Dean of Graduate Studies

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Work type: Administrative Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Academic Affairs, Director/Executive/Management

Position Title: Dean of Graduate Studies
The Opportunity:

The position of Dean of Graduate Studies (Graduate Dean) reports to the Provost and works in close collaboration with the senior Academic Affairs Administration, the Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer (VPRTT), the Vice Provosts, and the Associate Provosts. The Graduate Dean provides institution-wide leadership in the areas of graduate education and graduate student scholarship. This includes leading efforts to evaluate, improve, and define a distinctive graduate student experience at Mines, support and develop practices and processes that improve graduate student outcomes, provide leadership in program development and advocacy, and ensure the overall academic quality of graduate programs. The Graduate Dean also directs the operations of the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS). The OGS provides academic and administrative support services to Mines graduate programs and the associated graduate student community. The OGS also acts as the chief institutional office that handles issues related to graduate student diversity and graduate student affairs.

The Graduate Dean is expected to prioritize, lead, and make substantive efforts to advance the President’s vision of graduate education as articulated in the Mines@150 Strategic Plan. In particular, the Graduate Dean is charged with:

  • Leading the campus-wide effort to define, articulate, and implement signature graduate student experiences. In this role, the Dean is expected to work collaboratively with faculty leaders, departments and programs, student life, communications and marketing, and the executive team to ensure distinction in Mines graduate education that attracts, retains, and prepares high-quality graduate students from diverse backgrounds to be successful in the career paths of their choice;
  • Leading the campus-wide effort to develop, support, market, and sustain professional development offerings in the form of non-thesis/professional Masters degrees, graduate certificates, and professional workshops and short courses. While offerings at Mines have been historically delivered through traditional mechanisms on the Mines’ campus, priority should be given to developing, delivering, and marketing online options, and face-to-face options at remote sites; and
  • Working with departments and programs to ensure that all of Mines’ graduate programs – research-based, professional, residential, online, and remote – are distinctive, high quality and well positioned to compete with similarly named programs elsewhere.

Program Leadership:

The Graduate Dean is the institutional lead charged with advocating for and advancing all aspects of the institution’s graduate programs and ensuring that these programs enhance the reputation and brand of Mines and meet the needs and expectations of its students and their employers. This includes research-based programs (i.e., thesis-based Masters and Doctoral programs) as well as professional programs (i.e., certificate, non-thesis Masters, and Professional Masters programs, both residential and online). In this role the Graduate Dean will:

  • Serve as the intellectual and administrative lead of the institution’s graduate programs. In this role, the Dean oversees, and, with appropriate input from various campus constituencies, develops policies and practices related to institutional admissions requirements, progress-to-degree standards and failure to meet outcomes, graduation requirements and related timelines, graduate advisor and committee assignments and requirements, TA/RA policies and practices, etc.;
  • Advocate for, support, and lead initiatives related to the development of new, distinctive, and innovate graduate programs (e.g., research-based graduate degree programs and on-line professional degree, professional certificate, and non-degree graduate programs) that are aligned with the goals defined in the Mines@150 Strategic Plan. Based on alignment with Mines@150, faculty resource support, and formal market analysis, recommend to the Provost those new programs that should be prioritized for implementation;
  • Provide campus leadership in defining, promoting, developing, and implementing policies, practices, and programs that enhance and sustain a rigorous, diverse, healthy, and distinctive graduate-student experience at Mines. This includes but is not limited to working collaboratively with graduate student government to identify and address graduate student concerns; working with faculty to improve sustainability of graduate student support and delivery of graduate student advising; proactively working with constituencies across campus to develop and implement innovative programs that support broadening the student educational experience; and working with individual faculty and students to mitigate and mediate disputes and misunderstandings.

Administrative Leadership and Management:

Along with the Vice Provosts, the Associate Provost for Operations, and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies the Graduate Dean will serve as a member of the Provost’s Executive Team. In this role the Graduate Dean will:

  • Serve as the principal administrative officer charged with leadership, development, and oversight of all aspects of Mines’ graduate programs and Mines’ signature graduate student experiences, ensuring across all instructional modalities that programs are of high quality, that they meet the needs of students, employers, and alumni, and that our signature student experiences are distinctive, positive, and prepare a diverse student body for diverse career paths;
  • Have formal authority to: 1) assess and implement revised institutional admissions requirements, 2) administer and enforce institutional policies related to progress-to-degree and academic dismissal, 3) approve exceptions to administrative policies (e.g., registration, withdrawal, etc.) when she/he determines such actions are appropriate, 4) evaluate and approve all graduate committee assignments, and 5) manage and direct the activities, budget and staff of the Office of Graduate Studies;
  • Contribute to Institutional Advancement activities by reaching out to prospective donors, leading stewardship activities for current donors, and, as appropriate, leveraging resources in support of growth of total resources available to support graduate education.
  • Oversee and direct activities and services provided by the Office of Graduate Studies. These services and activities include, but are not limited to: 1) working with the Admissions Office on institutional efforts to market and recruit incoming graduate students, 2) producing marketing materials for faculty and programs for recruiting thesis-based students, 3) developing, maintaining, and managing the institution’s graduate web presence, 4) working with Communications and Marketing to assess the marketability of proposed new graduate degree programs, 5) leading and managing graduate orientation activities, 6) coordinating and providing institutional support for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate programs and providing overall advising services for the institution’s graduate population, 7) managing and awarding institutional fellowships (e.g., NSF GRFP, scholarships, GEM fellowships, etc.), 8) managing standards for thesis format reviews, 9) leading, developing, and managing programs intended to improve and support a positive student experience, and 10) providing oversight, advice, and support to Graduate Student Government.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ability to be tenured at the Professor level in an academic department at the Colorado School of Mines;
  • Strong evidence of leadership ability, particularly in areas relevant to graduate education;
  • Evidence of organizational and project management skills;
  • Supervisory and budgetary management experience;
  • Ability to critically analyze and assess information in order to make autonomous decisions;
  • Outstanding  professional oral and writing communication skills;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with proven ability to foster collaborative efforts and partnership building with internal and external constituencies within a diverse community;
  • Self-motivated and ability to multitask.
How to apply:

Apply by January 3, 2020 for full consideration, applicants who apply after this date may or may not be considered. 

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, names and contact information for three professional references from whom letters may be subsequently requested, veteran status, etc.) and upload the following documents:

  1. A cover letter expressing interest in the position,
  2. A curriculum vitae,
  3. A vision statement for the position (2 pages max),
  4. A statement of contributions to Diversity, Inclusion and Access (DI&A) (2 pages max.): Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and is actively developing a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion and Access (for more information visit The DI&A statement should describe the applicant’s past experience and proposed activities to advance DI&A at Mines,
  5. Names and contact information for at least 3 professional references with each person’s position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.
Total Rewards: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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