Dean of the Graduate School

Idaho State University seeks a Dean of the Graduate School
Pocatello, Idaho
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The Position:
Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Dean is a senior academic and administrative officer of the University. The Dean sits on two university-level cabinets: The President's Leadership Council and the Academic Deans Council. The Dean maintains a University-wide perspective, as a key player in the University's graduate academic administration, strategic planning, budget planning, curriculum, facilities, and research. This is a 12-month appointment responsible for the overall leadership and management of graduate programs, cultivating partnerships inside and outside the University, and fostering a culture of access and inclusion that promotes the mission and values of the Graduate School and Idaho State University.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides oversight for the array of, and quality of, graduate programs at the University.
  • Creates and enforces policies supportive of graduate students, graduate faculty, and graduate programs in a Carnegie-classified research institution.
  • Ensures that graduate student service throughout the University effectively supports graduate students.
  • Has responsibility for the Graduate School Office personnel and budget.
  • Participates in University-wide strategic planning and long-term planning.
  • Leads Graduate Enrollment Management across all graduate programs.
  • Develops relationships with individuals and organizations external to the University to improve graduate student services and support.
  • Works with graduate programs with specialized accreditation to ensure that they remain in good standing.
  • Chairs the Graduate Faculty Council.
  • Oversees the marketing and promotion of graduate programs in collaboration with colleges and the University’s division of marketing and communications.
  • Serves as a participant in the state-wide council of Graduate School Deans and holds memberships in other Graduate School Dean organizations/associations.
  • Partners with entities outside of the University when appropriate to advance the graduate mission of ISU.
  • Oversees the academic misconduct appeals process for graduate students.
  • Maintains graduate student records and verifies completion of degree requirements.

Qualifications and Skills:
The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications and skills:

  • Terminal degree in one's field.
  • Demonstrated scholarly and professional achievement sufficient to merit appointment to graduate faculty status at the rank of a tenured associate or tenured full professor in their discipline.
  • Minimum of five years of progressive leadership experience in higher education including but not limited to strategic planning, budgeting, personnel administration, and/or enrollment management.
  • Demonstrated ability to constructively facilitate teamwork and foster the trust of graduate programs, faculty, staff, and students; commitment to transparency and shared governance.
  • Significant experience working directly with graduate students (teaching, mentoring, supervising) and an understanding of the needs in supporting graduate students.
  • Knowledge of current higher education trends, challenges, and demands as they may relate to graduate education and scholarly activity at ISU, and of how to advocate for ISU as a graduate institution.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working in a diverse, multicultural environment and a commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion of faculty, staff, and students.
  • An understanding of the support needed for graduate program faculty and departments.
  • Experience with graduate programming and curriculum development.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of constituencies.

About the Institution:
Idaho State University (ISU) combines exceptional academics amidst the grand natural beauty of the West. ISU faculty and students are leading the way in cutting-edge research and innovative solutions in the areas of energy, health professions, nuclear research, teaching, humanities, engineering, performing and visual arts, technology, biological sciences, pharmacy, and business. Its president Kevin Satterlee is bringing vision and excitement to ISU. His administration is one of passion, communication, and transparency for the benefit of not only the university but also its surrounding community. To read more, visit

ISU, a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution founded in 1901, has a low student to teacher ratio of 14:1. As a state leader in the health sciences, ISU offers widespread health services to the community, as well as multiple degrees in more than 50 health-related areas, including nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, speech pathology, and physician assistant studies. In addition to significant offerings in health sciences, ISU offers a wide array of graduate programs through colleges in business, education, technology, arts and letters, and science and engineering. Education at ISU is filled with real-world experience; the $2.3 million Career Path Internship program helps aid hundreds of students' career goals by pairing students with paid on- and off-campus internships. In their spare time, students can choose from more than 70 student organizations, enjoy nature through the Outdoor Adventure Center, or drive to Craters of the Moon nature preserve or Yellowstone National Park. The Stephens Performing Arts Center on the ISU campus is nationally ranked as one of the most impressive performance venues on a university campus. It is home to the Idaho State Civic Symphony and is also host to numerous plays, concerts, recitals, and art performances.

As an NCAA Division 1 school, ISU competes in the Big Sky Conference offering robust athletic programs to students such as basketball, cross-country, tennis, track and field, volleyball, softball, football, golf, and soccer. Read more:

About the Graduate School:
Idaho State University (ISU) is a growing research institution featuring dynamic research faculty and the largest number of graduate programs in the State of Idaho. ISU offers a wide range of graduate degree programs including 66 masters, and 20 doctoral degrees; 6 graduate certificates; and residency programs in family medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. Approximately 1,700 of ISU’s 12,800 students are graduate students.

The mission of ISU’s Graduate School is to promote and support excellence in graduate education. In realizing this mission, the Graduate School acts to recruit, support, retain, and matriculate scholars, researchers, and practitioners educationally empowered as critical thinking citizens and agents of innovation, opportunity, and change. The Graduate School aspires to be a leading driver of high-quality graduate education and is dedicated to the embodiment of academic and creative excellence, resulting in scholars, researchers, and practitioners committed to and capable of continually broadening the scope of academic discourse, discovery, and innovation.

To Apply:
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by September 24, 2019 will be given first consideration. Please submit a PDF version of your complete curriculum vita/resume and a cover letter highlighting your interest in and qualifications for the position. To apply online, go to

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Idaho State University is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.