Bridgewater State University — Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Department Summary:
Since 1937, the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University has offered an array of graduate programs featuring innovative, relevant curricula delivered by an exceptional faculty. Our graduate programs cultivate educational, professional, and leadership advancement in service to regional, national, and global communities.


Founded by Horace Mann in 1840 as the first permanently-sited teacher education program in the country, Bridgewater State University is a comprehensive public regional university located in the geographic heart of Southeastern Massachusetts in the town of Bridgewater. The 270-acre main campus is well within an hour’s drive of Boston, Cape Cod, and Providence, RI. BSU’s off-campus instructional sites in Attleboro and Cape Cod, as well as the Flight Center in New Bedford, extend the university’s physical presence beyond Bridgewater.

There are approximately 1,500 graduate students and 9,000 undergraduate students at BSU. The university is committed to the achievement of academic excellence by students of all backgrounds. Students learn by doing, serve the world and the region, teach and learn, discover career paths, and dedicate themselves to making dreams a reality. This approach has created the thriving, dynamic institution we see today.


The College of Graduate Studies offers more than 80 master’s degrees and graduate certificate programs in collaboration with the Ricciardi College of Business, the College of Education and Health Sciences, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics. In 2018, the College of Graduate Studies was awarded a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This fellowship funding will support graduate students in Computer Science until at least 2021. CoGS is also proud to have only one of three graduate programs in Professional Tennis Management in the world; the program is accredited by the USTA. Bridgewater graduate students historically have had among the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates of any university in Massachusetts. Additionally, Bridgewater continues to prepare new preK-12 teachers in the Commonwealth, educating more science and mathematics teachers annually than any institution in Massachusetts. Graduate students present their research at a yearly on-campus event, a wide variety of professional conferences, and publish in the Graduate Review, a journal published by the College of Graduate Studies.

Position Summary:
Bridgewater State University (BSU) invites applications for the position of Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies (CoGS). The Associate Dean will join a collegial team dedicated to academic excellence, innovation, and opportunity. The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of the College, provides leadership in ensuring program quality, and is responsible for carrying out a variety of important administrative activities. The Associate Dean sits on the Leadership Team of the College of Graduate Studies and the Provost's Council of the University.

Supervision Received: Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

Supervision: Administrative Assistant, Graduate Writing Fellowship Director, faculty board, and faculty editor of in-house graduate journal, The Graduate Review.

Position Type: Professional Non-Unit

Essential Duties:
• Assist graduate programs with programmatic assessment and continuous program improvement
• Assist graduate programs with accreditation processes and governance processes
• Respond to student academic requests (grades, curricular approvals) and provide students with key guidance and support
• Provide leadership for the College of Graduate Studies’ involvement with the annual student research event
• Manage the work of the Graduate Writing Fellowship Director
• Meet with the faculty board of The Graduate Review, as needed; help the board to set and maintain standards and mission
• Serve as the Academic Integrity official for the College of Graduate Studies
• Assist graduate programs and the Dean with the appointment of graduate faculty and oversight of the graduate faculty list
• Assist with the process of graduate faculty evaluations
• Assist the Dean with the oversight of the placement of graduate assistantships
• Assist with development and execution of events for faculty, staff, and students
• Assist the Dean with the overall planning, budgeting, and management of the College
• Assist the Dean in representing the College and University to companies, non-profit entities, and other stakeholders in the region
• Participate as a member of the Provost’s Council and work collaboratively with all Academic Affairs staff to promote student and faculty success
• Serve on various committees, to be assigned, to further the strategic plan of the College and University (e.g. Assessment Committee, Minnock Institute for International Engagement)
• Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:
• An earned terminal degree.
• A record of academic achievement that merits tenure with appointment at the rank of associate or full professor.
• Familiarity with at least some of the disciplines and programs that comprise the College of Graduate Studies.
• Experience teaching and supervising graduate students.
• Experience with accreditation, maintenance of assessment systems, and approaches for continuing improvement.
• Experience with curriculum development.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively, decisively, and transparently with academic leadership, faculty, students, staff, donors, and other stakeholders important to the College; ability to communicate clearly, collaborate effectively, and maintain good humor.
• Evidence of promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff.

Preferred Qualifications:
• A minimum of three years’ experience in academic administration, such as department chairperson or graduate program director.
• Demonstrated teaching excellence.
• Commitment to support of disciplinary and interdisciplinary environments and curricula.
• Grant-writing or grant management experience.
• Commitment to community engagement and a collaborative approach to working with groups outside of the university.
• Evidence of successfully developing external relationships that effectively build an infrastructure of fundraising and resource enhancement for program support and growth.
• Dynamic team-building and leadership skills with evidence of deep appreciation of and support for shared governance.
• Demonstrated commitment to the pursuit of equity in higher education.

Work Environment:
Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities.

Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5 pounds.

Special Conditions for Eligibility:
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

Salary Range: 115,000-120,000
Posting Number: S00587P
Open Date: 01/17/2020
Close Date: 2/21/2020
Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:

*a minimum of one (1) employment history entry.

*a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.

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Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.