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Kansas State University - Dean, College of Architecture, Planning, and Design
Title:Kansas State University - Dean, College of Architecture, Planning, and Design
Kansas State University
Dean, College of Architecture, Planning, and Design

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Kansas State University in its search for Dean, College of Architecture, Planning, and Design.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by December 5, 2022.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an innovative and recognized leader to join Kansas State University and its nationally recognized College of Architecture, Planning, and Design (APDesign) as Dean. Building off of the College’s success and momentum, the ideal candidate is an inspirational, collaborative, dynamic, and approachable leader ready to guide an innovative and interdisciplinary academic community committed to excellence in design, scholarship teaching and environmental stewardship. 
APDesign enjoys a trajectory of ongoing growth and the new Dean will have the skills to build on the momentum and success of the College. Bringing a passion for education and a deep understanding of the design and planning professions, the new Dean will work closely with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents to craft a strategic vision and plan that advances the College as well as the university.   
At K-State, Deans are highly visible University leaders who can advance the missions of their colleges and the university through a shared vision of education, teaching, research, and service. The Dean reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President and serves on the Council of Academic Deans.
The College provides a unique educational model, providing graduates with the capacity to make an 
immediate impact upon graduation while expanding the periphery of traditional practice. The College, housed in state-of-the art facilities, is comprised of the departments of Architecture; Interior Architecture and Industrial Design; and Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning. It offers accredited professional graduate degree programs in each discipline, a graduate degree in community development, an undergraduate degree in real estate & community development, and an interdisciplinary doctorate in environmental design and planning. The College has approximately 90 faculty and staff and approximately 900 full-time students. In addition to course offerings, the College provides extended professional internships, education abroad programs, including its APDesign Italian Studies Program, field trips, and opportunities to participate in an urban design center in Kansas City.  For additional information about the College, visit:


The Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College, providing leadership, strategic vision and direction, and support for the College. In addition, the dean provides university leadership to support and promote the academic mission of the university.  Specific responsibilities of the Dean include:
  • leading all academic programs in the College; 
  • building continued excellence and growth in research and extension/outreach programs; 
  • promoting high-quality student experiences; 
  • supporting effective academic advising; 
  • being actively involved in the recruitment and retention of high caliber, diverse students, faculty, and staff to the college, as well as promoting a welcoming and inclusive environment;
  • working productively with faculty, staff, department heads, deans, students, University administrators and the broader community on interdisciplinary and collaborative projects; 
  • development of collaborative, interdisciplinary programs within the College, across K-State, and between K-State and external/industry partners;
  • advancing the College’s strategic plan/goals aligned with the University’s vision and plans to become a Next-Generation Land-Grant University. 
  • providing leadership with a high degree of personal involvement with the fundraising efforts on behalf of the College, working in partnership with the KSU Foundation; 
  • maintaining and strengthening strategic relationships with the external professional community, alumni, benefactors, and industry; and
  • working closely with constituents on issues related to the enhancement of the College and the University.
Educational Requirements: 
  • A terminal degree and/or licensure/certification in one of the fields represented by the College’s degree granting programs.
Required Competencies/Qualifications:  
  • A distinguished academic record and/or professional experience which merits appointment as a tenured, full professor in one of the College's departments with evidence of professional distinction and national or international recognition in their field.
  • Proven success as an innovative, unifying, and strategic leader with the ability to plan, coordinate, articulate, and execute a strategic vision and initiatives while engaging others.
  • A demonstrated commitment to all aspects of a land-grant mission, including teaching, research, and extension/outreach.
  • Demonstrated success as an outstanding collaborator and relationship builder with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A proven record as a successful administrator with responsibility for guiding strategy, evaluating personnel, motivating faculty, resource acquisition and allocation, engaging external constituencies, and fostering diversity and teamwork to create collaborative relationships across culturally diverse groups.  
  • A record of promoting diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, staff, and in the curriculum.
  • Demonstrated success in resource development, external fundraising, and financial management.  
Preferred Competencies/Qualifications
  • An appreciation for the college’s programs, vision, and people.
  • A proven ability to develop and implement successful interdisciplinary and/or international programs.
  • Proven ability to initiate, lead, and facilitate transformational change and innovation initiatives, be adaptable with changing conditions, and comfortable with the ambiguity that accompanies a large public university.
  • Firm grasp of the opportunities and advantages of a land-grant university with R1 status
  • A history of building, enhancing, and sustaining partnerships across a university, local communities, state, region, and nation as well as with external professional, industry, or governmental partners.

About the Institution
Kansas State University educates nearly 22,000 of tomorrow’s potential leaders and provides some of the best global food systems and biosecurity research in the world. The university is progressing toward its goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.    
The university has nine academic colleges and offers more than 250 majors and options. The Graduate School offers 73 master’s degrees, 44 doctoral degrees and 43 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines. The Princeton Review recognizes the university as one of the nation’s best colleges and the association of Public and Land-grant Universities designated Kansas State University as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.    
Commonly referred to as K-State, the university is proud of its welcoming environment and considers all K-Staters family. Our athletic teams, known as the Wildcats, compete in the Big 12 Conference and frequently win titles and championships.     
For more information about the university please visit  

About the College of Architecture, Planning and Design
K-State Architecture’s top-ranked professional program puts students on the path to becoming conscientious, well-rounded, licensed architects. APDesign offers multiple paths into the professions of architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, regional and community planning, and community development. APDesign offers both on-campus and online degrees. On-campus degrees provide two different paths to master's degrees in five professional programs.

The College’s programs are rooted in a shared love of aesthetic design and a shared respect for the impact of design and innovation on all members of society. Students in the programs gain a uniquely comprehensive and collaborative approach to design that allows our graduates to redefine the boundaries of traditional design and planning practice and become leaders in our society.

APDesign graduates are in high demand, with nearly 100% of graduates hired immediately into their areas of discipline. Because of opportunities for research, involvement, corporate partnerships and networking, graduates leave K-State prepared for the professional world.

Diversity and Inclusion     
Kansas State University has a long, storied history of embracing diversity and inclusion as a core component of their educational mission. As the nation’s first operational land-grant, K-State has always admitted students without regard to race, gender, or creed. Their commitment to meeting the needs and interests of a diverse student body and preparing all constituents for meaningful engagement in an ever changing, diverse world is unwavering. They believe that diversity adds value to the educational fabric of their institution and students are encouraged to capitalize on the learning opportunities that differences can create.      
To learn more information about diversity and inclusion at K-State, please visit     
The Community     
Situated in the heart of northeast Kansas’ scenic Flint Hills, Manhattan’s 56,000 citizens enjoy a dynamic community with shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife. Manhattan is affectionately known as the “Little Apple,” a nod to its East Coast namesake, but has a vibrant culture all its own. Here is just a sampling of what residents look forward to year-round:      
  • Shopping, dining, and socializing in Aggieville, a local entertainment district with a fun, energetic vibe.     
  • A vibrant, revitalized downtown area with fine dining options and local boutiques.     
  • The Flint Hills Discovery Center, featuring exhibits about the beautiful surrounding region.     
  • Beautiful outdoor life at Sunset Zoo and The Gardens at Kansas State University.     
  • Recreation opportunities at the Konza Prairie, Tuttle Creek State Park, Linear Park Trail and more.     
  • The university’s McCain Performance Series, which hosts acclaimed Broadway musicals, comedians, musicians, and other entertainers.      
  • Exciting Big 12 athletic events (faculty and staff are eligible for discounted tickets).    
  • Colbert Hills Golf Course, ranked as the top public golf course in Kansas.    
  • Excellent K-12 education. The local high school ranks among the top 5 percent of U.S. high schools, and the district is home to several Kansas Master Teachers.    
Learn more about the Manhattan community, at
To Apply 
For full consideration, application materials must be received by December 5, 2022.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vita.
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Institution’s EEO Statement   
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.   
Background Screening Statement     
In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.


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