Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Assistant Vice President & Dean of Graduate Studies

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Feb 20, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies

and Sponsored Research


Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is seeking an assistant vice president and dean of graduate studies and sponsored research. The assistant vice president and dean of graduate studies and sponsored research will report to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students at the bachelor’s, master’s and applied doctoral levels, offering comprehensive programs of study in the Zeigler College of Business, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, and College of Science and Technology. The assistant vice president and dean of graduate studies and sponsored research serves as one of the chief administrative officers of the academic affairs unit of the university by providing leadership, vision and direction to the university’s effort to achieve and maintain academic and scholarly excellence at the graduate level. The assistant vice president and dean provides management and direction to the School of Graduate Studies, Faculty Resource Center, Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Center, Office of Sponsored Research and Grants, Undergraduate Research Center, and Graduate Assistantship Program. The assistant vice president and dean is responsible for oversight of the Graduate Council and related curricular matters for graduate programs. Through direct-line reports, the assistant vice president and dean monitors the activities of the Sponsored Research and Grants Office. The assistant vice president and dean is responsible for campus-wide leadership in developing, sustaining and improving the quality of graduate academic programs at the university; supporting faculty professionalism; facilitating faculty, graduate and undergraduate research; advancing instruction; and promoting faculty service. Primary functions include strategic planning, budget development, staff and resource allocation, collaboration and partnerships with internal and external entities that supports student achievement, research activity and faculty professional development.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide vision, leadership, direction, and guidance for academic initiatives affecting graduate education, graduate student achievement and success, graduate educational policy, campus-wide research opportunities, graduate academic offerings, and faculty professional development.
  • Direct strategic planning; establish program goals, objectives, and targets; conduct program reviews; allocate and monitor budgets.
  • Oversee the management of grant-writing and sponsored research activities.
  • Provide vision, leadership, and direction for the development and implementation of strategies that enhance graduate student recruitment, retention, academic achievement, and degree completion based on best practices and relevant assessment data.
  • Support faculty success through professional development workshops, seminars institutes, and faculty mentors, as appropriate.
  • Investigate and handle graduate student complaints.
  • Establish and meet with advisory boards comprised of faculty, students, alumni, staff, and external constituents, as appropriate.
  • Work closely with offices such as Admissions, Financial Aid, Planning and Assessment, Institutional Research, the Registrar, Business Services, Strategic Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs on matters related to student enrollment, achievement and success.
  • Use technology to improve efficiencies in academic planning, policy making, program review, and internal communications across units.



Required Education/Experience:

1. Ph.D.

2. Three to five years of progressive administrative responsibility in higher education.

3. Demonstrated track record of meaningful contributions to higher education scholarship.

4. Evidence of productive grant writing and submission experience.

5. Evidence of designing programming for faculty professional development.

6. Knowledge of regulations for human, live animal, and biochemical research.

7. Demonstrable strategic, analytical, budgetary, communicative, organizational, interpersonal, and

     supervisory skills.

Preferred Education/Experience:

1. Experience working with diverse populations highly desirable. 

2. Excellence in oral and written communication.

Application Process: A complete application includes (1) a letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications for the position listed above, (2) resume/vita, and (3) contact information for three professional references.  Submit application materials online at Finalist(s) for this position must demonstrate excellent communications and successfully complete an interview process.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by 12 March 2017. Position will remain open until filled. Questions may be directed to Search and Screen Committee Secretary, Patricia McGarry, at

A competitive salary and benefits package is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including but not limited to employment verification, educational and other credential verification, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, and criminal background check.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is an AA/EEO Employer and encourages applications from historically underrepresented individuals, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Bloomsburg University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, or veteran status in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies.