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Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate Division
The University of California, Merced, the newest campus in the University of California system, seeks a Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate Division. Opened in 2005, UC Merced is the first U.S. research university to be built in the 21st century, and the first new UC campus in 40 years. As part of its next stage of growth, UC Merced is committed to doubling its graduate student population, increasing graduate student diversity, expanding funding streams for graduate education, and further developing funding models that advance both interdisciplinary and disciplinary graduate education. Reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and serving as a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Committee, the Vice Provost and Dean will guide the advancement and administration of graduate education at UC Merced as the university seeks to position itself on the national stage as an emerging leader in research, teaching, and service.
In its first six years, UC Merced has grown enrollment to over 5,700 students, including more than 300 graduate students enrolled in doctoral and master’s programs in the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and humanities and arts. The campus has a total budget of over $130 million and is expected to grow to accommodate up to 25,000 students within three decades, while continuing to develop across 815 acres. UC Merced is the most ethnically diverse campus in the UC System and has been designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education, enabling access to associated federal and private grants. Sixty percent of the undergraduates are first generation college students.
The Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate Division is the senior academic official responsible for graduate education at UC Merced. The Vice Provost and Dean will collaborate closely with the deans, department chairs, Academic Senate, and other academic leaders across campus and the UC system to allocate and manage graduate funding and ensure standards of excellence, fairness, and equity across all graduate programs. As the strategic and operational leader of the Graduate Division, the Vice Provost and Dean will oversee graduate admissions, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral and visiting scholars, graduate housing, and the Academic Senate program review process. The new Vice Provost and Dean will support faculty, staff, and students and seek to maximize operational efficiency.
The ideal candidate will be an accomplished scholar with demonstrated experience in administering graduate education programs, as well as promoting interdisciplinary scholarship and training. Primary qualifications for the position include a strong commitment to research, teaching, and university and public service; leadership in fostering academic excellence in a research university; a distinguished record of scholarly achievement; general knowledge of the wide range of disciplines, interests and constituencies at UC Merced; and a strong and demonstrated record of commitment to diversity.
UC Merced has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent in confidence to: Bernard R. Jones and Cati Mitchell, 1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94111, email@example.com. Email submission of application materials is strongly encouraged.
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