Associate Dean, Graduate and Professional Programs

Maryland, United States
26 Sep 2018
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26 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Johns Hopkins University invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Programs within the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences.  The Associate Dean is responsible for the Advanced Academic Programs, a range of professional educational opportunities ranging from graduate degrees to certificates to non-credit programs as well as dual-degree and combined programs.  Reporting to the Dean of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, the new Associate Dean will sustain the excellence of AAP, will foster and lead ongoing innovation in curriculum, and will pursue efficiency and excellence in support services so as to ensure that AAP continues to fulfill its important role in the Krieger School.

AAP currently offers 25 master’s degrees and 16 certificates within 10 distinct programs. AAP’s approximately 3,000 students take courses online and at campus locations in Washington, D.C., Montgomery County, and Baltimore.  The work of AAP’s roughly 45 full-time faculty is supplemented by 400-500 adjunct instructors on average per year. AAP distinguishes itself through its small class sizes (typically 15 students per class), intensive instructional assistance, selective admissions, and dedicated full-time faculty. Tenured Krieger School faculty members serve as Program Chairs within AAP and work together in an academic governance body.  For more information, please see

The Associate Dean is responsible for managing AAP’s budgetary goals and for achieving various performance objectives relevant to both AAP and the Krieger School. The Associate Dean works closely with the Dean, the Senior Associate Dean for Finance & Administration, and other Krieger School and University administrative officers to maximize the Program’s reputation and performance. Going forward, the Associate Dean is in particular expected to provide leadership in the further development of fully and/or partly online degree and program offerings, continue to optimize the Program’s resourcing of student-support and other administrative activities, and contribute to the University’s ongoing evaluation of online education.

Candidates must have a minimum of 15 years of experience in building and sustaining educational programs along with an advanced or terminal professional degree. Other qualifications include entrepreneurial and collaborative leadership skills; passion for education and its power to change lives combined with the business acumen necessary to lead a successful professional-education enterprise; and a track record of building successful online education programs, including instructional design, content development, and instructional technology. Direct experience in graduate or professional education is strongly preferred.

Johns Hopkins University and the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

Johns Hopkins ( was founded as the nation’s first research university on the principle that pursuing big ideas and sharing knowledge makes the world a better place. The University has approximately 6,500 faculty, 6,200 undergraduate students, and 17,600 graduate students arrayed across 230 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Perennially ranked as the nation’s leader in annual research expenditures, the University has consistently achieved this standard through excellent academic leadership, committed faculty and students, innovative international programs, high levels of collegiality, and exceptional interdisciplinary collaboration. In the past five years, federal research awards and expenditures have grown from $2.6 billion to $2.9 billion. The University’s endowment is approximately $3.3 billion.

The Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (, established at the University’s founding in 1876, is the core institution of Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus. Comprising 22 departments and 33 centers, programs, and institutes, the Krieger School is home to students interested in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. The mission of the Krieger School is discovery—the creation of knowledge through scholarship and research, and the education of our students, undergraduate, and graduate alike. It is home to over 300 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, roughly 3,600 undergraduates, and over 900 full-time graduate students, as well as dozens of postbacs and over 3,000 Advanced Academic Programs students.*

Johns Hopkins University has retained Opus Partners to support the search of the Associate Dean. Please email recommendations, nominations, and questions, in confidence, to the lead Partner, Craig Smith, and Principal Neeta Mehta via

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.  The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.