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The University of Georgia
Graduate School
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Posted: 02/3/2020
Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

The University of Georgia (UGA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Vice Provost & Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the Graduate School and is a member of the University Cabinet. S/he is expected to work closely with faculty and leadership across the University, as well as with regional, national, and global external partners to strengthen graduate education across the disciplines.

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with state-wide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified flagship institution of higher education. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered university in the country. The University of Georgia is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report and is recognized as a very high research activity and community engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation.

UGA has made remarkable progress during the last five years toward its goal of becoming one of America’s premier comprehensive research universities. In FY 2019, the research expenditures total has reached $470 million, an all-time high. As a national leader in technology commercialization, UGA research is also creating tremendous economic impact to the state and the nation. UGA was ranked number 1 in the nation for the number of new products reaching the market and number 4 for the number of intellectual property licenses executed according to Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). UGA is developing the Innovation District to continue to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization.

UGA is reaching new heights in undergraduate education. The latest data shows the six-year completion rate reaching a record 87%, and the four-year completion rate increased to a record 69%. In addition, the first-year retention rate, another important measure of student success, has matched the university’s all-time high of 96%. These student success metrics compare well with top public institutions in the country. UGA is the first comprehensive research university to require all undergraduate students to engage in hands-on, experiential learning within a domestic or global setting as a graduation requirement. In 2019, the university was recognized with the William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education by the National Society for Experiential Education.

Over the past five years, philanthropic support for faculty scholarship and students also skyrocketed. Annual donations have increased 106 percent to $242 million—indicating an expanded culture of giving at this institution. Over the course of the Commit to Georgia campaign, more than 90 endowed chairs and professorships have been created, as well as more than 500 need-based scholarships for undergraduate students.

UGA’s main campus is located in Athens, Georgia, 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. It has campuses in Griffin and Tifton, and programs in Gwinnett and Atlanta. UGA employs approximately 2,000 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,000 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 38,500 students, including over 29,500 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. For more information about the University of Georgia, please refer to

Athens offers a rich cultural and diverse environment connected with the university and is perennially identified as one of America’s most livable cities with a low cost of living. (

About the Graduate School:

The Graduate School coordinates and provides core services in support of the graduate programs of all schools and colleges of the University. Matters of policy and procedure are determined by the graduate program faculty through the graduate council. The policies adopted by the graduate council are administered by the Vice Provost & Dean of the Graduate School.

The Graduate School administers all graduate programs of the University. UGA offers the Master of Arts in 35 disciplines, the Master of Science in 51 disciplines and the Doctor of Philosophy in 79 disciplines. Professional master’s degrees are available in 32 areas, and professional doctoral degrees are offered in education, music, and public health. The University also awards the Master of Education in 19 areas, the Specialist in Education in 19 areas and the Doctor of Education in 12 areas. Additional information about the Graduate School is available at

About the Opportunity:

Graduate students play a critical role in the university’s research and teaching mission. As the UGA’s research continues to grow, it is essential for the university to make graduate education a strategic priority. The Vice Provost & Dean will provide energetic and visionary leadership, as well as advocacy for the mission of graduate education across the entire University. He or she promotes excellence in graduate education by coordinating the recruitment of top students to UGA and also seeks to promote diversity by encouraging the enrollment of students from diverse backgrounds and historically underrepresented groups. The Vice Provost & Dean works collaboratively with the Provost, Vice Presidents, and other Vice Provosts and Deans to further advance high caliber and interdisciplinary graduate programs and student professional development programs. He or she will provide the leadership and the strategic guidance necessary to advance and innovate the graduate experience in the humanities, arts, and sciences at UGA. The Vice Provost & Dean is expected to work jointly with the academic deans to advance educational quality and scholarly excellence and direct the Graduate School core functions and staff to ensure efficient and responsive services.

This is a great opportunity for an innovative academic leader as Vice Provost & Dean to join the Provost leadership team which includes two other vice provosts, four vice presidents, and six associate provosts. The current Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is Dr. S. Jack Hu who joined the University of Georgia in 2019. In this role, he oversees instruction, research, faculty affairs, public service and outreach, and information technology at the University. Prior to his appointment at UGA, Dr. Hu was Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan, where he oversaw a research enterprise that generates annual expenditures exceeding $1.5 billion and spans the university’s campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint. Upon joining UGA, Provost Hu identified a few key strategic priorities to enhance academic excellence, with an emphasis on research and graduate education while continuing to strengthen the undergraduate learning environment. A list of current initiatives can be found on the Provost’s site at


Candidates must have a doctoral degree or equivalent and a distinguished record of scholarship commensurate with the rank of full professor as well as bring a demonstrably national or international reputation to the institution. Additionally, candidates must be tenured at their current institution or have been tenured at a prior institution to be eligible for tenure upon appointment. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A leader in her/his discipline through research and scholarship
  • A record of graduate student mentoring as a faculty member
  • A record of championing graduate education and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • A record of leading/supporting graduate programs at a college and school level
  • Highly creative and innovative thinker
  • Being an altruistic leader, taking satisfaction in the success of others
  • A customer service oriented management philosophy
  • Transparent decision making and management style
  • Strong team building, interpersonal and communication skills
  • An active, energetic and well-organized personality, with a sense of humor and collegiality
  • Ability to gain the confidence of the faculty and staff, both internal and external to the Graduate School
  • Strong internal management aptitude with good budgetary skills
  • Successful fundraising skills, working with foundations and individual donors as well as encouraging externally supported scholarship
  • An appreciation of the mission and culture of a large public research university.

Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates are requested to submit their materials by Sunday, March 8, 2020; however, screening will continue until the position is filled. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated above; a current curriculum vitae; and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant).

All applicants must apply online at Please see the job posting at:

To request a descriptive Opportunity Profile for this position, provide a nomination, or seek additional information, please contact Mary Ann Foil, Primary Consultant with the UGA Search Group, 706-542-5769 or Letters of recommendation or a simple nomination should include the name and contact information for the nominee.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. As such, the University of Georgia is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We not only strongly encourage women, minorities and other diverse candidates to consider applying for this position, but we also maintain that all candidates should share our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.