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College of Business Dean

 
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Institution: Minot State University
Location: Minot, North Dakota
Category:
Executive-Dean-Business
Posted: April 17, 2013
Type: Fulltime
Application Due: July 01, 2013
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College of Business Dean

THE OPPORTUNITY
Minot State University invites applications for the position of Dean of the College of Business. We are seeking a dynamic, experienced and innovative person to strengthen the vibrant College of Business. The successful candidate will have unique opportunities to advance the College of Business through development and growth of initiatives in entrepreneurship, leadership, international partnerships, program and delivery mode, interdisciplinary programs, and fund raising. In particular she/he will help guide the Severson Entrepreneurship Academy to maturity.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The Dean of the College of Business is the chief academic officer of the college, reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In conjunction with the faculty, staff and university administration the Dean is responsible for the implementation and delivery of educational, research and service programs within the College, consistent with the mission of the College of Business and Minot State University. The dean develops, promotes, and maintains partnerships with local, regional, and international constituencies. This individual represents the college in its relations within the university, business and service organizations, its alumni, state agencies, and national organizations. As a visionary leader the dean is also responsible for the overall operation of the college including strategic planning, resource management, academic programming and all aspects of human resource development. The Dean must be able to gather support for and share the vision and mission of the college with both internal and external constituents.

The College of Business consists of three academic departments: The Department of Accounting and Finance; the Department of Business Administration; and the Department of Business Information Technology. The College offers ten undergraduate degree, two undergraduate certificates, two Masters degrees, and one graduate-level certificate program. The Dean supervises and serves twenty-eight faculty members from across these academic units. The College also houses the Severson Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA). The SEA is an innovative approach to entrepreneurship education and includes a student-run business enterprise and a speaker series overseen by the SEA director.

QUALIFICATIONS
Minot State University seeks a dean who is an advocate for the disciplines within the College of Business as well as the faculty, students and staff. The Dean should be a progressive thinker with at least three years of administrative experience, a record of integrity in leadership, strong scholarship experience and exemplary teaching. The Dean should be experienced in the use of technology in teaching and delivery of on-line, hybrid, and low-residency programs. The Dean should also be experienced in fiscal and personnel management, be committed to diversity and possess skills that support fundraising. In addition, the Dean should demonstrate a commitment to students and their educational needs and have the ability to work collegially and collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, administration and colleagues across the state.

Minimum Qualifications:
Doctorate in a business related discipline
Minimum of three years of academic administrative experience
Required Characteristics/Qualities/Qualifications:
Strong educational leadership skills;
A strong record of accomplishment in teaching, research, and service;
Ability to develop teamwork and to coordinate and support cross-disciplinary programs;
Effective skills in the professional development of others;
Ability to make high quality decisions and solve problems in a timely manner;
Professional integrity;
Strong interpersonal skills;
Organizational ability;
Effective oral and written communication skills;
Role and Responsibilities of the Dean: The Dean of the College of Business must demonstrate leadership in the following areas:
Quality teaching research and service activities;
Quality academic programs that prepare students for success in a changing multicultural world;
Outreach programs and partnership experiences with external constituencies including business, educational, nonprofit, service, and military entities;
An involvement in the economic development of the region and state and support of entrepreneurial programs within the college;
The use of technology and the development and delivery of online coursework and programs;
Promotion of interdisciplinary programming throughout the University;
Resource management;
Develop other sources of funding such as gifts, scholarships, grants, and service contracts;
Recruitment, development, evaluation, and retention of chairs and faculty;
Support the mission and vision of Minot State University;
Maintains College accreditations;
Foster an environment of teamwork and collegiality within the College and throughout the University;
Recruitment and retention of students.
BACKGROUND
In July 2004, Dr. David Fuller became the eighth president of Minot State University following President H. Erik Shaar who served the University for 12 years until his retirement. Prior to Dr. Shaar, Dr. Gordon Olson served as the University's president for 27 years. Under Dr. Fuller's leadership, the University has developed a comprehensive strategic plan called Vision 2013, which focuses on the university's Centennial in 2013. The university has made significant progress in meeting priorities and specific action steps of the plan, including new major programs, meeting campus salary goals, development of new first-year student programs and services, increase in grants and contracts, and campus and facility upgrades. A comprehensive master plan and landscape plan were completed and has led to campus renovations and landscape improvements. A renovation of the Student Center, the construction of the Beaver Dam, a new student activity center, a new multicultural center, a $5 million renovation of a residence hall into a living and learning center with four-person suites, and a multitude of program and classroom upgrades. Swain Hall was totally renovated into a modern home for the department of Teacher Education and the new athletic training program. The construction of a new health and wellness center was completed in 2012, and plans are underway for the renovation of the current athletic Dome and football field. Many improvements to campus landscaping and design have been undertaken, including the recent completion of a beautiful monument sign and campus frontage, as well as decorative lights and banners along the major thorough fares of the campus. A pre-campaign fundraising plan, developed by Bentz Whaley and Flessner, Minneapolis, has provided the campus with the direction to embark on a major capital campaign. The University has developed a means to link budget and fund raising to a new vision and set of goals focused on academic excellence, growth, student service, and regional service.

Dr. JoAnn Linrud, the current dean of the College of Business, has served the university exceptionally well since 2006. She plans to retire in the summer of 2013.

THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
The College of Business contains three departments: Business Administration, Business Information Technology, and Accounting & Finance. Within these departments twenty-eight faculty members and five support staff work diligently to fulfill the mission of the College.

Mission: The MSU College of Business educates, challenges, inspires, and mentors students in their pursuit of a high-quality business education through interactive and engaged learning experiences for their professional and personal betterment.

Accreditation: The curriculum is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Current Highlights:

The U.S. News & World Report ranked MSU's College of Business online graduate and undergraduate programs among the country's best online education programs.

Minot State has partnerships with institutions around the world that offer students, faculty and staff opportunities to participate in international study exchanges. Participating countries include China, Denmark, India, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, Vietnam and South Korea. The College of Business is integral in a number of these partnerships.

Driven by the growing energy sector, the Energy, Economics and Finance major in the College of Business provides a foundation in geological sciences and a rigorous selection of economics and finance courses to prepare students to be financial analysts capable of providing value to energy organizations.

Students from all disciplines are welcome to join the Severson Entrepreneurship Academy for a better understanding of the entrepreneurial spirit and small business development. SEA's flagship business, the Beaver Brew Café, serves as a real-world learning lab and in addition to preparing a delicious cup of coffee.

The Slaaten Learning Center is a high-tech learning center in the College of Business. It enhances learning with its financial trading floor and a videoconference boardroom to accommodate training/simulation and small-group collaborations.

Collaborating with the Minot Area Development Corporation, MSU's College of Business designs specialized curriculum for businesses ranging from seminars to courses that award continuing education credits to academic courses that are requested by area businesses.
THE UNIVERSITY
Minot State University was founded in 1913 to serve the citizens of northwest North Dakota. It is located in the city of Minot with 36,000 residents. With beautiful parks and neighborhoods, the city is served by a number of airlines (Delta Airlines is the primary carrier) and Amtrak. Abundant outdoor activities are available, including boating, fishing and camping at the nearby Garrison Dam on the Missouri River. Campus life is engaging and active, with cultural, community, and athletic events and activities. The arts include two theatre companies, three art galleries, choral groups, and a symphony orchestra and opera company. The University's athletic programs have earned national championships in cross-country and conference titles in football and basketball, earning berths in national tournaments. In July 2012, the University completed its transition NCAA Division II. Women's soccer and men's wrestling have recently been added. In 2012, the women's soccer team won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference post-season tournament.

A major U.S. Air Force base, responsible for one-third of America's missile silos, is located north of the city of Minot and includes approximately 13,000 military personnel. Minot State primarily serves North Dakota, Montana, and several contiguous Canadian provinces. In 1996, Dakota College at Bottineau (formerly MSU-Bottineau), a community college seventy-five miles northeast of Minot became part of the University.

The University has evolved from a normal school to a Carnegie Master's (M) institution. It is the third largest four-year higher education institution in the state, with a fall 2012 enrollment of 3,560. Three colleges comprise the school's academic offerings: Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Health Sciences. Nine master's degrees are offered in such areas as management, elementary education, and mathematics. There is a rich mix of liberal and professional programs offering 60 majors at the undergraduate level. Minot State University is an important member of the North Dakota University System, comprised of 11 institutions representing doctoral, master's, baccalaureate, and community colleges. The State Board of Higher Education consists of nine members and is the governing board of the System. The Minot State University Board of Regents, with a membership of over 60 community leaders, acts as an advisory board and champion for the institution.

In recent years the development of the Bakken oil field has had a dramatic effect on the economy of Minot. Minot has served as an entry point for the oil fields for businesses and workers alike. While no official census has been taken, it is believed the population of Minot has grown from 36,000 to almost 50,000 in the last three years. In June of 2011, the city of Minot experienced a flood that dislocated some 25% of its residents and damaged or destroyed some 4,000 homes. The loss of these homes combined with the need for housing from the oil boom has presented Minot State University with challenges in the area of student housing and maintaining enrollment.

The faculty at Minot State consists of tenured, tenure-track, and special contract full-time positions and part-time positions. While faculty members are devoted to teaching, they increasingly contribute in the scholarship to their respective fields. A growing number of faculty conduct research with students as full-partners. This past year nearly $8 million came to the University through soft money. Approximately $5.5 million funded one of the University's centers of excellence - the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities. An increasing number of faculty members are engaged in the economic improvement of the region and state.

Minot State has an active research and service agenda, which strives to engage students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in research with faculty. The research enhances teaching and learning, addresses the needs of the community and region, and educates students to think critically, communicate effectively, and contribute meaningfully to the livelihood of our state, region, country, and beyond.

Mission
Minot State University is first and foremost dedicated to the success of all students: their growth and development as educated citizens, their confidence, and their life-long devotion to the common good and the welfare of others.
Core values:
Teaching and learning with excellence, integrity, and engagement.
Serving students and others respectfully and responsibly.
Following high ethical and moral principles.
Supporting the values of community and place, where all community members are valued and respected for their work, contributions, and freedom of expression.
Accreditation
Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and has specialized accreditation in business, education, music, deaf education, speech-language-hearing, social work (baccalaureate level), nursing, and school psychology. Recently, the University received ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.

BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION
Major benefits include health insurance and retirement. Health insurance is provided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield through the office of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS). The premium is paid in full by the University for both single and family plans. Health insurance covers vision and dental procedures when deemed as medically necessary. Routine vision and dental coverage is not available through this health insurance; however, separate coverage for routine vision and dental coverage is available at the employee's expense.
The retirement plan is a defined contribution plan through Teachers Insurance and Annuities Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF). This 401A plan requires a contribution from the employee of 3.5% of base salary and provides a matching contribution from the University of 11.5%. After ten years of plan participation the employee's contribution increases to 4% and the matching contribution increases to 12%. Prior years of service in the NDPERS retirement plan or with another current TIAA-CREF retirement plan are counted toward the number of plan participation years. TIAA-CREF provides for self-directed investing through a selection of stock, bond, money market, and real estate funds. A 403b and 457b are also offered for those who choose to contribute more toward retirement investments than the 401A plan allows. Typically, these funds are available for retirement income after termination of employment and the employee's 55th birthday. Funds may also be available should the employee become disabled or for a phased retirement plan.

Another benefit is the accrual of annual and sick leave. Those in this position earn annual leave at the rate of 192 hours (24 days) per year and sick leave at the rate of 96 hours (12 days) per year. Beginning the first full calendar year of employment, 40 hours of annual leave must be taken during each calendar year, and only 240 hours of annual leave may be carried over into the next calendar year. Upon termination, any unused annual leave will be paid out to the employee based on the current rate of pay. Sick leave accrues without limit. After ten years of service, and upon termination, ten percent of the unused sick leave accrual balance will be paid out to the employee based on the current rate of pay.

Other benefits provided by the University include long-term disability insurance, the ability to share and receive leave from other employees in certain circumstances, FlexComp plan for medical and dependent care expenses, and life insurance. The life insurance is a term policy with a death benefit of $3,500. Upon employment, employees may purchase additional life insurance up to $200,000 without evidence of insurability at their own expense through competitive rates. An additional $500,000 is also available through a separate plan.

Salary amounts are based on internal equity and the most recent data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) for administrative positions. The current minimum salary range for this position is $121,000 to $123,600.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Submit a letter of application, resume, a one-page statement describing administrative and fiscal philosophy, copy of transcripts, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references to: Wes Matthews, Director, Human Resources, Minot State University, 500 University Ave W., Minot, ND 58707. Review of applications will begin March 31, 2013. Position available as early as July 1, 2013, but will remain open until filled. Additional information about the institution and the position may be found at the University web site at: www.minotstateu.edu.

Minot State University fully respects the need for confidentiality and assures interested individuals that their background and interests will not be discussed without consent of the applicant prior to her or his becoming a candidate. Upon becoming a candidate, the North Dakota open records and open meeting laws apply.

Minot State University is an equal opportunity employer. This position is exempt from North Dakota veteran's preference laws. The University strongly encourages applications from women and ethnic minority candidates.

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