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Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate School

Apply now Job No: 20031
Department: Graduate School
Work Type: Staff Full-time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional

Full consideration will be given to internal applicants who apply on or before February 21, 2020.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

The Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School (Dean) will provide leadership and vision for the overall growth and quality of graduate enrollment at Michigan Technological University. They will commit to improving the quality of graduate education and campus life for all students. They will administer the Graduate School's resources in a sustainable manner, as well as contribute to the growth of resources by engaging in advancement activities and through support of externally funded research opportunities. The successful candidate will report directly to the Provost and will be a prominent and effective leader, working closely with directors of graduate studies and representatives of the Graduate Student Government.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Administration: The Dean serves as the principal administrative officer for the Graduate School with responsibility for all issues related to graduate programs and graduate students, including developing and implementing a plan for the Graduate School that supports the University's Strategic Plan. They should articulate a clear, forward-thinking strategic vision and work with the University's Graduate Faculty Council and the Graduate Student Government to develop and implement academic policies and procedures.

The Dean manages the Graduate School finances responsibly and strategically to achieve short- and long-term goals, working with the relevant university constituencies to effectively and fairly allocate support for graduate students.

The Dean oversees assessment for all graduate degree programs, including online programs, in accordance with Higher Learning Commission requirements. They coordinate with other administrators, faculty, and staff to continually update and improve the quality of graduate programs and courses in alignment with student and societal needs. They should identify trends in graduate studies and work with academic units to develop timely new graduate programs and eliminate programs when necessary.

Encourage continuous improvement practices among employees. Commit to applying continuous improvement strategies to strategic goals and leadership skills.
Provide leadership to foster a culture of safety; promote safety through actions, communication, and training.

Advocacy: The Dean is the primary advocate for graduate students' and postdoctoral scholars’ success and excellence. They provide support and direction to advance educational experiences and general well-being of graduate students. They also work in concert with other administrators, faculty, and staff to improve the quality of the graduate student experience at Michigan Tech.

The Dean is charged with increasing the size, diversity, and quality of the graduate student and postdoctoral population, as well as the overall number of graduate degrees awarded. They continually review and update the University's marketing and recruiting plan to attract high-quality graduate students from diverse populations, both internationally and domestically. Where possible, the Dean will seek additional funding for graduate studies through individual and collaborative efforts and by leveraging existing resources.

Advancement: The Dean will contribute to the University’s advancement activities by reaching out to prospective donors, leading stewardship activities for current donors, and, as appropriate, leveraging existing Graduate School resources in support of the growth of total resources available to support graduate education.

Employees will commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Employees will also apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Earned PhD or equivalent degree

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Tenured Faculty member
• Demonstrated success in mentoring graduate students, including PhD students, and/or postdoctoral scholars
• Supervisory, administrative, and/or leadership experience
• Teaching experience and course development at the graduate level
• Communication and interpersonal skills to engage with a diverse audience
• Commitment to diversity and inclusion

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Tenured faculty member at a full professor rank
• Experience in strategic planning
• Experience recruiting graduate students
• Experience with advancement within a university setting
• Experience obtaining external support for graduate programs or students
• Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and the ability to manage budgets

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated commitment to a culture of safety by having established safety as a key professional value and essential component of daily practice.
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of current issues and trends facing graduate education.
• Excellent interpersonal and conflict-resolution skills and demonstrated ability to promote collaboration among departments.
• Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication. •Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities


Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months


1st Shift


Negotiable based on experience

Title of Position Supervisor

Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posting Type

Internal Only

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applicants will need to provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a two (2) page action plan that details planned strategies and intended measurable outcomes. This should include plans for improving the graduate student experience and promoting diversity in the graduate student body. Applicants will be asked for the names and contact information for three recommendation providers.

Additional Information

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE Institution, and has twice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Michigan Tech actively supports dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce. Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview and we offer career exploration advice and assistance finding positions at the University and in the local community

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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