Hays, Kansas
Mar 03, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Fort Hays State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Graduate School. The city of Hays is known for being a welcoming, friendly, and vibrant community and the cultural, medical, and commercial hub of western Kansas. The community and university have received numerous accolades.

Fort Hays State University is a thriving, regional comprehensive university known for its innovative spirit and its strong graduate education programs.  It is small enough to have a personal touch and large enough to provide many opportunities.  The University currently enrolls approximately 2,600 graduate students in 18 master’s programs, two education specialist programs, and one doctoral program (Doctor of Nursing Practice) across five colleges; fifteen of these programs have completely on-line options.  

The Opportunity
This is an exciting opportunity for a visionary leader who is passionate about graduate education. The Dean of the Graduate School will promote and expand graduate offerings by building on the University’s success with graduate education. The university has a history of excellence in graduate education both on campus and on-line.  There is an opportunity to develop innovative new programs, lead the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) interdisciplinary program and improve graduate education processes. Fort Hays State University is also active in the development of international programming, and this position will be critical in considering opportunities to develop “mission-centered, market-smart” programming through university partnerships.     

Candidates must have an earned doctorate and experience in higher education administration.  Direct experience helping institutions build, market and expand their graduate presence is preferred. The candidate’s background would include a variety of related professional activities such as graduate admissions, administering budgets, graduate assistantships, international student recruiting, curriculum development, partnership development and assessment. The desired personal qualities for the successful applicant would include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. A diplomatic consensus-building leadership style,
  2. A thoughtful approach to decision-making,
  3. The ability to conduct unit-level strategic planning,
  4. The ability to execute assigned tasks, 
  5. The ability to contribute and lead as part of the Provost’s leadership team; and,
  6. A commitment to continuous quality improvement to processes and policies associated with graduate education.   

Lead the Graduate School office staff in daily operations of the unit. This includes oversight of the following operations:

  • Recruitment of new graduate students
  • Admission of new graduate students
  • Management of the graduate assistant appointment process
  • Maintain graduate student degree audit functions, comprehensive exams, intent to graduate, thesis  vetting, degree clearance and graduate student records
  • Manage graduate student grade appeals, concerns, low GPA and program dismissals
  • Supervise and evaluate Graduate School office staff

​Serve as Chair of the Graduate Council. Ensure that new course proposals and applications for graduate faculty status are discussed and acted upon by the Council in a timely manner. Organize student appeals committee. Recognize outstanding graduate student and faculty accomplishments. Communicate regularly with graduate faculty about graduate education topics.

Budget Management. Responsibly manage all budgets assigned to the unit.

Advocate for graduate student and faculty interests. Represent graduate students and faculty at various committee meetings as assigned within the university. Provide support for graduate student research, conference travel, and equipment. Organize FHSU participation in the annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS).

New program development. Collaborate with academic deans, department chairs and enrollment management in developing new graduate-level curriculum proposals for consideration by the Academic Council, the Faculty Senate and the Graduate Council.

Lead the MLS program:

  • Advise five current MLS concentrations (International Enterprise Leadership, Global Management, Social Networking Management, Rural Advocacy, and Global Professional English)
  • Supervise the MLS Director in the administration of MLS comprehensive exams each semester
  • Administer all MLS Culminating Experiences across the university (IDS 810, 820, & 899)
  • Manage an efficient MLS IDS core schedule (IDS 801-804) each semester through use of adjunct faculty and on-campus resources
  • Identify qualified instructors to teach on campus and on-line sections of IDS core courses
  • Assess the IDS core (IDS 801-804) each semester      

Application Procedures

To apply, please send a cover letter addressing the elements in this announcement, a résumé/CV, and list of five references with contact information to Dr. Paul Adams, Dean of the College of Education at by April 1, 2017 for full consideration. Nominations or inquiries may be directed to Dr. Adams. The review will continue until an appointment is made. Additional information about the position is available at

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you.

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