Vice Provost of Graduate Studies

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 20, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Vice Provost of Graduate Studies

Job no: 527281
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Executive/Management/Director

Department: Office of the Provost
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-EXEC-Fiscal Year 2020-2021
FTE: 1.0

Internal Search

Application Review Begins
April 20, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your online application, please upload:
  • A current resume or CV
  • A cover letter, including a description of how your skills and experience applies to this leadership position

    Department Summary
    The Office of the Provost (OtP) upholds, provides leadership on, and carries out the academic mission of the University. In service to this mission, the office: promotes and sustains the highest standards in teaching, research, and service; fosters and advocates for faculty; promotes a respectful work environment, equity and inclusion, and a family-friendly workplace; supports and coordinates matters that pertain to faculty and academics, including hiring, retention, promotion, and tenure processes; advances university outreach to the community, academic extension, and internationalization.

    The University of Oregon Division of Graduate Studies serves as the institutional home for graduate education, advocates for graduate students, fosters community among graduate students and graduate faculty, and promotes excellence and innovation in graduate education and research. Graduate programs are housed within each school and college at the University. The University's faculty deliver engaging courses, create unique research opportunities, and provide personalized mentorship for all graduate students. The University of Oregon is a key contributor to the welfare and advancement of the state of Oregon, the region, and the nation through its robust scholarly and research enterprise, and graduate students play an essential role in the vitality of this enterprise. The Division of Graduate Studies supports more than 3,500 students enrolled in master's and doctoral degree programs at the UO.

    Position Summary
    Reporting directly to the Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the Vice Provost is the intellectual and administrative leader of the Division of Graduate Studies. The Vice Provost sets goals, develops long-range vision and plans in alignment with the University's strategic framework, promotes high standards in education and administration, supports the needs of an outstanding and diverse graduate student body, and allocates resources strategically to achieve university objectives. The Vice Provost works with campus leadership, Academic Senate, and academic units across the university in the maintenance, innovation, development, and implementation of graduate programs and represents the Graduate School in various forums at the campus, local, state, and national levels. The Vice Provost is an active member of the Vice Provosts' Council and Academic Leadership Team thereby contributing to the overall direction and well-being of the University.

    The Vice Provost for Graduate Studies supervises a staff of 12 who serve as the admission office and academic affairs office for 3,500+ students in all graduate programs at the UO except the JD. The Vice Provost plays an important role in the University's overall academic budgeting process by participating in the central allocation of support of graduate employees, and managing special programs for first year and dissertation PhD fellowships.

    Minimum Requirements
  • A distinguished record of teaching, research, and professional service appropriate for a full professor with tenure at the University of Oregon
  • An earned doctoral degree

    Professional Competencies
  • A personal commitment to and record of success in advancing diversity and supporting an equitable and inclusive environment.
  • Experience in developing and pursuing a strategic vision of excellence in an academic setting or a similar context
  • Administrative leadership experience and management acumen gained within an academic, professional, organizational, or governmental context
  • A record demonstrating a commitment to and passion for graduate education
  • A strong knowledge of the internal and external mechanisms required to sustain and expand a world-class research program
  • An enthusiasm for fundraising, and the ability to forge new opportunities for corporate partnerships, sponsored research, and alumni donations
  • Strategic capacity: the ability to envision, create, and capitalize on novel opportunities for the Graduate School and to inspire key constituencies to achieve the school's vision
  • A commitment to interdisciplinary work: the wide-ranging intellectual interests to appreciate and support the varied work across the UO
  • Ability to build strong relationships with faculty and the ability to connect with, engage, and influence them
  • Outstanding communication skills: the ability to articulate a vision, inspire others, attract partners, and generate enthusiasm with varied constituencies
  • Strong interpersonal skills: the ability to connect with the members of the graduate community regionally, nationally, and internationally and to work effectively across the division and the campus and with external groups
  • An entrepreneurial spirit: the mindset and personality to stimulate new directions, growth and change, to promote existing resources to the best advantage, and to build for the future
  • Integrity and the highest standards of ethical behavior

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities in graduate education
  • Strong desire to advocate constructively for graduate education

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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