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Open Positions - Available Executive Staff Positions

Minot State University is built upon a core commitment to students, learning, service, and cooperation, and upon respect for people and place. Our Vision 2013 is a vision for the future of Minot State University to help people appreciate life and learning and contribute meaningfully to the lives of others.

College of Education and Health Sciences Dean

Minot State University invites applications for the position of Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences. The successful candidate will have unique opportunities to advance the College through development and growth of initiatives in the disciplines of Communication Disorders, Education and Special Education, Psychology and Addiction Studies, Social Work, Nursing, Corporate Fitness, Athletic Training and School Psychology. The Dean will also have the opportunity to develop leadership programs, academic partnerships, program and delivery development, and fund raising.

The Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences is the chief academic officer of the College, reporting directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In conjunction with the faculty, staff and university administration the Dean is responsible for the implementation and delivery of the educational, research, and service programs within the college, consistent with the mission of the College of Education and Health Sciences and Minot State University. The Dean develops, promotes, and maintains partnerships with local, regional, and international constituencies. This individual represents the college in its relations within the university, service organizations, its alumni, state agencies, and national organizations. As a visionary leader the Dean is also responsible for the overall operation of the college including strategic planning, resource management, academic programming and all aspects of human resource development. The Dean must be able to gather support for and share the vision and mission of the college with both internal and external constituents.

CEHS consists of five academic departments: The Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance, Department of Addiction Studies, Psychology and Social Work, the Department of Communication Disorders, the Department of Nursing, and the Department of Special Education. The College offers thirteen baccalaureate degrees (four in education and nine in the health sciences), one certificate and one Associateís degree, and four Masterís degrees. The programs in Communication Disorders, Education, Social Work, Nursing, Athletic Training and School Psychology are individually accredited. The College is known for preparing graduates who have been successful in the state of North Dakota, throughout the US, and internationally. The Dean supervises and serves seventy-four faculty and staff from across these academic units.

The education programs within the College work closely with academic departments in the College of Arts and Science and the College of Business to support teacher education preparation for high schools. The Department of Nursing participates in the Dakota Nursing Program to offer the BSN degrees to nurses who have the RN degree. Faculty in the Department of Special Education work closely with the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, a federal center of excellence, on grants and research projects.

Minot State University seeks a Dean who is an advocate for the disciplines within the College of Education and Health Sciences as well as the faculty, students and staff. The Dean should be a progressive thinker with at least three years of administrative experience, a record of integrity in leadership, strong scholarship experience and exemplary teaching. The Dean should be experienced in the use of technology in teaching and delivery of on-line, hybrid, and low-residency programs. The Dean should also be experienced in fiscal and personnel management, be committed to diversity and possess skills that support fundraising. In addition, the Dean should demonstrate a commitment to students and their educational needs and have the ability to work collegially and collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, administration and colleagues across the state.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in a discipline housed within the college;
  • Experience in a college or university with baccalaureate and Masterís level programming;
  • Minimum of three years of academic administrative experience.

Required Characteristics/Qualities/Qualifications:

  • Strong educational leadership skills;
  • A strong record of accomplishment in teaching, research, and service;
  • Ability to develop teamwork and to coordinate and support cross-disciplinary programs;
  • Effective skills in the professional development of others;
  • Ability to make high quality decisions and solve problems in a timely manner;
  • Professional integrity;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Organizational ability;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

Role and Responsibilities of the Dean: The Dean of the College of Education and Health Science must demonstrate leadership in the following areas:

  • Quality teaching research and service activities;
  • Quality academic programs that prepare students for success in a changing multicultural world;
  • Outreach programs and partnership experiences with external constituencies including business, educational, nonprofit, service, and military entities;
  • An involvement in the educational and professional development of the region and state through programs within the college;
  • The use of technology and the development and delivery of online coursework and programs;
  • Promotion of interdisciplinary programming throughout the University;
  • Resource management;
  • Development of other sources of funding such as gifts, scholarships, grants, and service contracts;
  • Recruitment, development, evaluation, and retention of chairs and faculty;
  • Support the mission and vision of Minot State University;
  • Maintain college accreditations;
  • Foster an environment of teamwork and collegiality within the College and throughout the University;
  • Recruitment and retention of students.


The College of Education and Health Sciences has five departments: Addiction Studies, Psychology and Social Work, Communication Disorders, Nursing, Teacher Education and Human Performance, Special Education. Within these departments seventy-four faculty and support staff work diligently to fulfill the mission of the College.

The College of Education and Health Sciences prepares quality professionals and pre-professionals in education, human service, and health science to meet the needs of others within a changing society.

The College of Education and Health Sciences has a regional, national and international reputation as a college:

  • With graduates whose standards of performance are sought after by employers.
  • With faculty who are sought after for their expertise as scholars and teachers and for their contributions to the community.
  • With first class facilities including state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

Accreditation: Programs with specialized accreditations in the College of Education and Health Sciences are:

Accredited Program Accreditation Agency
Teacher Education Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Nursing Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
School Psychology National Association of School of Psychologists (NASP)
Speech Pathology The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Social Work The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Education of the Deaf Council on Education of the Deaf (CED)
Addiction Studies The National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)
Athletic Training Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

Minot State University was founded in 1913 to serve the citizens of northwest North Dakota. It is located in the city of Minot with 50,000 residents. With beautiful parks and neighborhoods, the city is served by a number of airlines and Amtrak. Abundant outdoor activities are available, including boating, fishing and camping at the nearby Garrison Dam on the Missouri River. Campus life is engaging and active, with cultural, community, and athletic events and activities. The arts include two theatre companies, three art galleries, choral groups, and a symphony orchestra and opera company. The Universityís athletic programs have earned national championships in cross-country and conference titles in football, basketball, and soccer earning berths in national tournaments. In July 2012, the University completed its transition NCAA Division II. Minot State University competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

A major U.S. Air Force base, responsible for one-third of Americaís missile silos, is located north of the city of Minot and includes approximately 10,000 military personnel.

Minot State primarily serves North Dakota, Montana, and several contiguous Canadian provinces. In 1996, Dakota College at Bottineau (formerly MSU-Bottineau), a community college eighty miles northeast of Minot, became part of the University as a branch campus. The University has evolved from a normal school to a Carnegie Masterís (M) institution. It is the third largest four-year higher education institution in the state, with a fall 2014 enrollment of 3,410. Three colleges comprise the schoolís academic offerings: Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Health Sciences. Nine masterís degrees are offered in such areas as management, elementary education, and mathematics. There is a rich mix of liberal and professional programs offering 60 majors at the undergraduate level. Minot State University is an important member of the North Dakota University System, comprised of 11 institutions representing doctoral, masterís, and baccalaureate granting institutions, as well as community colleges. The State Board of Higher Education consists of eight voting members and is the governing board of the System. The Minot State University Board of Regents, with a membership of over 60 community leaders, acts as an advisory board and champion for the institution.

In recent years the development of the Bakken oil field has had a dramatic effect on the economy of Minot. Minot has served as an entry point for the oil fields for businesses and workers alike.

The faculty at Minot State consists of tenured, tenure-track, and special contract full-time positions and part-time positions. While faculty members are devoted to teaching, they increasingly contribute in the scholarship to their respective fields. A growing number of faculty conduct research with students as full-partners.

Minot State has an active research and service agenda, which strives to engage students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in research with faculty. The research enhances teaching and learning, addresses the needs of the community and region, and educates students to think critically, communicate effectively, and contribute meaningfully to the livelihood of our state, region, country, and beyond.

Minot State University is first and foremost dedicated to the success of all students: their growth and development as educated citizens, their confidence, and their life-long devotion to the common good and the welfare of others.

Core values:

  • Teaching and learning with excellence, integrity, and engagement.
  • Serving students and others respectfully and responsibly.
  • Following high ethical and moral principles.
  • Supporting the values of community and place, where all community members are valued and respected for their work, contributions, and freedom of expression.

Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and has specialized accreditation in business, education, music, deaf education, speech-language-hearing, social work (baccalaureate level), nursing, athletic training, and school psychology. The University has received ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.

Major benefits include health insurance and retirement. Health insurance is provided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield through the office of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS). The premium is paid in full by the University for both single and family plans. Health insurance covers vision and dental procedures when deemed as medically necessary. Routine vision and dental coverage is not available through this health insurance; however, separate coverage for routine vision and dental coverage is available at the employeeís expense. A retirement plan is available through TIAA-CREF with both contributions and matched employer contributions. The maximum rates of allowed contributions and match change with years of service. The University offers annual and sick leave, as well as long-term disability insurance. Life insurance is offered by the University and additional coverage may be purchased at competitive rates by the employee.

Salary amounts are negotiable within a range based on internal equity and the most recent data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) for administrative positions.

Submit a letter of application, resume, a one-page statement describing administrative and fiscal philosophy, copy of transcripts, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references to: Wes Matthews, Director, Human Resources, Minot State University, 500 University Ave W., Minot, ND 58707. Electronic submissions should be sent to Celeste Simmons at

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2015. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2015, though the position is available as early as June 1, 2015. Additional information about the institution and the position may be found at the University web site at:

Minot State University fully respects the need for confidentiality and assures interested individuals that their background and interests will not be discussed without consent of the applicant prior to her or his becoming a candidate. Upon becoming a candidate, the North Dakota open records and open meeting laws apply.

Minot State University is an equal opportunity employer. This position is exempt from North Dakota veteranís preference laws. The University strongly encourages applications from women and ethnic minority candidates.