Clemson University, one of the country’s most selective public Carnegie R1 research universities, invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School.  The University seeks an innovative and dynamic leader with administrative experience in graduate education, strong interpersonal skills, a strong research and teaching background, and a strong ability to direct growth and innovation in graduate education.


Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School coordinates all graduate programs and advises the Provost on policies and regulations pertaining to graduate study, graduate admissions, graduate student programs and the granting of graduate degrees. Clemson’s current graduate enrollment is 5,282 in 50 doctoral and approximately 86 master's degree programs. Increasing the number of doctoral degrees conferred each year is a priority for the University outlined in the ClemsonForward strategic plan.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Serve as the university-wide leader and advocate for graduate education, promoting the highest quality teaching, scholarship, research and learning across all University sites and campuses;
  • Directly impact and support the university's goals and missions of achieving preeminence in graduate learning by enhancing student quality, performance and academic success;
  • Build the national and international recruitment and admissions reputation of the university to attract and retain a diverse, high quality student body;
  • Coordinate graduate student marketing and recruitment activities, with the aim of increasing Ph.D. enrollment;
  • Work collaboratively with other University entities in the development of short-range and long-range enrollment and degree completion goals;
  • Enhance graduate programs in topical emphasis areas (examples from the ClemsonForward strategic plan include: Advanced Materials; Cyber-Infrastructure and Big Data Science; Energy, Transportation and Advanced Manufacturing; Human Resilience; Health Innovation; and Sustainable Environments);
  • Support high-quality graduate programs through continuous program assessment and review;
  • Oversee graduate student orientation and professional development programs;
  • Develop new opportunities to enhance resources for graduate assistantships and fellowships, as well as professional development programming for graduate student success;
  • Formulate and implement policies and practices that provide support for graduate education and maintain compliance with University, state and federal regulations.

The successful candidate must have earned a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree, qualify for the rank of full professor with tenure, and have previous leadership in graduate education. In addition, the candidate will bring to this position:

  • A demonstrated ability to accomplish goals and objectives through collaboration, persuasion and shared governance;
  • An appreciation for a range of graduate degrees (professional, masters, doctoral) as well as delivery modes (online, hybrid, residential);
  • An understanding of assessment and accreditation;
  • A strong understanding of graduate student engagement and professional development for graduate student success;
  • Extensive experience with graduate students and the research enterprise as a graduate student mentor, research advisor, and chair of graduate committees;
  • An accomplished record of teaching and research achievements;
  • Exceptional administrative and leadership abilities coupled with a commitment to Graduate School staff development to ensure the delivery of high-quality services;
  • Excellent communication skills, experience collaborating with others, and a commitment to building a community among graduate students and faculty;
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusive excellence that engages all in the service of student and organizational learning.


Clemson University is a selective, public, Carnegie R1 research university in a college-town setting. Established in 1899 through the will of the founder, Thomas Green Clemson, the land-grant university is located in Upstate South Carolina in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and along Hartwell Lake.

The University provides bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 100 majors through seven academic colleges: the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities; the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; the College of Business; the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; the College of Education; and the College of Science. The University also has Extension offices in every county of the state as well as teaching and research sites in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Greenwood as well as four international sites.

Today, Clemson has a total enrollment of 19,669 undergraduate and 5,282 graduate students. The student to faculty ratio is 16:1, with an average undergraduate class size of 31. The six-year graduation rate is 83 percent.


Clemson is a city of approximately 17,000 year-round residents located in Pickens County, South Carolina. The area, located in the northwest corner of the state in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, includes Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, and Lake Jocassee, large man-made lakes with great fishing, swimming and boating. Clemson enjoys a moderate temperature year-round with average temperatures in January of 30°-50°F and in August of 69°-90°F. Clemson is a short 40-minute drive from downtown Greenville, an hour and a half from Asheville, NC and two hours from both Atlanta and Charlotte.

Citywide, the median income for a household in Clemson is $39,401, and the median income for a family is $62,104. The city of Clemson operates with the Clemson Police Department, Clemson University Fire Department and Pickens County EMS, for public safety needs. All departments are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Clemson Area Transit offers free transportation (known as the CAT bus) to all riders. The city is also served by Amtrak on the Crescent route. The closest major airport is Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, located a 45-minute drive away.

The school district is Pickens County. Children living in the city of Clemson attend Clemson Elementary School, RC Edwards Middle School and Daniel High School. Residents also enjoy access to the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, the Clemson University Experimental Forest, the 18-hole Walker Golf Course, the Cooper Library, the South Carolina Botanical Garden, and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum from the Clemson University campus. In addition, the University has 17NCAA teams and numerous intramural and club sports.

Downtown Greenville offers a thriving entertainment, dining and cultural scene, the Swamp Rabbit bike trail, the Peace Center for Performing Arts, and is home to the Greenville Drive, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Boston Red Sox. Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., are within two hours’ driving distance from Clemson, while outdoors enthusiasts can be in the mountains of North Carolina in an hour or enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and more at one of several South Carolina state parks within a 45-minute drive of Clemson.


Application materials should include a letter addressing experiences that match the position requirements, a curriculum vitae or resume and five references and be submitted via Interfolio, using the following link  prior to January 2, 2020.  The review process will continue until the position is filled.  Please direct any confidential inquiries, nominations and questions to:

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

Clemson University is an Equal Opportunity/ADA/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. We are committed to creating a diverse community of scholars. Individuals who contribute to building a diverse community, including minorities, women and persons with disabilities, are strongly and specifically encouraged to apply.

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