Associate Dean and Ruckelshaus Institute Director

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

 Associate Dean and Ruckelshaus Institute Director 

The Associate Dean and Ruckelshaus Institute Director reports directly to and is a strategic partner and advisor to the Dean.  He or she is responsible for establishing and executing key Haub School goals, including enrollment management, facility planning, coordination of new research initiatives, and alignment of all functions with the school’s priorities.

This position includes directorship of the school’s Ruckelshaus Institute. The Ruckelshaus Institute supports stakeholder-driven solutions to environmental challenges by conducting and communicating relevant research and promoting collaborative decision making. The institute’s Collaborative Solutions Program convenes and facilitates diverse stakeholders around complex environment and natural resource challenges. The Associate Dean’s role as Ruckelshaus Institute Director requires comprehension of the scientific, social, and policy aspects of natural resource management in the American West and the ability to maintain a neutral, unbiased stance. The Associate Dean/Ruckelshaus Institute Director leads the institute to convene and facilitate stakeholder groups, host forums and trainings, and conduct other forms of outreach and communication, including Western Confluence magazine.

The Associate Dean also chairs the Haub School’s personnel committee and coordinates the school’s academic policy. The Associate Dean oversees recommendations, planning, development, and preparation of curriculum documents related to new and modified courses, programs, majors, minors, etc.  The Associate Dean also coordinates course offerings, addresses student-faculty issues and grievances, and takes a leadership role in recruitment of full-time and part-time faculty.

When the Dean is absent or unavailable, the Associate Dean will have authority in all areas of the Haub School, including signature authority for all personnel and fiscal needs, and will represent the Dean at on- and off-campus functions.

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in a relevant field of study.
  • Teaching and scholarly record meriting tenure at the Associate or Full Professor rank within the Haub School.
  • Experience in academic administration demonstrating excellent people management, project management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to keep projects on track, meet deadlines, and provide proactive planning in working with other senior leaders.
  • Experience managing a comprehensive and diverse portfolio of projects and responsibilities.
  • Experience teaching and advising undergraduate students.
  • Track record of successful guidance of graduate students.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the research enterprise at a research-intensive institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain collaborative relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and/or stakeholder-driven approaches to decision making.
  • A strong commitment to collaboration, inclusivity, and diversity within the campus and surrounding communities.

Preferred qualifications

  • Prior academic leadership experience at the level of Director, Department Head, or Assistant or Associate Dean.
  • Demonstrated experience working on confidential personnel and human resources matters.
  • Experience with university and/or state policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated comprehension of the scientific, social, and policy aspects of natural resource management in the western US.
  • Demonstrated interest in engaging with environment and natural resource stakeholders in Wyoming and the West.
  • Demonstrated experience using tools for community engagement around natural resource issues including communications, forums, trainings, and other outreach.

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Since 1993, the Haub School has been a nexus for interdisciplinary environmental and natural resources education and inquiry. The Haub School partners with programs, faculty, staff, and students throughout the University of Wyoming campus, as well as a broad network of statewide, regional, national, and international partners, to promote excellence in environmental and natural resources education, outreach, and research.

The Haub School’s several undergraduate and graduate degree programs serve over 400 students. The school’s curricula emphasize collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches that prepare students to become thoughtful future leaders and problem solvers in environmental and natural resources fields. Students learn in the classroom, in the outstanding natural outdoor laboratory that is Wyoming, and overseas via international field courses.

The Ruckelshaus Institute, a division of the Haub School, advances the understanding and resolution of complex environmental and natural resources challenges by supporting stakeholder-driven solutions to environmental challenges, conducting and communicating relevant research, and promoting collaborative decision making.

Further, the Haub School’s faculty maintain active research programs that address environment and natural resource questions from both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

University of Wyoming and Surroundings

Established in 1886, UW is a land-grant institution providing undergraduate and graduate programs to 13,800 students from all 50 states and 94 countries. The university is located in Laramie, a city of approximately 30,000 on a high plain between the Laramie and Snowy Range mountains, 145 miles north of Denver. The community’s distinctive cultural, aesthetic, and natural resources include a vibrant visual and performing arts scene, beautiful mountain views, and close proximity to year-round outdoor recreation such as hiking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking, fishing, and hunting.