Vice Provost & Dean of the Graduate School


The Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School will provide visionary leadership to ensure that Binghamton is a leader in preparing future faculty, developing and supporting a robust portfolio of professional masters’ degrees, and promoting excellence in teaching, innovation and research. The Vice Provost and Dean will aid the University in achieving its ambitious goals for increasing graduate enrollment while strengthening its programs, leading development of new programs, increasing diversity among its graduate student population, enhancing campus services, and supporting an active intellectual culture for graduate students. To achieve these goals the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School will:


  • Work closely with the provost, deans, other vice provosts, and faculty to ensure excellence in graduate education;
  • Lead efforts with deans, faculty, and staff to establish and/or expand the University’s presence in domestic and international markets to increase the number and quality of the application pool;
  • Lead efforts with deans, faculty, and staff to encourage current undergraduate students to enroll into the University’s Masters and Ph.D. programs;
  • Advocate for the development of innovative new stand-alone and transdisciplinary graduate programs designed to strengthen the University’s presence in graduate education;
  • Work effectively with deans, faculty, and staff at the State University of New York (SUNY) system and the State Department of Education to develop and gain approval for new programs;
  • Collaborate with deans, faculty, and staff to implement strategies to procure internal and external funds for graduate student support;
  • Enhance and expand venues for intellectual exchange and discourse;
  • Implement best practices to enhance student diversity and inclusion;
  • Foster transdisciplinary collaboration in graduate education;
  • Support the Graduate School in serving as the incubator for academic programs that cross unit boundaries;
  • Manage the operational budget of the Graduate School; and
  • Work with academic programs to assure that graduate students are well-prepared for the many aspects of their careers.


The Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School reports directly to the Provost and is a key member of the Provost’s senior staff. S/he supervises the activities of the Graduate Admissions Office, recruitment and communications team, enrollment management staff, and academic programs assigned to the Graduate School. Resources include an: operating budget, competitive graduate stipends, discretionary budget, excellent and creative staff, excellent faculty colleagues, and a collaborative senior leadership team. Funds to support GAs and TAs and decisions on allocating them reside in the individual colleges. The Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School is a member of the Provost’s administrative team and works closely with other team members to advance all of the University’s goals. The Graduate Council is advisory to and chaired by the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School.



  • Faculty appointment at the rank of Full Professor (preferred) 
  • Extensive experience in the education and supervision of graduate students
  • Understanding of the needs and opportunities of Ph.D., masters, and professional masters programs in a wide range of disciplines
  • Strong analytical skills to project and manage enrollments
  • Familiarity/expertise with social media to leverage marketing opportunities
  • Familiarity with graduate programs in a “public” setting including interacting with staff at the State University of New York (SUNY) system and the State Department of Education
  • Demonstrated administrative and leadership skills
  • Sensitivity and value for the academic cultures on campus
  • Commitment to diversity with an understanding of best practices for recruiting and supporting underrepresented student groups
  • An operating style that is both consultative and decisive
  • Superior communication skills
  • Ability to frame issues in ways that promote resolution and problem-solving
  • A willingness to admit mistakes and learn from them
  • Team player
  • Commitment to excellence in graduate education


Terms of Appointment:

  • 12-month management/confidential position
  • Salary and benefits competitive



Interested candidates should submit the following items electronically to (1) a letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a one-page vision statement describing how the candidate sees the graduate programs at Binghamton University growing in the short term (five years) and long term (twenty years) under his/her leadership; and (4) contact information for three references who can speak authoritatively concerning the applicant's candidacy. The application process will remain open until the position is filled.


The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. As required by Title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found at:


For additional information, please contact Dr. Laura Bronstein, Search Committee Chair, E-mail: