University of Cincinnati — Dean of the Graduate School & Vice Provost for Graduate Studies

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country”.

Job Overview
Having recently celebrated our 200th anniversary, the University of Cincinnati, a nationally ranked and internationally renowned R1 University, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Dean/Vice Provost is the chief academic and administrative officer of the Graduate School. Working in partnership with other Deans, the Dean/Vice Provost is responsible for: overseeing the educational opportunities and success of graduate students throughout the university; promoting a culture of inclusive and diverse scholarly excellence; providing innovative leadership that aligns with the Graduate School Envisioning Committee (GSEC) report; securing and administrating the Graduate School’s financial resources and budgets; enhancing revenue, especially by engaging in private fundraising; strategic and operational planning that aligns with the university-wide Next Lives Here presidential initiative.

New leadership has infused the University with excitement and energy about its mission as a premier urban research university for the 21st century. The presidential initiative, Next Lives Here, has laid the foundation for the University of Cincinnati to grow as a research and anchor institution of the highest quality. Already holding the tenth largest endowment among public universities and 47th in federal funding nationwide, the University of Cincinnati is a premier academic institution. UC is unique in supporting distinguished scholarship and research that are matched with cooperative learning environments to uphold a commitment to accessible education.  

Responsibilities
The Dean/Vice Provost will be responsible for implementing the policies and procedures developed by the Board of Trustees and administrative leadership of the campus and the University as a whole. In accomplishing this task, the Dean/Vice Provost will seek opportunities for collaboration with colleges, schools and other academic units, and external partners. Specifically, the Dean/Vice Provost will:

  • Conceptualize a strategic and innovative vision of the Graduate School’s future that will motivate the faculty and inspire students; and articulate this vision in terms of measurable goals and enlist the support of essential constituencies;
  • Develop recruitment strategies that attract and retain diverse graduate students of the highest caliber, providing them with a student-centered environment conducive to their professional development;
  • Inspire a student-first 21st Century Graduate School that leverages student needs to create bold, programmatic innovations that allow our graduates to excel in their academic and professional environments, and develop new partnerships that match up well with the university’s long-standing commitment to cooperative learning environments; 
  • Support the attraction and retention of diverse faculty of the highest caliber, providing them with an inclusive environment conducive to their professional development;
  • Enhance relationships between the Graduate School, the University, and Cincinnati’s dynamic and diverse community by engaging in activities ranging from the dissemination of research carried out in the Graduate School to programs designed to impact the university’s surrounding communities; and
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships within the University and surrounding community, including the development of interprofessional collaborations.

Performance Expectations
To further improve the Graduate School’s overall performance, the Dean/Vice Provost will be expected to lead and achieve the following:

  • Support and advance the mission of the Graduate School and its role within an urban, public institution to impact and transform the educational and professional landscape. The Dean/Vice Provost will work with students, faculty, staff, alumni, state legislators and other constituencies to bring that mission, and the vision of Next Lives Here, to fruition.
  • Create a high-performance culture based on teamwork and humble partnership.
  • Show a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Provide visionary, innovative, and collaborative leadership with a demonstrated ability to turn vision into reality.
  • Inspire students, faculty, staff, business leaders, and state and private funders through ambitious but attainable objectives; building a plan that moves from ideation toward those objectives.
  • Strengthen existing relationships with major cultural, business, industry, health care, social services, schools, and state institutions, and build new relationships within the immediate Cincinnati community, the regional professional market and beyond.
  • Take a lead role in pursuing private funding for the Graduate School, supported by the University of Cincinnati Foundation office. In addition to private gifts, the Dean/Vice Provost will support and enhance revenue streams from application to foundation resources that advance the role and scope of graduate studies in the state and nationally.
  • While it is expected that the Dean/Vice Provost will possess a distinguished scholarly record and qualify for the rank of full professor in one of the University’s academic units, candidates with equally valuable leadership abilities and outstanding accomplishment that could be translated into innovative leadership of the College will be considered. Regardless of one’s career pathway, the Dean/Vice Provost must demonstrate a commitment to outstanding teaching, research, and service commitments. Above all, they will maintain the highest personal and professional character and ethical standards necessary to lead an academic institution of UC’s caliber.

Demonstrated Achievements
The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience dealing with entities external to academia, with fundraising experience highly desired. Experience in region could be advantageous, though not necessary. The Dean/Vice Provost will demonstrate:

  • A record as an accomplished scholar or noted contributor to the field and/or profession of belonging, via leadership or other outstanding accomplishments
  • Eligibility for tenure at the rank of full professor in one of the University’s academic units
  • Facilitation of the steps needed to achieve high national rankings and maintain its upward trajectory
  • A record of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Rigorous standards of professional achievement and ethical behavior
  • Commitment to and understanding of the principles and practices of academic assessment
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial orientation combined with boldness, imagination, and abundant energy
  • Extensive knowledge of the challenges and issues facing higher education
  • Cognizance of the opportunities and advantages of the University’s urban setting
  • Demonstrable capacity to lead the faculty in curricular and pedagogical reform and academic planning
  • Successful administrative and budgetary/financial experience
  • A management style that is inclusive, effective, team-oriented, and result-driven

Application Information
To complete your application process, please go to: https://bit.ly/32UW3qB and you will need to submit the following materials electronically: A curriculum vitae, cover letter (demonstrating your interest, qualifications and fit), and a list of at least three references. 

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands. 

Compensation and Benefits
UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate’s experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

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