Dean, The Graduate School

Purdue University invites internal nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Graduate School. This senior academic officer is a direct report to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity and is charged with advancing the preeminence of Purdue’s system-wide Graduate School.

Housed on all four campuses, Purdue’s masters and doctoral degrees are offered in a broad spectrum of traditional disciplinary areas as well as a number of interdisciplinary fields. More than 2,400 Purdue faculty - outstanding educators, revered scholars in their research fields, and specialists in engagement and Extension activities - provide exceptional mentoring and developmental opportunities for their students. More than 11,500 graduate students study in laboratories and studios, conduct field research, and serve as teaching assistants.

Purdue’s next Dean of the Graduate School will lead the repositioning of the Graduate School for the 21st century. Development and successful launch of innovative programs such as cross-disciplinary and new graduate credentials including certificate programs and other graduate-level professional development offerings will be an increasingly important element of the Graduate School’s future. The next Dean will expand professional development opportunities to help prepare graduate students and post-doctoral scholars for academic, government, and industry careers. In addition, promoting Purdue graduate programs nationally and internationally and working to expand graduate student funding, including developing new sources of support, will be a focus of the next Dean. The next Dean will review and streamline internal processes and work to enhance a service-oriented culture that adds value to and facilitates the work of all academic areas. The Dean of the Graduate School will be committed to diversity and inclusion in the broadest sense of the terms.

Central to this repositioning will be promotion of partnerships and collaborations within and across the University, especially with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, to support and steward the research experiences and welfare of graduate students. The Dean of the Graduate School must connect and effectively communicate with administrators, faculty, and students on all campuses in the Purdue system recognizing the unique needs of each campus.  The Dean of the Graduate School has significant opportunities to facilitate transformation to meet the ever-changing academic landscape. 

The successful candidate must be appointed/or in the process of being appointed to the rank of Full Professor; in the latter case, the offer of the appointment will be contingent on his/her promotion to the rank of Professor effective with the 2018-2019 academic year.  He/she will have a vision for the future of the Graduate School and a passion for the master’s and doctoral experiences; have a nationally recognized record of scholarship/research; have demonstrated achievement in developing and managing academic programs and fellowships; demonstrate success in mentoring graduate students and/or post-doctoral scholars; have experience in personnel and fiscal management, including development activities; have communications and interpersonal skills to engage with a wide variety of audiences; and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The Search Advisory Committee will begin reviewing completed applications on March 5, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, please send a letter of interest that outlines a vision for the 21st century Graduate School at Purdue, qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, and the names of at least three references (including postal/e-mail addresses and phone numbers). Nominating letters should describe the nominee’s current position and provide an assessment of the person’s suitability for the position.  Send applications or nominations in electronic format (PDF files) to For further information contact Michele Flemming (   A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University’s Graduate School is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

About Purdue University:  Established in 1869, Purdue is Indiana’s land-grant university, a comprehensive educational and research institution that is a member of the American Association of Universities (AAU). Purdue ranks fifth among public institutions in the United States. The West Lafayette Campus, located one hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of downtown Chicago, has ten academic colleges with an enrollment of 41,500 students. Purdue’s strengths in Agriculture, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Management, Pharmacy, Polytechnic, Science and Veterinary Medicine contribute to a robust research and educational environment.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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