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Rackham Dean Search

Dean, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies Vice Provost for Academic Affairs-Graduate Studies
University of Michigan Ann Arbor

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is the home of graduate education at the University of Michigan. More than 8,500 students are enrolled in Rackham’s 111 Ph.D., 85 master’s, and 33 certificate programs in 17 schools and colleges, and two research institutes on the Ann Arbor campus. In addition, the Rackham Graduate School helps coordinate activities on behalf of the approximately 1,400 postdoctoral fellows training at the University of Michigan. The university is one of the top producers of Ph.D. graduates in the nation. In the academic year 2016-17, the university awarded 808 doctoral degrees and more than 2,100 master’s degrees. The University of Michigan is also a national leader in the number of Ph.D. degrees awarded to under-represented minority students. The graduate school values the diversity of its students as an essential dimension of excellence in graduate education and has sustained its commitment to this priority through funding, programs, partnerships, and engagement both on campus, nationally, and globally. The graduate school has more than 114,000 alumni around the world.

The dean provides academic, administrative, and fiscal leadership to the Rackham School of Graduate Studies and reports directly to the provost. The dean is expected to engage the graduate school broadly with its internal and external constituencies and to assure the highest quality environment for graduate studies at Michigan while working with the provost and other deans as part of the academic leadership of the University of Michigan.

As the vice provost for academic affairs-graduate studies, the individual in this role provides the university’s leaders with policy advice on matters related to graduate studies and graduate students and contributes to policy discussions and decisions on a wide range of academic concerns.

The Rackham Dean Search Advisory Committee seeks nationally-recognized scholars whose active and distinguished professional record includes an earned doctorate, and research and education appropriate for a tenured full professorship at the University of Michigan. We are particularly interested in candidates who: understand the broad issues facing graduate education across diverse disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs, and are able to articulate a vision for the future of graduate studies and postdoctoral training on campus and in the national arena; demonstrate leadership and administrative success, and preparedness for playing a prominent role in fundraising; articulate the value of diversity with confidence and authority, and have a track record of effectively supporting diversity and inclusiveness; and communicate effectively and work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders across the university.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited and will be treated in a confidential manner. The university is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community committed to excellence in teaching and learning in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply. For the fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 15, 2018. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae and letter of application. This material should be sent electronically via e-mail to the chair of the search advisory committee:

Susan A. Gelman, Ph.D.
Heinz Werner Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Linguistics
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer

Last updated: March 21, 2018 - 5:29pm