The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Master of International Agriculture Program (MIAP). This 11-month appointment is administratively responsible to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Ferguson College of Agriculture. The MIAP director will be evaluated for potential appointment to the Donald and Cathey Humphreys International Studies Chair for a three year term with the option for subsequent terms upon review. The selected candidate must have a demonstrated record of professional accomplishments and international experiences for consideration to the chair.
MIAP Program Profile
MIAP is a multidisciplinary graduate degree program, preparing students for successful careers in global agriculture. Blending theory, practical knowledge, and hands-on experience, the program prepares students to make significant contributions to the field of international agriculture. The program offers a Master of Science and a Master of Agriculture. Students have the option of enrolling in an on-campus or online program. MIAP staff currently consists of a director, assistant director, and a program coordinator. MIAP was created in 2008 and is one of the largest graduate degree programs in OSU’s Ferguson College of Agriculture.
The MIAP graduate degree programs include a core curriculum and provide students the opportunity to develop their focus area of study. Common focus areas include rural development, agricultural entrepreneurship, agricultural outreach and education, community engagement and sustainability, or production agriculture and food security.
MIAP students have the option of working with faculty from the departments in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources to conduct research for a thesis or a non-thesis option. MIAP graduates have successful careers in academic, government, and non-government institutions as well as private companies. More information can be found at https://agriculture.okstate.edu/departments-programs/international/about/index.html
Provide visionary leadership in the program with attention to fairness and integrity, including periodic review of program objectives, scope, and priorities. Foster an environment of collegiality, teamwork, diversity and respect for multi-disciplinary, multicultural, and international settings.
Provide program oversight, including management of staff, students, finances, international experiences and curriculum. Teach MIAP courses and advise graduate students in the program.
Support OSU’s diversity efforts to recruit and retain outstanding graduate students.
Encourage professional growth and development of MIAP staff and students. Evaluate the performance of MIAP staff.
Work with Advisory Committee to address program mission and learning outcomes.
Represent program interests to administrators and other University and Division units. Collaborate with Division unit heads and with other university administrators and faculty.
Represent the department to outside agencies/partners (state, federal, and international agencies, agricultural industries, and professional organizations), alumni, individuals, the community, and other groups.
Pursue external funding as appropriate to include competitive grants, gifts and other special funding to include endowments for scholarships, and fellowships.
Appropriately administer funds associated with the Donald and Cathey Humphreys International Studies Chair.
An earned doctoral degree in food and agriculture, international trade and development, or a closely related discipline.
An outstanding record of scholarly achievements and professional activities related to international teaching, research and/or Extension that will qualify for the rank of full professor with tenure in the candidate’s related academic department.
Extensive experience successfully mentoring and supporting graduate students.
Evidence of ability to direct a multidisciplinary team or unit and provide visionary and progressive leadership.
Ability to effectively listen, communicate and represent the program with administrators, agencies, and on-and off-campus interest groups and international organizations.
Ability to foster professional development, assign responsibilities and evaluate performance of faculty and staff.
Related international experience and experience working with both domestic and international graduate students is preferred.
This position is to be filled by July 1, 2021 or, as soon thereafter as the successful candidate is available. The appointment will be an 11-month position with tenure as a full professor in the candidate’s related academic department. The initial appointment as Director will be for a three-year term. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.
Nomination and Application Procedures
While applications and nominations will be accepted until a successful candidate has been identified, interested parties are encouraged to submit official application materials by February 1, 2021 to receive optimal consideration.
Interested applicants must apply via OSU’s applicant tracking system at https://jobs.okstate.edu (search by keyword “req8763“). As part of the application process, provide a cover letter addressing interest and fit with the position responsibilities, CV, contact information for three references, and a statement of administrative leadership philosophy and vision. Applicants will be notified before references are contacted. Questions may be addressed to: Dr. Karen R. Hickman, Chair, Search and Screening Committee, at 405-744-2288, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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