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Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

California State University, Fresno

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California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) seeks a collaborative and innovative leader to serve as the next dean of the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. This individual will steward the research mission, cultivate faculty creativity, and champion graduate studies at Fresno State.

Since its founding in 1911 as the Fresno State Normal School, the institution has evolved into a comprehensive research university and a recognized leader in serving Central California's diverse, growing community. Fresno State serves as one of 23 California State University (CSU) campuses. With an enrollment of nearly 24,000 students, Fresno State offers 72 undergraduate degree programs, 49 master's degree programs, and three doctoral programs in the liberal arts and sciences as well as in a variety of professional disciplines emphasizing agriculture, business, engineering, and technology, health and human services, and education. The campus recently launched its 2023-2029 strategic plan, which reflects Fresno State's core values and its deep commitment to the economic and social vibrancy of its community. Ranked eighth among all colleges nationwide for social mobility in the 2024 U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings, Fresno State is committed to serving an underrepresented student body and advancing economic opportunity for low-income students.

Reporting to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the dean serves as the chief administrative officer of the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. The Division of Research and Graduate Studies is home to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs which advances research by providing leadership and professional assistance for faculty, students, and staff at Fresno State. The division is also responsible for the development, planning, assessment, improvement, and administration of all postbaccalaureate and graduate programs offered by the University.

The successful candidate will have a terminal degree and appropriate academic credentials, including evidence of substantial research and scholarly activity to qualify for appointment as a tenured professor in one of the colleges/schools within the Division of Academic Affairs. The new leader must bring a record of successful academic administrative experience and proven leadership ability, including the development of interdisciplinary programs and research. The dean will champion Fresno State's growing research mission while developing a vision and outlining strategic priorities for the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. Leading efforts to review and streamline processes, the dean will strengthen research infrastructure and build capacity to support faculty and student research. The new leader will also be responsible for developing and stewarding strategic collaborations and partnerships that will extend Fresno State's reach and impact.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. WittKieffer is assisting California State University, Fresno in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 3, 2024.

Application materials, nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. and Kim Migoya at

The anticipated hiring salary for this position is between $170,000 and $200,000 annually.

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations.Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliationon the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

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California State University, Fresno is the intellectual heart of Central California, providing high quality undergraduate and graduate education.

Founded in 1911, Fresno State has evolved into a nationally acclaimed university with an impressive faculty who are educating future leaders and advancing world-class research.

Academic excellence is central to the mission of California State University, Fresno. Fresno State offers upwards of 60 undergraduate degrees, approximately 40 masters' degrees, and a handful of doctoral programs through 50-plus departments organized into eight academic schools and colleges.


The university employs a diverse faculty and staff who bring to the campus a wide range of ideas and customs reflecting our ever-changing world.

The university also attracts millions of dollars to fund critical research on topics ranging from air pollution to water conservation.


Fresno State contributes more than $800 million to the economy of our region. This impact sustains 15,300 jobs in the region, and generates more than $44 million per year in tax revenue.


Fresno State will power the economy and culture of 21st century Central California - the region known as the New California.




As the sixth-largest city in the Golden State, Fresno is nestled in California's Central Valley which boasts a population of just over 1 million. The surrounding San Joaquin Valley is one of the richest agricultural areas in the world.


The majestic Sierra Nevada mountains create an ethereal backdrop for Fresno State's 388-acre academic campus and 1,000-acre University Farm.


Little more than an hour from campus are Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National parks. These natural wonders offer year-round outdoor fun with many clear mountain lakes for boating and fishing. Fresno is a comfortable drive from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe and the Pacific Coast.


With a deep connection to the land, there is little wonder that Fresno State is on the cutting edge of environmental awareness and sustainability. Parking shelters topped with photovoltaic solar panels generate about 20 percent of the university's base demand. Going 'green' is a priority at Fresno State. The campus farm gives students hands-on training in agriculture, from livestock to vineyards. Fresno State is the first university to establish a commercial winery on campus and the wines have won prestigious awards worldwide.




The beauty of the Fresno State campus is enhanced by more than 4,000 trees in over 100 varieties. In 1978, the campus was named an arboretum.


The jewel of the campus is the beautiful $105 million state-of-the-art Henry Madden Library, the largest library in the California State University system and the biggest academic library between Los Angeles and the Bay Area.


The Smittcamp Family Honors College is one of the most comprehensive academic honors program at any university in California and draws the best and the brightest students.

Fresno State boasts some of the best sports programs in the California State University system.


California State University, Fresno is a campus rich in cultural and intellectual diversity where great ideas and unlimited imagination are encouraged. We are looking for creative, inquisitive and dedicated people to carry our traditions forward to new generations of students.




Careers at Fresno State provide the opportunity to work along side some of the best minds in the country. We offer exceptional possibilities for those with the curiosity, intelligence and drive to succeed. More than 2,500 jobs in over 80 different career fields are represented on campus.


Consider becoming part of a community whose members work together to create knowledge, connect to the world, and further their sense of identity and direction. An environment that inspires discovery and encourages collaboration. Consider California State University, Fresno.

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