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Vice Provost & Dean of the Graduate School

Institution: Louisiana State University
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Posted: 11/17/2019
Application Due: 00/00/0000
Type: Fulltime

Louisiana State University invites applications for the position of Vice Provost & Dean of the Graduate School. The Vice Provost & Dean reports directly to the Executive Vice President & Provost, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the school, and is a member of the Provost’s cabinet. The Vice Provost & Dean exercises ultimate administrative oversight for all aspects of the Graduate School, including strategic planning, fiscal management, personnel development, graduate student support, centralized graduate functions, and communications. This position guides and supports all graduate degree programs and post baccalaureate certificates among the 18 academic colleges/schools, and manages the data collection and analytics for reports on graduate education.

About LSU:

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (LSU), opened in 1860, is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant university and is the Flagship institution of the State of Louisiana. LSU serves the people of Louisiana, the region, the nation, and the world through extensive, multipurpose programs encompassing instruction, research, and public service. The University brings in more than $150 million annually in outside research grants and contracts, a significant factor for the Louisiana economy.

LSU represents the largest institution of higher education in the state of Louisiana and is the only public university in the state to be designated a Carnegie Research University with Very High Research Activity. As it transforms new technology into enterprise and lends expertise to solving endemic problems, LSU offers vital research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. The University’s success as the Flagship campus has been attained not only by harnessing the intellectual capital of its faculty and students, but also by exploiting the geographic and cultural capital found only in Louisiana. The University is guided by LSU Strategic Plan 2025, which identified seven strategic opportunities for the institution over the coming years:

  • Transforming education;

  • Developing leaders;

  • Cultivating diversity and inclusion;

  • Fostering research and catalyzing economic development;

  • Bridging the coast, energy, and environment;

  • Advancing arts and culture; and

  • Improving health and wellbeing

The Community

Situated on the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge represents the best of Louisiana's vibrant culture. A diverse and thriving city, the state capital is home to both LSU and Southern University, as well as numerous business and industrial facilities known for generous support of and interest in our campus and students. Notorious for its great people, its unique food, and its lively music, the “Red Stick” has something for everyone. The Baton Rouge area offers an excellent selection of both public schools, including five of the top ten public school districts in the state, and private schools, including several of the top ones in the country. Choose Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Baton Rouge, are excellent resources for all things Baton Rouge.

The State of Louisiana has received numerous accolades in recent years, including:

  • Ranking No. 2 in the nation for private sector job growth in the South based on data from the US Bureau of Labor in 2015;

  • Ranking No.6 for low student loan debt following graduation in 2017 according to U.S. News;

  • Being named No. 7 in the nation for best living environment in the 2014 ranking of Best & Worst States for Business by Chief Executive magazine;

  • Ranking No. 1 nationwide in ACT score gains in 2015, according to Greater Baton Rouge Business Report; and

  • Being named No. 13 in the nation for affordable living and good jobs for new college graduates in the 2017 ranking of 50 Best Cities for New College Grads by MONEY magazine

About the Graduate School:

Graduate education is critical to the mission of the University by supporting research and scholarly activity and plays a vital role in meeting skilled workforce demands in Louisiana. As one of the top 60 public research universities in the nation, LSU depends chiefly on two criteria held to be prime indicators that an institution is a major center for the creation of new knowledge: research funding and doctoral education. The synergy between our internationally renowned faculty and our graduate student population helps to keep Louisiana and the nation on the leading edge of discovery. Because of the critical roles that graduate student education and research play in broader enterprise of scholarship at LSU, the Graduate School works closely with the LSU Office Research & Economic Development and its vice president. The Graduate School supports a broad array of graduate degree programs and extensive research and professional development opportunities designed to attract, educate, and graduate highly qualified students. In tandem, it supports faculty who are excellent teacher-scholars, nationally competitive in research and creative activities, and who, together with staff and students, contribute to solving economic, cultural, environmental, educational, and social challenges.

The Graduate School currently serves 4,800 students, of which 1,100 are international students from more than 105 countries. The 22 staff members, two assistant deans, and associate dean report to the Vice Provost & Dean of the Graduate School. The Graduate School also participates in faculty governance through the Graduate Council. The Graduate Council, representing over 1,000 graduate faculty members, is comprised of 17 senior research professors who vote on graduate curriculum change and policies.

As the state’s center of academic research and advanced studies, the Graduate School administers a more extensive and comprehensive program than any other educational institution in Louisiana. LSU offers doctoral programs in 50 major fields of study. These programs offer opportunities for advanced training and research in all areas of the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Master’s degree programs are offered in 72 major fields. These range from Master of Fine Arts degrees in fields such as creative writing, studio art, and theatre, to professional degree programs in social work, business administration, chemical engineering, and computer science. Graduate Certificates are available in 19 areas of study.

Some highlights from our outstanding programs include:

  • The College of Science is the top producer of African American PhDs and women PhDs in chemistry in the U.S.

  • LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 accredited colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S.

  • LSU’s master’s degree program in ceramics is ranked seventh overall and fifth among public universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings.

  • LSU’s Flores MBA Program is No. 36 among public institutions and No. 69 overall in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools-Business Schools.”

  • The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture's graduate program is ranked third in the nation by Designlntelligence magazine

  • LSU is a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), located in Livingston, LA, just 25 miles outside of the LSU campus. LSU faculty, students, and scholars contributed to the detection of gravitational waves and this collaboration led LIGO scholars to be awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

  • Through the College of Engineering, LSU is the only university in North America where future petroleum engineers can receive hands-on training in oil well control at the Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer Laboratory.

Position Qualifications:

The successful candidate will demonstrate a distinguished record of scholarly activities that merits appointment at full professor with tenure in their field, proven leadership and management ability, excellent communication skills, commitment to educational quality and scholarly excellence, and a record of working with others collaboratively and of capitalizing on emerging opportunities. The successful candidate will be charged with working jointly with the academic deans to advance graduate education across the entire university and manage the Graduate School staff to ensure efficient and responsive service.

Diversity Statement:

Diversity is fundamental to LSU’s mission, and the university is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual difference. Cultural inclusion is of highest priority. LSU recognizes that achieving international prominence depends on the human spirit, participation, and dedicated work of the entire university community. The LSU Strategic Plan will be realized by bringing together diverse ideas, perspectives, skills, and talents of the nation’s pre-eminent scholars, brightest students, and leading higher education professionals.

Through its Commitment to Community, LSU strives to create an inclusive, respectful, and intellectually challenging climate that embraces individual difference in race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, spirituality, socio-economic status, disability, family status, experiences, opinions, and ideas. LSU proactively cultivates and sustains a campus environment that values open dialogue, cooperation, shared responsibility, mutual respect, and cultural competence–the driving forces that enrich and enhance cutting-edge research, first-rate teaching, and engaging community outreach activities.

Nominations, Applications & Inquiries:

The search committee will review applications on February 4, 2020. However, in order to assure the fullest consideration, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by January 24, 2020, through the link on the LSU Careers website https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU or scroll through the list of open positions until you get to Dean of the Graduate School, or type the position title into the search field.

Requested application materials include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least five professional references. All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential to the extent allowed under Louisiana law. References will not be contacted until after the first screening of applications and then only after the applicant has given explicit permission. All application materials must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to Lauren Foster, executive recruiter, LSU Office of Human Resource Management, at lfoster1@lsu.edu.

External applicant link: https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU/job/LSU---Baton-Rouge/Vice-Provost---Dean-of-the-Graduate-School_R00041388

Internal applicant link: https://www.myworkday.com/lsu/d/inst/9925$13678/rel-task/2998$16774.htmld


Lauren Foster

Executive Recruiter

Office of Human Resource Management

Louisiana State University


Kayla Kucharchuk

Assistant Director of Talent Acquisition

Office of Human Resource Management

Louisiana State University


Louisiana State University is an exceptional university committed to serving its state, the nation, and the world through education, research, and public service. Located in one of America’s most beautiful and unique locations, LSU is a community of scholars and professionals committed to opportunity without restrictions that are based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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