Search for Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Vice-Provost for Graduate Education, 2020-21

Position Description

The Dean of the Graduate School and Vice-Provost for Graduate Education is responsible for the University’s graduate education programming, supporting the development of graduate students in their pursuit of a wide range of advanced degrees. The Graduate School awards all of the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Washington University in St. Louis, and works closely with the Olin Business School, the School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, and the Brown School in supervising doctoral students in the Ph.D. programs located in these Schools. Currently there are more than 2400 students enrolled in over 60 programs leading to the Ph.D. and in 40 programs leading to various master’s degrees. The Dean of the Graduate School works with student organizations, faculty, graduate program directors, department chairs, and the Deans of other schools to ensure the continued growth and excellence of the programs leading to all Ph.D.'s awarded by Washington University, as well as all non-professional Master's degrees. The Dean of the Graduate School and Vice-Provost for Graduate Education reports to the Provost and to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences.

Primary Duties

1) Oversee the quality, programming and management of all Ph.D. granting programs at Washington University.
2) Oversee the quality, programming and management of all programs granting non-professional Master’s degrees.
3) Chair the governing bodies of the Graduate School, including the Graduate Council and the Graduate & Professional Student Coordinating Committee.
4) Supervise the staff of the Graduate School, which includes 16 staff members.
5) Work with the Graduate School Assistant/Associate Deans and staff to oversee management of the university-wide Liberman Center in the Danforth University Center, which is a resource for all graduate and professional students, and advises all university-wide graduate and professional student groups.
6) Manage an annual budget of more than $17 million, with direct budget responsibility for all Graduate School programs, activities and staff, including funding of teaching assistantships, and graduate fellowships.
7) Promote diversity and inclusion in graduate admissions and education across the University.
8) Oversee initiatives to enhance recruitment, retention and placement of the highest caliber of graduate students.
9) Advise the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences; in this capacity serving as an ex-officio member of the Academic Planning Committee, the Faculty Council, and the Advisory Committee on Tenure, Promotion and Personnel.
10) Advise the Provost; in this capacity serving to work with school Deans to raise the profile and excellence of the Ph.D. programs across Washington University.
11) Represent the interests of the Graduate programs at Washington University before alumni groups, parents’ councils and the Board of Trustees.
12) Serve on the University Council to represent the interests of graduate students.

The appointment will begin on July 1, 2020, and will last for a minimum of one calendar year. Serving in this interim role will not preclude the individual being named the permanent dean. Chancellor Martin, Provost-designate Wendland, and Dean-designate Hu welcome nominations and expressions of interest in serving as interim dean. Please send a letter of interest and a current curriculum vitae to Lisa Siddens, at lisa.siddens@wustl.edu, no later than Monday, April 27. All letters of interest will be treated in a fully confidential manner. Chancellor Martin, Provost-designate Wendland, and Dean-designate Hu will review all files and conduct a confidential process to select the interim dean.