Dean of the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Michigan Technological University invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of dean of the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Reporting to the provost, the dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the college. Building upon existing institutional strengths, the dean should be a forward-thinking, innovative, and collaborative leader who provides strategic leadership to take the College to even greater heights. The dean will provide leadership to the College and work with other university administrators, faculty, staff, and students to promote continued excellence in research, teaching, and service.

Founded in 1885, Michigan Tech is the state’s flagship technological university with more than $102 million in annual research expenditures and 16 unique research centers and institutes. The University attracts world-class faculty who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Michigan Tech is well known for its return on investment, with our graduates earning the ninth highest median starting salary in the country. 

The University is home to more than 7,200 students from 69 countries around the world. The College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science has over 350 students, 30 full-time faculty and 15 staff who perform research and instruction related to forestry, wildlife, environmental science, ecology, genetics and biotechnology, GIS, biomaterials, and sustainability.  The College aims to advance knowledge of inherently complex social-ecological systems, delivers 14 degree programs, including 8 graduate programs, and manages over 5,000 acres of research and teaching forests. The successful candidate will be committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an inclusive environment throughout the college and university (  

Located in Houghton, in the heart of Upper Michigan's scenic Keweenaw Peninsula, the University is just a few miles from Lake Superior. The surrounding forests, wetlands and lakes provide an ideal setting for the College’s teaching and research, as well as enjoying outdoor activities throughout the year.

For full consideration, complete application packages should be received by January 8, 2024. Application packages must include a: (1) cover letter; (2) vision statement for the future of education, research, and scholarship in the College; (3) curriculum vitae; and (4) contact information for five professional references (referees will not be contacted without written permission of applicant). We strongly encourage applicants to address the required and desired qualifications with respect to education, experience, skills, and abilities in their cover letter along with an explanation of their ability to be successful in the essential duties and responsibilities. 

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has received multiple rounds of National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. 

Michigan Tech is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

For additional information, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Andrew Burton, at To apply, visit