The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) invites nominations and applications for the appointment of Dean of The Graduate School. This position provides a unique opportunity for an accomplished leader to build upon the School’s strengths and shape and influence the future of graduate education across campus.  The University seeks a Dean with a strong commitment to, and understanding of, the importance of graduate education to the University, with high standards in research, teaching, and service.  The Dean serves as the chief spokesperson and advocate for the School both within and outside of the University, and ensures that the School serves as a vital resource and component to the institution and the state.  The Dean will provide forward looking and innovative leadership, while supporting, motivating, and empowering the team to reach beyond traditional methods and responsibilities to achieve common goals for the School.

Position Summary: Reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the Dean of The Graduate School is the School’s chief academic officer and will provide academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership for the School. The Dean is responsible for developing, articulating, and executing a shared vision of the School in order to advance its academic mission.  The new Dean will be a champion for the School, an advocate for resources that will support The Campaign for Carolina, and a strong partner with the other deans across campus to continue to develop and promote graduate education at UNC.  The dean will oversee the assessment of current and future graduate programs and assure that they represent the highest quality experiences for students, including the utilization of contemporary pedagogical strategies. The dean will increase the strength and vitality of the School’s educational and scholarly mission by leading and supporting efforts to recruit, retain, and place a diverse population of students.

Other duties include leading all administrative efforts of the School including development of the School’s budget, academic policy, and curriculum, along with facilities management. The dean will enhance the financial stability and growth of the School and develop its economic resources as well as implement effective fund-raising activities. This may include the creation of new programs like professional science masters, supporting online instruction, or other revenue enhancing programs. Finally, as the outward facing chief executive of The Graduate School, the dean will represent the School to external constituents, the North Carolina Graduate Council, and the Council of Graduate Schools, among other national entities.  In this role, the dean will enhance engagement with local, state, national and international communities.

Education and Faculty Requirements: Doctoral level or other terminal professional degree required, including PhD degree, with a distinguished record of scholarly achievement and professional credentials consistent with appointment at the rank of full professor. The individual should have experience in training and mentoring graduate students, including doctoral candidates, at a research-intensive university. Candidates should be experienced in scholarship, have a record of fostering excellence in research and teaching, and manifest a commitment to academic excellence, leadership and education.

Qualifications and Experience Requirements:  Qualified candidates should have: a reputation for creative scholarship and a demonstrable record of fostering excellence in research, teaching, and service; the ability to think strategically and build effective institutional partnerships; demonstrated administrative experience; a high standard of professional integrity; strong team-building skills; and an ability to articulate effectively the school’s future direction to students, faculty, alumni, practitioners, external funding agencies, donors, government officials, and other decision-making bodies.

The University

Established in 1789, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the first public university in the nation.  Students enrolled starting in 1795, making UNC the only public university to award degrees in the 18th century.  Graduate programs were offered starting in 1876, followed by the creation of professional schools throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.  Today, UNC enrolls over 18,000 undergraduate and over 11,000 professional and graduate students.  The University offers 77 bachelor’s degree programs, 111 master’s degree program, 65 doctoral degree programs, and 7 professional degree programs.  UNC is a member of the Association of American Universities and has annual research expenditures of over $1 billion.

Strategic Plan: The Blueprint for Next

UNC’s priorities for the future are summarized in its strategic plan: The Blueprint for Next.  The strategic plan is built upon two pillars.  The first pillar, Of the Public, for the Public, shows the commitment and role UNC plays in service to the state of North Carolina and its residents.  The second pillar, Innovation Made Fundamental, shows the commitment of UNC to innovate and adapt to the changing world in which we live and to the needs of the students and our global society.  These pillars have helped the University identify five strategic initiatives:

  • The New Graduate
  • The Great Convergence
  • Carolina Whole Health
  • Scaling Global
  • Culture of Innovation

Detailed information about the strategic plan can be found here:

For All Kind – The Campaign for Carolina

In October of 2017, UNC launched its most ambitious fundraising campaign ever – For All Kind: The Campaign for Carolina – which was inspired by, and will support, the Blueprint for Next.  With a goal of raising $4.25 billion by the end of 2022, the campaign will support a range of activies at UNC, including students and the educational experience, faculty and scholarship, innovation and impact, and signature multidisciplinary programs.

Detailed information about the campaign can be found here:

The Graduate School

The Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill encompasses 80-plus programs offering more than 160 different graduate degrees. Graduate students and professional students make up about 37 percent of Carolina’s total number of enrolled students. There is a great deal of diversity among its graduate students, with more than 13 percent coming from underrepresented groups: African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian.  International students make up 14% of the graduate student population.

The Graduate School provides graduate students with fellowships, tuition support, travel awards, and research supplements. Many of its fellowships are interdisciplinary in focus.

The Graduate School supports graduate students in every program across the Carolina campus, serving students from admission through graduation.  The School provides services to graduate students including seminars and classes in pedagogy, leadership, communication, grant writing, and other professional development.


The Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides leadership to envision, shape and support the highest quality education for a diverse community of graduate students whose contributions will have global impact.

Through research, teaching and public service, graduate education generates knowledge and innovative solutions that address critical societal needs. Graduate students and alumni improve lives through their leadership, professional expertise and civic engagement in North Carolina and beyond.

For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by August 17, 2018. Candidates should submit a cover letter describing their vision for graduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill, their interest in and qualifications for the position addressing each qualification listed above, a curriculum vita, and a list of five references including their names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. At least one reference should be from outside the applicant’s home school or college. All inquiries will be kept confidential in the early stages of the search process. Applicants will be directly solicited for permission before references are contacted.

Nominations, applications, and inquiries of interest may be sent in confidence to the School’s executive recruitment consultants:

Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner

Chelsie Whitelock, Principal


10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 190

Brentwood, TN 37027

Other inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair:

Dr. Gary Bowen, Dean, School of Social Work

Equal Opportunity Employer: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.