James Madison University — Dean of The Graduate School

James Madison University (JMU) invites applications and nominations for a creative and forward-thinking leader to serve in the position of Dean of The Graduate School. The Graduate School promotes the university’s commitment to addressing complex, real-world problems, and contemporary issues with an array of excellent graduate programs in seven academic colleges at JMU. It is the mission of The Graduate School to support, facilitate, and promote excellence in lifelong education through graduate programs of distinction, innovative outreach programs, and a diverse student body. The university offers 60 graduate programs to students on our campus and beyond, primarily at the master’s level, but also leading to Educational Specialist and doctoral degrees, including Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Psychology degrees.

JMU is a selective, public, comprehensive university with an enrollment of more than 20,000 students, of whom over 1,800 are graduate students. JMU is located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley, 130 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. The seven colleges within the university include: Arts and Letters, Business, Education, Health and Behavioral Studies, Integrated Science and Engineering, Science and Mathematics, and Visual and Performing Arts. For twenty years, the U.S. News and World Report has ranked JMU either first or second among the top public master’s-level schools in the south. Ten graduate programs are ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report. The university is known for the quality of its students and faculty, community engagement, international programs, and academic excellence. More information about the university may be found at http://www.jmu.edu.

A large university with a focus on undergraduate education, JMU has been clear in emphasizing graduate education that enriches our overall array of academic programs, and seeks to be responsive to local, regional, and national needs. As the university moves to Carnegie R2 status, the dean will work with the colleges where graduate programs are housed to nurture a diverse and growing range of graduate programs led by outstanding faculty. There is opportunity for creative program development and strategic leadership in collaboration with colleges and outreach programs.

JMU seeks a person with considerable experience in academic administration and graduate education, with a record of accomplishment in focusing on the welfare of students and the ability to work with others to achieve transformative change. The Graduate School Dean collaborates with other deans, program directors, unit heads, and faculty across the institution to develop curricula and academic programs that address discipline, institutional and societal needs. Responsibilities include representing The Graduate School and university to internal and external constituents and supporting professional outreach and service regionally, nationally, and internationally. The dean chairs the Graduate Council, which consists of program directors and graduate faculty appointed by the president and works with college deans and graduate directors to advance the mission of graduate education across the university. Each dean at JMU provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership, reports directly to the provost, and serves on Academic Council, the senior academic leadership team at JMU. In collaboration with others, the dean is responsible for securing, overseeing, and managing resources necessary to pursue The Graduate School’s mission.

The successful candidate will have:

  • An earned terminal degree and experience sufficient to merit appointment, with tenure, at the rank of full professor in a JMU academic unit
  • Strong administrative and interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style
  • Organizational leadership experience and success in an academic setting
  • A commitment to the welfare and success of graduate students
  • Appreciation of the role of graduate education at a primarily undergraduate institution
  • A strong record of teaching, research, mentoring faculty and students, and university/professional service
  • A strong record in the efficient use of resources and evidence of creative approaches to garnering new resources, including external, governmental, and/or private funding agencies
  • A strong record in the facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration among graduate programs
  • A strong record of success in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A strong record of success in promoting student and faculty research
  • A strong record in advocating for graduate education and graduate students in all programs

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with review of applications to begin January 18, 2021. The desired start date is July 1, 2021. This position is a 12-month, tenure-line appointment with the possibility of a negotiated teaching component. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

James Madison University accepts applications only through JobLink (joblink.jmu.edu). Applications must include:

  • A letter of application of no more than two pages that summarizes how the candidate’s experience aligns with required qualifications
  • A concise (500-1,000 words) statement (Other Document #1) describing the candidate’s vision for leadership (to include opportunities, strategies, and challenges) in the following areas:
    • The role of graduate education in preparing twenty-first-century citizens and leaders,
    • The role of the graduate school in advancing issues related to diversity and inclusion.
  • A current curriculum vitae

To apply go to Joblink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1531. Individuals wishing to nominate candidates should submit a letter of nomination and complete contact information for the nominee to graddeansearch@jmu.edu.

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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