Dean, College of Agriculture and Human Ecology

Tennessee Tech University
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Tennessee Tech University seeks an exceptional leader to serve as its next Dean of the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology. Reporting to and working with the Provost, and in coordination with the Deans from other Colleges, the Dean will have responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, accreditation and management operations that support the mission and vision of the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology and its role within Tennessee Tech University.

About the College of Agriculture & Human Ecology

The College of Agriculture and Human Ecology seeks to enhance global wellbeing by preparing students to excel as accountable change agents for society and the environment. The academic programs focus on excellence in agriculture and human ecology. The College consists of two academic schools, the School of Agriculture and the School of Human Ecology. Students gain experience and apply knowledge to real-life challenges in schools, hospitals, small businesses, large corporations, farms and communities by participation with faculty and staff in classroom and lab experiences, international travel, directed internships and research projects, and involvement in student organizations. The School of Agriculture has extensive resources to provide experiences in greenhouses, plant genetics and agronomic production, livestock production, and horticulture. The School of Human Ecology is accredited by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences and offers directed experiences in child development and family relations; child life; nutrition, and dietetics; family and consumer sciences education; housing and design; merchandising and design, and food systems administration.


  • Define and execute a strategic vision for the future by articulating the distinctive needs and opportunities of the College;
  • Support and continue the collaborative, entrepreneurial spirit and a balance of teaching, research, and service within the College;
  • Serve as a public voice for the College’s constituents;
  • Attract external funding from federal agencies, corporations, foundations, and interested donors to support the College’s mission and develop relevant industry and professional partnerships;
  • Along with department chairs, assure the continued prominence of the faculty by prioritizing the recruitment and retention of distinguished faculty which will promote and enhance a strong research agenda and inspire excellence in teaching and learning best practices;
  • Recruit and recommend candidates for chairperson, director and assistant/associate dean positions;
  • Identify opportunities in emerging areas of agriculture and human ecology for new academic and research programs and interdisciplinary initiatives; and
  • Advocate internally for resources to support a growing research agenda, faculty, and student population;
  • Maintenance and oversight of the College’s budget.

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  • An earned Doctorate in a field related to the college
  • Possess a record of recognized achievement in teaching, research, and service that would warrant a tenured appointment at the rank of professor in the college
  • Minimum of 3 years of leadership/administrative experience


  • Provide dedicated commitment to establish and grow high quality educational, research and service programs
  • Ability to define, articulate and execute a strategic vision for the future of the college to both internal and external constituencies
  • Ability to support and cultivate a distinguished, accomplished, and diverse faculty
  • Outstanding communication skills with strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead with integrity, transparency and accountability
  • Ability to lead effective development and fundraising activities


Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

Tennessee Tech University
715 Quadrangle Drive
Cookeville, TN 38505
United States

How to Apply

Applicants will be required to apply online at and electronically upload a letter of application describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; curriculum vitae; names of four professional references with titles, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses; and unofficial copies of transcripts (official transcripts for all degrees conferred required upon hire).

Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, telephone number and email address to Dr. Doug Bates at [email protected].

Application Deadline
Screening of applicants will begin December 1, 2018; open until filled.