Stevens Institute of Technology invites nominations and applications for the position of DEAN OF THE GRADUATE DIVISION. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Academics, the Dean is expected to provide dynamic leadership for graduate education within the mission of a student centric research university. Built on a rich, 143-year heritage in engineering and science, Stevens has a record of innovation in science, technology and business. Extensive partnerships and collaboration with industry, government and other universities contribute to the dynamic ecosystem which distinguishes the University. Stevens is one of the leading technology-centric universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. It is known for its unique pedagogical model, its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class facilities, and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. One of the central tenets of the Stevens mission is that solutions to many of today’s critical societal problems can be addressed through the advanced research, development and understanding of technology. Stevens was founded on the principle that its duty is to motivate and prepare engineers, scientists and business leaders to find these solutions, a mission which continues to this day.
About the Position
The Graduate Division serves approximately 3,900 doctoral and masters students through 22 doctoral and 40 masters programs, in addition to a large number of certificate programs. Several programs are multidisciplinary with faculty drawn from various departments. In 2013, these programs awarded approximately 48 PhD degrees, 1,120 masters degrees and 630 graduate certificates. With externally sponsored research at $28 million, the University continues to enhance graduate education to support outstanding research programs. The Associate Dean of Graduate Admissions, the Associate Dean of Graduate Academics and the Director of Graduate Student Life will report directly to the Dean of the Graduate Division. The Dean will work with the Program and Department Directors, Associate Deans and Deans of the academic units to offer the vision and support infrastructure that strategically guides graduate admissions, student quality and degree completion (student success) in alignment with the Stevens Strategic Plan. The Dean will work to advance the quality of graduate education, help guide academic planning and strategically grow graduate student enrollments. The Dean works closely with the Deans of the three Schools and the College as well with faculty and other members of the administration to formulate and implement University objectives and policies.
Responsibilities of the Dean
The Dean has broad responsibilities across three major areas: a) recruiting, admission and enrollment management, b) graduate academics and c) graduate student retention and success. Specific responsibilities include:
Recruiting and Admission
The Dean will develop and implement strategies for growing the graduate student body, improving selectivity, yield, graduation rate and overall student quality. Working closely with the Office of Marketing and Communications to increase inquiries from prospective students, a key goal will be to convert those inquiries to applications and enrollments. The Dean will also coordinate outreach efforts and implement effective strategies to increase student diversity, develop and implement improved processes and systems for efficient and effective execution of all graduate lifecycle functions from inquiry to graduation and ensure fairness, uniformity, objectivity and confidentiality of the admissions process.
Working closely with the Registrar and the Office of Institutional Research, the Dean will capture and analyze data that will inform the implementation of novel recruitment and retention strategies, as well as benchmarking with peer institutions. In collaboration with the Registrar and the schools, the Dean will manage the course enrollment process for all programs including interdisciplinary programs.
Academic Administration and Communication
The Dean must ensure the provision of academic counseling for current students including information on academic requirements, advising and mentoring activities in close cooperation with the student's home department. Additional responsibilities in this area include the review and updates of institutional academic policies and procedures, as well as updates to the graduate student handbook and the university course catalogue.
The Dean will work closely with the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Graduate Program Directors, and School Deans to coordinate University and School initiatives that enhance the graduate educational experience. The Graduate Division will communicate to the community the academic progress and policies affecting graduate students, conduct a regular formal review of each program to assess uniformity of standards and best practices across programs and ensure that each graduate program has mechanisms in place to identify and support underperforming students.
In addition, the Dean must conduct student satisfaction and other surveys that lead in improvements in the student experience at Stevens and support the academic units in adopting state-of-the art teaching and learning practices.
Student Life and Scholarship Support
The Dean will have a leadership role in supporting Graduate Student Organizations, Professional Skills development (enrichment) programs and other programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for both international and domestic students. As part of this role, the Dean will encourage fellowship and career development presentations and resources to masters and doctoral students, seek and manage extramural funding to support institutional outreach and pipeline programs and work closely with the Office of Development to secure philanthropic support for graduate fellowships and scholarships. The Dean serves as Stevens’ liaison to and actively participates on national professional groups that represent graduate education and works closely with the Office of Career Development to ensure exposure of all students to internship and career opportunities.
Stevens Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accordingly, Stevens adheres to an employment policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against applicants or employees based on legally impermissible factor(s) including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, age, ancestry, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information, pregnancy or pregnancy-related medical conditions, disability, or any protected military or veteran status.
Stevens is building a diverse faculty, staff and student body and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities. Stevens is a federal contractor under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as other federal statutes.