Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement

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North Carolina A&T State University

Primary Purpose of Position

The Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement will work to foster research and scholarly activities among faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students; lead the activities of College of Education (CED) research staff; and represent the College’s interests with the University’s Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED); develop strategies to promote the regional, national and global visibility of the College’s research programs; and interact closely and effectively with community and industry partners.

The candidate who fills this position will provide vision and leadership around the College’s research mission as it builds its extramural funding base, expands its reputation for scholarly excellence, and maintains a commitment to both practice-based and basic research. The Associate Dean is expected to be both a catalyst and guiding force as the College plans and develops new and major research initiatives, such as thematic and interdisciplinary research efforts or other in-house or extramurally funded research-related initiatives, including those initiated by fellow colleges and programs.

Minimum Requirements

  • An earned doctorate in education, counseling, or a closely related field;
  • An outstanding research record commensurate with Associate Professor or full Professor;
  • Strong team leadership and communication skills, excellent interpersonal abilities;
  • Familiarity with federal grant finance and compliance issues;
  • Previous sustained administrative experience to direct research operations of an organization;
  • Highly refined verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Experience

  • Demonstrate success in attaining large research external funding and in building collaborative teams
  • Demonstrated success in managing extramural funding
  • Demonstrated success in developing and enhancing relationships with a variety of internal and external constituents, including advisory boards
  • The ability to elevate the research enterprise of the College of Education in Equity, Access, and Advocacy;
  • Innovative and creative ideas for success in a changing landscape of research funding;
  • Experience managing large research programs such as centers, departments, and large and complex research grants.

Institution Overview

As a premier Historically Black University, the College of Education’s vision is to be recognized national leader in equity, access, and advocacy through the advancement of culturally sustaining research, teaching, and engagement locally and globally. The mission of the College of Education is to prepare highly skilled, culturally responsive and sustainable educators, leaders, and counselors who create, use, and share knowledge on equity, access, and advocacy in local, state, national, and global communities. Building on the N.C. A&T legacy as a Historically Black University (HBCU) dedicated to exemplary teaching, scholarship and effective public service, the College of Education offer degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. This mission is reflected in the College of Education conceptual framework.

Established in 1891, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University is a public, historically black, land grant institution located in Greensboro, North Carolina. North Carolina A& T and other 1890 land-grant institutions were established by the Second Morrill Act, which expanded the system of land-grant universities to include a historically Black institution in those states where segregation denied people of color access to the land grant institutions established by the First Morrill Act in 1862.

The University has a strong legacy of social justice, activism, and community engagement. In 1960, four freshman students, often called the A&T Four or the Greensboro Four, sparked the civil rights movement in the South through their “sit in” at the Woolworths near campus. Demanding equal treatment and service, the “sit-in” grew to include college students from across the region.

Over the years, North Carolina A & T experienced tremendous growth, and is now the nation’s largest Historically Black University. With an enrollment of over 13,000 students in 2022, N.C. A&T offers 58 baccalaureate degrees, 29 master’s degrees, and 9 doctoral degrees. The university, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), consistently graduates the largest number of African Americans in the state of North Carolina.

Review of Applicants Begins: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Contact Name: 
Jared Webb
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