The University of Mississippi invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Graduate School.


Reporting to the Provost, the Dean is the chief administrative and fiscal officer of the Graduate School, serving as its advocate to the University Administration, faculty, funding agencies, donors, alumni, and graduate students. We seek a strong, energetic, approachable, and empathetic leader who will provide innovative leadership in graduate education in collaboration with the University’s academic leadership and in close consultation with deans, graduate program coordinators, and department chairs. The Dean of the Graduate School will focus on improving graduate enrollment, facilitating development of graduate programs, and growth of graduate research.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, administering the Office of the Graduate School; working with the Graduate Council on policies and curricula to promote continuing improvement of and innovation in graduate programs, including interdisciplinary programs and distance learning programs; creating and fostering greater opportunities for graduate education and research on campus; and representing the School on University leadership committees and in national associations involved with graduate education.

The successful candidate will be a proven teacher, scholar, and administrator with an outstanding track record of leadership. She or he must be able to articulate a vision for the Graduate School that encompasses the diverse constituents of the Universities’ colleges and professional schools. The Dean will build a sense of community among graduate students and faculty that transcends academic fields, while increasing the quality, diversity, and quantity of graduate students. The Dean will be an excellent communicator and a transformational leader, promoting interdisciplinary collaborations, developing synergies between graduate education and research, and building capacity to stimulate growth of graduate programs within the broader University environment.  Highly valued personal characteristics include a dedication to scholarship, excellent communication skills, experience in collaborating with others, and a dedicated commitment to promoting diversity of students, faculty, and staff and to advancing the inclusive climate that stimulates excellence.

The position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited institution, as well as academic qualifications and scholarly accomplishments meriting appointment to the rank of professor with tenure in an academic unit on the University’s main campus.   


One hundred seventy years after opening its doors as the state’s flagship university, The University of Mississippi (UM) is a growing, vibrant research institution that offers nationally ranked academic and research programs. In 2017, UM initiated Flagship Constellations, including Community Wellbeing, Disaster Resilience, Brain Wellness, and Big Data, which are designed to bring together a wide range of faculty from across campus and to recruit new faculty to address some of the most difficult and complex problems facing our nation and world. For eight consecutive years, UM has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education. UM is committed to increasing the diversity of the University. UM was named the state’s healthiest workplace among all Mississippi colleges and universities and offers wellness programs. UM’s main campus is located in Oxford, in the rolling hills of north Mississippi 70 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. A city of approximately 23,000 residents, Oxford is a vibrant university town with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants, and historic landmarks.


The Search Advisory Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five or more references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm by August 10, 2018.

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 770-804-1996 ext. 109 ||

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons.  The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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