Job ID: 186435

Dean of the Graduate School / Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education

University of Kentucky

  • May 26, 2022
  • Dean of the Graduate School / Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education
  • 89000:Provost
  • University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Dean
    Associate Provost/Chancellor
  • Graduate Education
    Administration - Academic Unit

The University of Kentucky (UK) invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate School. This person will execute an innovative, robust vision to prepare UK graduate and professional education for the future.1 This person will also expand professional development activities for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars for careers in a broad array of disciplines and industries. This person will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas, but especially in recruitment and programmatic activities within the Graduate School as well as those that cross disciplines and colleges. This individual will serve the Graduate School as well as the entire campus, representing graduate and professional education to the entire university and outside constituencies. Reporting directly to the Provost, the Associate Provost and Dean will provide strong leadership and strategic direction for the Graduate School, ensuring growth and programmatic expansion.

As Associate Provost, the primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a vision for excellence in graduate education.
  • Promote the creation of new graduate transdisciplinary programs that are responsive to the workforce needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.
  • Work with the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) to identify and develop synergies between graduate education, research, and scholarly creative activity. Participate in leadership meetings and discussions with OVPR to coordinate and align the research infrastructure with graduate education.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Student Success in areas such as mental health and well-being, student progression, and career development across the spectrum of disciplines that addresses the marketplace needs for our graduate students, professional students, and post-doctoral trainees.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Institutional Diversity on diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies for graduate education.
  • Raise awareness of graduate and professional programs and measure the impact of programs in collaboration with the Office for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effective-ness and the Office of Institutional Research, Analytics, and Decision Support to develop new strategies for sustainability of graduate student development.
  • Represent graduate education in meetings with the Provost and Associate Provosts.
    As Dean, the primary responsibilities include the following:
  • Serve as a key resource for all graduate students and provide administrative support
    for structures that empower individual programs-both traditional and online, to ensure alignment with the current needs of the programs and the requirements of accreditation.
  • Serve as an internal and external advocate for the Graduate School and its academic units.
  • Participate in faculty shared governance; interact with the Undergraduate, Graduate and Health Care Colleges Councils, and Senate Council, as needed.
  • Lead Graduate School staff in the administration of processes and procedures that have a campus-wide impact.
  • Lead and support the Martin and Patterson Schools, including oversight of the new undergraduate program in the Martin School
  • Working with the Provost and Vice President for Research, administer a system for tuition scholarships for teaching and research assistants.
  • Advocate for and administer the Graduate School’s budget and lead efforts in fundraising and strategic planning.
  • Represent the Graduate School in leadership meetings, including Provost’s Council and others.

Parker Executive Search is assisting the University of Kentucky in the search for the Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education. To be considered, you must complete the UK application and contact Parker Executive Search through:
Porsha Williams: OR Erin Raines:
Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to August 1, 2022.

The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.

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