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Dean of the Graduate School

Oakland University

Full Time

Dean of the Graduate School

Requisition No.

Job Description Summary

Oakland University invites applications for the Dean of the Graduate School. As a key member of the Provost’s leadership team, the Dean will play a significant role in shaping the future of graduate education at Oakland University. Working closely with the academic areas across campus, they will provide strategic leadership and support for all graduate initiatives including recruitment, admissions, diversity, enrollment, retention, marketing, policy, and graduate program governance and review. The Dean of the Graduate School must work collaboratively, possess strong communication skills, think strategically and analytically, and be a creative problem solver. The Dean will develop strategies and processes to strengthen the Graduate School and graduate office services to assure consistency with the strategic goals of Oakland University.

  • Provide strategic leadership and oversight of the Graduate School and Graduate Admissions.
  • Foster a culture of service to students and academic units.
  • Provide oversight for all aspects of the admissions process and work with Deans and program directors to develop strategies for recruitment, enrollment, and retention of graduate students.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, directors and deans to achieve University goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Develop strategies for increasing the quality and diversity of graduate student candidate pools, admissions, and retention.
  • Work collaboratively with Research Office and Deans to incorporate research and scholarly activity into graduate education.
  • Work collaboratively with the Global Engagement Office to enhance the domestic and global image and reputation of Oakland University.
  • Seek and gain success in securing external funding and resources working with the Graduate School Advisory Board.
  • Collaborate with Communications and Marketing to create and implement a marketing plan for graduate education.
  • Work collaboratively with the deans to enhance Oakland University international collaborations to recruit and retain students and visiting scholars.
  • Chair Graduate Council and lead the governance process to create high-quality new and modified graduate programs and oversee the review and development of graduate policies that provide equity to graduate students.
  • Remain current in State, Federal, Higher Learning Commission and university policies as they effect graduate education at Oakland University and collaborate with other offices on campus to assure compliance while remaining service oriented.
  • Develop strategies for effective data reporting to effectively communicate with key constituencies.
  • Seek improved operations and reporting utilizing technology whenever possible.
  • Oversee allocations of University-funded graduate assistantships.
  • Collect, synthesize, and analyze program evaluation/assessment data for the graduate programs for continuous improvement and as required for accreditation and requested by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Facilitate accreditation self-study reports, institutional assessment reports, and other operational and strategic reports for the graduate programs.
  • Participate as a member of the Dean’s and Provost’s Councils.
  • Development and oversight of graduate programs.
  • Graduate student mentoring.
  • Experience with accreditation
  • An understanding of the broader higher education environment as it relates to graduate education including accreditation, research, financial aid, and funding models.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and administrators at all levels of the institution.
  • Knowledge of graduate program curricula – development/implementation.
  • Ability to use predictive analysis

Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. or equivalent research doctoral degree.
  • Credentials consistent with the rank of full professor.
  • Minimum five years of effective leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Special Instructions to Applicants

School/College & Department/Program Summary

Founded as Michigan State University-Oakland in 1957 following the unique donation of the vast Matilda and Alfred Wilson estate to support higher education, Oakland University has grown into a student-centered research institution with a global perspective. Operating independently since 1970, the University serves a diverse student population and the institution is woven deeply into its surrounding community. Over its history, the University has grown to accommodate more than 19,000 students, over 600 full-time and 200 bargaining unit part-time faculty and offers more than 140 bachelor’s degree programs and 130 doctoral, master’s degree and certificate programs. With a strong foundation in the liberal arts, as well as a robust cadre of professional schools including the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, OU is poised to build upon its bold and remarkable past as it charts an exciting and even more powerful future. As outlined in the university’s 2025 strategic plan, efforts are underway to enhance student success, grow research and scholarly activity, advance diversity, equity and inclusion, and expand the institution’s visibility both in the region and nationally.

Oakland University Standard Language

Oakland University is a nationally recognized doctoral university of high research activity located on 1,443 acres of scenic land in the cities of Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills in Oakland County, Michigan. The University has 142 bachelor’s degree programs and 138 graduate degree and certificate programs. Academics include programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Services, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Nursing.

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