Associate Dean, Diversity and Pluralism search launched

Based on the continuing commitment of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organization, the CANR has started search to fill the position of CANR Associate Dean for Diversity and Pluralism.

Based on the continuing commitment of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organization, the CANR has started search to fill the position of CANR Associate Dean for Diversity and Pluralism.

Although our commitment to diversity and inclusion has remained strong, the financial environment of the CANR did not allow for a search at the time of Dr. Brenda Alston-Mills’ retirement.  Based on the continuing work of the Associate Deans and Directors of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, AgBio Research, and Michigan State University Extension we are in a much sounder financial environment. 

Dr. Patricia Lowrie, professor emeritus and former director MSU Women’s Resource Center (WRC), will serve as Chairperson of the university-wide search. Lowrie will work to select a diverse group of faculty and staff to serve as the search committee for the individual who can best lead the CANR Office of Diversity and Pluralism to drive initiatives that not only address diversity and inclusivity but also create a more multi-culturally centered environment for faculty, staff and students within CANR, including AgBio Research, and Michigan State University Extension, and across the University.  

The successful candidate will be charged to coordinate an integrated approach - leading initiatives and facilitating connections in CANR and networking with partners across MSU and specifically with the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. The Associate Dean will engage the CANR leadership team by: assisting with the management of resources for professional development of faculty to support and enhance a diverse and inclusive environment; provide guidance and vision for recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff, as well as undergraduate and graduate students.  dditionally, this individual will examine and respond to areas in need of shifts in cultural alignment with an understanding that diversity, inclusion and intercultural engagement are integral components to achieving institutional excellence.

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