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Dean - S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

Utah State University
Utah, United States
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Nov 9, 2021

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Dean - S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

Requisition ID: 2021-4346
# of Openings: 1
Location: US-UT-Logan
Category: Administrative/Clerical
Position Type: Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification: Exempt
College: Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Department: Dean-Quinney College of Natural Res
Advertised Salary: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits

Utah State University (USU) invites nominations and applications for a significant academic leadership position as Dean of the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources.

The S. J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) is nationally and internationally recognized for its research, extension, and teaching on natural and socio-environmental systems. It is a high-impact college at Utah State University with almost $11M in research funding last year, 61 tenure-track faculty in three departments, and close partnerships with federal and state natural resource agencies. Work in QCNR traverses biological, physical, and social systems to advance scientific knowledge, train future leaders, and translate research into on-the-ground management and policy. The Department of Environment and Society uses social and interdisciplinary science to understand human-environment interactions at a range of spatial scales; the Department of Watershed Sciences studies aquatic ecosystems and the watersheds that feed them; and the Department of Wildland Resources is focused on applied terrestrial ecology, including the ecology and management of wildlife, forests, rangelands, and conservation biology.

Application review will begin January 4, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Ideally, the successful candidate will start July 1, 2022, but the date is negotiable.

  • Provide clear and strong vision and leadership for the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources.
  • Lead fundraising and alumni relations efforts to foster a culture of giving and provide gratifying engagement experiences for constituents of the college and USU constituents.
  • Promote faculty research in the college by expanding infrastructure and facilitate access to external funding.
  • Ensure access to, and optimal delivery of, quality academic programs throughout Utah by leveraging USU’s Statewide Campuses and online systems.
  • Understand and appreciate the mission of Cooperative Extension and demonstrate a willingness to support and expand Extension programs.
  • Support and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration across the college and university.
  • Effectively manage and allocate resources for the college.
  • Successfully advocate for the diverse needs of the college.
  • Build strong partnerships and promote engagement with federal and state agencies and community organizations.
  • Be a collaborative member of the university’s leadership teams.
  • Foster professional growth of faculty and staff.
  • Promote a healthy, positive, and nurturing work environment.
  • Lead with integrity and transparency.
  • Commit to Title IX principles and processes.
  • Communicate openly and honestly.
  • Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion across the college and university.
  • Be committed to the land-grant mission of the university.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Academic credentials sufficient for appointment to the rank of Full Professor in a discipline represented in the college.
  • A commitment to successful fundraising; a willingness to develop skills necessary for fundraising and to learn campaign strategy.
  • Administrative and/or leadership experience in higher education with academic program development, budget management, and enrollment management.
  • Research experience in at least one area represented in the college.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting faculty research and grantsmanship.
  • Commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Record of effective mentorship.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated collegial relationships with faculty, students, and staff.
  • Commitment to teaching excellence.
  • Experience advocating for diversity, inclusivity, and equity, and commitment to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience conducting successful fundraising campaigns and major gift acquisitions.
  • Experience with the kinds of educational programs offered in the college.
  • Experience in the development of statewide innovative programs that benefit communities.
  • Record of fostering collaboration across department and college boundaries and promoting interdisciplinary programs.
  • Experience with budgeting, planning, personnel, promotion and tenure, program reviews, and accreditation.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote mutually beneficial relationships within the university and state.

Required Documents
Along with the online application, please attach:
  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter describing your qualifications for the position to be uploaded under "Documents 1-10"
  3. Statement regarding your vision of the role and responsibilities for the Dean of a College of Natural Resources in a modern, research university to be uploaded under "Documents 1-10"
  4. Contact information for a minimum five (5) professional references completed in the Candidate Profile

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Nominations and inquiries should be sent to:

Vice President, Dean and Professor Ken White, Chair
S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Dean Search Committee
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
1435 Old Main Hill; Utah State University
Logan, Utah, 84322-1435; Telephone: 435-797-2201; email:

Advertised Salary
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights
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Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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