The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs provides leadership, management, and oversight of academic affairs in the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University, and is a key member of the Graduate School leadership team. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and the Dean of the Graduate School, the Associate Dean is responsible for all activities related to the curricula for graduate degree programs, including ensuring the integrity of the course catalog, monitoring academic regulations and degree requirements, reviewing and analyzing data pertaining to the Graduate School, facilitating academic program reviews, upholding accreditation standards and assisting with reaffirmation, and working closely with departmental leadership to promote the exceptional academic training of all graduate students and the maintenance of the highest academic standards.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and the Dean of the Graduate School operates as the chief administrator for all graduate programs within the university's schools and colleges, and fosters a collaborative support system across multiple departments, programs, and central provost resources such as the Career Center or the Student Care Network. The office also includes oversight of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The Graduate School promotes excellence in research and scholarship with the goal of training the next generation of leaders within and outside of the academy. We do so by promoting the most promising pre- and post-doctoral scholars from a diverse set of backgrounds and by creating an inclusive and stimulating environment that fosters intellectual growth and development.
Key Functions and Expected Performance:
Assists in the development of the Graduate School's strategic initiatives.
Review and resolve curricular and programmatic issues across graduate degree programs by working closely with departmental leadership.
Coordinate, review, and evaluate departmental program reviews.
Oversee the graduate student lifecycle by serving as the final authority for all graduate student academic requests, as well as requests for leaves, extensions, or accommodations.
Closely monitor compliance with the Graduate School catalog, and oversee all efforts to revise the catalog to clearly articulate degree requirements.
Collect data through various means, analyze data, and develop reports and recommendations.
Partner with the Office of Data and Strategic Analytics to analyze and manage all data pertaining to the Graduate School.
Help resolve academic challenges between students, faculty, and advisors, and prepare cases for arbitration.
Support the Director of Admissions for the Graduate School to recruit a diverse and exceptional incoming cohort of graduate students.
Create and oversee committees for the awarding of merit scholarships, including the Provost's Graduate Fellowship, University Graduate Fellowship, and the Russell G. Hamilton Scholarships.
Ensure broad compliance with accreditation standards and assist with the reaffirmation of accreditation process.
Build relationships among faculty and staff to develop and sustain a culture of assessment and evidence-based decision making.
Work closely with the University Registrar to ensure integrity of graduate education records, understand classroom space allocation, and maintain graduate compliance.
Work closely with the Office of Data & Strategic Analytics (DSA) to review graduate student outcomes, monitor the appointment of graduate faculty status, and facilitate data analysis and reporting.
In partnership with the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, convene regular meetings with the Graduate Faculty Council, school-affiliated graduate associate deans, and directors of graduate studies to relay critical information and establish a culture of collaboration throughout graduate education.
Participate and attend events, programs, colloquia, and panels in support of the graduate student experience.
In partnership with the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and the Dean of the Graduate school, meet regularly with the Graduate Student Council, the recognized governing body for graduate students.
Serve on institutional committees as requested to represent the Graduate School.
A PhD or equivalent degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
The ideal candidate will possess strong academic and teaching qualifications with graduate students, a record of successful training of graduate students, and will have a substantial record of published scholarship.
Candidates must have attained the academic rank of tenured associate professor or professor with five to ten years of experience working in higher education and evidence of increasing leadership.
A deep appreciation for the training of academic scholars both inside and beyond the academy.
Excellent judgement, interpersonal, and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Experience with developing, interpreting, and applying academic policies.
Experience with academic program assessment and accreditation.
Experience working collaboratively in a shared governance environment.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to work collaboratively with all levels of leadership or management.
Ability to manage curriculum development that involves faculty reviewers.
Demonstrated success in taking initiative, meeting deadlines, adapting to changing priorities, and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to function effectively in a complex organizational environment demanding high energy, discretion, patience, enthusiasm, and humor.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
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