The Opportunity

Iowa State University (ISU), a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things, is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff. Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment–diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. A culturally diverse student body with students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries converge on one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. Big 12 Conference sports and a tradition of international cultural performances make campus life an adventure to remember. Iowa State is located in Ames, a community of 67,000 ranked as the number one “Best College Town in America” by 247WallSt.com and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

The Position

Role of the Assistant Dean of Students for Intercultural Initiatives and Resource Centers & Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Reporting to the associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students and serving on the dean of students’ executive leadership team (“dean team”), this assistant dean oversees a portfolio of five departments: the Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success, the Margaret Sloss Center for Women & Gender Equity, the Veterans Center, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Hixon Opportunity Awards Program and National Student Exchange Office. The assistant dean of students for intercultural initiatives and resource centers & director of the office of multicultural student affairs is responsible for the development and delivery of programs and support services which foster student success, satisfaction, and enhancement of the university experience foundationally established from a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) lens. Emphasis is placed on implementation of a comprehensive programmatic and support services strategy designed to increase the recruitment, retention, and ultimate graduation of Iowa State students identified as under-represented and/or marginalized. This population of students includes, but is not limited to first generation students, Veterans and military-affiliated students, students who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, women, students from low in-come backgrounds and ethnic identities that include African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American, Latinx, Native American/Alaskan Native, or Multiracial.

Additional responsibilities of the position include the following.

Assistant Dean of Students for Intercultural Initiatives and Resource Centers

Supervision

  • The assistant dean’s portfolio is comprised of eight direct reports (four directors, one assistant director for Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA), two coordinators within MSA, and one secretary). The entire portfolio includes approximately 15 full time professionals and merit staff, 15 graduate assistants, and a host of student employees.

Strategic Planning and Program Development

  • In alignment with the university priorities, provide leadership develop long-range strategic plans and program development of resource centers programs and services to ensure alignment with Iowa State University’s mission, vision, strategic plan, principles of community, and pillars
  • Provide leadership and design and establish sustainable outcome-based programs that promote a positive social climate that directly contributes to the student and professional experience
  • Lead the assessment of the social, financial, academic, personal, transition, and intervention needs of underrepresented students and guide the planning, development, and delivery of programs and services which address those needs
  • Provide leadership and support to the entire dean of students’ portfolio on the development and advancement of the portfolio’s DEI goals and strategic priorities

Administration

  • Build and retain a diverse team, providing strong leadership and effective supervision; model inclusive leadership in hiring actions, performance management, opportunities for growth, and mentorship; serve as a resource to all direct reports, stepping in as needed to provide additional support and/or coverage; seek institutional and departmental support that advances the intercultural initiatives and resource centers portfolio mission, goals, and objectives
  • Responsible for fiscal management of five departmental operating budgets, including forecasting expenditures and revenues, maintaining records, and linking program objectives and assessment to the annual budget process; coordinate the preparation of adjustments and supporting documentation for the fiscal year close; assure that expense and revenue reconciliation is conducted within university guidelines, manage and develop the record-keeping practices for the department and for maintaining confidential files
  • Collaborate with the Iowa State University Foundation accounts and external donor relationships as lead administrator for the five resource center departments; initiate and manage fundraising efforts when opportunities arise in the areas of grant management, major gifts, and corporate and foundation relations
  • Represent the assistant dean’s portfolio, dean of students’ portfolio, and the division of student affairs on various departmental, divisional, and university committees
  • Serve as a designee for the associate vice president and dean of students at the discretion and/or absence of the associate vice president and dean of students
  • Serve on the dean of students’ emergency dean team: an on-call rotation which provides services for the entire campus community related to crisis management, communication, and emergency response; maintain collaborative relationships with other crisis management units such as the department of residence, ISU police department/campus safety, Ames police department, and sorority and fraternity engagement

Key Partnerships

  • Foster and maintain partnerships with the office of the vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, the office of the registrar, office of admissions, academic college chief diversity officers, directors of multicultural student success, department of residence diversity officer and staff, and other campus constituents to support the recruitment and retention efforts targeting underrepresented/marginalized students through the management of multiple scholarship programs, active involvement in talent development programs, education and training opportunities, and involvement in university, division, and college prospective student programming both on- and off-campus
  • Collaborate with student assistance and other support services units to provide support to underrepresented students experiencing difficulties, including supporting the resolution of concerns, referring to appropriate campus resources, training university personnel about the needs of underrepresented students, and identifying campus issues serving as barriers to student success
  • Provide support and guidance to university recognized under-represented student organizations
  • Create co-curricular experiences for students that promote greater cultural awareness and understanding, social justice, and culturally relevant leadership development

Campus Climate, Social Justice, and Inclusion

  • Shape, develop, and implement a robust diversity, equity, and inclusion, strategy to create a learning environment where all students have the opportunity and necessary supports to thrive by creating co-curricular experiences for students that promote greater cultural awareness and understanding, social justice, and culturally relevant leadership development
  • Identify and make connections across constituencies where synergies exist
  • Serve as an advocate for underrepresented/marginalized students and provide institutional guidance, as well as serve as a primary campus resource related to the diversity in the student community
  • Support social justice, equity, and inclusion initiatives through the management of programming and activities related to the holistic development of underrepresented student; lead and coordinate new initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to a welcoming, inclusive environment for all students
  • Oversee planning and development for annual campus-wide diversity programming such heritage months programs via campus-wide committees comprised of various campus partners

Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

  • Provide oversight and supervision for the MSA staff charged with continued development and implementation of signature multicultural programs which include summer enrichment bridge programs (APEX), scholarship programs such as Multicultural Vision Program (MVP), George Washington Carver Scholars (GWC), and Cargill THRIVE (Thrive) that are designed to attract and retain multicultural students
  • Develop and maintain partnerships across campus for campus-wide multicultural programming and student leadership development
  • Direct oversight and management of multiple foundation scholarship and program accounts and, in collaboration with the ISU Foundation, serve as MSA lead for establishing new and maintaining and advancing existing donor relationships
  • Provide oversight of two cultural spaces: Black Cultural Center (BCC) and the Multicultural Center (MCC).

History of the Position

Kenyatta Shamburger served as assistant dean/director for approximately ten years prior to his departure in 2021.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has recently supported funding to renovate student spaces/centers for ISU’s underserved populations in the Memorial Union. The new assistant dean/director must capitalize on this opportunity to create safe, supportive, and engaging spaces for the university’s most vulnerable populations.

A new vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion was hired in early in 2022. Building a strong relationship with the vice president will be a high priority for the assistant dean/director.

In addition, the new assistant dean/director will find the following opportunities and challenges.

  • The new assistant dean/director must be a strategic, visionary leader with the ability to balance the diverse needs of a multi-departmental unit.
  • The new assistant dean/director will need to take the time to establish positive relationships with the entire team and develop a clear understanding of their roles, talents, and contributions to the organization, while also identifying opportunities to create synergy and a shared vision.
  • The new assistant dean/director must use data-informed methods to fully assess the needs, achievement gaps, and overall budget and management of each department. They will need to maximize the use of available scholarship funding and identify additional streams of funding and support.
  • The new assistant dean/director must be a highly proactive and collaborative partner and must build and rebuild relationships with key internal and external stakeholders instrumental in advancing the individual and collective missions of the departments.
  • While the new assistant dean/director must be fully grounded in DEI work, as well as a tireless advocate against discrimination and marginalization, they also must be able to balance individual needs against the institution’s legal responsibility. It will be necessary to steer the appropriate course between advocacy for all underrepresented groups while ensuring the university complies with all appropriate laws and regulations.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

The assistant dean/director will work with the associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students to determine specific measurements of success and related timetables. Key stakeholders offer the general metrics for the position.

  • The assistant dean/director is a visible and engaged leader and colleague throughout campus and has established collaborative working relationships with all key internal and external stakeholders.
  • The assistant dean/director uses data-informed methods to evaluate department resources and maximizes available resources to advance the mission of DEI support and programming in the department and across the institution.
  • The assistant dean/director has assessed the skills and knowledge of the staff and developed a strong sense of teamwork, synergy, and shared purpose.
  • The assistant dean/director leads the effort to establish comprehensive, campus-wide training programs to support DEI education for the ISU campus community.

Qualifications and Characteristics

 A bachelor’s degree and at least seven years of related professional experience are required. A master’s degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will possess experience working directly with students from marginalized/underrepresented backgrounds and identities; experience advising college student and student organizations with an emphasis in culturally and identity-based groups; and an understanding of, and commitment to, the practical application of student development theories/research and equity, diversity, and inclusion work with a focus on underrepresented student recruitment, development, and retention. In addition, experience with supervision of professional staff and student crisis management within a student affairs organization are preferred.

Institution & Location

Overview of the Division of Student Affairs

Integral to the rich and vibrant Iowa State University experience, Student Affairs challenges and empowers students to succeed as productive citizens and leaders in a diverse community. Student Affairs encompasses Campus Life (Department of Residence, ISU Dining and the Memorial Union), the Dean of Students Office (Academic Success Center, Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity, Sorority and Fraternity Engagement, Student Legal Services, Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Accessibility Services, TRIO Student Support Services, Hixson Opportunity Awards, National Student Exchange, Student Assistance, Veterans Center, International Students and Scholars Office, Parent and Family Programs, Student Conduct, and Writing and Media Center), Student Health and Wellness (Recreation Services, Student Wellness, Student Counseling Services and Thielen Student Health Center), and the Central Office (Learning Communities, NCORE-ISCORE Office, TRIO Educational Talent Search, TRIO Upward Bound and University Innovation Alliance).

CORE VALUES

Student Development and Engagement

In recognizing the uniqueness of each student, we support their overall growth and development through leadership and involvement opportunities, rich and meaningful co-curricular activities, and global engagement experiences. We also work to remain accessible and responsive to students, and to minimize barriers that inhibit effective learning.

Connection, Collaboration, and Communication

We strive to share our successes and outcomes with the community, ensuring transparency and inviting discussion about where we can enhance our work. Further, we desire to instill a global mindset in all Cyclones to enhance their cultural awareness and intercultural competence.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We seek to welcome and engage all Cyclones in an effort to create a respectful, responsible community that allows for equitable access to learning and involvement.

Holistic Health, Wellness, and Safety of Students & Staff

Cyclones should feel safe anywhere at Iowa State University. Our programs, services, and interactions are designed to embody this and to identify areas where continued work needs to occur. We function best when everyone aspires to their best physical, emotional, intellectual, financial, environmental, occupational, social, and spiritual wellbeing.

DIVISION PRIORITIES

Safety, Health & Well-Being

We will work to create a safe, healthy, and wellness-focused environment for ISU students and Student Affairs staff so that they may thrive at ISU, in the Ames community, and the world beyond.

Student Success

We will collaborate with Academic Affairs, the ISU Foundation, and other campus partners to achieve measurable progress towards closing the achievement gap for multicultural, first-generation, low-socioeconomic, and student Veterans.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We will promote and enhance the climate on campus and in the surrounding communities so all are welcomed, included, and valued.

Assessment & Research

We will ensure that programs, policies, and practices are informed by assessment and research to better promote student enrollment, development, learning, and overall student success.

Staff Development & Retention

We will create intentional opportunities to support staff and make available the resources, tools, professional development, and the growth opportunities they need to be successful.

https://www.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/mission-priorities

Leadership of the Division of Student Affairs

Dr. Toyia K. Younger – Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Toyia K. Younger assumed the position of senior vice president for student affairs at Iowa State University on August 17, 2020. In this role, she provides strategic leadership to the Division of Student Affairs, which encompasses a broad and diverse portfolio of student-centered departments, offices, and teams organized into three units that include Campus Life, the Dean of Students Office, and Student Health and Wellness. With over 650 professional staff and 800 student employees, the Division of Student Affairs shares one common goal: challenge and empower students to succeed as productive citizens and leaders in a diverse community.

Dr. Younger’s research and areas of expertise focus on higher education opportunity and access including community colleges, transfer students, college readiness and preparation, and underserved student populations. She serves on the Advisory Board for the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students and is an executive committee member of the Council on Student Affairs at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. An expert on a wide range of higher education topics, Dr. Younger has also been invited to serve as a keynote speaker and given numerous presentations at a variety of regional, national, and international conferences focused on student affairs, leadership development, community colleges, and transfer students.

Dr. Younger formerly served as the vice president for leadership development and partnerships at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) from 2016-2020 where she provided oversight for the creation and delivery of programs that advanced the mission and priorities of nearly 400 state colleges and universities across the United States. Dr. Younger also served as the associate vice chancellor for student affairs with the Minnesota State College and University System (Minnesota State) from 2014-2016. In this role, she served as the chief student affairs officer for the system and provided support and advocacy for all student affairs functions on 31 college and university campuses. In addition to her student affairs responsibilities, she also served as the interim chief diversity officer providing overall leadership and direction for developing, implementing, and monitoring programs and processes that promoted and sustained access, diversity, and equity throughout the system. She has also held positions as assistant provost at Towson University in Maryland and director of student affairs for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

A native of Flint, Michigan, Dr. Younger holds a doctorate in Education Policy from the University of Maryland College Park, a Master of Arts in Counseling and Student Development from Trinity University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations from Michigan State University.

https://www.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/meettheVP

 

Organizational Chart for the Division of Student Affairs

Vision, Mission, Values and Goals of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Our Vision

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be a national leader in effectively supporting and empowering multicultural students in their personal, community, and academic development.

Our Mission

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs supports and empowers Iowa State University’s students who self-identify as African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American, Latinx, Native American/Alaskan Native, or Multiracial, and advocates for their holistic development across the University.

Our Values

The foundation of MSA’s work is guided by the core values of Iowa State University:  Land-grant ideals, a diversity of ideas, people, and cultures, intellectual freedom, leadership, and excellence in all we do.

Built on that foundation, our values encompass:

  • Agency and advocacy
  • Community-minded dialogue
  • Culturally responsible coalition building
  • Social justice and intersectional inclusion
  • Student development and reflection
  • Transformative experiential learning

 

Our Goals

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will:

  • Provide support services that facilitate the transition, retention, persistence, and graduation of Iowa State University’s multicultural students.
  • Offer leadership development opportunities for students to build community, contribute to their academic experiences and become change agents.
  • Encourage students to explore their personal and professional development.
  • Promote an inclusive campus environment where Iowa State University multicultural students have a sense of belonging and connection.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with campus partners in order to advocate and support Iowa State University’s multicultural students and utilize those relationships to serve as a resource regarding multicultural student success.
  • Create innovative approaches to promoting multicultural student success that are recognized nationally, regionally, and/or locally.

https://www.multicultural.dso.iastate.edu/about/mission–vision–and-goals

Leadership for the Dean of Students Portfolio

Sharron Evans, Esq. – Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Sharron Evans, Esq., joined Iowa State as an associate vice president & dean of students in May 2020, bringing over 25 years of higher education and student affairs experience to the topic of university governance and policy. Originally from Joliet, Illinois, Evans is an alumna of Illinois State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Sciences, minoring in Psychology and a Masters of Education in Counselor Education. She went on to obtain a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois-Chicago Law School and was admitted to the Illinois Bar as a practicing attorney in 2014. Combining her higher education and legal knowledge, Evans has spearheaded law and regulatory issues while practicing intellectual property and residential real estate law.

Throughout her student affairs tenure, Evans has served in numerous roles, from residence life at Illinois State University to associate director for student organizational advising programs & services, and later, director of new student orientation at Columbia University in the City of New York. In 2005, Evans returned to the Midwest as director of student leadership development then became director of student rights & responsibilities at Northeastern Illinois University. In 2014, Evans advanced to the role of assistant vice president for student development at Roosevelt University. Her roles at Roosevelt included assistant vice president for equity & inclusion, associate vice president for student affairs/dean of students, and vice president for student affairs/dean of students.

Evans’ portfolio includes oversight of 14 departments and two programs, including Student Conduct, Student Legal Services, Student Accessibility Services, Student Support Services (TRIO), the International Students & Scholars Office, and a number of academic support services units, as well as cultural centers.

Evans has extensive experience working in student development, organizational management, diversity and inclusion, assessment, compliance, and crisis intervention and management. Her passion for law and, specifically, higher education law and policy grew out of her understanding of the intersections of both fields and the observed impact on student retention and success. Her passion also extends to work around closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for students from underrepresented populations. Thus, in addition to serving five institutions of higher education, Evans has also served in a consultant role in the realms of compliance, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In alignment with her higher education and legal experience, Sharron Evans has held membership in numerous national and local organizations. She is currently a proud member of NASPA and NACUA. In the past, Evans has maintained membership in ACPA, NADOHE, and ASCA.  She also has held membership in the Chicagoland Title IX Consortium and numerous other Chicago-based organizations.

Organizational Chart for the Dean of Students Portfolio

Institutional Overview

Institutional Background

Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm (now Iowa State University) was officially established on March 22, 1858, by the legislature of the State of Iowa. Story County was selected as a site on June 21, 1859, and the original farm of 648 acres was purchased for a cost of $5,379. The Farm House, the first building on the Iowa State campus, was completed in 1861, and in 1862, the Iowa legislature voted to accept the provision of the Morrill Act, which was awarded to the agricultural college in 1864. Iowa Agricultural College (Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts as of 1898), as a land grant institution, focused on the ideals that higher education should be accessible to all, and that the university should teach liberal and practical subjects. These ideals are integral to the land-grant university.

The first official class entered at Ames in 1869, and the first class (24 men and 2 women) graduated in 1872. Iowa State was and is a leader in agriculture, engineering, extension, home economics, and created the nation’s first state veterinary medicine school in 1879.

In 1959, the college was officially renamed Iowa State University of Science and Technology. The focus on technology has led directly to many research patents and inventions including the first binary computer (the ABC), Maytag blue cheese, the round hay baler, and many more.

Beginning with a small number of students and Old Main, Iowa State University now has over 30,000 students and over 100 buildings with world class programs in agriculture, technology, science, and art.

Iowa State University is a very special place, full of history. But what truly makes it unique is a rare combination of campus beauty, the opportunity to be a part of the land-grant experiment and to create a progressive and inventive spirit, the Cyclone experience.

https://web.iastate.edu/about

https://digital.lib.iastate.edu/online-exhibits/iowa-state-sesquicentennial

About Ames and Central Iowa

Ames

Beneath the small-town charm of Ames, Iowa, beats the heart of a much larger city. A city that has become a player in developing the world’s bio-economic future. A city with top-quality education, from kindergarten to graduate school. A city that regularly draws performers like Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews, Gabriel Iglesias, and Widespread Panic, along with international symphonies and Broadway musicals. A city with hundreds of acres of parks, numerous bike paths, and cultural festivals and celebrations. A city that’s been ranked the second-most-livable small city in the nation.

Iowa is a place where neighborhoods are friendly, and commutes are short. A place where quality public education is not just a dream, but a reality. A place of vibrant cities with shopping and entertainment possibilities. A place of endless outdoor recreational opportunities.

You can learn more about Ames at www.cityofames.org.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ames,_Iowa

 

Des Moines

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in Iowa. It is also the county seat of Polk County. A small part of the city extends into Warren County. It was incorporated on September 22, 1851, as Fort Des Moines, which was shortened to “Des Moines” in 1857. It is located on, and named after, the Des Moines River, which likely was adapted from the early French name, Rivière des Moines, meaning “River of the Monks”. The city’s population was 214,133 as of the 2020 census. The six-county metropolitan area is ranked 83rd in terms of population in the United States with 699,292 residents according to the 2019 estimate by the United States Census Bureau, and is the largest metropolitan area fully located within the state. A portion of the larger Omaha, Nebraska, metropolitan area extends into three counties of southwest Iowa.

Des Moines is a major center of the U.S. insurance industry and has a sizable financial services and publishing business base. The city was credited as the “number one spot for U.S. insurance companies” in a Business Wire article and named the third-largest “insurance capital” of the world. The city is the headquarters for the Principal Financial Group, Ruan Transportation, TMC Transportation, EMC Insurance Companies, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Other major corporations such as Wells Fargo, Cognizant, Voya Financial, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, ACE Limited, Marsh, Monsanto, and Corteva have large operations in or near the metropolitan area. In recent years, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Facebook have built data-processing and logistical facilities in the Des Moines area.

Des Moines is an important city in U.S. presidential politics; as the state’s capital, it is the site of the first caucuses of the presidential primary cycle. Many presidential candidates set up campaign headquarters in Des Moines. A 2007 article in The New York Times said, “If you have any desire to witness presidential candidates in the most close-up and intimate of settings, there is arguably no better place to go than Des Moines.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des_Moines,_Iowa

Mission and Vision

Mission: Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

Iowa State’s focus has always been its students. The university emphasizes learning by doing. ISU students take advantage of many opportunities to engage in real-world class experiences and cutting-edge research, to study in other countries, and to test their leadership skills in 800-plus campus organizations. They are tomorrow’s leaders and problem solvers and they are ready to get started. In addition to educating students, Iowa State faculty and staff are conducting basic and applied research to improve lives and sustain the planet. They are boosting crop production, protecting natural resources, perfecting biobased fuels, refining wind turbines, designing human and animal vaccines, improving firefighting gear, fighting Parkinson’s disease, fostering economic growth and development, strengthening forensic science techniques, assessing the effects of media violence, devising defenses against cyber-attacks, enhancing the quality of life through the arts and humanities, and educating the leaders of tomorrow. As a member of the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Iowa State is dedicated to conducting research and scholarship with local, national, and international impact.

As the land-grant institution in the very first state to adopt the Morrill Act, Iowa State University wholeheartedly supports the mission of sharing knowledge beyond the campus borders. It is no surprise that Iowa State pioneered the first statewide Extension Service in 1906. The extension experiment – universities actively transferring their research and expertise to every corner of every state – was immensely successful across America and remains so today. More than a million Iowans annually benefit directly from ISU Extension and Outreach programs.

As the world has gotten smaller, the scope of Iowa State’s mission has increased. ISU faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to improving lives around the nation and the world. The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence is helping to improve forensic evidence to create a more objective criminal justice system. The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods helps support a longstanding program to help Ugandans improve farming, launch home businesses, keep children in school, and build food security. Through these activities and many others, Iowa State presses forward, on a mission to help make the world safe and sustainable for generations to come.

Vision: Iowa State University will lead the world in advancing the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology, and human creativity to work. 

Iowa State University of Science and Technology lives up to its name in many ways. Half of its undergraduates major in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The campus is a hub of creative and entrepreneurial activity. ISU and the city of Ames are home to a national laboratory; five federal research labs; world-class programs in genomic-based agricultural breeding, health, and biotechnology; renowned institutes in virtual reality, plant sciences and the bioeconomy; and the only university in Iowa with ROTC programs for all military services. The Iowa State University Research Park, which helps move discoveries to market, has launched numerous start-up companies, including some that are recognized worldwide for ingenuity and major contributions.

Iowa State University has the talent and the facilities to lead the urgent, global quest for solutions. Providing these solutions and preparing the next generation of leaders and problem solvers requires efforts from across campus. It is the combination of all of the academic colleges, units, and departments that create the community of scholars necessary for this work. This university is and always has been a community of practical, hardworking problem-solvers. Major investments in new research and educational facilities and an outstanding tradition of cross-disciplinary research bring all of ISU’s colleges and departments together with global partners. Iowa State is dedicated to the belief that with hard work and innovation, future generations will have ample food and fuel, good health, and a safe, bountiful planet.

https://www.president.iastate.edu/projects/mission

The Iowa State University Strategic Plan 2017–2022

Leadership

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen – President

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen became the 16th president of Iowa State University on November 20, 2017, after a nationwide search, followed by a unanimous vote of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The first woman to hold the university’s highest office, Dr. Wintersteen has served Iowa State for more than 40 years in several capacities.

As president, Dr. Wintersteen is advancing Iowa State University for the 21st century with priorities focused on enhancing student success, recruiting and retaining excellent faculty and staff, strengthening research excellence, establishing a vibrant innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports new businesses and economic growth, cultivating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment, and growing state and private support for the university, its faculty, staff, and students.

With the launch of Iowa State’s new brand campaign, Innovate at Iowa State, Dr. Wintersteen is establishing her vision of a university where innovation and entrepreneurship are part of every college and opportunities abound for students and faculty to move their entrepreneurial ideas forward.

Central to this vision is the new 144,000 square foot Student Innovation Center, which serves as the meeting hub (and laboratory and engineering space) for students, classes, and clubs excited by the possibilities of creating marketable solutions, holding pitch-off competitions, and envisioning new businesses.

Under her leadership, ISU is becoming nationally recognized for innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. The prestigious Princeton Review ranked Iowa State #11 in the country for entrepreneurial studies out of 300 public and private universities. Iowa State also received the 2021 Model Program Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, noting “Iowa State’s program was expansive in its scale and boldly embraced the challenges of engendering innovation and entrepreneurship across its campus.”

ISU boasts a 95 percent placement rate for its graduates, and unprecedented support from private donors for student scholarships, faculty positions, programs, and new facilities. Iowa State consistently ranks in the Top 100 universities worldwide (currently #65) for number of U.S. patents as ISU faculty and staff excel at transferring their research, technology, and innovation to the marketplace to address complex scientific and global challenges, improve quality of life, and create economic opportunities to make Iowa more competitive. ISU Extension and Outreach programs operate in all 99 counties to directly benefit more than 1 million Iowans each year.

Prior to becoming president, Dr. Wintersteen served for 11 years as the inaugural endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. During her tenure, Iowa State’s agricultural programs ranked in the top 10 worldwide, CALS enrollment rapidly increased to become the third largest college of agriculture in the nation, research grants increased markedly, awards for teaching excellence grew, and the college achieved a 98 percent placement rate for its graduates.

Dr. Wintersteen began her career working in eastern and central Iowa as one of the first female ISU Extension associates in integrated pest management. She then completed her doctorate in entomology at Iowa State and rose through the ranks to become a professor of entomology (with a brief stint at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.), followed by successful senior administrative roles in extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Dr. Wintersteen was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame in 2021. She is the recipient of the 2020 Food Systems Leadership Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities for her extraordinary impact on the food system through leadership and service. Dr. Wintersteen received the 2020 National Ruby Award, the most prestigious recognition given by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national honor society for extension professionals. In 2018, she was named a Woman of Influence from the Des Moines Business Record.

Dr. Wintersteen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in crop production from Kansas State University and PhD in entomology from Iowa State University.

https://www.president.iastate.edu/about/bio

Organizational Chart for the Campus

Academic Programs and Faculty

The University is organized into 10 colleges and schools offering 100 majors.

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Ivy College of Business
  • College of Design
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate College
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
  • School of Education

 

https://web.iastate.edu/academics/depts

The Student Body

Iowa State Fall 2021 at a glance

Total Enrollment: 30,708

Undergraduate Total: 25,808 students

Graduate Students: 4,264 students

Professional Students: 636 students

Interesting Statistics 2021

New student enrollment is up, with 6,741 new students enrolling for Fall 2021. This includes 5,387 freshmen, an increase of 316 compared to Fall 2020.

The freshman class is the most diverse class in Iowa State’s history, with a record 980 U.S. multicultural freshmen enrolling, representing 18.2 percent of the new freshman class.

The academic profile of the freshman class is among ISU’s best—average high school GPA is 3.70, the second highest.

Students come from every county in Iowa, every state in the country, and from 112 countries.

59 percent of all enrolled students are in a STEM major at Iowa State University of Science and Technology.

This fall, 17,232 Iowans are attending Iowa State (56.1 percent of the student body).

A total of 2,532 international students enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2021, comprising 8.2 percent of the total enrollment.

Of the total number of students enrolled in fall 2021, 13,761 (45 percent) were women and 16,947 (55 percent) were men.

Of undergraduate students, 44 percent were women, while 82 percent of professional students were women and 44 percent of graduate students were women.

https://www.registrar.iastate.edu/resources/enrollment-statistics

Benefits Overview

As an employee of Iowa State University, you have the following benefits, among others, available to you.

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision discount plan
  • Dependent insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health care flexible spending account and dependent care assistance program
  • Sick leave
  • Vacation and holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vendor discounts

https://www.hr.iastate.edu/benefits/addlbenefits

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Lynette Lindsey at lml@spelmanjohnson.com or Mark Hall at mah@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

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 Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against. This position serves at the pleasure of university administration and is exempt from certain P&S policies.