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Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School

SUNY ESF College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, New York
Not specified
Date posted
Sep 1, 2023

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Executive, Provosts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

State University of New York

College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Departments of Sustainable Resources Management and Chemical Engineering

1 Forestry Drive

Syracuse, New York 13210


Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School



The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) is seeking candidates Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate.




Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School oversees undergraduate and graduate programs at SUNY-ESF. We seek nominations and applications from qualified individuals with deep understanding of the issues facing higher education, including a commitment to recruitment of a diverse student body and advocacy for timely degree completion. A commitment to supporting programs undergoing revitalization, presenting new visions for graduate education and optimizing instructional experience of students at all levels is essential.




As Associate Provost for Academic Affairs this position oversees the Office of Academic Administration, the Registrar's Office, the Office of International Education, the Institutional Research and Assessment Office (with the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management), and the Honors Program. Direct responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Serving as President's designee as ex officio member of the Academic Governance standing committee on Academic Affairs and its subcommittees, Serving as liaison with SUNY System Administration and the New York State Education Department, Implementing and upholding academic policies, Assessment of academic outcomes and institutional effectiveness, Collaborate with IT for academic data needs for student records, academic administrative needs, and assessment, Determining resource requirements needed for quality instruction, Facilitating the coordination of instructional efforts among ESF departments and with partner institutions, Exploring with the faculty opportunities for new, societally relevant educational offerings (including, e.g., online learning, international field and laboratory venues), Ensuring that academic advising is effectively conducted, Ensuring that the administrative tasks required to conduct academic programs are efficiently executed, Support assessment of academic programs, including SUNY-mandated program assessment, SUNY Mission Review, and Middle States Commission, and all external program accreditations, Collaborating with faculty to identify new program needs and opportunities, Collaboration with the Vice President for Research, Dean of the Division for Student Affairs, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, and Director of the Open Academy on initiatives of common interest and responsibility including Commencement events.



As Dean of the Graduate School, this position oversees administration of the Graduate School. Direct responsibilities include:


  • Strategic direction of the Graduate School, Oversight of graduate student recruitment and admissions, Ensuring the quality of graduate programs, Maintaining records on graduate student progress and financial aid, Oversight and development of graduate student funding opportunities, Departmental allocation of Graduate Assistantships, Coordinating allocation of other resources in support of graduate students including travel grants, fellowships, and scholarships.



Direct Reports:


  • Assistant Dean of the Graduate School Graduate Services Coordinator Associate Director of Academic Administration College Registrar Director of International Programs Institutional Research and Assessment Coordinator Director of the Honors Program Administrative Assistant 2



Oversight of Responsibilities of Direct Reports including:


  • All curricular actions Academic standards reviews, Honors Program administration International Programs and Education Abroad SUNY-ESF catalog content and annual updates



Required Qualifications:


  • PhD or equivalent terminal degree in candidate's field, Record of teaching university courses in fields related to ESF's mission Demonstrated success as a scholar, e.g., publications or other research/scholarly outputs, receiving extramural grants, mentoring of both masters and PhD graduate students At least 3 years of administrative experience at the level of Center or Institute Director, Department Chair or other experience with program development, certification and/or assessment 



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience with international programs and scholarship, Experience with personnel management and mentoring, Experience advancing DEIA - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility opportunities, Demonstrated willingness to interact with faculty and administration at ESF and other college/university campuses in pursuit of expanded and strengthened programs



Starting Salary: MP 3, Salary commensurate with qualifications




Application Procedure: Application materials must be submitted on-line at: (follow the link for Current Openings, then link to the job description). Applications should include a cover letter summarizing qualifications; curriculum vitae; two letters of support.   




The College: Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the nation's oldest and most respected school dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies and building a sustainable future. ESF is a specialized college within the 64-campus SUNY system, and a Carnegie R2 “High Research Activity” Institution that consistently earns high rankings in high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Peterson's Guide, The Washington Monthly, Princeton Review and other national college guidebooks. In 2021, it was rated as the #1 Forestry Program in the country by




The college is located in Syracuse, New York, a dynamic and diverse community with plentiful natural, cultural, and civic opportunities. “The Places Rated Almanac” ranks Syracuse among the top 10 percent of "Best Places to Live." Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes, Syracuse is within a five-hour drive of New York City, Toronto, and the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains. SUNY-ESF is one of eight colleges and universities located in Onondaga County. The Syracuse University campus is immediately adjacent to SUNY-ESF, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is located within easy walking distance.


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