The search for a new Dean of the College of Natural Resources is
on, and Rick Miranda, current Dean of the College of Natural
Sciences and head of the search committee for new dean, expects the
crop of candidates to be a strong one.
“We hope to get between 20 and 50 applications for a position at
this level,” Miranda said. “What we really want is one good one. It
is important to have a large and diverse pool of candidates.”
Miranda said the search committee has sent out the job
advertisements and already received a few applications.
The committee will close the search in mid-January and begin
reviewing applications. That is when the real selection process
begins, Miranda said.
“We go through the applications, contact references and come up
with a list of finalists to bring to campus for interviews. Then
the provost makes a final decision,” he said.
In Miranda’s opinion, when reviewing the applicants’
applications, the difficulty lies in trying to get a sense of the
person behind the application.
“It’s always hard to evaluate people’s qualifications from
simply reading letters and resumes,” Miranda said. “The hardest
part is sifting through and picking finalists, but once we get them
on campus for interviews, we get an excellent chance to get
in-depth with the candidates and see their qualities emerge.”
Provost Peter Nicholls said candidates for dean are usually at
the rank of full professor and have been at an institution for at
least 20 years. He listed some other qualities that a strong
candidate should possess.
“The candidate should have the credentials to be appointed to a
tenured position,” Nicholls said. “The candidate should work well
with people, value contributions of staff and students, articulate
a vision for the future of the college and have experience in
leadership to where they can make tough decisions.”
Nicholls thinks the quality of the College of Natural Resources
will attract candidates from all over.
“I anticipate we will get many fine applications because it is a
fine college. We have programs across the country, so I suspect
people from all over the country will be interested,” Nicholls
Miranda said the search committee hopes to interview candidates
in the second half of spring semester and to have a new dean arrive
on campus around July 1.