Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska is seeking an individual for the position of Dean of Graduate Programs.

For many years U.S. News & World Report recognized Nebraska Wesleyan as the state’s top liberal arts institution. In 2016, Nebraska Wesleyan moved to the Regional Universities-Midwest category in light of its recent growth as a comprehensive university. In that U.S. News category, NWU ranks 16th among 165 institutions.

Overall, Nebraska Wesleyan University enrolls 2,000 students, with about three quarters of them being traditionally-aged full-time undergraduates. Students choose from 51 majors, 46 minors and 17 pre-professional programs. The general education Archway Curriculum ensures that every student has an experience-rich education through internships, research projects, service learning, or study abroad. Graduate studies are a growing aspect of the institutional character. Nebraska Wesleyan seeks to provide master’s level education in subjects where there is a good opportunity for vertical integration with existing strengths in the undergraduate program.

The Dean of Graduate Programs is a new position, a result of the restructuring the academic areas of the University. The Dean will report to the Provost, and will lead the administration and expansion of NWU’s graduate programs to serve a variety of markets. The dean will work with other academic leaders and faculty as the University builds on existing strengths, developing and launching new graduate and undergraduate programs, and exploring alternative modes of delivery for new and existing programs. It is expected that the person chosen to fill this important new leadership role will be an accomplished educational professional with a track record of success as a faculty member and academic leader. The position requires that the dean holds a Ph.D., or equivalent terminal degree, in an academic area offered by the University, and a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service commensurate with appointment at the rank of associate professor.

If you know an individual who is ready and qualified for this challenging opportunity, please share this information with him or her. If you have any personal interest in exploring this position or learning more about it, we would be delighted to discuss this position with you in strict confidence.  You are welcome to send the names of possible candidates to the e-mail below and we will contact prospective candidates directly.

Candidates are asked to submit electronically in MS Word or Adobe PDF: (1) a letter of interest that directly addresses the leadership opportunities outlined in the profile above, (2) a CV and (3) the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. References will not be contacted without first securing the permission of the candidate. To receive full consideration, materials should be received on or before May 14, 2018.

Please visit to view more complete information about this position. Additional information about Nebraska Wesleyan University is available at:

Graciela Caneiro-Livingston, Provost

Chair, Dean of Graduate Programs Search Committee

Nebraska Wesleyan University


This search is being assisted by:

Loren J. Anderson, Ph.D.

Executive Search Consultant

AGB Search

Cell: (253) 223-3566