Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Programs

15 May 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

The individual must currently be a tenured faculty member at the University of Michigan-Flint. A cover letter is required for consideration and should be combined with an up-to-date curriculum vitae and uploaded as a single document. The cover letter should address, in some detail, the qualities, skills, and experiences that demonstrate your suitability for the position, its multiple areas of responsibility, and its required qualifications, as outlined in this posting. In addition, please email the names and contact information of up to three professional references (at least one of which should have had some form of direct oversight related to your performance) to Jill Hubbard at

The University of Michigan-Flint is a regional campus of the University of Michigan with an enrollment of over 7,500 students. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through five schools/colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Management, the College of Health Sciences, the School of Education and Human Services, and the School of Nursing. The University provides a rich mix of programmatic offerings — including 138 Baccalaureate Degrees, 46 Master’s Degrees, 12 Professional Practice Doctoral Degrees, and two Research Doctoral Degrees — across the five units. This combination of high quality liberal arts and professional and graduate programs in an urban setting is distinctive and shapes the institution’s culture and opportunities. With over 500 faculty, comprised of tenure track, clinical track, lecturers and librarians, the University is advancing its mission through a plan that emphasizes modest enrollment growth, improving student success and retention, building resources to support our enterprise, and increased engagement of students and faculty in experiential learning, research, and interdisciplinary programs.

Job Summary

The Office of the Provost at the University of Michigan-Flint is seeking highly qualified candidates for a full-time Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Programs. This position also carries a tenure-track faculty appointment. The individual reports to the Provost and is charged with providing advice and counsel to the Provost. The successful candidate will collaborate with a range of faculty, staff and administrators in planning and implementation of programs that enhance the academic life of students and faculty, improve communication and cooperation within academic affairs and across campus, and otherwise advance the academic priorities of the University. The individual must currently be a tenured faculty member at the University of Michigan-Flint. This will be a three-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

The Associate Provost will serve as the steward of a vitally important portfolio including:

Oversight — as Dean of Graduate Programs — of the Office of Graduate Programs, and graduate program curricula, including proposals, review and assessment

Oversight of the Office of Extended Learning (OEL), and all online or hybrid curricula, including proposals, review and assessment

Service as the University’s Higher Learning Commission Liaison Officer

The Associate Provost will also work with key stakeholders across UM to build shared goals, policies and resources in the following areas of responsibility:

Serve as a member of the Council of Deans

Address diversity and inclusion issues in the graduate student community, in concert with other relevant campus units

Provide leadership and support for other academic issues, as the Provost requires

Serve on committees, advisory groups and respond to inquiries, as the Provost requires

Represent the University with the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU)

Represent the University as a member of the Rackham Graduate School Executive Board

Facilitate communication and coordination with the Offices of the Provost in Ann Arbor and Dearborn

Support engagement with tri-campus initiatives that relate to academic affairs

The Associate Provost will be expected to exercise considerable autonomy and decision-making authority in areas delegated by the Provost, and provide other duties as designated.

The Associate Provost will draw from expertise as a faculty member, as well as experience in academic affairs and a variety of work experiences in higher education.

Required Qualifications*

Current tenured faculty member at University of Michigan-Flint

Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity and inclusivity

Demonstrated advocacy for quality and innovation in higher education

Demonstrated success in managing complex projects with creativity and flexibility; strong organizational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills and capacity for creative, strategic thinking; ability to operate in a highly professional manner in an evolving work environment

Excellent written and oral communications skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders including faculty, students, staff, and colleagues from a wide range of institutions, and community members from a wide range of backgrounds

Experience in higher education administration, and in the supervision and professional development of university staff; commitment to shared decision-making and governance

Desired Qualifications*

Demonstrated understanding of the complexities of academics in an urban institution

Experience in graduate education (e.g., curriculum design and development, program assessment)

Expertise in educational research design

Knowledge of U-M business processes and systems

Additional Information

General direction is provided by the Provost of the University of Michigan-Flint.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.