Dean of Graduate Studies
Montana State University - Bozeman, MT

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Duties and

In coordination with the other senior members of the Provost’s Office and the academic Deans, the Dean of the Graduate School plays a leadership role in all aspects of graduate education and provides academic, administrative, and strategic direction to the Graduate School.

This position is vitally important to the future of Montana State University and the appointee will have a significant role in shaping the future of graduate education at MSU. The Dean of the Graduate School will take a leadership position in building graduate programs and supporting graduate education. As a member of the Provost’s team, the Dean will be conversant with all aspects of the campus’s growth and will represent and advocate all issues of graduate education in campus planning.

Specific responsibilities for this position include:


  • Committed involvement in all issues pertinent to graduate education.
  • Serves as a member of the Deans’ Council and the system-wide Council of Graduate Deans (MUGS).
  • Coordinates with Deans, Vice President for Research, and Academic Affairs on matters of graduate student training, curriculum, support, and research.
  • Work to accomplish the campus strategic plan goals in areas related to graduate education.
  • Coordinates with Student Affairs concerning graduate student life, welfare, housing, childcare, and diversity issues.
  • Works with campus leadership on issues related to graduate student union.
  • Promote diversity efforts for student and staff recruitment and retention consistent with University policies and responsibilities.


  • Administers campus policies, standards, and requirements for graduate study.
  • Participates in the campus oversight and coordination of graduate student labor issues.
  • Maintains and enhances conditions of graduate student life and services to graduate students.
  • Manages and supervises the Graduate School office and staff.

    Graduate Program Development and Review

  • Oversees and coordinates the implementation of newly approved graduate programs.
  • Leads the program review process for graduate programs to ensure maintenance of the highest standards of excellence.
  • Works with academic Deans to identify strategic opportunities for new graduate programs.
  • Establishes administrative and funding mechanisms to support cross-departmental, cross-college, and inter-disciplinary graduate education.

    Graduate Fellowship and Support

  • Provides leadership and oversight to campus efforts directed to increase graduate student support and research funding.
  • Supervises graduate teaching assistant allocations in coordination with the departments and deans in a manner that supports and promotes programmatic excellence.
  • Works with Vice President for Research to encourage and support faculty applying for extramural funding that supports graduate education.
  • Help strategize, support, and participate in graduate education related development efforts.

    Teaching Assistants

  • Oversees development and implementation of GTA policies and procedures.
  • Provides leadership for GTA development.

    Enrollment Management

  • Develops campus graduate enrollment plans consistent with overall campus academic plans, devoting particular attention to the attraction and retention of a diverse student body.
  • Provides oversight in the overall campus wide recruitment of graduate students, including promotion of the campus and its graduate programs.
    • Supervises the graduate admissions and registration process.
  • Promotes graduate-specific efforts for enhancing diversity in graduate programs and coordinates with other diversity programs and initiatives on campus.
    Policy Making and Implementation
  • Develops and recommends policy that affects graduate students in their role as a student; including working with Faculty Senate bodies on the development of these policies for the approval of the Provost. Oversees the implementation of these policies.
  • In conjunction with campus administrative units (including Academic Personnel and Labor Relations) develops, recommends and assists in coordinating the implementation of policy that affects graduate students.

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    The successful candidate must have earned a terminal degree and be qualified for a tenured, full professor appointment in a department represented in the Graduate School at MSU.

    Additionally, she/he must also bring:
  • A distinguished record of academic accomplishment in funded research, graduate student teaching and service?
  • The ability to work in a collegial manner and maintain effective collaborations with a variety of individuals, internal and external to the Graduate School?
  • An ability to plan, develop and implement complex strategic goals and program initiatives and effectively manage resources over both the short and long terms?
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to developing, enhancing and sustaining a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.
  • A record of successful academic administration experience.
  • Prior service on a Graduate Council or as departmental Director of Graduate Studies would be pluses.


    In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


    Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a cover letter to be considered for the position. To ensure full consideration, materials should be received by July 31st, 2013. Review of applications and nominations for the position will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is January 1, 2014. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, email address, and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in strict confidence.

    Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to the following:

    Will Gates, Partner Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates 1111 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 106 Monterey Park, CA 91754 323-260-7889 (FAX) Refer to code “MSU-DGS” in the subject line

    In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note : Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

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