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Director of the School of Natural Resources

University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Mar 29, 2023

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The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the School of Natural Resources. IANR is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative person who will provide intellectual and strategic leadership for the school. We are looking for a strong leader who understands university teaching, research, and Extension and who will be able to use their knowledge and skills to help the school maximize its impact in each of these areas. The successful school director will be one who a) puts the success of the team and school above their individual accomplishments in the role; b) appreciates the unique contributions of natural resources research and education and how faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders can work together to address the most important challenges facing society and our natural environments; c) is committed to excellence wherever it is on the discovery-to-practice continuum; and d) will be a collaborative and inspiring school director who will uphold the university’s core values of accountability, diversity, integrity, respect, and social responsibility.  

 Recognizing that diversity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and belongingness, the IANR and the School of Natural Resources are committed to creating research, learning, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of diversity. Every person and every interaction are treated as important to our collective wellbeing and our ability to deliver on our mission.  


 The school director will be appointed to a five-year renewable term, subject to satisfactory annual reviews and a formal reappointment review. 


 For additional information about the position, go to 

To be considered for the position, candidates must have: 

  • Ph.D. in a field relevant to the school.   Accomplishments commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment in Natural Resources at the rank of full professor.  Demonstrated ability to lead a multidisciplinary team.  Demonstrated ability to create a shared vision and align resources to achieve strategic outcomes.  A record of leadership and outcomes that demonstrate an abiding commitment to practices that enhance access, inclusion, and belongingness.   Exceptional skills in communication and interpersonal relations. 

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate: 

  • A record of excellence in research evidenced by a portfolio of publications, extramural funding, and collaboration.   Demonstrated ability to provide visionary leadership.  A record of excellence in teaching and educating students.  A record of excellence in Extension and/or engagement.    An ability to collaborate effectively with a broad range of constituencies.  Evidence of using data and/or fact-based information to navigate complex situations and make strategic decisions.   Demonstrated understanding of systems and networks that encourage and support entrepreneurial activities.  Sensitivity to the perspectives and values of students, staff, faculty, and stakeholders. 

IANR invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Director of the School of Natural Resources. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of persons of color, women, persons living with disabilities, and veterans.  

 The Search Advisory Committee will continue to receive applications until the Director is selected. To ensure full consideration, nominations and applications should be submitted by April 9, 2023. 

 Questions and nominations can be directed in confidence to: 

 Scott McVey, Ph.D. 

Director, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SVMBS) 


 David Wedin, Ph.D. 

Professor, School of Natural Resources 


 Applicants should go to and search positions using requisition number F_230029, click on “Apply to this Job,” complete the form and attach a) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the position, anticipated contributions, and vision; b) a statement describing your experience working in diverse teams or groups and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum; see  for guidance in writing this statement); c) a detailed curriculum vitae; and d) the names of 3-5 professional references. References will be requested only of candidates who make the short list. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence until the final stage of the search at which time the express permission of finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. Candidates are urged to review all information and documents posted on the search web site. 

 For questions and assistance with submitting the application contact Rachel Szelag, Senior HR Specialist at or by phone at (402) 472-5730.                               

 UNL offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.  

 The University of Nebraska is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment.  UNL is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and included.  UNL does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, and employment.  UNL complies with all local, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.  See:  




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