Associate Dean, Graduate College

Missouri State University, located in Springfield, Missouri, invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Dean of the Graduate College. As an administrative officer of the College, the Associate Dean is expected to provide professional, intellectual, and administrative leadership while helping to craft and pursue a vision consistent with the Public Affairs mission of the university. The Associate Dean is expected to support faculty, staff, and students by promoting excellence in teaching and scholarship; encouraging faculty development; facilitating student recruitment and retention; monitoring student academic success; providing indirect supervision of the teaching, research and service activities of the Graduate College; supporting a commitment to diversity; assisting the Graduate College Dean with building partnerships with external constituents and public organizations; and demonstrating sound fiscal management.

Candidates must have the following:

1) A terminal degree and credentials consistent with an appointment at the rank of full professor

2) Evidence of at least five years of university teaching or administrative experience. 

3) Experience with education of international students

4) Evidence of successful leadership and communication skills

5) A demonstrated commitment to diversity.  A record of inclusive conduct and evidence of multicultural skills in the workplace are required.

The Graduate College works directly with the seven academic colleges at Missouri State University to oversee all master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The seven academic colleges are:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Darr College of Agriculture

The university currently offers 84 Master’s programs, three (3) Specialist programs, seven (7) Doctoral programs, and 59 Graduate Certificates. Additional information may be found at

Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons while guided by three overarching and enduring commitments to student learning, inclusive excellence and institutional impact. The University's identity is distinguished by its statewide mission in public affairs, requiring a campus-wide commitment to foster competence and responsibility in the common vocation of citizenship. The academic experience is grounded in a general education curriculum which draws heavily from the liberal arts and sciences. This foundation provides the basis for mastery of disciplinary and professional studies. It also provides essential forums in which students develop the capacity to make well-informed, independent critical judgments about the cultures, values, and institutions in society.

Springfield is the third-largest city in Missouri with a metropolitan population of more than 500,000.  It is noted for its thriving economy, excellent schools, superior health care facilities, beautiful neighborhoods, active arts community, exciting entertainment scene, temperate climate, and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Located in the southwest region of the state, Springfield is surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Ozarks hills, streams, and lakes.  Springfield is ranked among the 100 Best Communities for young people, is in the top 40 cities for quality of life and is home to two top 100 integrated health systems in the nation.  For more information about the City of Springfield, please visit

To apply, provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and the names and contact information for three professional references at .  Applicants must apply through this link.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with Monday, April 1, 2019, as the date of first consideration.

Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/minority/female/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity employer and institution. We encourage applications from all interested minorities, females, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and sexual orientation/gender identity.

            Employment will require a criminal background check at University Expense.