Dean of Graduate Studies- - open to current Mines tenured professors only

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Work type: Administrative Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching)

Position Title: Dean of Graduate Studies - for current Mines tenured professors only
Job Description:

The position of Dean of Graduate Studies (Graduate Dean) is a three-year position that may be renewed for up to two additional years (five years total). The Dean, while remaining engaged in teaching and scholarship, provides institution-wide leadership and advocacy in the areas of graduate education and graduate student scholarship.  It is expected that the Dean's primary responsibility will include the development and implementation of programs, policies, practice, and an enhanced campus culture that furthers Mines' efforts to create and maintain distinctive graduate student experiences.

The Dean reports directly to the Provost, but works in close collaboration with the Office of Graduate Studies, the Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, College Deans, and faculty leadership interested in advancing graduate education. The Dean does not have direct responsibility for day-to-day management and operations of Office of Graduate Studies. These responsibilities lie with the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. While the Associate Dean will formally report to the Graduate Dean, continuity of Office management, effort alignment, and prioritization is maintained through close oversight by the Provost.


Primary duties of the Graduate Dean include:

  • Providing campus leadership to define, promote, develop and implement policies, practices, and programs that promote, enhance, and sustain a rigorous, healthy, and distinctive graduate-student experience at Mines;
  • Advocating for a broad campus commitment to graduate education in all its forms (e.g., research-based graduate degree programs, professional degree programs, professional certificates, non-degree graduate education);
  • Providing faculty oversight regarding the implementation and administration of institutional requirements for: 1) admissions, 2) graduate progress-to-degree 3) graduation and 4) graduate advisor assignments; and
  • Acting as primary institutional representative charged working with both students and faculty if/when disputes arise between graduate students and faculty.
Minimum Qualifications: Must be a current Mines tenured professor.
Preferred Qualifications:  
Department Description: The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) serves as the institution's principal resource for graduate applicants, students, faculty and staff regarding graduate admissions, graduate degree requirements, graduate program development and advocacy, student degree status, registration and enrollment requirements and petitions, thesis and dissertation preparation, graduate employment requirements, student academic standing, and graduate student advocacy and support. OGS, under the direction of the Dean of Graduate Studies, also acts as the chief institutional office that handles issues related to graduate student diversity and graduate student affairs.
OGS is functionally divided into three areas: Graduate Recruiting and Admissions; Student Services; and Office Services and Management.
How to Apply: Application materials must include a cover letter that expresses the applicant's interest, a statement describing the initiative - and its importance to our graduate programs - the candidate would like to lead, and a current curriculum vita. In evaluating applicants, the search committee may choose to contact internal references.  For more information on the submission process and to request the complete position description, email Jahi Simbai at

Terms of appointment include:

  • Three-year term appointment, renewable for up to two additional years;
  • While the Dean is expected to maintain a teaching, research and service presence in his/her home department, he/she will receive departmental course and service relief commensurate with the expected effort required to successfully pursue the primary duties of the Dean;
  • In addition to course and service relief, the Graduate Dean shall receive three months of summer salary support added to their academic year salary paid out over eleven months, allowing for the opportunity to also self-fund through external grants and contracts an additional amount equal to one month of salary; and
  • The Office of Academic Affairs will provide the Dean up to $50,000 annually to be used as the Dean sees appropriate. These funds are intended to provide support so that Dean may maintain an active research portfolio while serving in the role of Graduate Dean. If used to support a post-doctoral appointment, benefits will be covered in addition to the $50,000.
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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