| Graduate education is at the heart of a great University, enriching and enabling the teaching, research, and service missions of an academic institution. One of the premier comprehensive public research universities in the nation, the University of Oklahoma is seeking an inspiring, proven leader for the position of Dean of the Graduate College. The responsibilities of the Dean include operational and strategic oversight for all graduate programs at the University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus. OU is a thriving institution, proud of its public mission and eager to continue its ascent up the ranks of excellence. The next Dean will play an instrumental part in the institution’s success. |
The University is looking for:
- a collaborative, strategic leader capable of working with Deans, Chairs, Directors, and faculty across the entire range of disciplines to enhance the experience of graduate students and the competitiveness of the University of Oklahoma.
- an academic with student-centered values and a passion for fostering the professional growth and well-being of graduate students.
- someone with experience mentoring graduate students and faculty.
- someone who appreciates the wide range of disciplines and programs at a comprehensive research university.
- a scholar with a track record of achieving and enabling excellence in research and creative activity.
- a manager with the administrative skills and experience to lead a team of professionals and to execute the complex mission of the Graduate College.
- a visionary and entrepreneur who can help the university pursue opportunities and overcome challenges in an environment of constant change.
The Dean reports directly to the Senior Vice President and Provost; the Dean sits on the Council of Deans and contributes as an integral part of the leadership team of the University.
About the Graduate College
The Graduate College is the center of advanced study, research, and creative activity at the university. Graduate instruction has been offered at the University of Oklahoma since 1899, seven years after the university opened its doors. The Graduate School was formally organized in 1909, and in 1929, the first doctoral degree was awarded. In 1942, the name was changed to the Graduate College. Since then, 15 individuals have served in the role of Dean of the Graduate College.
In the past three decades, the Graduate College has greatly expanded its degree program offerings and student enrollment. In addition to the Doctor of Philosophy, the university offers the Doctor of Education and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Interdisciplinary degree programs are available at both the master’s and doctoral levels.
The Graduate College currently administers and supports 5,700 students among 54 doctoral programs and 91 master’s programs.
Immediately adjacent to the central campus in Norman is the 277-acre University of Oklahoma Research Campus. The Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center provides a home for world-class education programs, federal and military research programs, and innovative leaders in private industry. The National Weather Center houses the university’s research programs in meteorology and NOAA’s weather, research, and operations programs. The Partners Place facilities foster collaboration between research and business enterprises.
Other research and study units associated with the university include the Biological Station at Lake Texoma; the Earth Sciences Observatory at Leonard near Tulsa; the Aquatic Biology and Fisheries Research Center in Noble and in Norman; Sarkeys Energy Center; the Oklahoma Climatological Survey; the Oklahoma Biological Survey; the Oklahoma Archeological Survey; and the Center for the Analysis and Prediction of Storms. The Oklahoma Geological Survey, a state agency responsible to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, also is housed on the Norman campus.