Dean, College of Graduate Studies and Research

Radford, Virginia, United States
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Radford University seeks an accomplished and visionary academic leader with a strong record as both a teacher and a scholar for the position of Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Radford has set a strategic priority for growing and enhancing the University’s graduate programs and research opportunities to complement its undergraduate curricula.

Located in Radford, Virginia, Radford University is a comprehensive public university of more than 9,400 students and has received national recognition for many of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Radford University serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service, and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment, and vibrant student life on a beautiful 204-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities for engaged learning in and out of the classroom. The University offers 67 degree programs in 38 disciplines and four certificates at the undergraduate level; 22 master’s programs in 17 disciplines and three doctoral programs at the graduate level; 11 post-baccalaureate certificates and one post-master’s certificate.

The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a valued member of the Academic Affairs Leadership Team. The Dean supports graduate faculty and directly oversees the Graduate Studies Office staff, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (which includes the Research Compliance Office), and graduate programs. A Graduate Affairs Council, made up of representatives from the graduate programs and a student representative chosen by the Graduate Student Council, advises the Dean on the administration of graduate studies and makes recommendations to the Provost concerning graduate courses, curricula, academic standards and policies.

The next Dean will be a creative innovator who will effectively engage constituents and lead the development of a shared vision for graduate studies and research at Radford University. The next dean will be a leader who has the ability to attract and retain research scientists to the University; increase the volume of grants, awards, and overall research productivity; explore new models in providing assistantships to graduate students; and identify new revenue streams for the University. She or he will have a track record of collaborative leadership and the ability to develop and maintain relationships within the College, across the University, and in the broader community to promote the growth of graduate education and research at Radford. She or he will be a person of global perspective who is committed to diversity and inclusion in its many forms; a strategic decision-maker who builds consensus, prioritizes well, and communicates decisions with alacrity and care; and a visionary of proven academic leadership, capable of managing a complex enterprise, who will inspire and motivate others. The next Dean will have an understanding of the constantly changing landscape in graduate education, an understanding of enrollment management, and experience with success strategies focused on graduate students. The ideal candidate will understand the unique aspects of each of the graduate programs and will respect those distinct qualities. She or he will possess knowledge of the external funding environment to best support faculty members in writing and securing grants, scholarship development, and research compliance. The successful candidate will possess the appropriate terminal degree in her or his field, a distinguished record of teaching and scholarly/creative productivity, and exemplary experience in academic administration reflective of the University’s own high standards.

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Radford University is a comprehensive, midsize public university that is student-focused, providing its more than 9,700 students a diversity of outstanding academic programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful campus, Radford University offers many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom.