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The University of Utah is looking for a new Dean of the Graduate School

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Position Overview


The University of Utah seeks a forward-thinking, collaborative, and innovative leader with a deep commitment to graduate education in a research-intensive environment to serve as its next Dean of the Graduate School. The Dean will serve a five-year renewable term and report directly to the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Dean serves as the school's principal academic and administrative officer. This position is open to current faculty of the University of Utah who have earned tenure and the rank of full professor that meet the criteria below. Applications, inquiries, and nominations are invited.

We seek a visionary leader to propel our Graduate School to meet the challenges and demands of a research-intensive institution and attain the growing research, educational, and workforce development goals of the intermountain west. This position is central to achieving President Taylor Randall’s objectives of inspiring students, impacting the lives of all Utahns and innovating and generating discoveries that will change the world. The Graduate School is an essential part of helping the University of Utah reach $1 billion in research funding, have the societal impact of a top 10 public university, and grow our next generation of researchers. These key objectives will shape the next chapter of the Graduate School at the University of Utah.

Role of the Graduate School Dean

The Graduate School supports more than 8,400 students enrolled in graduate programs by connecting them to financial support, health and wellness resources, themed workshops and travel funding. More than 200 graduate degrees are offered by the University of Utah, from Master of Architecture to Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering. The Graduate School administers the Graduate School tuition benefit program, health insurance benefit, and graduate fellowships. Included in the Graduate School are the Office of Assistant Dean for Diversity, Thesis Office, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the International Teaching Assistant program. With these services, the Graduate School provides administrative structure and leadership to enhance graduate education at the University of Utah and advance shared goals among faculty, academic deans, fellow administrators, students, and staff.

Responsibilities of the Dean include:

  • Providing visionary leadership to the campus academic unit in a highly inter-disciplinary research university, overseeing a base budget of over $3.6 million across state, department operating, returned overhead and gift funds. The new Dean will be expected to advance a contemporary vision for the Graduate School; strengthen structures, systems, policies and practices; partner with university leadership and build relationships across the university; promote and expand interdisciplinary opportunities; and increase fundraising and alumni engagement.
  • Guiding graduate admissions policy, monitoring time to degree and degree completion, and attending to graduate student grievances and petitions.
  • Recommending approval of proposals for new graduate degrees and emphases, graduate certificates, new centers and institutes, and overseeing the University’s periodic review of academic programs, as advised by the Graduate Council.
  • Advocating and coordinating graduate policies and procedures, working closely with directors of graduate studies across campus to improve graduate education at the university and exploring new ways of attracting graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to our programs. The Dean advocates on behalf of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and fosters a strong connection with the International Student Services while preparing students to have successful careers.

 About the Graduate School

 The Graduate School at the University of Utah supports students by:

  1. Promoting the successful recruitment, support, and timely degree completion of graduate and professional students at the University of Utah.
  2. Assessing and motivating ongoing improvements to all academic programs, institutes, and centers across the university through the Graduate Council Review process.
  3. Serving as a resource for the support and improvement of the post-doctoral research experience across the university campus.
  4. Enabling the development of interdisciplinary graduate programs by serving as an incubator for new multi-college academic degrees and certificates.

The Graduate School strives to enhance graduate education at the University of Utah by providing continuous support to graduate students, starting before admissions, and concluding with postdoctoral education and beyond. Initiatives that support the strategic vision for graduate education include:

  • Development of key initiatives to support President’s vision for student success and research funding.
  • Development and support of university-wide graduate and professional students through the establishment and growth of the proposed Graduate Assembly.
  • Integrated Graduate Student Tracking for degree progress and completion.
  • Automation of workflow for xTBP and Parental leave benefits.
  • Development of graduate curricular innovations, including stackable certificates and digital badging.
  • Development of University-wide initiatives for graduate student RCR and Ethics training.
  • Development of innovative marketing and admissions resources for graduate and professional degree programs.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities

The successful candidate for this position will possess: 

  • A record of leadership in graduate education
  • Prior leadership experience with responsibility for strategic management of personnel, programs, and resources
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Sustained and significant scholarly record
  • A vision and strategy to inspire graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to expand their knowledge and understanding of their impact in a multicultural, global society
  • Commitment to high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate education
  • Strategic goals to improve research outcomes and experiences of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
  • Familiarity with national issues affecting graduate education
  • Experience in policymaking (e.g. Academic Senate processes), fundraising and alumni engagement is desirable.

Procedure for Candidacy

Qualified internal 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 profile. University of Utah HR is assisting in this search. For highest consideration, candidate materials should be received by November 28th.

If you have any questions or would like assistance submitting your application please reach out with your application materials to Dani Baum: danielle.baum@utah.edu.

Apply online at this link: PRN32854B Dean, Graduate School

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with university policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The university does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

The university is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Search Committee


Dean, College of Architecture + Planning
Keith Diaz Moore (Co-Chair)
Keith Diaz Moore (Co-Chair)
Dean, College of Architecture + Planning
Distinguished Professor & Associate Chair of Chemistry
Shelley D. Minteer (Co-Chair)
Shelley D. Minteer (Co-Chair)
Distinguished Professor & Associate Chair of Chemistry
Professor, College of Social Work
Joanna Bettman Schaefer
Joanna Bettman Schaefer
Professor, College of Social Work
Professor, College of Business
Tina Diekmann
Tina Diekmann
Professor, College of Business
Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine
Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill
Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine
Professor, Department of English
Anne Jamison
Anne Jamison
Professor, Department of English
Professor, Department of Special Education
Susan Johnston
Susan Johnston
Professor, Department of Special Education
Professor, Department of Economics
Thomas Maloney
Thomas Maloney
Professor, Department of Economics
Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology
Maria Newton
Maria Newton
Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology
Director of Fellowships and Benefits Associate
Matthew Plooster
Matthew Plooster
Director of Fellowships and Benefits Associate
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Kevin Whitty
Kevin Whitty
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Chief of Staff, Office of Academic Affairs
Laura Marks
Laura Marks
Chief of Staff, Office of Academic Affairs

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The University of Utah is the state’s flagship institution of higher education, with 18 schools and colleges, more than 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs, and an enrollment of more than 34,000 students. In November 2019, the university was selected as a new member of the Association of American Universities—an invitation-only, prestigious group of 65 leading research institutions in North America marked by excellence in academic expertise and research impact, student success and securing resources in support of core missions. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Utah as an R1: Doctoral University–Very High Research Institution.

The University of Utah’s success in achieving excellence in research and teaching reflects the values of Utah: An unparalleled work ethic and a spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration and community service. These qualities have enabled the University of Utah to innovate across many fields and pioneer new programs with social impact, generate path-breaking discoveries, fuel critical research, and inspire innovative approaches to education. More facts, stats and data on the university are available here.

The U is the University for Utah just as it is the University of Utah. It strives to be a model public university in delivering unmatched value in higher education and health care while making social, economic and cultural contributions that improve the quality of life throughout the state, the nation and the world. The University of Utah’s reputation for excellence draws top-tier faculty and attracts motivated students from across the country and internationally. These students bring with them diverse experiences and outlooks—representing traditional and nontraditional students alike—thereby enhancing the exceptional educational experience the University of Utah offers.

The University of Utah honors the fact that its campus is located on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute and Ute tribes, as stated in its Indigenous Land Acknowledgment Statement. The U also has a memorandum of understanding with the Ute Indian Tribe to use the Ute name for its sports programs.

Mission

The University of Utah fosters student success by preparing students from diverse backgrounds for lives of impact as leaders and citizens. We generate and share new knowledge, discoveries and innovations, and we engage local and global communities to promote education, health and quality of life. These contributions, in addition to responsible stewardship of our intellectual, physical and financial resources, ensure the long-term success and viability of the institution.

Strategic Vision

In 2020, the main and health campuses at the University of Utah launched a strategic roadmap that ensures a One U approach to the future—a blueprint designed to accelerate the university’s rise as it focuses on four overarching goals: student success, knowledge transfer, community engagement and institutional vitality. Strategy 2025 is the result of a process launched in spring 2019 that harnessed the creative power of our campus community and stakeholders to shape a new vision, with strategies and measurable outcomes to guide us for the next five years. More information about the University’s strategy plan is available at https://strategy.utah.edu/

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