Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a
memorial to his father, Washington Duke. It is considered one of
the top research universities in the world and is regularly ranked
among the top ten academic institutions in the United States. Duke
University’s campus in Durham, North Carolina, encompasses nearly
9,000 acres and is home to 6,500 undergraduates, over 9,000
graduate students, and more than 1,600 tenured and tenure-track
faculty. The Duke University Hospital is considered one of the best
hospitals in the country.
The hallmark of graduate education at Duke is a rich blend of
deep, specialized knowledge in a field of study, intersecting with
the frontiers of other fields. Multidisciplinary approaches are
considered key to discovery and the production of knowledge.
Collaborative research and study groups of faculty and graduate
students coalesce around problems and themes in many university
settings that extend beyond the boundaries of individual
departments and programs.
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of the Graduate School and
Vice Provost for Graduate Education (“Dean”) is the chief academic
and administrative officer of the faculty of the Graduate School
and reports to the Provost. The faculty of the Graduate School
include all faculty involved with non-professional programs leading
to the Ph.D., the Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Arts
in Teaching, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, and any other
degrees as may be authorized by the Board of Trustees. These Ph.D.
and Masters programs involve faculty with primary appointments in
the following schools: Arts and Sciences, Sanford School of Public
Policy, Pratt School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, School
of Nursing, the Fuqua School of Business, Divinity School, and the
Nicholas School of the Environment. These faculty carry out the
instruction and supervision of students in these graduate programs
under guidelines set by the Graduate School.
Individuals with various experiences and backgrounds will be
considered, although ideal candidates will have demonstrated
experience and success in the following areas:
- The Graduate School Dean will be a distinguished scholar
tenurable at the rank of full Professor at Duke University, with
demonstrated administrative experience and leadership talent. The
ideal candidate will have a background working in a complex
academic environment, will provide innovative, and intellectual
leadership for graduate education. Dedication to excellence in
graduate education, teaching, and research at both master’s and
- Proven administrative skills in a complex institution, ideally
with a medical school.
- Experience with interdisciplinary initiatives and
- Demonstrated track record advancing diversity, equity, and
- Success with building collaborative initiatives.
- Ability to attract resources through individual and foundation
The Search Process
Duke University has retained Spencer Stuart to support this
national search. If you wish to submit your own application
materials or nominate someone to serve as the next Dean of the
Graduate School, please send an e-mail message with supporting
materials to DukeTGSDean@SpencerStuart.com.
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provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an
individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression,
gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke is
committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting qualified women,
minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.
Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Duke
prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any of its
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