The College of Natural Science invites applications from within the MSU community for the position of GGS Graduate Program Director. The Director is the chief administrator of the GGS graduate program (https://ggs.natsci.msu.edu/) and is responsible for its overall operation. The Director is advised by an Associate Director, the GGS Program Executive Committee, the GGS faculty, and GGS graduate students. Responsibilities of the position include:
the long-range planning and administrative management for the GGS Graduate Program involving matters of graduate student training;
serving as the administration liaison between the GGS Graduate Program and the departments, colleges and other graduate programs especially within the BioMolecular Science Gateway and the College of Natural Science’s Dean’s Office;
representing GGS at NatSci grad directors’ meetings;.
preparing annual budget requests and supervising budget expenditures;
providing, within limits of the budget, adequate supporting services (e.g., secretarial, program announcements, web updates and alumni newsletter);
overseeing administrative support staff for the GGS Graduate Program;
coordinating an Executive Committee;
convening faculty meetings, at least once per academic year;
appointing faculty members to the BMS Admissions Committee and student advisory committees;
participating in the recruitment and orientation of incoming students;
deciding on faculty membership in the GGS Graduate Program, after review of and vote on applications by the Executive Committee;
reviewing GGS graduate student assessments to assure quality in their research and teaching, as well as progress toward degree;
implementing actions that will improve the quality of graduate training, teaching, and future placement, including conducting exit interviews;
determine exceptions for course requirements, acceptance of transfer credits, initiate requests for time extensions on degree and comprehensive exams, determine appropriateness of seminar and course listings, and award of bridging funds and travel fellowships;
serve as graduate student mentor, counselor and advocate, and occasionally as a negotiator, moderator, or enforcer of program rules, when difficulties arise between student and adviser;
provide guidance and assistance during rotation selection;
mediate and encourage GGS graduate student outreach and excursions;
involve GGS graduate students through recruitment and peer-mentoring processes;
providing letters of nomination for fellowship applications, and taking responsibility for reviewing fellowship nominations for the College of Natural Science.
The position is open to tenured Associate or Full Professors at MSU. The ideal applicant will have experience in graduate student mentoring and/or advising and a commitment to establishing an inclusive and diverse academic environment. GGS is a very student-centered program. Willingness to listen to and interact with the graduate students is essential. Compensation will be negotiated with the Dean of the College of Natural Science.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
Experience in graduate student mentoring and/or advising and a commitment to establishing an inclusive and diverse academic environment.
Required Application Materials
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one-page statement on mentoring and advising experience and a statement of vision/goals for the GGS program (1-2 pages).
Applications should be emailed to the Search Committee Chair, Susanne Hoffmann-Benning ([email protected]).
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