Assistant Dean

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sep 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Michigan Horace H. Rackham Graduate School invites applications for the senior administrative position of Assistant Dean.

The Horace H. Rackham Graduate School is the home of graduate education at the University of Michigan. With over 100 doctoral, 100 masters, and over 40 certificate programs, it offers a remarkably broad and rigorous array of graduate degree programs that are among the very best in the country in each field of study. Rackham prepares graduate students to make lasting contributions to society through successful careers in professions and academic disciplines. The Rackham community of scholars, researchers, students, and staff is engaged in the creation of new knowledge, new discoveries, and the formation of our future leaders. The University attracts a diverse and outstanding body of graduate students; Rackham furthermore supports an inclusive environment for the personal, academic and professional development and success of students from all backgrounds. The School is an international leader in the development of best practices for graduate education and Rackham’s strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is central to its excellence.

The Assistant Dean will participate as a key member of the Dean’s senior leadership team. They will lead the implementation and ongoing work of the School’s diversity, equity, & inclusion plan by working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Rackham community. The Assistant Dean will engage with Rackham students and graduate student organizations to improve the experience of all graduate students at the University of Michigan. The Assistant Dean will pursue faculty engagement and the development of academic programs for graduate students that support Rackham Graduate School’s partnership with its graduate programs.

Required qualifications include: an earned Ph.D. and 7 or more years of progressive experience in student affairs, preferably at the graduate level, as well as in the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education. Values DEI as demonstrated through personal commitment to understanding its scholarship and to its incorporation into an organization’s ecology. Exemplary interpersonal skills, characterized by the ability to work effectively with a range of constituents, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and University colleagues. Proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously. Exemplary oral and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare written reports, presentations, and professional communications. Experience with: working with graduate students and graduate student organizations; managing complex and emergent situations involving students, staff, faculty, and other constituents of a graduate community; interacting with faculty and graduate program leadership; and program evaluations and planning. High level of competence and accountability in providing service to others, including both students and faculty. Proven commitment to fostering student success, growth, and achievement. Excellent judgment, tact, discretion, and demonstrated high standards for professionalism.

This full time, exempt position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and outstanding benefits.  The University of Michigan is committed to a diverse campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.  Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be treated in a confidential manner. Please apply on-line at (keyword 147660) and submit a letter of interest describing your qualifications for this position, a c.v., and 3 letters of support no later than October 31, 2017 to:

Assistant Dean Search

Interim Dean Michael J. Solomon

Rackham Graduate School

University of Michigan

915 E. Washington St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

Applicants who do not submit all requested materials will not be considered.