Associate Provost, Graduate Studies and Research / Dean, Graduate College

Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 22, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Title: Associate Provost, Graduate Studies and Research / Dean, Graduate College

Division: Academic Affairs

Evaluation Group: Academic Administrator

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports To: Provost

Positions Supervised: Dean, Library Services; Director, Research and Compliance

Job Summary

The associate provost for graduate studies and research assists the provost in providing oversight for university graduate programs and research efforts, including the Graduate School, the Graduate Council, compliance, curriculum, academic misconduct and graduate program review. This position will help ensure academic integrity for all graduate programs – both on-ground and online; provide professional development for all graduate faculty; offer oversight for research activities; and advocate for the andragogical and research efforts at Lindenwood.

Essential Job Functions and Performance Indicators

The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and level of responsibility that will be required of positions given this title. This job description shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Academic Leadership

Teaching and Learning

  • Oversees graduate faculty development in curricular and research agendas
  • Collaborates with the Graduate Council and other administrative offices to ensure effective implementation of new graduate recruiting, admission, and retention processes and ongoing improvement of established procedures
  • Administers academic integrity policy and processes for all graduate programs
  • Promotes strategic collaboration and innovation of academic support units for graduate education and research
  • Manages and promotes the academic honesty program for graduate students, and collaborates with the Graduate Council to address student grade disputes

Leadership and Strategic Thinking

  • Proposes and implements policy changes that promote the university mission, with emphasis on academic excellence and matters of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Develops and implements orientation and training programs for new faculty in graduate instruction and research development
  • Ensures availability of grant writing, scholarship and andragogy continuing education opportunities for faculty
  • Collaborates with other divisions to improve policies and procedures affecting multiple stakeholders
  • Represents Academic Affairs on university committees as necessary, including on the Executive Academic Strategies Team and the Deans’ Council (non-voting member)


Human Resources Management

  • Monitors and promotes graduate faculty engagement
  • Models, supports and holds others accountable to the university’s values – integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity and teamwork
  • Recruits, interviews, recommends, welcomes, observes and monitors performance of new employees
  • Sets clear performance expectations and holds employees accountable for actions
  • Conducts thorough and timely performance evaluations based on evidence, observation and feedback

Administrative Duties

  • Guides the Graduate Council in administering various Graduate School components, including admissions and academic honesty policies; selection of graduate faculty; and curriculum and program review
  • Collaborates with the Library in strategic planning and resource management
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and Compliance in faculty development in research activities and grant award activities and planning
  • Fosters compliance and rectifies potential compliance issues

Communication and Collaboration

  • Supports the mission of the university and serves as an ambassador of the Q2 culture of service excellence
  • Investigates graduate academic policy issues as requested by the president, provost, academic deans or other administrators
  • Analyzes and summarizes relevant data and makes recommendations
  • Provides strategic communications guidance and support to the provost and other academic administrators as necessary
  • Communicates graduate academic policies and procedures to all stakeholders

Subject Matter Expertise and Scholarship

Lifelong Learning

  • Demonstrates command of area of specialization, as well as desire for continued growth
  • Maintains professional relationships with colleagues and engages in professional development activities to augment existing skills or develop new ones

Job may require other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications – An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. Additional requirements may be designated by position.

  • Terminal degree
  • Previous experience both as a faculty member and in academic administration
  • Prior work experience with academic policies and procedures in a university setting
  • Demonstrable and successful scholarship activity

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all inclusive, of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform this job competently.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
  • Strong administrative skills, with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently as well as collaboratively with faculty, students and staff
  • Leadership, creativity and initiative
  • Highly developed analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills

Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of this job’s functions.

  • General office setting

Physical Abilities – The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function
  • Ability to work effectively at a computer for extended periods

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lindenwood University is an Equal Opportunity employer. The University complies with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and provides equal employment opportunities and access to educational programs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status to all qualified applicants and employees. Lindenwood University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and dedicated to providing a positive discrimination-free educational work environment.

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