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Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Sciences

Humboldt State University
Job Field:
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Full Time
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Job Description:

Humboldt State University seeks an exceptional academic leader and scholar to serve as its next Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Sciences (CNRS). This new dean will join the Humboldt community at a time when they are preparing for a California State University polytechnic designation while also advancing an academic vision as a "future-oriented university that focuses on academic excellence and access by providing rich hands-on learning and developing sustainability-focused, socially and environmentally just, and workforce-ready graduates."


Designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in 2013, Humboldt State University is also a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) with a thriving community composed of 534 faculty and over 6,400 students at this northern-most campus of the 23-campus California State University system. A significant number of students from urban communities enroll at Humboldt because they find a home on this campus nestled in Arcata along the redwood coast of Northern California, 275 miles north of San Francisco. Humboldt State is surrounded by one of the most beautiful natural environments in the world — with ancient redwood forests, pristine coastline, and wild rivers. Humboldt State sits in the northwestern portion of Wiyot ancestral territory. In Wiyot, Arcata is known as Goudi’ni, meaning “over in the woods.” Wiyot territory is surrounded by the traditional, ancestral, and present homeland of several indigenous nations including the Hupa, Karuk, Mattole, Tolowa, Wailaki, and Yurok that make up what we now call Northern California.


Humboldt offers a wide array of academic opportunities with three colleges, 51 majors, 12 graduate programs and 14 credential programs and enjoys a student-to-faculty ratio of 20:1. Teaching excellence is prioritized and meaningful engagement of students in externally-funded faculty research is widespread and highly valued. Academic offerings encompass nationally known programs and popular areas of study in natural resources and sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, and professional studies. Throughout the curriculum, students find a long-standing commitment to social and environmental responsibility and justice.


Reporting to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the dean is the senior administrative officer of the College of Natural Resources and Sciences and provides strategic direction, vision, and leadership for its academic departments and programs. The dean promotes excellence in curricula; teaching and learning; academic advising; scholarship and creative activities; international, regional, and interdisciplinary initiatives; professional development; staffing; and the stewardship of physical resources. The dean serves as a strong advocate for the College, both within the University and with external business and civic and academic communities.


CNRS is unique, with an exceptional range of natural resources and science programs and a robust research portfolio that consistently garners sizable external funding. The College is focused on mentoring undergraduate and graduate students to ensure they build their skills and real-world experience through research, fieldwork and personal attention. As such, the College is nationally recognized for creating an innovative first-year experience for incoming students through place-based learning communities. 




Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to providing a high-quality, culturally inclusive and equitable learning environment focused on creating a culture of inclusion within the STEM fields; experience cultivating meaningful relationships within the College, across the University and with surrounding rural and Native communities; an appreciation of shared governance and transparent decision making coupled with a commitment to facilitating grants and philanthropic contributions in support of teaching, advising, research and scholarly activities; and a commitment to strategic and fiscal actions to ensure that the College can fulfill its mission. 


How to Apply:

WittKieffer is assisting Humboldt State University in this search. All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. 


Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this leadership profile. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 5, 2021.


Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.


Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Charlene Aguilar, Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Rachel Bieniek at


Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or