Coastal Carolina University — Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies

The Opportunity

Coastal Carolina University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The dean search committee will begin to review applications in early March 2021, and continue until the position is filled.  It is anticipated that the new dean will begin responsibilities July 1, 2021. The Dean will serve as the chief academic officer for the newly formed College of Graduate and Continuing Studies and report directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The University seeks an experienced individual who will provide the vision, direction, and leadership necessary to define and build this new academic unit.

The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies 

This newly organized academic unit includes: 1) oversight of all graduate programs at the university (in concert with academic departments, graduate faculty, and college leadership); 2) oversight and leadership of all Continuing and Community-based credit and non-credit education. 

Dean Attributes

  • Experience as an academic leader with a track record of  demonstrated achievements in the oversight of Graduate Programs; 
  • An ability to engage in a collaborative visioning process for this new College;
  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines offering a graduate degree at Coastal Carolina University;
  • A personal commitment to graduate education, scholarly activity, and sponsored programs as evidenced by publication, grant writing, and teaching;
  • Experience in the leadership of a graduate program/division at a predominantly undergraduate institution;
  • A commitment to student success and the ability to recruit and retain graduate students of promise – including those from under-represented and underserved populations;
  • A demonstrated commitment to community needs and interests, along with the ability to work with other Colleges/Departments to develop credit and non-credit programs;
  • Experience in furthering the role of graduate programs at a university, including the assessment and development of graduate programs and new program approval;
  • The ability to work collaboratively  in order to foster and manage positive change in a dynamic environment.

The University

Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, South Carolina, just nine miles from the Atlantic coastal resort city of Myrtle Beach. Coastal Carolina University enrolls around 10,000 students from 45 states and 58 nations. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate and selective master’s degrees of national and/or regional significance in the arts and sciences, business, humanities, education, and health and human services, a specialist degree in educational leadership, and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Science and Education  In addition the University offers cooperative degree programs with other South Carolina universities, and an array of international exchange programs that take students to places such as Australia, Costa Rica, Cuba, England, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Germany, India, Japan and Russia. 

Coastal Carolina University is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

How to Apply

Application submissions should include a statement addressing the characteristics described above, a comprehensive resume/CV and the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of at least five (5) references.  Application materials should be submitted electronically at:  Screening and evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Letters of nomination and requests for further information may be sent electronically to Michael H. Roberts, Chair of the Search Committee, at For further information on Coastal Carolina University, please visit:  

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