University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Introduction (Description of
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.
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:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- 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
- 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.
Recruiting and Strategic Enrollment Management
- Assist with recruiting and retaining a diverse student body and
help support underrepresented and minority students to
- 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
Student Support and Professional Development
- 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
Appeals and Grievances
- 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
- 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
- Assist and advise students seeking solutions to problems that
they cannot address within their program or instructional school or
- 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
- Play a key liaison role with the faculty and leadership of
their respective schools, colleges, departments, and graduate
Policy and Curriculum
- 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.
- 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.
- Graduate Faculty with tenure at The University of
- Evidence of ongoing scholarship and continued commitment to
- 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
- 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.
Applications must be submitted online and include the following
- Cover Letter
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
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.
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