The Opportunity

Iowa State University is one of the most student-centered public research universities in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As an internationally respected university ranked in the top tier of public universities by U.S. News and World Report and an invited member of the Association of American Universities, Iowa State offers a student adventure rich in social and academic diversity. More than 33,300 students choose from 100 majors and hone their leadership skills in more than 900 clubs and student organizations. Iowa State’s land-grant research initiatives, from its 100 centers and institutes, help solve society’s greatest challenges and offer students opportunities to learn from and work alongside world-class scholars and researchers.

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 and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

The Position

Role of the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

Reporting to the senior vice president for student affairs, the associate vice president and dean of students (“AVPDS”) provides leadership within the division of student affairs in advancing the mission and goals of the division, coordinating efforts within the units and with other University operations through development of strong communication and working relationships, contribution to executive decision making, and implementation of plans. The AVPDS is responsible for supporting student-centered learning through personal, community and academic development programs.

This position will create opportunities for students to be academically successful and challenge students to be independent, responsible learners; provide leadership for student-life functions that promote civility, celebrate diversity and promote an inclusive campus climate; and implement programs and services that empower students as leaders and promote a sense of belonging for every student at Iowa State. Further, the AVPDS identifies and communicates student opinions to the faculty and administration and, at the same time, communicates and explains the reasons underlying University policies and regulations to students.

The AVPDS provides leadership for:

  • Academic Success Center
  • Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success
  • Hixson Opportunity Awards
  • International Students and Scholars Office
  • Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity
  • Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
  • National Student Exchange
  • Parent and Family Programs
  • Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement
  • Student Accessibility Services
  • Office of Student Assistance
  • Office of Student Conduct
  • Student Legal Services
  • Student Support services
  • TRIO Student Support Services Program
  • Veterans Center
  • Writing and Media Center

The AVPDS is responsible for an overall budget of over $7 million and supervision of 61 professional staff, 12 merit staff and 41 graduate assistants.

Selected responsibilities include:

Division of Student Affairs Leadership 

  • Serves on the student affairs senior leadership team and the student affairs cabinet, as one of the top-level advisers to the senior vice president for student affairs (“SVPSA”), and a key leader for the division. Promotes collaboration among division offices to create efficiencies and provide better programming and outreach.
  • At times may represent the SVPSA on formal and/or ad hoc internal and external committees addressing a variety of topics including, but not limited to, student conduct, student safety, diversity and inclusion, Title IX, academic and student success planning, fiscal management and capital planning, etc. May represent the SVPSA in his absence.
  • Assists with public relations and fundraising activities. Interacts with donors on behalf of SVPSA and attends events, and solicits donations or support as appropriate.
  • Serves as division leader for student life matters. Researches, develops, recommends, administers, and evaluates policies, procedures and data support systems for effectiveness and compliance with federal and state regulations. Works closely to ensure that division departments are involved in and aware of opportunities to promote and enhance student engagement and student development.
  • Participates on institutional boards and committees to develop and interpret University policies and procedures.
  • Assists with faculty, student and staff relations by resolving requests or problems referred to the Division of Student Affairs related to the areas that report to the AVPDS.

Dean of Students Department Leadership

  • Oversees strategic planning and long-range goals to ensure alignment with the Board of Regents, University, and Division of Student Affairs strategic plans. Develop and evaluate institutional policies pertaining to student life issues and needs.
  • Lead the various units within the AVPDS area in representing the University in resolving conflicts and seeking solutions to problems encountered by students in their activities and organizations. Provides leadership and oversees:
    • unit programs and services which advocate and facilitate for students who have grievances with the University;
    • functions of the department as the point of contact for students on sexual misconduct issues;
    • University responses to student discipline issues;
    • Emergency Dean processes and Student Assistance Services in representing the University in student emergencies involving student death or injury;
    • department marketing and communications efforts, including social media; and
    • department assessment efforts.
  • Serves as a mediator for interpersonal and group conflicts involving students and other members of the University community and Ames community. Works with campus units to provide support for threat assessment efforts, such as Student Assistance Follow-up and Evaluation Team (SAFET) and Faculty and Staff Safety Team (FASST), and serves as lead member of the University’s Critical Incident Readiness Team (CIRT) and Sexual Misconduct Leadership Committee.
  • Administers, interprets and evaluates all aspects of the Student Conduct Regulations and Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Administration & Operation

  • Provides leadership on policies and procedures associated with finances and human resources for the departments and programs reporting to the AVPDS, including developing budget scenarios and creating systems for effective implementation and monitoring.
  • Assumes accountability for the administrative leadership and management of the departments this position oversees, including the stewardship of people, finances and other resources. Holds other leaders/directors accountable for high performance and highly-engaged culture by articulating expectations, monitoring performance and providing feedback consistently across departments and areas for which staff are responsible.
  • Identifies methods to increase revenues and reduce costs.

Collaboration, Partnership & Committees

  • Using partnerships with campus colleagues, creates a culture of collaboration to ensure academic success and achievement for every student, including but not limited to matters related to student life issues, student athlete support, and in administering institutional policies governing conduct of student organizations and activities.
  • Creates and champions initiatives that foster respectful communication, learning, and a spirit of cooperation and promotes a collaborative climate that recognizes, celebrates and rewards diversity.
  • Interacts frequently with other University leadership, including the provost, senior vice president for operations and finance, vice president for diversity & inclusion, senior vice president for university services, chief of ISU police, university legal counsel, athletics director and the athletics staff, city of Ames chief of police, academic deans, and other faculty and staff across campus.
  • Gathers multiple inputs and integrates diverse plans as requests based on division priorities.
  • Leads and/or represents the division on committees including, but not limited to the Critical Incident Readiness Team, etc.
  • Advises Iowa State’s Student Government.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with the School of Education to develop strategies to enhance the experience of graduate assistants; works on student development strategies; and may teach courses by invitation from the School of Education.
  • Collaborates with the director of assessment and research and the Student Affairs Assessment and Research committees on program reviews for areas reporting to AVPDS.
  • Works with the associate vice president for enrollment management and associate provost for academic programs in ensuring delivery of strong, effective academic support services and working collaboratively with academic affairs on programs provided by the Academic Success Center, Hixson Opportunity Awards, Student Accessibility Services, and the Writing and Media Center.
  • Collaboration with the student affairs development officer and ISU Foundation staff on fundraising for scholarships and student success initiatives.

History of the Position

Dr. Vernon Hurte served as associate vice president and dean of students from 2017–2020. Dr. Hurte resigned to accept the position of vice president of student affairs at Towson University.

Dr. Martino Harmon, senior vice president for student affairs, will serve as interim associate vice president and dean of students until a replacement is hired.

In addition to the current AVPSD vacancy, there is a current opening for the associate dean of students. Dr. Keith Robinder served as the associate dean of students at ISU until July 2019 when he accepted the campus vice president for student affairs at Saint Louis Community College –Meramec campus.  The search for his replacement has been postponed until the new AVPSD is hired.

Organizational Chart for the Division of Student Affairs

ISU SA Org Chart
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Opportunities and Challenges of the Position

The Iowa State University stakeholders spoke consistently of identifying an individual who could be collaborative and provide strength in relationship building for the division; be a leader in managing crisis and student issues for the campus; be innovative in assessing processes and services for students; provide management for evolving human resources processes; uphold a culture of support for students and the staff that serve them; provide coaching and professional development for staff; and work to gain a broad understanding of the total student experience at ISU.

Additional challenges and opportunities for the associate vice president and dean of students as articulated by stakeholders are:

  • The AVPDS will need to provide leadership with a strong cultural competence background that can drive the diversity, equality and inclusion goals for the division and campus through a strong social justice lens.
  • Effective management of student behavioral issues and crisis intervention will be a key consideration for the new AVPDS.
  • Managing the effects of declining international student enrollment.
  • The ability to both identify alternative funding sources for the units as well as create efficiencies throughout the budget.
  • The AVPDS frequently serves as the conduit between students and senior administration, providing an important opportunity to build respect and trust around critical student issues.
  • The portfolio of responsibilities reporting to this position is large and varied and the new AVPDS will need to be a generalist in terms of possessing a broad knowledge of student affairs as well as possessing the ability to manage, develop, and lead staff.
  • The dean of students’ office is busy and fast-paced, serving as a repository for a vast array of student issues.
  • Iowa State is a large, comprehensive, complex, decentralized university, such that collaborations and relationships are essential to moving agendas forward.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining Iowa State, the following items will initially define success for the new associate vice president and dean of students:

  • The AVPDS will have strong relationships with the senior vice president for student affairs and other members of the division’s cabinet.
  • The AVPDS will be well-known and well-regarded by students, having earned respect and credibility.
  • The AVPDS will have established strong relationships across campus, including academic deans, faculty members, university police, athletics, legal counsel, and university relations.
  • The departments reporting to the AVPDS will feel connected to and engaged in each other’s work, as well as the larger work of the division and the University.
  • The AVPDS will have operationalized and institutionalized policies and procedures that strengthen the mission, practice, and outcomes of all areas of responsibility.
  • The AVPDS will have managed budget and enrollment fluctuations with effective solutions that support the integrity of services and programs for students.
  • The AVPDS will have a high profile at Iowa State and must engage in dialogue and public relations with a broad group of constituents, to build awareness of the issues facing students and the role of the student conduct processes in enhancing the student experience and overall reputation of the University.


Qualifications and Characteristics

The successful candidate must possess a doctorate or equivalent professional degree in higher education or a closely related field and five years of related progressive experience in higher education with leadership responsibilities in student programs. The ideal candidate will possess experience collaborating with faculty and staff to provide educational programs and services that improve student success and retention; experience leading teams, operating in cross-functional settings, and managing crises; experience which demonstrates a strong background in the research and assessment necessary to supervise research on student needs and issues; and experience which demonstrates knowledge of current trends in higher education. In addition, candidates must possess an ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities and coordinate complex administrative operations; strong writing skills are needed for preparing and interpreting policy statements; a demonstrated commitment to the ideals and principles of multiculturalism, social justice, and diversity; strong human relations skills; and effective management, motivation, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills.

Additionally, the following characteristics and attributes were identified by various stakeholders when considering the associate vice president and dean of students position:

  • A passion for working with, and advocating for, students while developing a broad understanding of the total student experience at ISU.
  • Demonstrated record of leadership in managing crisis and student issues with the ability to remain calm, constructive, and sensitive to multiple constituents in response to crisis situations, while guiding others during these critical times.
  • An innovative administrator and manager who can assess processes and services while developing creative solutions within a complex organizational frame work.
  • An exemplary history of leadership in student affairs where responsibility for student development, the creation of a positive learning environment, and the engagement of students in the life of the campus community are a central focus.
  • A collegial, inclusive, and approachable style that invites collaboration, transparency, and mutual support.
  • A consummate team player and collaborator, able to build strong working partnerships across the University and with external constituencies.
  • Leadership that upholds a culture of support for staff through deliberate coaching and professional development opportunities.
  • Ideally, possessing experience with diverse student enrollments and an appreciation for the distinctive experience of a public land-grant university.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change and, along with other key stakeholders, shape the strength and character of the dean of students’ office.
  • Ability to maintain a highly engaged, trustworthy, accessible relationship with students and a visible profile throughout the campus community.
  • Extensive diplomacy, high-level tact, and persuasion in the discussion of key issues that have substantial impact on the University.
  • Strong human relations skills and the ability to make decisions in the midst of complexity and utilizing diverse perspectives.
  • Demonstrated collaboration with faculty in improving educational programs and services that improve student success.
  • Effective public relations skills and ability to communicate effectively with students and family members in crisis and under duress.
  • An understanding of, and ability to, articulate the role that student conduct plays within the mission of the institution.
  • Familiarity with classroom teaching and academic policies in order to liaison with academic officials and departments.
  • The ability to build external relationships and work with the local community.
  • Experience managing large, complex budgets and comfort with technological innovation.


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Institution & Location


An Overview

Led by Dr. Martino Harmon, the Division of Student Affairs encompasses a broad and diverse portfolio of units, offices, and teams on campus that is unique to Iowa State University.

The units work collaboratively with each other and campus colleagues with an unwavering focus on serving ISU students. As student affairs professionals, it is the responsibility of staff to understand both the long-standing and developing issues and trends in student life and to present and interpret these issues with partners in other areas of the university and community.

The division of student affairs brings students into the institution and helps them succeed academically and personally. From entry to exit, students are touched by the services and programs offered throughout the division.

Working with a team of associate and assistant vice presidents allows the divisional staff to respond to issues quickly and to plan and improve communications and programming throughout the division. As with the national landscape, campus climate issues and the political landscape has impacted much of student affairs and enrollment. Part of the response to the ongoing uncertainty and tension has been to make a commitment across the division to focus on the ISU Principles of Community. Throughout the division, efforts have been made to ensure these principles guided the division’s actions, beliefs, and have modeled how staff want themselves and their communities to act. In addition to the Principles of Community, across the division, the division’s core values continue to be part of all services, programs, and student interactions.

The Iowa State University Principles of Community

Student Development and Engagement
In recognizing the uniqueness of each student, overall growth and development is supported through leadership and involvement opportunities, rich and meaningful co-curricular activities, and global engagement experiences. Student Affairs also works to remain accessible and responsive to students and to minimize barriers that inhibit effective learning.

Connection, Collaboration, and Communication
Student Affairs strives to share its successes and outcomes with the community, ensuring transparency and inviting discussion about where the work can be enhanced. Further, there is a desire to instill a global mindset in all Cyclones to enhance their cultural awareness and intercultural competence.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
Student Affairs seeks 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 and Staff
Cyclones should feel safe anywhere at Iowa State University. The Student Affairs 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.

The focus within the division is always about student success. Knowing that students do their best and ultimately succeed when they have the right support and resources, Student Affairs develops programs and resources to guide them through their academic careers. Equally important has been the continued focus on staff wellbeing. The division starts the fall with an annual kick-off to announce new initiatives and celebrate the start of the academic year. Throughout the semester, professional development opportunities were provided, with guest speakers and “Lunch and Learns.” And finally, in May, the academic year closes out with the “Student Affairs Staff Appreciation Day” event.

Leadership of the Division

Dr. Martino Harmon – Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Harmon assumed the position of senior vice president for student affairs in March of 2016. In this role, he provides strategic leadership to the division, which encompasses a broad and diverse portfolio of units, offices, and teams on campus that is unique to Iowa State University when compared to other institutions. During his leadership, he created an organizational structure that groups like departments into smaller management units, led by assistant and associate vice presidents that are directly aligned with division priorities. These units include the dean of students office, student success, student health and wellness and department of residence/ISU dining/memorial union. Enrollment management areas previously under student affairs were recently realigned to be a part of academic affairs.

His previous appointment at Iowa State University began in 2013 as associate vice president for student affairs. In this role, Dr. Harmon oversaw enrollment services, admissions, student financial aid, learning communities, Educational Talent Search, and Upward Bound programs, as well as the student affairs budget and human resources operations.

Prior to serving at Iowa State University, Dr. Harmon was executive director of student success and retention at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Cincinnati, Ohio; dean of student development at Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio; and dean of admission, retention, and student life at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. From 1996 to 2007, he served in various leadership positions at the University of Toledo in Ohio.

Dr. Harmon is a member of the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and served on the faculty for the 2019 NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs; the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council on Student Affairs and currently serves as chair of their program planning committee; the American Association of Universities (AAU) Senior Student Affairs Officers and serves as co-chair of the 2020 conference planning committee; and is a board member of the Dr. Melvin C. Terrell Educational Foundation, Inc. During his time in Ohio, he held regional and state offices with American College Testing (ACT), the College Board, and the Ohio Board of Regents’ Committee on College Access. He stays involved in community leadership serving on the board of directors for YSS and United Way of Story County.

Dr. Harmon earned his doctoral degree in higher education and administration (2013) from the University of Toledo, and he holds a bachelor of business administration degree (1987) and a master’s in education (1998) from the University of Toledo.

Organizational Chart for the Division of Student Affairs

Institutional Overview

Institutional Background

Iowa State University, located in Ames, Iowa, is one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities. Chartered in 1858 as the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm, it became the nation’s first land-grant institution when the Iowa General Assembly awarded it the state’s land-grant charter in 1864. The College opened in 1868–1869, and a class of 26 was graduated at the first commencement in 1872. Graduate study was offered almost as soon as classes began, and the first graduate degree was conferred in 1877. The College was renamed Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1898 and became Iowa State University of Science and Technology in 1959. Today, Iowa State University is a comprehensive research university of international stature with over 33,000 students from all 99 counties in Iowa, all 50 states, and over 120 nations.

Iowa State has led the development of several fields of study that are central to the land-grant movement, including engineering, agriculture, human sciences, and veterinary medicine. Extension, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003, traces its roots to Iowa and early outreach programs by Iowa State’s Adonijah Welch and Perry Holden. The legislation establishing the national Agricultural Experiment Station system was written by Iowa State faculty members Seaman Knapp and Charles Bessey in the 1880s.

George Washington Carver, one of the nation’s most distinguished educators and agricultural researchers, received bachelor’s (1894) and master’s (1896) degrees from Iowa State. The electronic digital computer, one of the most important technological innovations of the 20th century, was invented by John Vincent Atanasoff at Iowa State in the late 1930s. Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters and a key strategist behind the final ratification of the 19th Amendment, graduated as valedictorian of the Iowa State class of 1880.

Today, Iowa State is a recognized leader in many areas, including plant and animal genomics, materials sciences, analytical chemistry, biology, physics, behavioral studies, information assurance, virtual reality, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, business, journalism, kinesiology, transportation and logistics, and education. Major research initiatives involve the bioeconomy, food safety and security, combinatorial chemistry, human/computer interaction, and animal health.

Iowa State is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which consists of leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Iowa State aspires to be the best university in the nation in advancing the land-grant ideals and putting science and technology to work. The University’s mission is to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

From a student perspective, Iowa State University is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked #56 in fall of 2019 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, Iowa State offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. One hundred majors, over 900 clubs, and approximately 12,000 students living in campus residential facilities enrich college life on a beautiful, park-like campus. A tradition of cultural and popular performances makes campus life fun and memorable. 

Iowa State fields 18 varsity teams in the Big 12 Conference, one of the nation’s premier athletics leagues. A strong fan base helps the Cyclones continually break attendance records and earn top honors in national online polls ranking the best “student spirit” (Hilton Coliseum) and “most dominant mascot on Earth” (Cy).

About Ames and Central Iowa


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 has 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

Des Moines

Located 35 miles south of Ames, Des Moines is the state capital and the largest city in Iowa, with over 600,000 residents. Often referred to as the “Hartford of the West,” Des Moines is a major insurance and financial center housing the home office of the Principal Financial Group and branches of EMC Insurance Group, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Allied Insurance, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa, and American Republic Insurance Company.

Wells Fargo is the city’s largest employer, and the 18,000-seat Wells Fargo Arena is the Des Moines area’s primary venue for sporting events and concerts. It is the home of the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, and the Iowa Barnstormers of the Indoor Football League. Des Moines is also home to the Iowa Cubs baseball team of the Pacific Coast League. The I-Cubs, Class AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, play their home games at Principal Park near the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers.,_Iowa,_Iowa

Institutional 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 900-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 cyberattacks, 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 our 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, hard-working 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


The Iowa State University Strategic Plan 2017–2022

The University’s latest strategic plan went into effect on July 1, 2016.

The approved strategic plan is available at


Dr. Wendy Wintersteen – President

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen was selected in October of 2017, to serve as Iowa State University’s 16th President. She assumed the office in November and is the first woman President in the University’s history.

From 2006-2017, Dr. Wintersteen served as dean of the college of agriculture and life sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station at Iowa State University. She was also the holder of the University’s first endowed deanship. During her tenure, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was ranked in the top 10 in the world (Quacquarelli Symonds ratings); experienced record enrollment growth (third largest in the nation); established innovative teaching partnerships, including the Global Resource Systems interdisciplinary major; expanded student opportunities in entrepreneurship through the Agriculture Entrepreneurship Initiative; enhanced diversity and inclusion efforts; raised nearly $250 million in private support; and completed several major building projects.

Dr. Wintersteen’s career at Iowa State spans nearly 40 years, beginning as an extension specialist in integrated pest management. After completing her doctorate, she served as a professor of entomology with a brief stint in Washington D.C., and then assumed a number of administrative roles in extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Dr. Wintersteen represents Iowa State University on many state, national, and international boards. She currently serves as President of the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation, which has worked in support of greater funding for food, agricultural, and natural resources research through a unified message to meet global challenges of a growing population, limited arable land, climate change, and new pest and disease pressures. In 2013, she was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund. Her past service includes terms on the boards of the Farm Foundation and the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Wintersteen also serves as past chair of the Administrative Heads Section of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Board on Agriculture Assembly. She was the 2016 recipient of the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Dr. Wintersteen earned a bachelor’s of science degree in crop production from Kansas State University and her PhD in entomology from Iowa State University. In 2007 she was honored as a Kansas State University Alumni Fellow for professional accomplishments and distinguished service.

Dr. Jonathan Wickert – Senior Vice President and Provost

Jonathan Wickert serves as senior vice president and provost at Iowa State University, overseeing the University’s division of academic affairs. Major reporting units include the University’s seven academic colleges, the graduate college, the University library, the office of the vice president for research, the office of the vice president for extension and outreach, and the Ames National Laboratory, which is managed by Iowa State for the department of energy.

Dr. Wickert has responsibility for the division’s allocation of resources, planning, and policy, all with a view to advance Iowa State as a student-centric major research university. The senior vice president and provost works with a team of academic deans, associate provosts, vice presidents, senior staff, faculty, and student governance bodies. In that work, Dr. Wickert emphasizes student access and success, educational opportunities that prepare students to make a difference in the world, and collaborative partnerships.

He is a professor of mechanical engineering with research and teaching interests in the areas of vibration and noise control. He is the author of over one hundred technical papers, holds two U.S. patents, and has served as a consultant to the computer, automotive, aerospace, and materials industries. Dr. Wickert is the author of the textbook An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering, which has been translated into Korean, Chinese, and Portuguese. He is a fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Academy of Inventors.

Dr. Wickert serves on advisory councils and boards for non-profit organizations in Iowa, and he is active nationally in higher education organizations. He earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley; was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK; and was a visiting professor at the Helsinki University of Technology. He previously served as department chair and dean at Iowa State University, and he was a member of the engineering faculty at Carnegie Mellon University for 17 years.

Academic Programs

The University is organized into eight colleges:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • 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

These colleges offer 100 bachelor’s degree programs, one professional degree (doctor of veterinary medicine), 112 master’s degree programs, and 83 PhD programs.


Departments with the largest number of undergraduate majors:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
  • Kinesiology
  • Animal Science
  • Art and Design
  • Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management
  • Psychology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
  • Architecture
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Finance
  • Accounting

Student Body

Iowa State at a glance, fall 2019:

Total Enrollment: 33,391

Undergraduate Total: 28,294

Graduate Students: 4,498 students

Professional Students: 599 students


Interesting Statistics 2019:

  • New direct from high school students (first year class) of 5,597 students includes 3,380 Iowans.
  • The first year class has an average ACT score of 25 and an average high school GPA of 3.68.
  • Students c0me from every county in Iowa, every state in the country, and over 115 countries.
  • Fall 2019, 18,341 Iowans attended Iowa State (54.9% of the student body).
  • A total of 3,189 international students enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2019, comprising 9.6% of the total enrollment.
  • Of the total number of students enrolled in fall 2019, 14,543 (44%) were women and 18,848 (56%) were men.
  • Of undergraduate students, 43% were women, while 82% of professional students were women and 43% of graduate students were women.
  • U.S. minority enrollment is 4,870 (15% of total enrollment). For the past thirteen years, Iowa State has met or exceeded the 8.5% minority enrollment goal set by the Iowa Board of Regents.

Benefits Overview

Benefits Overview

Iowa State University offers the following employee benefits:

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

Application & Nomination

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin February 28, 2020 and continues until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.


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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.

Spelman Johnson has prepared this document based on personal interviews and information copied, compiled, or quoted in part from source documents obtained from our client institution, and as such, the contents of this document are believed to be reliable. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the original source documents and factual situations govern, and the limited material presented here should be relied upon for informational purposes only.