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Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate School – Internal Candidates Only
University of Kentucky

Date Posted Nov. 11, 2020
Title Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate School – Internal Candidates Only
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 89000:Provost
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate Vice-(Provost/Chancellor)
  • Graduate Education
    Administration - Academic Unit
    Administration - General

The University of Kentucky (UK) invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate School. This person will execute a growth strategy to prepare UK graduate and professional education for the future. This person will also expand professional development activities for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars for careers in a broad array of disciplines and industries. This person will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas, but especially in recruitment and programmatic activities within the Graduate School as well as those that cross disciplines and colleges. This individual will serve the Graduate School as well as the entire campus, representing graduate and professional education to the entire university and outside constituencies. Reporting directly to the Provost, the Associate Provost and Dean will provide strong leadership and strategic direction for the Graduate School.

As Associate Provost, the primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a vision for excellence in graduate education.
  • Promote the creation of new graduate multidisciplinary programs that are responsive to the workforce needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.
  • Working with the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), identify and develop synergies between graduate education, research, and scholarly creative activity. Participate in leadership meetings and discussions with OVPR to coordinate and align the research infrastructure with graduate education.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Student Success in areas such as mental health and wellbeing, student progression, and career development, which should be appropriate across the spectrum of disciplines that addresses the needs for the marketplace for our graduate students, professional students, post-doctoral trainees.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Institutional Diversity on diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies for graduate education.
  • Raise awareness of graduate and professional programs and measure the impact of programs in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost, including the Office for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness and the Office of Institutional Research, Advanced Analytics, and Decision Support to develop new strategies for sustainability of graduate student financial support.
  • Represent graduate education in meetings with the Provost and Associate Provosts.

As Dean, the primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Serve as a key resource for all graduate students and provide administrative support for structures that empower individual programs-both traditional and online, to ensure alignment with the current needs of the programs and the requirements of accreditation.
  • Serve as an internal and external advocate for the Graduate School and its academic units.
  • Participate in faculty governance; interact with the Undergraduate, Graduate and Health Care Colleges Councils, and Senate Council, as needed.
  • Lead Graduate School staff in the administration of processes and procedures that have a campus-wide impact.
  • Lead and support the Martin and Patterson Schools, including oversight of the new undergraduate program in the Martin School
  • Working with the Provost and Vice President for Research, administer a system for tuition scholarships for teaching and research assistants.
  • Advocate for and administer the Graduate School’s budget and lead efforts in fundraising and strategic planning.
  • Represent the Graduate School in leadership meetings, including University Leadership Communication, Provost’s Council, and others.

Only internal candidates are being considered at this time.

Application materials should include a CV and letter of interest that addresses the desired qualifications and experiences.

Confidential inquiries and nominations may be directed via email to the Office of the Provost at

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