Dean - Graduate Studies and Continuing Education - 17034

Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 29, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


The School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater seeks a Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education.

This will be a full-time Limited appointment serving at the pleasure of the Chancellor. To learn more about this type of appointment please see the UW System Administrative Policy 1251: Appointment Terms & Designation of Positions and the Personnel Rules .


The Dean is responsible for the leadership, administration and operations of the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education in support of the School’s mission, which is to provide high quality and practitioner-oriented graduate programs as well as to support lifelong learning for students of all ages. Areas of responsibility in this position include articulating a shared vision and priorities; developing a plan for reaching that vision and achieving goals; supporting student recruitment, retention and graduation; supporting program growth and innovation; fostering a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion; ensuring academic integrity; encouraging and supporting excellence in teaching, research/scholarly activity and service; promoting collegiality and collaborative relationships across departments, schools and divisions as well as externally to address community continuing education needs; managing the fiscal well-being of the School; supporting effective assessment of student learning; and developing relationships with alumni, donor, corporate, and community stakeholders.

The Dean is directly responsible for facilitating, coordinating, and advancing graduate education, credit and non-credit outreach programs, and summer and winterim sessions. In addition, the Dean oversees campus offices that support professional development to faculty and staff, academic assessment for campus academic programs, and research and sponsored programs. The Dean chairs the Graduate Council and serves as a member of the Academic Affairs Leadership and the Deans Council. This is a full-time, 12-month limited administrative appointment reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A terminal degree in a university-related discipline with a distinguished record of accomplishment in the areas of teaching, research, and service that would merit appointment as a tenured Full Professor in one of the departments of the university
  • Five or more years of prior experience as a department chair, assistant/associate dean, director or other equivalent and progressive administrative experience
  • Evidence of visionary leadership, innovation, strategic planning and execution

Desired Qualifications:

  • Significant experience in leading graduate education and/or continuing education programs
  • A record of transparent, strategic and effective fiscal management
  • A record of progressively more responsible administrative experience that demonstrates a commitment to collaborative leadership and responsible management that fosters trust, respect and successful working relationships with students, faculty, staff and administrators
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a commitment to promoting a collegial, collaborative work and learning environment
  • Demonstrated evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of shared governance
  • Commitment to the values of liberal education as envisioned in the university’s mission
  • Evidence of commitment to academic excellence, student success, and cultural diversity
  • Demonstrated commitment to servant leadership, personal and professional integrity, and creating a climate of support and advocacy that ensures the success of diverse populations within the School
  • Evidence of success in fundraising, including grants and philanthropy, public relations, working with advisory/community boards, and communications to external stakeholders
  • Familiarity with the accreditation standards associated with the University and with programs within the School

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds


  1. Provide transformative vision, leadership and advocacy for the School and reporting units.
  2. Implement a strategic plan that leads the School to regional and national recognition and is aligned with broader university strategic goals and priorities ( ).
  3. Support student recruitment, retention and graduation.
  4. Assure ongoing quality, integrity and continuous improvement in the School’s academic graduate program array, and in both traditional and online programs in order to ensure strong enrollment and sustainable vitality.
  5. Promote the value of liberal education through School programs and university collaborations.
  6. Manage the fiscal well-being of the School, including identifying and attracting new resources and supporting the growth of new credit and non-credit programs that meet campus, regional, and national needs.
  7. Support research, assessment of student learning, and professional development of faculty and instructional staff.
  8. Establish and maintain a cooperative, collegial work climate which enhances communication, trust, and productivity of and among faculty, administrative staff, support staff and students.
  9. Work with University Advancement to establish and achieve philanthropic goals and build relationships that advance the goals of the School.
  10. Provide leadership to initiatives that foster and enhance inclusive excellence and multicultural and global competence in the School.
  11. Participate as a member of the university administration and work collegially and collaboratively with leadership across the university to support university priorities.
  12. Promote School interests, activities and partnerships with the surrounding community as well as regionally, nationally and internationally.
  13. Other duties as assigned.


The School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education serves students and community members across a wide range of ages and interests. The Graduate School provides high quality and practitioner oriented programs using learner-centered processes and applied experiences that allow students to develop expertise and expand their career options. In collaboration with the University’s academic colleges, the Graduate School oversees 20 master’s degrees, a Doctorate in Business Administration, and numerous graduate certificates. Our campus has a robust online program array with programs designed to attract working professionals, as well traditional face-to-face and hybrid formats. Our Continuing Education programs provide both credit and non-credit lifelong learning opportunities for adults, professionals, youth, and teens to support development of skills and allow students of all ages to engage in topics of interest. Continuing Education programs serve over 20,000 participants annually across our main and branch campuses, providing enrichment camps (including music, athletics, and cultural programs), presentations and skill development workshops, and domestic travel study programs. The School oversees summer and winterim sessions for the main and branch campuses, and manages a budget of over $10 million. The School serves as an innovation hub for supporting the development of programs and initiatives, including numerous graduate programs and certificates, the Office of Academic Assessment, the campus instructional professional development center, and high impact educational practice initiatives.

To learn more about the School, visit the offices that report to the Dean:

The Office of Graduate Studies:
Office of Continuing Education:
The LEARN Center:
Office of Academic Assessment:
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs:


Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. In the fall of 2018, as a result of the University of Wisconsin System’s restructuring of the state’s 13 two-year campuses formerly known as UW Colleges, UW–Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW–Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Main Campus and Rock County Campus are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offers the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs. UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

To learn more about UW-Whitewater's competitive benefits packages go to our: ALEX webpage, which is our interactive benefits decision support tool.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles ( ) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( ). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( ) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys ( ).


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings is targeted to be implemented mid-2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater has the authority to implement temporary workforce reduction and cost saving measures to address financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 Crisis, consistent with Wisconsin law and Board of Regents, UW System, and UW-Whitewater policy and procedure.


Applications received by April 15, 2021 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Susan Feuerstein
University Executive Staff Assistant


Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information for three professional references

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