Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School



Job description

Oxford, OH

Miami University seeks an innovative, collaborative leader and scholar to serve as its Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. Reporting to the Provost, this individual will lead reprioritized efforts, as outlined in Miami’s new strategic plan, to strengthen the role of graduate education at Miami University. This is an exciting opportunity for a thought leader to cultivate relationships across departments and help mold an updated brand for the Graduate School. The position has been recently separated from the role that oversees the university’s research enterprise, giving the new Dean the chance to focus solely on the excellence of Miami’s graduate education.

The Graduate School offers 66 master’s, 13 doctoral, 1 specialist, and 19 certificate programs spanning a wide range of disciplines. The Dean will lead efforts to gauge the viability of program offerings and assess the allocation of graduate-level resources. Working in partnership with faculty, staff, graduate students, and the new Vice President for Research and Innovation, the Dean will be a resource for scholarly activity, program design, and professional development. The Dean will also lead discussions around growth opportunities for new and existing programs.

The Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School will work collaboratively with other university leaders to help drive the overall mission and vision for Miami. This person will connect with key stakeholders to create a culture that drives creativity, scholarship, and inclusivity. The Dean will have the opportunity to foster a graduate school brand on a campus widely known for its undergraduate prowess. Additionally, this person will work to develop and showcase innovative programs – with a focus on +1 or +2 masters degrees serving our exceptionally strong undergraduates as well as mid-career professionals, leveraging our various campuses and locations, online and hybrid offerings, and initiatives for continuing professional development for nontraditional and off-campus learners – all designed to attract a diverse student body.

Miami University seeks an Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School who will be a cooperative visionary able to lead the on-going growth of a strong, dynamic Graduate School. This individual must be a creative thinker who can drive the change necessary to take Miami’s graduate programs to the next level, with a specific focus on ensuring that they are right-sized, well-resourced, strategically aligned, and deeply integrated into the university at all levels. The Dean will be the champion of students, faculty, and staff who are involved in graduate education; this person will continue to build an inclusive environment for teaching, learning, and research.

The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate or its equivalent, a strong personal record of leading graduate-level programs, thorough knowledge of the operations and practices of a comprehensive research-oriented university, proven administrative success, and achievements in academia that merit appointment as a tenured full professor in a discipline represented at Miami University. This individual will display the emotional intelligence and interpersonal abilities necessary to lead and inspire diverse constituents while working across and throughout the university and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

How to apply

Miami University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to:

Natalie Leonhard, Partner
Caitlin Barrett, Senior Associate
Nicholas Vance, Associate
Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

Electronic submission of materials is encouraged via:

An online application may be found here:

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to [email protected] or 513-529-3560.

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Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.