Dean, Graduate School

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Dean, Graduate School

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Professional Staff


Non-Union Non-Classified Staff

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Salary commensurate with education and experience

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Calendar Year, Full-time


Graduate School


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Job Description Summary:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This is an open until filled search. First consideration will be given to applications received by May 3, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by May 21, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (May 21, 2021) may not be given full consideration.


Serve as the executive officer of the Graduate Faculty and the senior administrative officer of the Graduate School and as a member of the Council of Deans. Principal responsibilities are to provide leadership for graduate education at the University and work collaboratively with Deans and faculty to implement the graduate education mission, lead efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in graduate education, and develop a strategic plan for the Graduate School. Provide guidance and innovation in the development of graduate programs consistent with the mission and strategic plan and strategically and effectively manage enrollment, yield, and retention in graduate programs. Provide encouragement and support of faculty initiatives in graduate education, oversee administrative support for graduate education, and monitor assessment of graduate offerings. Work effectively with Deans of the degree-granting colleges at the University and with the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Research as well as with entities within the State and region that provide external support for the University’s graduate programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Oversee the management of the Graduate School, including personnel and financial matters. Effectively manage financial and human resources and seek external support for Graduate School operations and graduate student funding.

Working in partnership with the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Office of Institutional Research, Budget and Financial Planning Office, and college- and/or department-based graduate programs, lead graduate enrollment management efforts focused on recruitment, yield, and retention of graduate students and strategic enrollment growth and graduation of graduate students across all programs.

Develop and implement effective initiatives aimed at enhancing diversity in the graduate student community and develop robust opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion learning opportunities applicable to students in all graduate programs.

Ensure effectiveness in the recruitment, admission, and retention of graduate students and innovation in graduate program development and delivery by working collaboratively across campus with key groups and personnel.

Working with the Graduate Council and graduate faculty, lead a collaborative process toward the re-envisioning of graduate education and the development of a strategic plan for the Graduate School and graduate education at URI with a focus on contemporary strategies for educating, mentoring, and preparing graduate students for a broad array of professional pathways.

Working with ever-changing and improved course delivery modalities (i.e., F2F, Hybrid, Online) that support university and graduate certificates, masters, and doctoral degree programs.

Work closely with the Provost Office, deans, and the faculty to build awareness of graduate issues and trends at national and international scales in order to develop, revise, and evaluate graduate programs for quality and relevancy.

Work collaboratively with the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives to position URI graduate programs on a global scale, and to enhance recruitment, retention, and enrollment of international graduate students across programs at URI.

Recognize the importance of professional programs in graduate education and advance those programs in accordance with national and international trends and in consideration of the University’s competitive advantage.

Develop, oversee, and evaluate policies and procedures relating to the administration of the Graduate School, including, but not limited to, review of individual programs of study; appointment of major professors, program committees and examination committees; maintenance of permanent records of all candidates and graduates; and certification of candidates for receipt of graduate degrees and certificates; and, monitoring the awarding of and timely review of assistantship allocations and duties, fellowships, and oversee the employment of graduate assistants.

Promote the interests of graduate education throughout the University and support related University and Graduate School events for such purposes. Work effectively with the Graduate Student Association and Graduate Assistants United and provide advocacy for graduate students.

Working with the Office of Institutional Research, provide data and other information on graduate programs and Graduate School operations to both internal and external parties.

Serve as Executive Officer of the Graduate Faculty and chair the Fellowship and Scholarship Committee, serve as an ex-officio member of the Graduate Council, and represent the Graduate School in the Council of Deans, the Faculty Senate, and elsewhere as needed. Schedule and conduct meetings of the Graduate Faculty at the University.


Serve as an advocate of graduate education off-campus. This includes, but is not limited to, maintaining liaisons and promoting cooperative ventures with the Council of Graduate Schools of the United States, the New England Board of Higher Education, the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools and other regional and national agencies as appropriate.

Work with the URI Foundation and Alumni Engagement to help identify, engage, influence, and recognize University alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations for the purpose of increasing awareness of and securing philanthropic support for graduate education and advanced learning at the university.

Perform other duties as required.


Personal computers, printers, word processing, database management, presentation and spreadsheet software.

Required Qualifications:


1.An earned Ph.D. or equivalent and qualifications for rank of Professor with tenure in an academic unit.

2.Eligibility for or current membership on the URI Graduate Faculty.

3.Demonstrated record of scholarly productivity that exhibits the importance of refereed artifacts, funded research, and its relationship to graduate studies.

4.Demonstrated record of experience mentoring graduate students at the Master’s and doctoral levels.

5.Demonstrated experience with contemporary tools and strategies relevant to graduate enrollment management (i.e., administration, strategic planning, budget, etc.)

6.Demonstrated experience in an academic leadership context that supports graduate education.

7.Demonstrated record of advancing diversity and social justice practices as core elements of higher education.

8.Demonstrated record of advancing global education.

9.Demonstrated ability to recruit, support, and retain a diversity of U.S./international students, staff, and faculty.

10.Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of constituencies (i.e., deans, faculty, staff, graduate students, and community leaders).

11.Demonstrated supervisory experience.

12.Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred Qualifications:


1.Demonstrated success securing competitive research funding.

2.Demonstrated ability to apply contemporary technology toward advancing management of graduate programs and administrative processes.

3.Demonstrated professional experience with unions, union policy, and contract negotiations.

4.Demonstrated ability to apply and communicate institutional policies, plans, objectives, rules and regulations.


Environmental Conditions:

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Posting Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 4 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application:

(#1) Cover letter (5 pages Max.)
(#2) CV
(#3) “Other Document – References” – the name, title, email and phone number of five professional references (pdf doc).
(#4) “Other Document” – Statement off Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Posted: 4/17/2021
Application Due: 6/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time