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Dean of the Graduate College

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Posting Details

Posting Number 700068
Working Title Dean of the Graduate College
Advertised Employing Department Senior Vice President and Provost
Appointment Type Faculty - Tenure-Eligible
Base of Employment A - Faculty (12 Months)
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Pay Frequency Monthly
Proposed Start Date July 1, 2017
Proposed End Date or Length of Term 5 year term, renewable
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Graduate College.

The dean reports to the senior vice president and provost, and is responsible for graduate programs including guiding, developing, and continuously improving curricula and policies. The dean also provides oversight and leadership for the recruiting of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars, and efforts to grow and enhance impact of the university’s graduate programs.

The dean works closely with university leaders and external stakeholders to advance Iowa State’s strategic goals for graduate education and research. The successful candidate shall have strong organization, communication, decision-making, and interpersonal skills.

Required Education and Experience

Professor with tenure at Iowa State University

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience in the management and administration of graduate program matters

Record of excellence in areas of faculty responsibility

Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, instructional and academic staff, department chairs, deans, and other university leaders, and with counterparts and organizations external to Iowa State

Experience with innovation related to graduate education and research

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Department/Program & College Description
About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see<>).

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All faculty members are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, and university activities and collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Jonathan Wickert
Department Contact Phone
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information

This position is open to professors with tenure at Iowa State University.

Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by May 26, 2017.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter. Cover letter should describe qualifications and vision for the position.
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Jonathan Wickert at or Sarah Rajala at

Guaranteed Consideration Date 05/26/2017
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Professor - 1000
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Job Category Faculty

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  2. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents