Iowa State University strives to be the most student-centered public research university in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked among the top public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Iowa State offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. Nearly 35,000 students choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars, and hone their leadership skills in more than 850 student organizations. Students from all 50 states and more than 125 countries converge on one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. Big 12 sports and a tradition of cultural and popular performances make campus life fun and memorable. Iowa State is a land-grant university, has set enrollment records the past nine years, and is the largest university in the state of Iowa. Iowa State is located in Ames, a community of 60,000 situated approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and was recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

The Director of Student Counseling Services (SCS) will report to the Assistant Vice President for Student Health & Wellness within the Division of Student Affairs. The Director serves as a member of the Health & Wellness leadership team and works collaboratively and cooperatively with the directors and deans within the Division of Student Affairs to serve students’ needs. The Director will provide strategic, clinical, fiscal, and administrative vision and leadership regarding the provision of counseling services on campus, including assessment, crisis intervention, short-term individual therapy, referral services, outreach programming and student support groups for a variety of different topics. The Director will oversee and direct all services provided by SCS and will be responsible for ensuring that services meet the needs of a diverse student body and that SCS is in strict compliance with Iowa law, HIPAA law, and American Psychological Association professional ethics. The Director serves as one of the key liaisons to University departments, administrators, faculty, and staff on student mental health issues, policies and practices; provides supervision, professional development, and evaluation of professional and support staff; manages the operational budget and setting of priorities for resource utilization; directs clinical and consultative services, including crisis intervention and outreach; and leads SCS in the strategic planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and continual improvement of comprehensive behavioral health initiatives that incorporate multicultural diversity, inclusivity and social justice concepts and principles to support overall student wellness. This position is responsible for the management of a budget of approximately $2.1 million and a team of 19 professional staff, two support staff, four interns, and ten graduate students.

Strategic Vision, Leadership, and Planning

  • Oversees and maintains progress towards strategic planning and long-range goals, which align with Board of Regents, Iowa State University, Division of Student Affairs, and Student Health & Wellness unit strategic plans.
  • Serves as a University leader for Student Counseling Services.
  • Researches, develops, recommends, administers, and evaluates policies and procedures for a comprehensive program for effectiveness and compliance with federal and state regulations, HIPPA law and American Psychological Association (APA) professional ethics.
  • Guides and supports staff as they develop and implement ongoing programs and services for Iowa State’s students and provides the necessary leadership to ensure that the highest level of customer service is provided to the students.
  • Leads comprehensive department assessment efforts.
  • Cultivates a culture of innovation and the pursuit of excellence in the management and delivery of services.
  • Continues learning and remains up-to-date on all aspects relating to the field of counseling services within higher education including regulations and updates provided through professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association, American College Counseling Association, International Association of Counseling Services and others, and represents Iowa State University through professional service to those organizations.

Administration & Operation

  • Provides leadership on department policies and procedures associated with finances and human resources for the department and programs, including developing budget scenarios and creating systems for effective implementation and monitoring.
  • Assumes accountability for the administrative leadership and management of the department this position oversees, including the stewardship of people, finances, and other resources.
  • Holds staff accountable for high performance and highly-engaged culture by articulating expectations, monitoring performance, and providing feedback consistently across departments and areas for which they are responsible. Identifies methods to increase revenues and reduce costs.
  • Facilitates the effective organizational functioning of the Student Counseling Services Office.
  • Supervises the members of the SCS leadership team including the Associate/Clinical Director, Assistant Director of Training, Assistant Director for Career Exploration Services, and the Administrative Specialist. Depending on the licensure of the candidate, supervision of other senior staff and/or trainees may be included.
  • Mentors and coaches staff to achieve performance standards and to create a congenial atmosphere of excellent service and continual improvement.
  • Provides leadership and ensures a framework of equity and social justice is embedded into the day to day operations of SCS.
  • Oversees hiring, training, and evaluation of professional, merit, intern, and graduate student staff. The staff consists of 19 professional staff, two support staff, four interns, three post-doctoral students, and ten graduate students.
  • Ensures SCS’s continued accreditation with the American Psychological Association and the International Association of Counseling Services.
  • Manages an overall budget of $2.1 million.

Direct Client Care

  • Conducts psychological assessments, crisis interventions, and psychotherapy in individual, couple, or group mode; makes appropriate referrals to other clinicians as necessary and writes reports, notes, and other records within the legal and ethical standards of Iowa law, HIPAA, and the APA code of ethics.
  • Participates in continuing education as needed to maintain licensure in the State of Iowa.

Collaboration, Partnerships, and Outreach

  • Serves as a collaborative leader with departments reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Student Health & Wellness unit (Student Counseling, Thielen Student Health Center, Student Wellness, and Recreation Services) in the delivery of holistic, proactive health and wellness initiatives.
  • Works in collaboration with all university departments, colleagues across campus, and members of the local community to provide a student-centered program which supports the mission of the Division of Student Affairs and Iowa State University.
  • Uses partnerships with campus colleagues to create a culture of collaboration to set up every student for academic success and achievement.
  • 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.
  • Provides leadership regarding outreach and networking opportunities within and outside the University and establishes excellent working relationships with various University and community officials.
  • Represents the SCS at various community functions.
  • Represent SCS and/or the AVP for Student Health & Wellness (as requested) on committees, which may include the Employee Assistance Program Advisory Committee, Critical Incident Response Team, and others.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will be an experienced, strategic, and interpersonally strong leader with an excellent record of progressive operational, administrative, and management experience; possess an in-depth understanding of the psychological challenges and mental health needs of a globally diverse university student body; have an understanding of a systems perspective with regard to strategic outreach and providing holistic and integrated health and counseling services to students; and have demonstrated expertise in crisis intervention and management. Communication skills are critical and the successful candidate must have a good understanding of cross-cultural communications and possess strong writing skills and the ability to represent the University at the highest level.

Minimum required qualifications include a Master’s degree and six years of related experience or a Ph.D. or other professional degree with three years of related experience. Applicants must hold independent clinical licensure as PhD Psychologist, Psy.D, LISW, LMHC, or LMFT in any state or Canada. Preferred qualifications include working in a university counseling center which has an APA-accredited doctoral internship program; working with diverse client populations; leading a university counseling center; supervising professional psychologists and mental health clinicians; and strong crisis management skills.

License Requirement: applicants must currently hold independent licensure as a PhD Psychologist, PsyD, LISW, LMHC, or LMFT in any state or Canada and will be required to obtain Iowa licensure within six months of their start date and must maintain that licensure throughout the duration of employment.

Additionally, stakeholders at Iowa State University identified a number of additional characteristics, attributes, and implementations that will be essential for the position of director to possess (in no particular order).

  • Maintain a highly engaged relationship with staff and students as well as a visible profile throughout the ISU community.
  • Empathy toward the staff’s daily work dealing with difficult clients and situations, and a strong ability to foster team building, self-care, sustainable work practices, and positive staff development experiences.
  • A strong foundation, values, and skills around cultural differences and the ability to engage in meaningful dialogue.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability with excellent management skills, and the ability to build a solid framework to effectively develop and manage a complex office.
  • Aware of national issues affecting campuses and the ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to work through such issues.
  • Open to non-majority and international students and meeting their unique concerns and needs through different service models.
  • Credible, engaging, supportive, and approachable supervisor with knowledge of the responsibilities of each staff member’s position, respect for their work and contributions, and an advocacy for staff and students, their programs, and needs.
  • Foster an environment encouraging active professional development and training for the entire staff.
  • Serve as an expert resource on mental health issues for the campus community.
  • Enthusiastic supporter of innovation and creative approaches to both enhance and grow programs and services.
  • Highly energetic individual with a strong sense of self and ability to appropriately infuse humor and enthusiasm into the workplace.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a strong collaborative style and capacity to build bridges to departments, faculty, students, and the community to facilitate open discussions and joint ventures.
  • Compassionate, accessible, transparent, ethical leader with excellent communication skills to clearly articulate vision, direction, and purpose, and earn the respect and confidence of the faculty, staff, and students.
  • Deep understanding of principles of diversity and social justice, with the ability to enhance equity and inclusive communities with students and staff of various social, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and embrace new ideas and ways of approaching tasks, services, and programs.
  • Strong administrative abilities, including fiscal and budgetary skills, facility management, personnel management, and an understanding of technology and database management.
  • Capacity to equally and consistently hold staff accountable and celebrate accomplishment and positive contributions.
  • Proficient at formulating policies and protocols to guide and support the work of SCS.
  • Experience leading in a culture of change with the capacity to motivate staff to accept and embrace change.
  • Knowledge of strategic planning, project development, and organizational change management.
  • Maintain a commitment to continual improvement and professional development by being actively engaged in professional associations and alert to evolving trends and emerging best practices.
  • Familiar with state licensing requirements, regulations, and compliance issues governing professional ethics and standards of care in the area of counseling/mental health services.
  • Comfortable with data collection, analysis, and data-driven decision making and the systems and assessment measures that support these processes.
  • Demonstrate a confident, caring, warm, and approachable personality, even in the face of stressful situations.

History of the Position

After the retirement of the Student Counseling Services’ (SCS) long serving director of 22 years, the associate director served in the interim role. During this time, the institution invested more resources into SCS, resulting in additional staff as well as the introduction of a post-doctoral cohort into the office’s impressive training program.

In June 2017, following a national search, the interim director was made the director. She served in this capacity until the summer of 2018, when the Assistant Vice President for Student Health & Wellness assumed the interim director role until a national search could be completed.

The last few years have brought a great deal of change to the center, including a team of peer reviewers, a review by management consulting firm Keeling and Associates, and additional training. All of this has resulted in a much stronger team of passionate, dedicated staff members. The foundation is firmly in place for a new director to lead the center to truly thrive and excel in extraordinary ways.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

In transitioning to Iowa State, the director of student counseling services will encounter a number of opportunities, priorities, and challenges, as shared by key University stakeholders.

  • This is an advantageous time to be joining the Division of Student Affairs at Iowa State. There have been many positive changes, along with a true sense of excitement for the future and a strong culture of collaboration. The new assistant vice president for health services and corresponding health and wellness cluster offer many outstanding opportunities for collaboration. The new director can help SCS realize its full potential and achieve unprecedented results.
  • SCS staff are a very relational group; they are extremely talented, dedicated, and collaborative and enjoy their work.
  • SCS staff are very committed to serving ISU and excited for this new director to bring fresh ideas, new energy, and vision to the center.
  • The health and wellness cluster is working extremely well, providing new levels of support and opportunities for collaboration for all the participating offices.
  • The senior vice president for student affairs, the division, and student government are deeply committed to SCS.
  • SCS has a long history and excellent reputation of providing training programs for doctoral and post-doctoral students.
  • Explore new approaches to expand and optimize service capabilities to address growing needs by introducing proactive outreach, promotion, and educational programs (speaking to groups, enhancing web-based resources, etc.) directed to students, faculty, and the broad campus community.
  • Build an exemplary team through the enhancement of the current staff’s morale, and create a culture of honest information sharing and solicitation of others’ input.
  • Work with staff around issues of self-care and work-life balance.
  • Review/establish policies and protocols to ensure all are up to date, in line with national best practices, and consistent with campus culture, mission, and practice.
  • Earn the respect of the campus community through accessibility, visibility, and honest, open communication.
  • Work to maximize SCS resources and set core priorities to facilitate positive growth.
  • Find the proper balance between the administrative, clinical, programming, and engagement responsibilities of this position.
  • While maintaining the strong one-on-one counseling foundation, devise new methods of outreach to engage a larger campus constituency.
  • Since office space is a challenge, as new staff come on board, advocate for additional accommodations.
  • Balance a need to change with a desire to hold on to tradition.
  • Take the time to fully learn about the entire office, staff, and culture.
  • Employ innovative strategies to dispel the negative stigma that might be associated with seeking counseling services while also creating awareness of the office and its many services.
  • Given some staff turnover, newly created positions, and inconsistent leadership over the last few years in SCS, be aware of this history and work to move beyond the past toward an exciting future.

Measures of Success for the Position

There a number of accomplishments that will initially define success for the new director. The new director will have:

  • worked to ensure that all ISU students are being appropriately served by the SCS;
  • established trust amongst the leadership team and senior staff members;
  • formed intentional partnerships and creative collaborations within student affairs, across campus, and the broader Ames community to better serve students and SCS;
  • worked to educate the campus on the many ways SCS serves the students;
  • critically evaluated the current operations and be working toward appropriate changes and full staffing;
  • actively engaged the staff through regular staff meetings, professional development, and a continued focus on work-life balance and self-care;
  • become an active leader within the health and wellness cluster;
  • decreased the average time students must remain on a wait list for services;
  • provided stability and new energy to SCS with innovative ideas and positive change;
  • worked to ensure SCS improves its campus reputation and maintains solid training programs;
  • continually supported and advocated for students and SCS;
  • built a strong staff that feels supported, appreciated, and unified by a common vision with an excitement to move forward;
  • helped the Division of Student Affairs and the campus community to be more aware of and understanding of mental health issues as well as how the SCS serves students;
  • become a highly visible leader on campus, authentically representing SCS to the community; and
  • built relationships with all staff members of SCS and fully embraced the culture of the office and institution.

An Overview of the Division  of Student Affairs


Dr. Martino Harmon, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Harmon assumed the position of senior vice president for student affairs on March 21, 2016. He had served since 2013 as the associate vice president at Iowa State University. He brings extensive experience in admissions and enrollment management, student development, student activities, and diversity programming to Iowa State University. As the associate vice president for student affairs, 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.

Previously, Dr. Harmon was executive director of student success and retention at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati, Ohio; dean of student development at Rhodes State College, Lima, Ohio; and dean of admission, retention, and student life at Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan. From 1996 to 2007, he served in various leadership positions at the University of Toledo in Ohio. He was interim assistant dean of students, director of the University of Toledo’s African American Student Enrichment Office, and director of freshman admission, among other roles. During his career at the University of Toledo, he worked closely with the Office of Residence Life in resource planning and programming.

Dr. Harmon is a member of the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and has held regional and state offices with American College Testing (ACT), the College Board, and the Ohio Board of Regents’ Committee on College Access. 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 Structure of Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services


Student Counseling Services (SCS) provides clinical and campus-based services to help students achieve their educational and personal goals. SCS supports the holistic well-being of every Iowa State student and promotes a healthy and inclusive community through clinical services, outreach, consultation, crisis intervention, and collaboration with campus partners.

History & Accreditation

The Student Counseling Service (SCS) enjoys a high-quality reputation as one of the oldest university counseling centers in the United States, providing services for students since 1939. The Professional Psychology Training Program was also established as one of the founding members of ACCTA (Association of Counseling Center Training Agents). The mission of SCS is to help students enhance their academic and personal well-being and assist them to be successful at ISU. SCS provides prevention, intervention, and referral services to Iowa State University students. Services are designed to help students sort through their feelings, strengths, and options, and to develop new perspectives and coping skills. SCS also provides consultation and training to faculty and staff to assist them in addressing the psychological needs of students.

In 2016, SCS received full re-accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA) to function as a professional internship training site. The SCS has maintained accreditation from APA since 1980. The department has also received full re-accreditation from the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) in June 2016 and has maintained accreditation since 1966.

Scope of Services

The Student Counseling Services uses a brief therapy treatment model that is time-limited. This model is offered in multiple formats including group therapy, workshops, and individual counseling. The brief therapy model is focused on helping students effectively meet a desired change or goal. For students receiving individual therapy, most brief therapy concerns can be addressed in four to eight sessions and individual sessions are typically scheduled every other week. In keeping with the model, students whose needs require long-term and/or intensive support will generally be referred to community resources for ongoing treatment.

Referral Process

Students may be referred to a community provider for the conditions identified above or following a course of brief treatment if needing further support. During periods of high demand for service, SCS may have limited openings for new students. In that situation, SCS may keep a limited wait list based on anticipated availability in a reasonable time frame; however, in an effort to avoid a delay in care, SCS may help students connect with community providers rather than place them on a wait list. If a referral is deemed the best option, a member of the SCS team will assist the student in accessing community resources.


Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is often indicated for students who are struggling with a variety of concerns. At SCS, they specialize in short-term therapy and many students attain their desired goals in five to eight sessions. However, SCS may occasionally see a student beyond that five to eight session window. For those students needing extended service beyond what SCS can offer, staff provides assistance in connecting to a provider in the Ames community or in the student’s home community.

Career Counseling

Career counseling is aimed at helping students determine their strengths, values, and interests in order to make choices regarding their career or major. It is a collaborative partnership between student and counselor. The student is an expert on themselves, while the counselor is an expert on career exploration and decision making.

Because every student’s career exploration needs are unique, the counselor will listen to the student and ask questions to help determine (1) the goals the student wants to achieve with the help of counseling and (2) a concrete plan for achieving those goals. This plan will serve as a flexible guide for the things the student and counselor will talk about, the career assessments the student will take, and the career exploration tools the student will acquire.

Couples Counseling

SCS can provide relationship counseling to any two people who feel the need to improve the quality of their communication, their level of intimacy, or their mutual understanding of the roles and boundaries that each will hold in their relationship. Many times couples in a romantic relationship (either same-sex or other sex) find therapy can assist them to deepen their commitment or even to make clear the differences in their values or goals that are getting in the way of true commitment. Other relationships, such as roommates, business/academic partners, or family relationships, may also benefit from couples counseling. SCS therapists remain committed to helping the couple make decisions that enhance the overall well-being of both individuals.

Group Counseling

Group counseling is a free and confidential service open to all students enrolled at ISU. Group is a therapy format that approaches issues of personal growth through the use of interpersonal interaction. Group interactions provide an opportunity to build relationships and receive interpersonal feedback about how we experience one another. Individuals can gain specific skills and strategies to meet personal goals, explore areas that present personal challenges, and gain support and encouragement from others. Group therapy has been found to be an effective form of treatment and is as equivalent and sometimes more effective than individual therapy for certain concerns.

Crisis Counseling

Crisis services are available to all ISU students, regardless of whether a student has been seen at SCS before. Students in need of a crisis intervention, including assessment of concerns and planning for immediate safety, are encouraged to walk into Student Counseling Services during business hours and inform the front desk that they would like to be seen by one of the on-call counselors for a crisis.

Sport Psychology

Iowa State University’s Sport Psychology Services, provided through the SCS, are committed to offering quality and comprehensive psychological services to ISU student-athletes. SCS believes that athletes are able to achieve optimal performance (both on and off the field/court/pitch/mat) when they are a “whole healthy athlete.” Consistent with this belief, SCS aims to help student-athletes navigate and address a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to, adjusting to college, enhancing athletic performance, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, disordered eating and body-image concerns, academic challenges, increasing confidence, and goal-setting. The staff aspires to provide these services while recognizing the unique challenges and values associated with elite-level athletics in order help student-athletes reach their goals and promote holistic well-being.

Veterinary Medicine

Iowa State University’s veterinary medicine students may access all services. Veterinary medicine students can get started with SCS through walk-in days and times, or may call the front desk staff to schedule an intake appointment during times SCS has set aside specifically for veterinary medicine students.

Outreach, Presentations, and Consultation

Student Counseling Services offers consultation and outreach services to Iowa State University students, faculty, and staff. Our consultation and outreach services provide preventive and educational programs that move beyond traditional clinical services. Our goal is to collaborate with the greater campus community in order to promote psychological well-being. Student Counseling Services offers consultation and outreach presentations on a wide variety of psychologically based topics.

Consultation Services

Student Counseling Services is pleased to offer consultation services to ISU faculty, staff, students, and concerned family and friends of ISU students.

Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk is a counseling center outreach program designed to engage students who would not otherwise come to counseling due to stigma or other barriers by providing informal walk-in consultations outside of the counseling center on campus. Staff hold confidential consultations at the Multicultural Center Monday through Thursday. Students are encouraged to drop by and talk about whatever is important to them, much as they might talk with a teaching assistant, residence hall director, or academic adviser.

Speaking with a Let’s Talk staff member can provide insight, solutions, and useful information about other resources.

RESPOND: Partnering for Campus Mental Health

RESPOND is an 8-hour training on how to help individuals experiencing mental health distress or a mental health crisis, covering how to provide support, assess for risk, and refer for additional help. These trainings are typically held in the summer.

Institution & Location

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 36,000 students from all 99 counties in Iowa, 50 states, and 127 other 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 at Iowa State in the late 1930s by John Vincent Atanasoff. 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 in the top 50 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 800 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. At Iowa State University, students can discover their passions and unlock their potential.

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).

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’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

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.

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, President

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen was selected on October 23, 2017, to serve as Iowa State University’s 16th president. She assumed the office November 20 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 ten 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 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.

The Iowa State University Strategic Plan 2017–2022

The University’s new strategic plan has been in development since late 2015, and went into effect on July 1, 2016.

Strategic Plan 2017-2022

The Academic Program

Colleges, Majors, and Pre-Professional 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

The Student Body

The University’s official fall, 2017 enrollment was 36,321, the second largest in school history. In the past decade, overall enrollment at Iowa State has grown by over 40 percent, and the current student body represents every Iowa county, every U.S. state, and 127 countries.

This fall, 19,843 Iowans are attending Iowa State. They equal nearly 55 percent of the student body. The vast majority (18,246) are undergraduates. International enrollment is 4,115, down just 16 students from 2016’s record 4,131.

Overall, nearly 95 percent of Iowa State graduates are either employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation.

Iowa State’s freshman class of 5,944 students includes 3,174 Iowans, and has an average ACT score of over 25. More than a quarter of Iowa State’s incoming freshmen ranked in the top ten percent of their high school graduating classes, and their average high school GPA was 3.61.

Total U.S. multicultural and international enrollment at Iowa State is 8,789, or 24.2 percent of the student body – a new record exceeding last year’s number of 8,748. U.S. multicultural enrollment is a record 4,674, up 57 from last year’s total of 4,617. Undergraduate U.S. multicultural enrollment is also a record – 4,171, up 78 from last year’s total of 4,093.

Iowa State’s student numbers set records in the following categories this fall:

  • Professional (veterinary medicine) enrollment is at a record 596, up from last year’s 586 students. Veterinary medicine total enrollment is 765.
  • Nonresident enrollment is 12,363, a new record – up 854 over last year’s total of 11,509.

Fall enrollment by college:

Agriculture and Life Sciences5,333
Human Sciences4,640
Liberal Arts and Sciences8,284
Veterinary Medicine765
Interdepartmental units and graduate undeclared342

Peer Land-Grant Universities

This group of ten land-grant universities was adopted as a peer comparison group for Iowa State University in 1986. Each is the public land-grant university in its state, and all are classified as doctoral/research universities—extensive in the 2000 Carnegie Classification of Higher Education.

  • University of Arizona
  • University of California
  • University of Illinois
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • North Carolina State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Wisconsin

Benefits Overview

Iowa State University offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of faculty and staff. Benefits are competitive and are an important component of the total compensation package. Iowa State offers a robust choice of health and welfare plans, including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, disability, and life insurance plans. Benefits include the following:

  • Medical insurance (PPO and HMO plans and prescription drug coverage)
  • Avesis vision plan insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Will preparation services
  • Health care flexible spending account and dependent care assistance program
  • Sick leave
  • Vacation and holidays
  • Tuition and development grant program

For more detailed information about Iowa State benefits, including eligibility, please visit

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 Heather J. Larabee 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.