Dean - Graduate College

Job no: 497419
Work type: Faculty
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Administration and Business Operations, Academic Programs, Graduate College, Academic Affairs

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Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

The graduate dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the Graduate College and is responsible for institutional oversight of more than 100 distinct graduate curricula at the certificate, master’s, and doctoral levels. The graduate dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and works closely with the deans and directors of the colleges and schools, senior administrators responsible for teaching and learning, student affairs, research, extended studies, eCampus, compliance, advancement, external accrediting agencies, and representatives of the national and international graduate communities. The graduate dean is a permanent member of the Deans’ Council, the Administrative Council, the Graduate Council (ex-officio), and the Enrollment and Student Success Governance Council, and serves on ad hoc working groups that require an institutional perspective on graduate endeavors. 
The graduate dean provides a vision for the development of graduate education at Boise State University and is an advocate and facilitator for the development of new and existing graduate programs across the full spectrum of disciplines, interdisciplinary degrees and collaborations, and delivery platforms including online. The dean promotes cooperation and communication with and among graduate program coordinators and members of the graduate faculty to solve mutual problems; advises on matters of policy and procedure; and works to resolve disagreements that arise in the university graduate community. 
The graduate dean is responsible for all administrative functions of the Graduate College with the goal of achieving excellence in all aspects of the graduate experience. These functions include processes related to graduate recruiting, applications, and admissions; academic performance and degree progress; thesis and dissertation writing, editing, and processing; and production of the graduate catalog. The graduate dean is responsible for graduate student services and awards programs; administrative services for the Graduate Council; and the policies and procedures that apply to all graduate assistantships and fellowships. The graduate dean is responsible for the Graduate College budget and overseeing staff within the Graduate College. 

EFFECTIVE DATE:  Twelve-month appointment to commence July 1, 2023.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Doctorate or terminal degree in one of the disciplines at the university or a closely related field. 
  • A distinguished record of achievement in the areas of research, teaching, and service with evidence of professional distinction that merits appointment at the rank of tenured, full professor within the university. 
  • 3-5 years of administrative/leadership experience, preferably in higher education, overseeing budgets and operations of sufficient complexity to prepare the candidate to be successful as Dean of the Graduate College.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to effectively make and execute decisions, lead strategic planning and implementation and to use data analytically to evaluate strategic progress. 
  • An outstanding record of progressive achievement in teaching, academic administration, research, and leadership. 
  • Excellent written/oral communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Strong listening skills, keen intellectual curiosity, and a bold vision for the future of graduate education.  
  • Demonstrated ability and success in working with diverse groups, internal and external to the University. 
  • Evidence of supporting and promoting the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for faculty, staff, and students.  
  • Deep understanding of, and ability to grow and support funded graduate research and fellowships within the university, and associated knowledge of federal research compliance. 
  • Experience in graduate program development, implementation, and administration, and experience with the development and the delivery of online programs.  
  • Demonstrated skills as a successful leader, supervisor, consensus builder and creative problem solver. 
  • Experience in graduate student recruitment, enrollment management and program marketing. 
  • An ability to create collaborative relationships across diverse academic disciplines and among the Deans of the other academic colleges. 
Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

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For full consideration, please apply by March 6th 

Please do not email applications. 

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Ideally, cover letters should not exceed two pages. All applications are treated confidentially.

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are treated confidentially.

Inquiries and questions: Please send to 
Nominations and referrals: Please send the nominee's name, title, and contact information if available to 



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