical member of the K-State Olathe leadership team which is dedicated to building new paradigms of interdisciplinary and integrated research and education, leading new program development on the undergraduate and graduate levels, and facilitating research and engagement through academic, industry, government, and community partnerships. The campus has a mandate in applied research and education and currently offers a variety of programs on the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels in Animal Health, Food Safety and Security, Horticulture, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Public Health, Advanced Manufacturing, Hospitality, and Personal Financial Planning.


Educational offerings at the campus will continue to evolve and grow to meet the needs of the workforce, industry, and students through a variety of credit and non-credit programs that address technical and transferable skills. Faculty and instructors at K-State Olathe represent a combination of resident and non-resident, full-time and part-time experts from industry, education, and government sectors. Ten research laboratories on the campus support academic, research, and industry activities.


The position responsibilities of the Associate Dean for Faculty, Research, and Administration are as follows:

Administrative Activities (30%)

  • Provide leadership and oversight in research, development, implementation, and assessment of interdisciplinary and integrated graduate and undergraduate programs with particular emphasis on community college transfer students and working professionals, as well as targeted programs to meet the workforce needs of area and regional industry.


  • Design and develop strategies and programs that are responsive to the demographics of the potential student population with local, national, and international dimensions through face-to-face, online, and hybrid programs offered as workshops leading to certificates, micro credentials, and undergraduate, and graduate degrees.


  • Actively engage and liaison with Olathe, Manhattan, and Salina campus administrators, faculty, and staff to build open and ongoing dialog about the support needs of their programs and opportunities to innovate to better serve students and the workforce needs of the Kansas City area.


  • Develop and implement programming that is relevant to workforce development through innovative approaches to the changing demands of higher education and growing industry/government/academic partnerships that bridge education with research and translational opportunities.


  • Assist academic programs in developing multi-channel strategies for course delivery including alternate scheduling options, micro-credentialling, non-academic credit offerings, and other innovations.


  • Coordinate and assess instructional needs and staffing (e.g., joint hires across university departments, industry experts, and part-time faculty); evaluate performance and benchmark curricular content in alignment with K-State academic policies and standards.


  • Oversee budget development and management for all appropriate School of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies programs and areas.


  • Provide oversight of the implementation of the campus strategic plan related to academic and research activities; lead strategic planning effort of data metrics.


  • Manage Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) academic program data reporting.


  • Serve on external and community-related committees, taskforces, groups, and boards related to the educational and academic interest of the campus as assigned by the Dean/CEO.


  • Represent the Olathe Campus Dean/CEO in the Dean’s absence.


  • Other duties as assigned by the Campus Dean and CEO.

Faculty Affairs (25%)

  • Provide leadership and oversight of faculty matters for both campus and School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies faculty.


  • Build and supervise a community of support services related to faculty teaching, learning, research, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; ensure that faculty are knowledgeable of resources available to them to be successful (adjunct education, orientation, etc.)


  • Act as a liaison for K-State Olathe’s academic and research programs and faculty. Serve on campus and university committees related to academic, research, and student issues. Represent the campus through collaboration with other University campuses (Manhattan, Salina, and Global) as well as private/public sectors as appropriate.


  • Represent the campus and serve on university committees related to faculty affairs, curriculum, strategic initiatives, and others as appropriate.


  • In collaboration with the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, support the work with local and regional program advisory boards.

Research Activities Oversight (25%)

  • Identify, coordinate, supervise, and manage current and emerging research programs, including applied, translational, and industry-sponsored research activities. Identify and facilitate new opportunities, activities, funding, and staffing needs related to the campus’ strategic priorities and service mission.


  • Provide oversight of research space, equipment, laboratory, and other similar facility requests, assignments, and retention.


  • Serve as the campus liaison with the Office of the Vice President for Research to coordinate and identify interdisciplinary research collaborations between Olathe, Manhattan, and Salina based faculty.



  • Work closely with the Dean/CEO and Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives to identify and develop external funding opportunities (grants, gifts, etc.).

Faculty Appointment (20%)

  • Teaching and research activities commensurate with a faculty appointment within the School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies

The successful candidate must possess an earned Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree in an academic discipline along with substantial experience working in higher education or an equivalent academic setting with demonstrated increasing supervisory and leadership roles.  They will demonstrate strong leadership skills and the ability to work as part of a team to manage change and growth on the campus. They should possess proven relationship building skills, commitment to shared governance, knowledge of, and experience with, faculty promotion and tenure processes, and the ability to work with diverse constituencies within the University, and with corporate, government, and community sectors. They should also demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills. Travel between Olathe and other K-State Campuses in Manhattan and Salina as well as within the Greater Kansas City Metro area is expected as well.

The position is a 12-month appointment structured as 80% administrative and 20% faculty appointment (either tenured or non-tenured depending on candidate experience and existing faculty rank).

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University’s Olathe campus was launched in April 2011 and is the newest campus in the university’s system. The campus is located in Johnson County and the Greater Kansas City metro area. The campus is a strategic partner of the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle, which was created in 2008 when residents invested in the county's future by voting for a one-eighth cent sales tax. The proceeds from this tax generate more than $20 million a year to fund higher education through a unique partnership among Johnson County, the University of Kansas, and Kansas State University.

K-State Olathe provides a unique work culture that offers a variety of professional development opportunities and a community building committee to organize campus wide activities that have included social gatherings, service opportunities, and team building workshops. Professional development opportunities on campus and in the community that employees regularly participate in, employee tuition assistance for academic programs, on campus lunch and learns, professional development workshops on campus, Leadership Olathe, various regional Chamber activities.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is eligible for hybrid worksite. Work is performed partially remote and partially on employer premises.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements. Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

The Successful Candidate must have:

  • An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree.
  • Demonstrated academic leadership experience.
  • Proven success in developing curriculum, delivering undergraduate and/or graduate coursework and assessing program outcomes and impact.
  • Experience managing grants or large complex projects involving budget allocation, resources monitoring, outcomes, and reporting.
  • A minimum of three to five years’ experience administering and managing programs with responsibility for guiding strategy, budgets, and personnel.
  • Proven ability to mentor and ensure the success of full-time and part-time faculty from academic and industry sectors in diverse interdisciplinary programs and disciplines.
  • Demonstrated interest in education relevant to workforce and regional demands including integration of K-14 (16) and inter-institutional partnerships, alternative educational pathways (micro credentials, credit for prior learning), and innovation.
  • A working knowledge of and appreciation for university shared governance, research operations and organization, faculty rank, promotion, and tenure processes, as well as the culture and environment of industry and the corporate sector.
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborator and ability to build coalitions with a range of diverse individuals and stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes and institutional goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster diversity and promote a collegial and constructive environment based on open communication, team building, and effective management.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or other doctorate in a discipline relevant to, or that integrates well with, K-State Olathe’s priority areas (veterinary, health and food sciences, biotechnology, interdisciplinary studies, advanced manufacturing, or related areas of business, analytics, and education).
  • Experience with non-academic institutions and diverse partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience relevant to student services, including enrollment management, advising, and retention.
  • Ability to thrive in a matrix environment while bridging interests of multiple stakeholders from the perspectives of the university, industry, government, and community.
  • Strong interest in new paradigms of integrating applied, translational research, and interdisciplinary education in novel programs and partnerships that disrupt traditional approaches to higher education.
  • Commitment to building and leading innovative and interdisciplinary programs linking technical and transferable skill acquisition.
  • Experience with identifying and managing external and internal funding opportunities.

Other Requirements:

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Applicants must provide:

  • Letter of interest addressing the required and preferred qualifications Curriculum vitae Complete contact information for three professional references

Application materials must be submitted online to be considered.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent to, Roberta  Robinson, Manager, Human Resources, at (913.307.7316).

For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Becky Stuteville, Assistant Dean of Academic Support Services., (913.307.7325)

Screening of Applications Begins: November 13, 2023, and continues until the position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range: Salary commensurate with experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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