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Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate School – Internal Candidates Only

Lexington, KY 40507
Job Title Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate School – Internal Candidates Only
Requisition Number FE02480
Working Title
Department Name 89000:Provost
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Faculty
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Tenure Track
Required Education

Ph.D. or other terminal degree in applicant’s field of study, along with the academic credentials and record of scholarly achievement that merits tenure at the Professor level in the faculty member’s College.

Required Related Experience

The successful candidate will exhibit an unrelenting commitment to excellence in graduate education; exceptional leadership, communication, and planning skills; administrative, budgeting, and managerial ability; an inclusive, collaborative, respectful, and anticipatory predisposition; and a creative problem-solving capacity.

Required License/Registration/Certification


Job Summary

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 a growth strategy to prepare UK graduate and professional education for the future. 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.

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 multidisciplinary programs that are responsive to the workforce needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.
• Working with the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), 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 wellbeing, student progression, and career development, which should be appropriate across the spectrum of disciplines that addresses the needs for the marketplace for our graduate students, professional students, 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 of the Vice Provost, including the Office for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness and the Office of Institutional Research, Advanced Analytics, and Decision Support to develop new strategies for sustainability of graduate student financial support.
• 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 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 University Leadership Communication, Provost’s Council, and others.

Only internal candidates are being considered at this time.

Application materials should include a CV and letter of interest that addresses the desired qualifications and experiences.

Confidential inquiries and nominations may be directed via email to the Office of the Provost at provost@uky.edu.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? Yes
Preferred Education/Experience

The foregoing skills and qualities should be demonstrated by evidence of successful and appropriate career experiences including, as examples, the following:

• Successful leadership in graduate education (e.g., Director of Graduate Studies or faculty director for a professional program) and/or administrative role (e.g., Vice-Chair, Chair, Associate Dean or Dean of an academic unit).
• A strong record of research, teaching, and service that includes substantial training and mentoring of graduate and professional students.
• Experiences confirming a strong commitment to the promotion and support of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Cross-campus experiences (e.g., Graduate Council, University Senate, effective collaboration across campus).
• Administrative experience (e.g., engagement or oversight of strategic planning, faculty promotion or oversight, managing and developing budgets, curricular development, and leading/managing diverse groups of professional staff).
• A successful track record of collaboration across colleges to develop innovative multidisciplinary graduate or professional programs.
• Experience exhibiting the capacity to engage effectively with a diversity of internal and external constituencies, including the ability to work with staff and stakeholders in fundraising objectives.

Deadline to Apply 12/10/2020
Open Until Filled No
University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.


Posted: 2020-11-12 Expires: 2020-12-12

Career Employment at UK

UK offers fulfilling careers in diverse fields supporting our teaching, research and health care missions. We also offer a compelling benefits package, including a generous retirement savings match and a supportive work environment distinguished by a respect for the unique work-life needs of every individual. Our culture of learning also provides tremendous support and resources for ongoing education, training and development. 

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Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate School – Internal Candidates Only

University of Kentucky
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