About This Role:
Kansas State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director, School of Family Students and Human Services in the College of Human Ecology. We seek a candidate who will provide collaborative leadership to a school that includes 11 academic programs (Applied Family Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies, Couple and Family Therapy, Early Childhood Education, Family and Community Services, Human Development and Family Science, Life Span Human Development, Personal Financial Planning, and Youth Development), as well as Extension. The successful candidate must be a broad thinker; strong advocate for the units, College, and University; deliberate decision maker; and a responsible fiscal manager.
- Provide School leadership to promote excellence in academics, distance education programs, clinical instruction, basic and applied research, Extension, engagement, outreach, service, and extramural funding
- Work cooperatively with faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, and the public
- Manage and evaluate the School’s human, fiscal, and physical resources
- Provide innovative leadership in strategic planning and securing resources
- Recruit and support mentoring of diverse faculty
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationship with constituent groups, agencies, professional societies, university units, and the public
- Provide leadership for the School 2025 strategic plan
- Coordinate with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) programs, staffing, funding, revenue development, and collaborate with peers form other member institutions
- Enhance alumni relations and development activities
This 12-month position at the rank of associate or full professor has a proposed starting date of July 1, 2019 with competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience (For additional information refer to the benefits summary http://www.k-state.edu/hr/current-employees/benefits/summary.html).
Why Join Us:
The School of Family Studies and Human Services consists of 11 academic programs (Applied Family Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies, Couple and Family Therapy, Early Childhood Education, Family and Community Services, Human Development and Family Science, Life Span Human Development, Personal Financial Planning, and Youth Development), as well as Cooperative Extension.
There are currently 65 faculty members, in the School, over 600 undergraduates and nearly 250 graduate students. The work of the School is conducted by over 200 faculty, staff, and student assistants. The School operates with a base budget of $4.1 million and currently has over $6.5 million in external funding. The School is committed to conducting comprehensive research with a focus on mental, physical, relational, and financial health and well-being through multidisciplinary collaborations; providing transformational educational experiences to students; and enhancing the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through engaged and collaborative research, teaching, and service that addresses human needs and improves societal conditions (http://www.k-state.edu/2025/documents/dept-integrated-plans/HE_Family%20Studies%20and%20Human%20Services%20School%20of_Integrated_2025_Plan-March-2016.pdf).
The College of Human Ecology is home to five departments/school (Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health; Family Studies and Human Services; Hospitality Management; and Kinesiology) and three academic units (Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and General Human Ecology Studies). The College enrolls more than 2,200 undergraduate and nearly 400 graduate students and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions (http://www.he.k-state.edu/). The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior (http://www.k-state.edu/2025/documents/college-planning/K-State-2025-Human-Ecology-Strategic-Direction-Action-and-Alignment-Plan-March-2016.pdf).
Kansas State University is a distinguished public, land-grant institution renowned for the excellence of its faculty, students, staff, academic programs, research, and service. It is a three-campus system with the main campus located in Manhattan and the other campuses in Olathe and Salina. Online degree programs, professional development conferences and workshops, and enrichment classes and programs are offered through the K-State Global Campus. The university has an enrollment of more than 22,200 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. K-State was recognized by the Princeton Review as one of America’s best colleges and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S. The mission of K-State is to foster excellent teaching, research, extension, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community. K-State is also implementing an aggressive plan to become a top 50 public research university by 2025 (http://www.k-state.edu/2025).
K-State is centered on a 664 acre campus in Manhattan located 50 miles west of the state capital of Topeka and 125 miles west of Kansas City in the rolling Flint Hills. Manhattan provides access to a wide range of educational, cultural, medical, and recreational programs and facilities. The local economy is bolstered by K-State and its proximity to Fort Riley, a large U.S. Army installation, and is future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). Manhattan rates among the best classic college towns in the country - it's big enough (nearly 55,000 permanent residents) to offer opportunities and adventures, but small enough to maintain a strong sense of community. Forbes magazine ranked Manhattan #3 in the nation for best small places for businesses and careers (http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/life/manhattan.html).