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Associate Dean, Graduate School

Pennsylvania State University

Job Title: Associate Dean, Graduate School
Job Location: University Park, PA
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Deans, directors, registrar
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Associate Dean, Graduate School

Pennsylvania State University

The Graduate School is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Penn State is the land-grant University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is composed of the University Park campus and 24 other campuses throughout the state.

Reporting directly to the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, the Associate Dean serves to coordinate and oversee many aspects of the management of Graduate School operations, processes, and activities, with particular emphasis on continuous quality improvement through graduate program review and strategic planning.

The Graduate School, established in 1922, is one of the nation's largest graduate schools, with more than 13,000 graduate students enrolled in residence at University Park; Penn State Harrisburg, the Capital College; Penn State Erie, the Behrend College; the Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies; the College of Medicine, as well as at a distance through Penn State's World Campus. International enrollment has increased to more than 3,100 students, and the Graduate School has a strategic priority to increase the enrollment of underrepresented graduate students. Penn State offers over 188 graduate fields of study, with 93 fields offering the research doctorate (Ph.D.); 8 offering professional doctorates (D.Ed., D.M.A., D.P.H., and D.N.P.); 108 offering research master's degrees (the M.A. and M.S.); and a growing portfolio (currently, 88) of professional master's degree programs. Graduate Faculty across all graduate degree programs exceeds 3,100.

The Graduate School is responsible for overseeing the admission, matriculation and graduation of all graduate students across the University, excluding professional students in the College of Medicine, Dickinson Law, and Penn State Law; maintains academic standards and adherence to academic and administrative policies related to graduate education; promotes and provides professional development opportunities for graduate students; and promulgates best practices for graduate faculty to augment the efforts of graduate programs and colleges.

The Associate Dean is responsible for oversight of the Graduate School's internal review and assessment of all graduate degree programs, and subsequent reporting of program quality on a regular cycle; oversight of assessment and reporting of graduate student satisfaction, outcomes and placements on a regular cycle; oversight of development and maintenance of standardized graduate program resources related to meeting program quality objectives in every graduate degree program (e.g., program-specific graduate student handbooks); oversight and coordination of professional development activities for graduate faculty that promote best practices in graduate education; oversight and coordination of professional development activities for graduate program leaders that promote graduate program best practices; oversight, coordination, final synthesis and reporting of strategic planning for the Graduate School; and other related responsibilities as needed.

The Associate Dean, working in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Institutional Planning and Assessment, is also responsible for ensuring compliance of all graduate education programming (degrees, certificates, etc.) with Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation standards for learning assessment. This includes leading the revision of guidelines for curricular proposal submission and review to include delineation of learning objectives and assessment methods for both new curricular offerings, as well as curricular changes to existing programs. In meeting these responsibilities, the Associate Dean will work in close collaboration with the Offices of the Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, as well as with the Advisory Committee for Graduate Education (ACGE) and with Graduate Council and its committees.

Additional duties to be assigned by the Vice Provost and Dean include a wide range of administrative roles and key academic support to advancing the unit's strategic goals for graduate education, as outlined in the Graduate School's Strategic Plan (

Job Requirements

The successful candidate must be strongly committed to high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate education; have a thorough understanding of major issues and trends affecting graduate education, both nationally and globally; have the ability to promote collaboration in a multi-campus, highly interdisciplinary environment; and be strongly committed to supporting and advancing the University's and Graduate School's goals for increasing diversity.

The successful candidate should have a record of accomplishment that includes evidence of leading complex projects and initiatives; molding consensus among diverse constituencies; and promoting high standards of academic excellence, ethics and integrity.

Effective leadership, supervisory ability and communication skills are essential.

College-level academic administrative experience is desirable.

Qualified candidates must be eligible for membership in the Graduate Faculty and have a significant scholarly record within their field sufficient for professorial appointment at full rank, with significant teaching, research, and service accomplishments.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Review of applications will begin on April 3, 2017, and continue until the position has been filled.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter that includes a summary of their interest in and experience relevant to the position and to meeting the challenges and opportunities facing graduate education; curriculum vitae; and names and contact information (including e-mail address) of four references addressed to Dr. Michael Verderame, Chair of the Search Committee.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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