Associate Dean, UHM
University of Hawaii - Honolulu, HI

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Continuous review of applications will begin on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by Friday, February 15, 2013.
Duties and Responsibilities

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UH Manoa) seeks an innovative, motivated and experienced leader to serve as Associate Dean of the Office of Graduate and Professional Education (Graduate Division). Graduate Division is central to the mission of UH Manoa. Graduate Division is responsible for overseeing all graduate degree programs within the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. This includes the entire graduate experience from application to graduation. The process begins with supplying admissions materials to prospective students and submittal of application materials to the proper fields of graduate study. More specifically, Graduate Division evaluates transcripts, test scores and other materials submitted and corresponds with applicants throughout the admissions process before acceptance into graduate school.

Once admitted, Graduate Division monitors graduate programs and program performance to ensure that quality is maintained and that students are treated fairly. It is the responsibility of Graduate Division to ensure that all requirements for graduation are met, including the formation of thesis and dissertation committees, along with the completion of required exams in a timely manner.

Graduate Division also reviews and monitors all Graduate Assistant appointments, as well as intramural fellowships and scholarships. With the help of Graduate Division, students are assisted in applying for competitive awards and achievement scholarships. Several extramural awards are also administered by Graduate Division, most notably; Fulbright-Hayes and NSF Graduate Research Fellows. Overall, the Graduate Division ensures that graduate students receive high quality education through the appointment of fully qualified personnel to the graduate faculty and the review of existing graduate programs, courses, and curricula.

The Associate Dean of Graduate Division has a role that involves both academic leadership and administration. The Associate Dean assists in the management of the Graduate Division. This includes reviewing all proposals for new or revised graduate programs, courses and curricula; organizing and facilitating reviews of all graduate programs on cycle, as well as the reviews of provisional graduate programs, while working in close cooperation with departmental chairpersons, chairpersons of graduate fields of study and academic deans, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean consults, advises and assists departments in preparing proposals for programs or policy changes for consideration by the Graduate Division and Graduate Council. The Associate Dean organizes the full (five-year) external reviews for the graduate programs housed in the College of Engineering and the School of Social Work. The Associate Dean guides the development of new graduate programs and the revision of existing programs in ways that promote program-level entrepreneurship and sustainability and guides the development of new interdisciplinary graduate degree programs and provides general administrative oversight for them as necessary. The Associate Dean organizes the review, audit and assessment of the graduate faculty by the Graduate Council to ensure that all graduate programs have assigned qualified faculty in the graduate fields of study. The Associate Dean supports annual goal setting and collects information relevant to graduate program key performance indicators. The Associate Dean serves as liaison between members of the faculty and the Graduate Division, answering questions, routing inquiries and consulting and advising faculty and graduate students as well as resolving issues and concerns. The Associate Dean helps student’s access appropriate external funding opportunities in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid Services as well as internal opportunities and determines the eligibility of students to receive fellowship awards and authorizes the posting of the awards to their accounts. The Associate Dean organizes and develops professional development offerings for graduate students and graduate faculty. This includes New Student Orientation, Teaching Assistant trainings and Preparing Future Faculty, and graduate faculty professional development opportunities in the areas of new graduate chair training and faculty mentoring of graduate students. Occasionally provides direct advising, mentoring and training of faculty in their role as graduate advisors.

Associate Dean provides academic advice to graduate students referred by departments, deals with issues involving graduate student progress, appeals, individual and group complaints from students and recommends remedial action as necessary. The Associate Dean reviews, verifies, and revises general graduate educational materials, program descriptions and course descriptions for the Catalog annually. As Vice Chair of the Graduate Council and the Graduate Assembly, the Associate Dean consults, advises and assists departments in preparing proposals for policy and procedural changes for consideration by the Graduate Division and Graduate Council and implements administrative action as required by the recommendations of the Council or Assembly. As Vice Chair of the Graduate Council, the Associate Dean consults with and advises the standing committees of the Graduate Council, chairs the Program, Course, and Academic Grievance Committees and chairs ad hoc committees as necessary. The Associate Dean provides information and guidance to university programs on matters pertaining to fellowships and scholarships.

Minimum Qualifications

Earned Doctorate in one of the fields of study currently offered at University of Hawaii Manoa.

Rank of Associate or Full Professor, or demonstrated record of comparable professional experience prior to appointment.

Record of distinguished teaching, scholarship, research, publication, and/or professional activity achievement.

Strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple constituencies.

Ability to function successfully in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment.

Demonstrated commitment to consultative and collaborative processes.

Demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical and academic standards.

Commitment to respect and consider Hawai'i's unique host culture.

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