Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of associate dean of inclusive excellence and academic innovation.

The Position


The associate dean of inclusive excellence and academic innovation (associate dean) is an essential role within the college’s leadership team. The associate dean’s portfolio will focus on advancing inclusive excellence across all key functional areas of the college, with particular attention to the core area of teaching and learning. This position will play a key role in implementing the LBC 2032 Strategic Plan, especially in the areas of Strengthening Community and Advancing Inclusive, Interdisciplinary, and Experiential Teaching, Advising & Learning, in alignment with the MSU Strategic Plan and DEI Report and Plan. The associate dean will provide intellectual and strategic leadership to promote inclusive excellence and exceptional teaching and learning experiences. The person appointed to this position will build positive relationships within the vibrant LBC community of faculty, students, staff, advisors, and alumni, as well as with those advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at MSU, notably the Council of Diversity Deans, Faculty Excellence Advocates, the Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and the LBC Inclusion Committee. The associate dean will supervise ten employees, including three direct reports.

The associate dean reports to the dean of Lyman Briggs College. Associate deans at MSU are considered faculty members. However, this position is a full-time, annual year (12-month), and 100% administrative role. The successful candidate will begin January 2024 (exact start date negotiable), the first (renewable) appointment will be effective for five years, and the position will be supported by the executive assistant to the associate deans.


Lyman Briggs College seeks an innovative and talented academic leader to serve as associate dean of inclusive excellence and academic innovation. This individual will demonstrate cultural humility, be comfortable with the many dimensions of identity, and be adept at fostering dialogue with multiple constituencies and achieving results through influence and collaboration.

Candidates must have an advanced degree and five years of relevant experience. The search committee is particularly interested in competitive candidates who have a broad set of skills and experience deemed important for success as the associate dean. Preferred qualifications include:

  • A PhD or other terminal degree, preferably in one of the disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary areas of the college.
  • Three years of administrative or leadership experience in higher education.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the challenges faced by members of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups and the visible and invisible institutional structures needed to increase DEIB in educational settings.
  • Evidence of developing, implementing, and/or assessing initiatives that advance DEIB and address barriers.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching through the use of innovative and evidence-based approaches in their classrooms.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including effective communication, collaboration, and problem-solving with a wide range of individuals, groups, and institutions to achieve results and effect change.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance strategic thinking and effective administration.


Dr. Georgia Montgomery is an associate professor at Lyman Briggs College who is completing her concurrent appointment as associate dean for teaching and learning. As she prepares to conclude her service as associate dean, the college has redefined and expanded the role to focus on advancing inclusive excellence across all key functional areas of the college, with particular attention to the core area of teaching and learning. This is a full-time, on-site, in-person administrative position, though all associate deans at MSU are considered faculty members.

Lyman Briggs College has retained Spelman Johnson, a national executive search firm, to assist in recruiting the next associate dean who will hold the title of associate dean of inclusive excellence and academic innovation. The successful candidate will be expected to take office in January 2024, or as negotiated with the dean of the college.


Across all three areas of their portfolio, the associate dean of inclusive excellence and academic innovation will:

  • Center diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Apply an intersectional and broad view of diversity.
  • Advance faculty, student, staff, and advisor success.
  • Manage the portfolio’s budget and staff.
  • Align efforts and outcomes with the LBC 2032 Strategic Plan.
  • Balance time and energy between strategic and administrative efforts at the college and university.
  • Think and act strategically and collaboratively to advance DEIB throughout all functions of the college and ensure the overall success of LBC.

Area 1: Advancing Inclusive Excellence & Strengthening Community

  • Help create and sustain an accessible and inclusive LBC community that values cultural and academic diversity.
  • Help identify and address root causes of inequities, including policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differential treatments and outcomes.
  • Support the acquisition of a common foundation of equity-consciousness and a shared language and analysis of systemic inequities with the purpose of eliminating structural inequity.
  • Identify and challenge barriers within the disciplinary groups, college, and university in the recruitment, advancement, and retention of a diverse faculty and staff and collaborate to equitably administer the processes of:
    • faculty, advisor, and staff annual review;
    • faculty and advisor reappointment, tenure, and promotion;
    • searches and orientation/onboarding;
    • faculty, staff, and advisor “stay” and “exit” interviews.
  • Be a visible and accessible leader for underrepresented and marginalized community members.
  • Lead, coordinate, and assess 2032 LBC Strategic Plan initiatives to increase DEIB, especially those related to Strengthening Community.
  • Collaborate with the LBC Committee for Inclusivity to develop, implement, and assess programming (e.g., workshops, colloquia, communications, and recognition days) that aims to advance DEIB.
  • Lead college and collaborative efforts to apply for university and external funding to support future DEIB-related initiatives.
  • Collaborate on the development of systems of accountability for reaching DEIB goals and objectives in the 2032 LBC Strategic Plan.
  • Collaborate with college communicators and the engagement team to create communication materials for internal and external audiences related to DEIB initiatives and outcomes.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the Holmes Hall residential life staff and the LBC student success and advising team to create policies, programs, and practices that promote DEIB in the recruitment, retention, and successful completion of systemically marginalized student populations.

Area 2: Advancing Academic Innovation

  • Support, communicate, and amplify LBC teaching (faculty-focused) and learning (student-focused).
  • Lead, coordinate, and assess 2032 LBC Strategic Plan initiatives related to teaching and learning.
  • Supervise and collaborate with the assistant dean of student success and advising (ADSSA) to:
    • manage and administer LBC course scheduling and planning (academic year, summer sessions, and Education Abroad & Away (EAA);
    • understand and improve current LBC student experiences, challenges, and successes;
    • ensure LBC is in compliance with accreditation bodies;
    • ensure LBC follows best practices regarding instruction and curriculum;
    • develop and support programs that improve student LBC persistence and graduation;
    • decrease opportunity gaps among groups of students with different identities;
    • plan and implement activities or initiatives relating to student affairs.
  • Supervise and collaborate with the associate director of SSA and the coordinator of the learning assistance program to ensure success of the college’s EAA programs and the peer learning programs
  • Collaborate with faculty to identify, pilot, implement, and assess initiatives that support the instructional success of faculty members and advance LBC’s distinction and excellence in undergraduate education, including curriculum and pedagogical innovation and assessment.
  • Develop and administer programs and initiatives that support instruction-focused faculty professional development.
  • Manage the hiring of fixed-term instructors to fill short-term instructional needs, sabbatical planning, course buyouts, and leaves of absence.
  • Oversee the management of instructional spaces, including renovation planning and requests and the annual teaching and learning environment (TLE) process.

Area 3: Collaborative Leadership

  • Engage nationally with scholarship and societies advancing DEIB and academic innovation in higher education.
  • Collaborate with the LBC leadership team and administrators from other units (e.g., president, provost, vice presidents, deans, associate/assistant deans, and department chairs) to promote LBC’s commitments to academic innovation and inclusive excellence.
  • Develop partnerships and liaise with other DEI-focused leaders and with DEI-focused groups across campus (e.g., Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Gender and Sexuality Campus Center).
  • Develop partnerships and liaise with other teaching and learning-focused leaders and groups across campus (e.g., Create for STEM, Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation).
  • Represent LBC on MSU committees that intersect with their portfolio (e.g., MSU Council of Diversity Deans, Council for Undergraduate Education Deans).
  • Support and participate in LBC events with faculty, students, families, alumni, donors, and friends (e.g., commencement, recruitment and welcome events, development events), some of which are outside of normal business hours.
  • Represent LBC at university events, as needed.


The associate dean for inclusive excellence and academic innovation will work directly with Dean Kendra Spence Cheruvelil to identify specific quantitative and qualitative measures of success and their timetables soon after joining Lyman Briggs College.

In the short term, the associate dean’s success will be measured by the degree to which they have learned the workings of the college and MSU, become an integral member of the college’s leadership team, built relationships with key constituents, and become broadly recognized as the principal catalyst for inclusive excellence and academic innovation at the college. In the longer term, success will be measured by progress towards transparent and data-driven goals established for the three areas of the associate dean’s portfolio and by widespread recognition that DEIB and teaching and learning efforts and outcomes are prioritized at all levels of the college.

Institution & Location


Lyman Briggs College was founded in 1967 and focuses on the study of the sciences in their societal and global contexts. It is one of three residential, degree-granting colleges at Michigan State University that are focused on undergraduate teaching and learning and provide living-learning communities for their students. By majors, LBC is the 8th largest college on campus, with approximately 2,000 students and approximately 65 faculty and professional staff members including a student success and advising team with academic and career advising professionals.

LBC strives to provide its students with inclusive and interdisciplinary learning environments and opportunities. LBC is also A Home for Interdisciplinarity with a wide range of scholarly areas of interest and a curriculum that integrates the natural and physical sciences and mathematics with the human, social, and cultural dimensions of those disciplines. LBC faculty members work closely with students in small classes (<100) using evidence-based and innovative pedagogies.

Mission and Vision

LBC 2032 Strategic Plan

LBC Inclusion Statement

Statistics about the LBC student body

  • 2,000 undergraduate students
  • 32% are members of the MSU Honors College
  • 66% self-identify as women
  • 31% self-identify as a member of a (or multiple) marginalized racial or ethnic group
  • Students pursue one (or more) of 39 majors and four minors in areas, such as:
    • Biological sciences
    • Environmental sciences
    • Mathematical and computational sciences
    • Physical sciences
    • Social sciences
    • Teaching

Statistics about the LBC faculty and staff

  • 65 faculty and staff members
  • 59% self-identify as women
  • 18% self-identify as a member of a (or multiple) marginalized racial or ethnic group
  • Faculty expertise in areas such as:
    • Biological sciences
    • Discipline-based education research
    • Environmental sciences
    • Gender and sexuality in health and medicine
    • History of science
    • Mathematical and computational sciences
    • Philosophy of science
    • Physical sciences
    • Science communication studies
    • Sociology of science


Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Dean

In February 2022, Kendra Spence Cheruvelil PhD, was named dean of Lyman Briggs College, where she is energized by the college’s commitment to supporting students in their professional growth as scientists in a small, liberal arts college environment. LBC and Cheruvelil center diversity and inclusion in the sciences and engage with the sciences in their contemporary and historical, social, and global contexts, empowering students to be leaders. LBC has strong partnerships throughout the university, engaged alumni supporting students and programs, and innovative and award-winning teaching.

Cheruvelil’s disciplinary expertise is as a freshwater ecologist. She works collaboratively to better understand what drives variation among large populations of lakes across space and through time. At the undergraduate level, she teaches introductory organismal biology (ecology, evolution, diversity of life). Cheruvelil is dedicated to scholarly teaching and conducts research on teaching and learning mainly related to promoting effective student teamwork and ways to increase diversity in STEM.



Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 168 years. A top global university, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery to make a better world while providing students with life-changing opportunities. MSU ranks in the top ten public universities for education abroad by U.S. News & World Report. Spartans work together as part of a vibrant global campus community, creating partnerships around the world and making a lasting impact from East Lansing to East Africa.

MSU’s top-ranked programs, high-quality opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative community enable more than 50,000 students to create personalized paths that prepare them to succeed and lead. MSU applies its vast knowledge and resources to create solutions in partnership with communities across the state and helps make Michigan a place of opportunity, economic growth, and innovation.

The MSU community includes more than 6,000 faculty and academic and support staff. The MSU alumni network is over 500,000 strong. Furthermore, MSU ranked in the top 50 research universities in Washington Monthly 2022 rankings with over $700 million in research expenditures in 2021, over 3,000 faculty inventions, and more than 100 institutes and centers across campus. Learn more about MSU: https://msu.edu/about/facts


Michigan State University, a member of the Association of American Universities and one of the top 100 research universities in the world, was founded in 1855. MSU is an inclusive academic community known for its traditionally strong academic disciplines and professional programs and its liberal arts foundation. The university’s cross- and interdisciplinary enterprises connect the sciences, humanities, and professions in practical, sustainable, and innovative ways to address society’s rapidly changing needs.

As a public, research-intensive, land-grant university funded in part by the state of Michigan, MSU’s mission is to advance knowledge and transform lives by:

  • Providing outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to promising, qualified students in order to prepare them to contribute fully to society as globally engaged citizen leaders
  • Conducting research of the highest caliber that seeks to answer questions and create solutions in order to expand human understanding and make a positive difference, both locally and globally
  • Advancing outreach, engagement, and economic development activities that are innovative, research-driven, and lead to a better quality of life for individuals and communities, at home and around the world

Land Acknowledgment

MSU collectively acknowledges that Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples (https://aiis.msu.edu/land/).

University Leadership

Teresa K. Woodruff, Interim President

Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, was selected by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees as MSU’s interim president effective November 4, 2022. Woodruff previously served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at MSU. As chief academic adviser, Woodruff provided leadership for matters related to academic programs, research, and outreach involving faculty, students, and academic staff. She oversaw the quality instruction, scholarship, and leadership development at the university through collaborative work with deans, faculty, and student leaders.

Prior to joining MSU in August of 2020, Woodruff served as the dean and associate provost for graduate education in The Graduate School at Northwestern University and held the Watkins Professorship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition to her role as interim president, Woodruff is an MSU Foundation Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology and the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Woodruff is an internationally recognized biologist specializing in reproductive science. In 2006, she coined the term “oncofertility” to describe the merging of two fields: oncology and fertility preservation.  Working at the national level, Woodruff championed the new National Institutes of Health policy mandating the inclusion of females in fundamental research.

As a leading research scientist, teacher, and mentor, Woodruff was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring by President Barack Obama in an Oval Office ceremony in 2011. Most recently, Woodruff received the Endocrine Society’s 2021 Auerbach Laureate Award, a top honor that recognizes the highest achievements in the field of endocrinology, and is in the inaugural class of distinguished fellows of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (2021). Woodruff holds 17 U.S. patents, is the past president of the Endocrine Society, and was the editor-in-chief of the journal Endocrinology. She has published more than 400 papers and edited or authored six books.

Woodruff is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2020), the National Academy of Medicine (2018), the National Academy of Inventors (2018), the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineers (2017), the Guggenheim Foundation (2017), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2006). Additionally, Woodruff holds the 2022 Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award, awarded by the American Council on Education Michigan Women’s Network.

She holds honorary degrees from Bates College and the University of Birmingham School of Medicine and has delivered commencement addresses at numerous institutions. Woodruff is civically active and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and is a former Board of Trustees member for The Adler Planetarium and the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School.


Thomas D. Jeitschko, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Thomas D. Jeitschko [pronounced Y-EYE-TCH-coh; ‘jai is a professor of economics who serves as the interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Michigan State University. He transitioned into this role from serving as the senior associate provost, overseeing the budgeting process of the Office of the Provost, provost’s office communications and events, Institutional Research, and Institutional Space Planning and Management, as well as the Apple Developer Academy with MSU in Detroit and the Student Information System transition project. Before that he was MSU’s associate provost for graduate and postdoctoral studies and dean of the graduate school, after serving for several years as the director of the American Economic Association Summer Program—a two-month, intensive pre-doctoral residential program that prepares talented undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds for graduate work in economics and related fields.

Jeitschko holds an advanced degree in economics from the University of Münster in Germany with a specialization in Economic History and a PhD from the University of Virginia with a specialization in Mathematical Economics. His research interests are in applied economic theory with concentrations in industrial organization, law and economics, and micro-economics more broadly. He has published in a wide variety of journals, including the American Economic Review, the International Economic Review, the European Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, Economic Theory, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and the Journal of Industrial Economics. He served as an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the International Journal of Industrial Organization, and as an editorial board member of the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, in addition to holding several other editorial appointments.

Prior to his current appointment at MSU, Jeitschko held faculty positions at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and Texas A&M, as well as shorter appointments at Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown universities, and at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Jeitschko has also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as an economist in the Antitrust Division where he was the lead economist on many investigations of mergers and potentially anti-competitive firm conduct. He has advised and consulted for States Attorneys General Offices throughout the U.S. concerning antitrust and consumer protection matters and has been retained by the U.S. Department of Justice as an expert.


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Application & Nomination

Michigan State university has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, application materials should be received by September 25, 2023. 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.

Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim Norfleet, practice leader and senior consultant, at jmn@spelmanjohnson.com.

Visit the Michigan State University website at https://msu.edu/ and the Lyman Briggs College website at https://lbc.msu.edu/.

Michigan State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Lyman Briggs College actively encourages applications from—and welcomes nominations of—applicants within the LGBTQIA+ community, applicants of color, veterans, applicants with disabilities, and applicants from other historically underrepresented groups.