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Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

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Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies

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Associate Academic Dean


College of Health & Human Svc (Col)


College of Health & Human Services

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Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

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Primary Purpose of Department:

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) Mission is advancing health and well-being through inclusive, innovative, and equity-based practices in teaching, research, and service. The vision is to increase our national and global impact as we respond to changing health and human service needs of our region.

Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Description of Work:

Assist the Dean in the oversight of various duties, which may include but aren’t limited to, advancing research missions, supporting the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, faculty evaluation, faculty development, facilitate external support for undergraduate and graduate programs, curriculum development, course schedule planning, faculty/staff hiring and supervision, budget development, fiscal monitoring, and other related administrative activities with and for the assigned program areas. Reports directly to the Dean and may assume some duties of the Dean in his/her absence.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

GeneralThe Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (AD-RGS) in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) functions as the Dean’s senior research and graduate studies executive officer and as such reports directly to the Dean. The AD-RGS is responsible for providing leadership to the research enterprise in CHHS, including supervising all Research Administration Office (RAO) staff and graduate students and mentoring faculty and graduate students related to internal, foundation and external research funding (i.e., opportunities, proposal development and grants management). They serve as the Dean’s liaison to the University’s Office of Research and Economic Development, with partnering Colleges, the Charlotte Research Institute (CRI), and with healthcare industry entities.The AD-RGS works collaboratively with the Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the School of Nursing, Director of the School of Social Work, Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, the Chair of the Department of Applied Physiology, Health and Clinical Sciences, and the Director of the School of Data Science on a number of College initiatives as required by the Dean. The AD-RGS also works closely with other central College staff such as the Dean’s Executive Assistant, the Business Officer, the Development Officer, the College OneIT liaison, the Director of Communication, and the Alumni Engagement Officer. They support a rigorous on-boarding program for new research faculty and the College Biostatistics Core, Chair the College Research Council (comprised of unit-selected research focused faculty), and work with faculty to promote/facilitate a comprehensive research seminar program for the College.The AD-RGS is also responsible for the support and oversight of all masters, graduate certificate and doctoral programs housed in CHHS. They regularly convene, support and facilitate the College Graduate Council which is comprised of all graduate program directors and designated faculty involved in various aspects of graduate education. The AD-RGS is the primary liaison for the College with the UNC Charlotte Graduate School, coordinating and leading all efforts in the College related to graduate reporting, advising, securing and distributing assistantships, and graduate curricular revision or proposals.Research Office OperationsThe CHHS Office of Research reports directly to the AD-RGS. In consultation with the Dean the AD-RGS sets research policy and procedures for the College; monitors all pre-award (proposal development, budget construction) processes for the College; supervises and conducts annual evaluations for all pre-award staff and graduate student assistants; serves as the primary liaison to the UNC Charlotte Division of Research and Economic Development and the CRI; attends or delegates attendance at Research & Economic Development meetings; disseminates research updates to the College via newsletters, reports and regular communications; designs and facilitates research enhancement activities for faculty and students in the College (seminars, mock review panels, referral to appropriate statistical or research design support, access to large data bases, etc.) and evaluates their impact on research productivity and success; AD-RGS is responsible for the interpretation, compilation and dissemination of research-related reports; is responsible for research compliance and works cooperatively with the College’s Data Security Officer; manages and distributes Research Enhancement Funds; performs other duties and responsibilities as delegated by the Dean.
Faculty SupportAt the request of the Dean, the AD-RGS may assist in the recruitment and interviewing of potential administrators, faculty, and research/adjunct faculty for the College. They are to serve as a ready informal and formal mentor and resource for all faculty seeking or managing external and internal funding. They will facilitate and support interdisciplinary research opportunities on and off campus.OtherLike all other administrators in the College, the AD-RGS will teach one course per year to keep in touch with students and the faculty experience. They will also continue to act as an inspirational role model for faculty by continuing to pursue their own scholarship. The AD-RGS should be a member of the Graduate Faculty and may elect to serve as major professor or committee member on masters or doctoral student committees. The AD-RGS plays an important role as the Dean’s representative to a spectrum of research entities on campus including the Urban Institute, the Institute for Social Capital, CRI, and the Internal Review Board, as well as the wider constituency of community agencies/industry interested in College’s research mission.

Minimum Experience/Education:

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

The AD-RGS must meet the criteria for the rank of Professor at the time of appointment and may hold a tenured position in any appropriate academic unit within the College. They must have a demonstrated record of faculty and graduate student mentoring and direct experience in graduate education.
The successful candidate for AD-RGS is expected to have distinctive experience in establishing and maintaining their own externally funded research, providing research mentorship for scholars, demonstrating result-oriented advocacy efforts, leading effective collaborations through relationship-building, engaging community-academic and interdisciplinary stakeholders, teaching and mentoring graduate students, possess excellent communication skills and implementing strategies to address gaps in equity, strengthen diversity, and advance social justice in research. Candidates should describe their ability to support diverse funding mechanisms (e.g. federal, state, and local governments, non-profit, philanthropic, industry) and scientific methods (e.g. basic, applied, community-engaged) and bring expertise in team science approaches. Candidates must possess a doctorate in an area related to one of the four academic units and be eligible for appointment as a tenured full professor. in any appropriate academic unit within the College.

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About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link:

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link:

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:


    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.


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