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Dean (12-047)

Job Title: Dean

Department: Graduate School

Reports To: Provost/Dean of the Faculty

FLSA Status: Full-time, Grade 8, Exempt

Summary

The Dean of the Graduate School reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and has primary responsibility for providing strategic leadership for maintaining and improving the quality of Hood’s graduate programs, enhancing the programs’ reputation, and planning the future direction of the Graduate School.  Responsibilities include program development and administration, ongoing marketing and promotion, annual assessment of graduate programs, and budgetary responsibilities.  In consultation with graduate program directors, the Dean establishes standards and administers policies relating to graduate admissions, faculty appointments, and curricular programs.  The Dean works closely with graduate program directors and chairs the Graduate Council. While specific teaching duties are not assigned, it is expected that the Dean will teach classes periodically. 

The Dean of the Graduate School also works directly with the Vice President for Undergraduate and Graduate Enrollment Management to plan and coordinate graduate student recruitment and retention efforts as part of the overall enrollment strategy for the College. 

The Dean of the Graduate School, in a coordinated effort with the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, also works to promote both graduate and undergraduate research at the institution.  This effort draws on strengths across the college and will play a critical role in advancing research initiatives. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

In addition to the foregoing, the Dean and her/his staff have these specific responsibilities:

Graduate School Administration (55%)

  • Leads and directs the day-to-day affairs of the Hood College Graduate School, including employment and supervision of graduate school staff, and course scheduling;
  • Shares with academic departments responsibility for the employment and assessment of faculty teaching in the graduate program;
  • Share in the responsibility for graduate program review;
  • Directs summer graduate programs and coordinates the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science/Young Engineers and Scientists (GEMS/YES) summer program;
  • Serves as liaison with agencies and businesses in Frederick and the surrounding region;
  • Chairs advisory council of local professionals who provide advice on curriculum and professional opportunities;
  • Develops and administers standards for graduate programs;
  • Supervise the new graduate student orientation, graduate school open houses, and other recruiting opportunities;
  • Participates in commencement related activities.

Graduate School Marketing and Student Recruitment (35%)

  • Works with the Director of Graduate Admissions to monitor trends in graduate school programs and surveys needs of new and existing graduate students;
  • Explores new program initiatives and works with College faculty and administration to implement revised curricula to meet identified needs as appropriate;
  • Collaborates with Director of Graduate Admissions and the Marketing and Communications Office to promote the various programs of study to appropriate audiences;
  • Encourages the development of proposals for external financial support and scholarships; and
  • Acts as liaison with other members of the campus community.

Research Organization and Promotion (10%)

  • Works with the Marketing and Communication Office to distribute information about all research experiences at the college;
  • Works with graduate program directors and the graduate council in general to promote research for graduate students and to cultivate research opportunities;
  • Works with department chairs and faculty to promote research for undergraduate students;
  • Helps to organize the yearly celebration of  research on campus in collaboration with a college-wide committee

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Skills and Ability

The successful candidate must be a teacher-scholar who holds a doctoral degree or equivalent in an academic discipline and has the qualifications to earn tenure as a full professor in one of Hood’s academic departments.  Must have a record as an effective administrator who is able to provide confident leadership and work collegially with faculty and other administrators.  The Dean should be a person of great integrity who values the college community and its spirit, traditions, and future.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises the administrative support staff in the Graduate School.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

Doctoral degree or equivalent terminal degree in academic discipline; a record of teaching and scholarship/artistic activity; demonstrated effective, innovative and collaborative leadership in higher education; and a history of strong commitment to higher education. Experience in working with graduate school and recruiting in higher education preferred.

Technology Skills

Familiarity with office productivity suite software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; ability to use student information system such as SCT PowerCAMPUS, Internet applications, and e-mail.

Language Skills

Excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing to articulate a vision for graduate education; develop policies and procedures, present information on graduate school progress, promote graduate school, interact with students, areas businesses, and the community; and to develop other types of correspondence and presentations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to hypothesize, draws conclusions, and support conclusions. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.  Nights and weekends may be required to support various Graduate School and other College programs.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.  Noise could include interaction with students, faculty, staff, and the public; other noise may be generated by office equipment including telephone, computers, and instructional equipment.  Evening or weekend hours could be required to support programs or special events.  During some evening and weekend events, the noise level is moderate to high.

To Apply

Qualified candidates may apply by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three professional references to the Provost’s Office, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD  21701 or by e-mail to Provost@hood.edu.

Hood College is committed to diversity and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EEO

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit www.hood.edu/non-discrimination.