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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 7, 2022

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Administrative, Deans
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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Position Number: 02096362

Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)
The Graduate School is responsible for the mission of graduate education at UWM. It oversees more than 135 graduate programs, enrolls about 4,500 graduate students and is responsible for all centralized leadership and administrative functions related to graduate students and programs at UWM. The Graduate School includes the Dean’s Office, the Office of Graduate Education, Human Resources and Budget, and Information Technology and Analysis, the last two of which the Graduate School shares with the Office of Research. The Graduate School works closely with the Provost, vice chancellors, deans, the Office of Research, the Center for International Education, and the UWM graduate faculty and graduate programs. Graduate faculty governance committees and graduate program directors and support staff help shape the policies that guide the day-to-day functions.

Because the leadership of the Graduate School and the Office of Research will be combined starting in summer 2022, the Associate Dean of the Graduate School will report to the combined leader of both units, who will serve simultaneously as both Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Research. The Associate Dean of the Graduate School primarily will support Graduate School functions but will work as part of a team with two other associate-level senior leaders, an Associate Vice Provost for Research, and a combined Associate Dean/Associate Vice Provost for Research. All three parallel positions will report to the Dean of the Graduate School/Vice Provost for Research.

The Graduate School also maintains a campus-wide Strategic Enrollment Management operation designed to improve recruitment and retention for all program; an array of professional development and wellness initiatives for graduate students; a development operation to raise private funds for student scholarships; graduate-level diversity and inclusion efforts; and multiple fellowship programs, including the Advanced Opportunity Program, the Distinguished Dissertator Fellowship, the Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship, and the McNair Graduate Entrance Fellowship.

Job Summary
The Associate Dean is a 50% Limited Appointment and reports to the Dean of the Graduate School/Vice Provost for Research. The Associate Dean along with the senior staff of the Graduate School constitute the Dean's cabinet, which works together to nurture, grow, and promote graduate education and graduate research and scholarship at UWM and to formulate and implement policy and processes that will advance the strategic initiatives of the Graduate School.More specifically, the responsibilities of the Associate Dean include:
Administrative Leadership
  • Oversee, together with the Dean/Vice Provost, the formulation and implementation of policies and processes that advance the strategic initiatives of the Graduate School.
  • Work closely with senior staff to improve the administrative functioning of the Graduate School including services related to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Stay abreast of national educational practices, especially those of the Council of Graduate Schools and similar organizations. Assist in conducting research to inform creation of initiatives, changes in policies, and other continuous improvement processes.
  • Serve as a liaison to some campus-level meetings such as those of the Chancellor's Enrollment Management Task Force, the associate deans, or other regular or ad hoc bodies that address matters related to graduate education.
  • Act as advocate and spokesperson for graduate education and graduate student research in all its manifestations.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Assist with recruiting and retaining a diverse student body and help support underrepresented and minority students to graduation.
  • Review and continuously improve all Graduate School initiatives to ensure they include everyone in the UWM community.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Multicultural Scholars Collaborative, the Cultural Centers, and the Multicultural Network, among others, to ensure graduate students are included in all campus-level diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Recruiting and Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Collaborate with programs and other schools and colleges, the Dean/Vice Provost, and the Graduate School's recruiting and marketing staff to grow graduate applications, increase enrollments, and improve retention-to-graduation.
  • Assist with and represent the Graduate School at events including Open House, New Grad Student Orientation, the Fellowships Celebration, the McNair Visit Day.
  • Collaborate with respective deans, associate deans, relevant faculty, and CIE to facilitate international education opportunities, including recruitment and retention-to-graduation.

Student Support and Professional Development
  • Work with school and college faculty and staff, with graduate school staff, and with campus administration to assist graduate students with their professional development, quality of life, and success.
  • Oversee current student success and professional development programs, like PFFP, GRAD801, 3MT, Dissertation Bootcamp. Supervise graduate assistants who help lead these efforts and help develop new programming.
  • Assist and advise students seeking solutions to problems that they cannot address within their program or instructional school or college.
  • Program Support
  • Assist with reviews of new and existing graduate programs, including selection of reviewers and assistance leading the opening and wrap-up sessions with program leaders and external reviewers.
  • Play a key liaison role with the faculty and leadership of their respective schools, colleges, departments, and graduate programs.
Appeals and Grievances
  • Guide students and programs on graduate appeals of academic decisions and investigate and recommend a decision on Step 3 appeals to the Dean/Vice Provost.
  • Provide oversight and advice for Requests for Exception (RFE) and other student retention issues.
Policy and Curriculum
  • Serve as primary administrative contact for, and ex officio member of, the Graduate Curriculum Committee, responsible for oversight of courses and program curricular.
  • Serve as the leadership expert in curricular innovations, including Accelerated Master's Degrees and Micro-credentials, and work closely with Graduate School staff responsible for administering these areas.
  • Work with relevant faculty governance committees including the Graduate Faculty Committee (GFC) as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduate Faculty with tenure at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Evidence of ongoing scholarship and continued commitment to scholarly excellence
  • Demonstrated experience of active participation in graduate program, (e.g., teaching mentoring, advising of Graduate Students, graduate student degree committee membership)
  • Experience with governance committees
  • Ability to appreciate diverse holistic view of academic inquiry and research.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to innovation
  • Relevant administrative service (e.g., Associate Dean, Department Chair, graduate program chair/director/advisor, chair, or member of GFC/GCC subcommittee or AOP committee.

Application Instructions
Applications must be submitted online and include the following materials:

- Cover Letter
- Resume
- References

In your application materials, please be sure to address all minimum and preferred qualification, and competencies In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether the applicant meets any of the qualifications, the applicant will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications.

The initial screening of applicants will begin on 5/2/2022 and continue until a qualified candidate is hired. Applications received after 5/1/2022 may not receive consideration.”

Application Notes
For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

Legal Notices AA/EO Statement

UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

Reasonable Accommodations

UWM provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 414-229-4463. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials

UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC and Reference Check Policy

Employment will require a criminal background check. UWM takes the prevention of sexual misconduct seriously. As such, you and your references will be required to answer questions regarding any past findings of sexual violence and sexual harassment or any pending allegations of sexual violence or sexual harassment.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)

For the UWM Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see, or call UWM’s Dean of Students Office, Student Union 345 at (414) 229-4632 for a paper copy.

Employment Authorization

In compliance with federal law, all persons at the time of their start date will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Title and Total Compensation Project

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 may change in 2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

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