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CSUMB - Associate Provost/Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
Title:CSUMB - Associate Provost/Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

California State University
Monterey Bay
Associate Provost/Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist California State University, Monterey Bay in its search for Associate Provost/Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (APDGS&R).

For best consideration, please apply by March 6th.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for a results-focused, outward facing academic leader to join a cutting-edge institution with innovative solutions for the future. The ideal candidate will be a strong advocate for both faculty and students alike, balancing the needs across campus in an equitable and effective manner. Under the administrative direction of the Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, the Associate Provost & Dean of Graduate Studies and Research works closely with the Provost, departments, deans, faculty, Post-Graduate Studies Committee, Senate, the Chancellor’s Office and other external constituents to lead, support, promote, build and enhance the graduate and research missions of the university. 

Specifically, the Associate Provost and Dean is responsible for creating a campus climate that enhances opportunities for robust research, creative and scholarly activities, and securing intramural and external funding for faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students. Other responsibilities include encouraging and facilitating interdisciplinary and disciplinary research and innovation; leading and championing the growth, development, quality, and continuation of graduate programs and graduate education; and recommending and promulgating new policies and procedures and oversees implementation in these areas.  

The office also provides financial and operational oversight for independent academic units and research support offices under the auspices of the Associate Provost/Dean of Graduate Studies and Research organization. Units and functions supervised include: The Office of Sponsored Programs (SPO); Institutional Review Board (IRB); Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center (UROC); University Intellectual Property Committee (under development); campus centers and institutes (CCIs); CSU Council on Ocean Affairs Science and Technology (COAST); and the Office of Graduate Studies.  As the cognizant dean, s/he oversees the program scope, direction, administration, and resources for graduate programs as well as the independent laboratories, institutes, and centers which operate outside college boundaries. The Associate Provost and Dean is a member of the Provost’s Academic Affairs Leadership Team. As a university officer, the Associate Provost and Dean acts as a senior advisor to the President and Provost in a broad array of academic issues beyond research.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following: 

Graduate Studies 
  • Oversight of review of all graduate academic programs by authorized campus bodies and individuals 
  • Annual reporting of review results in the update of the CSU Academic Master Plan 
  • Oversight of review of all proposals for new, modified, or discontinued graduate academic curriculum and programs by authorized campus bodies and individuals 
  • Annual reporting of review results as required in the CSU Academic Master Plan 
  • Serve as an ex officio member of the Senate Curriculum Committee Council
  • Serve as an ex officio member of the Post-Graduate Studies Committee 
  • Work with the Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness to assure the quality of graduate programs and credentials through development and implementation of academic policies and assessment tools 
  • Oversight of timely academic probation/disqualification for graduate students and intervention strategies to maximize student success 
  • Provide opportunities to high-achieving students through CSU Pre-doctoral Scholars Program, Graduate Equity Fellowships, CSU Forgivable Loans, CSU Student Research Competition, and other programs as opportunities become available 
  • Development of graduate academic and other policies to enhance student success and promote academic excellence
  • Coordinate response to student complaints received by the President and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, as well as by the Associate Provost for Student Success/Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Serve as an ex-officio member on Post-Graduate Studies Committee
  • Coordinate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified graduate students
  • Provide financial and operational oversight for the Office of Graduate Studies
Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity  
  • Collaborates with the Sponsored Programs Office to ensure compliance with the federal, state, CSU system, and university policies governing graduate study and university-sponsored research (including protection of human subjects, animal welfare, intellectual property, misconduct in research, and recombinant DNA) 
  • Provide opportunities and support for faculty and students to engage in research, scholarly investigations, and creative activities as well as recognition of outstanding student and faculty scholarship and creativity through awards programs, research forums and conferences, and publications
  • Oversight of review of every proposal for external funding and advise the Provost concerning approval upon request; participate in negotiations on cost-share, matching funds, buy-outs, in-kind, and facilities requirements of funding proposals as needed
  • Implement policy and review procedures for development of intellectual property by faculty and students
  • Coordinate and serve as ex-officio member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) 
  • Direct supervision of the Director of the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs
  • Direct supervision of the Director for the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center
  • Direct supervision of the Research Compliance Officer
Oversight of CCIs 
  • Ensure compliance with campus and system-wide policies and annual reporting requirements
  • Accountable for activities of centers and institutes; review annual reports and comment on performance, financial viability, and success of center or institute in meeting stated goals and objectives  
  • Direct supervision of the Director for COAST
Other duties and assignments as required 
  • Serve as a member of the Provost’s Academic Affairs Leadership Team
  • As a university officer act as a senior advisor to the president and provost in a broad array of academic issues beyond research
  • Be a visible and compelling advocate for graduate education and work collaboratively to advance the strategic vision for the APDOGSR organization


Knowledge of:  higher education issues and trends, curriculum and program development practices, the general concerns and processes of educational equity, and the needs and expectations of ethnic minorities. Demonstrated leadership in academic support services. Knowledge of grant mechanisms, institutional review and compliance procedures, and pre and post award procedures. 

Skills:  skills and ability to manage effectively and work collaboratively in a multicultural, diverse and multilingual learning environment.  Lead through collaborative and shared decision-making and to promote and sustain a strong, collegial relationship with administrators, faculty, staff and students.  Integrate technology into planning and development.  Skills in oral and written communications. Highly effective interpersonal skills. Skill in consultative decision-making; demonstrated strengths in leadership, planning, and evaluation 

Ability to:  work effectively in a multicultural, diverse, complex university environment with staff, faculty and administrators. Ability to analyze complex problems and to devise innovative solutions; to perceive the implications and potential consequences of various situations and to assess the potential impact of alternative courses of action. Ability to work independently and as a collaborative and positive team member, be self-directed and results oriented. Ability to foster a research environment that interrogates the most fundamental questions that impact the lives of culturally different people. Ability to perform all the essential functions of this position.

  • Earned doctorate and the appropriate academic credentials to qualify for appointment as a tenured full Professor in one of the colleges within the Division of Academic Affairs.   
  • Record of accomplishment in scholarship activities, including grant funding 
  • Progressively responsible leadership experience in research and grants administration in higher education or research institution Experience in program planning, direction and coordination for policy development and implementation; including preparation of significant documents and other related academic program reports.
  • At least five years of teaching experience at the graduate level and experience leading a graduate program.  
  • Minimum of five years of administrative and effective leadership experience in higher education 
  • Commitment to enhancing the diversity among graduate students, faculty, researchers, and staff and to providing an inclusive environment for all members of the CSUMB community. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Distinguished scholar and educator, with a record of achievement in  their field
  • Experienced administrator effective in complex organizational settings
  • Knowledge of the Public Higher Education systems
  • Experience in administering graduate and undergraduate programs
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to CSUMB’s Vision 
  • Record of enhancing the diversity among graduate students, faculty, researchers, and staff

  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with CSUMB.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 
  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1083.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with authority to commit financial resources of the university through contracts greater than $10,000; access to, or control over, cash, checks, credit cards, and /or credit card account information; responsibility or access/possession of building master or sub-master keys for building access; access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards; control over campus business processes, either through functional roles or system security access.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority, will be required to participate in annual training, and to immediately forward to University Police all reports of Clery Act crimes brought to their attention.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.
  • May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.

About the Institution

Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.


Office environment with standard equipment and tasks.  Position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time.  May require travel between campus offices and off-campus locations. 

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, all students and employees are required to submit their vaccination status to the Otter Vaccination Registry and are encouraged to be vaccinated.


This is a management level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes:  a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; an excellent choice of medical, dental and vision insurance; long term disability coverage; life insurance; educational incentives; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. For further information, please visit: Employee Benefits Summary. The University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing,

Anticipated Hiring Salary:  $14,068 - $16,412 per month

Living in the Area

CSUMB is the closest CSU to the beach, just one mile from the Pacific Ocean and its beautiful sandy shores. The Monterey Bay area enjoys temperate weather all year round and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation such as kayaking, surfing, hiking, golfing, and mountain biking. Minutes away from amazing natural wonders including Big Sur and Point Lobos, as well as world-famous destinations like Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Pebble Beach, the campus is also close to the Salinas Valley, Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Bay area.

Adjacent to campus, Fort Ord National Monument encompasses 14,000 protected acres located on the former Fort Ord military base. The land includes more than 80 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and watching wildlife in their natural habitat. It’s home to 44 species of rare plants and animals. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk and run through a range of environments, from grassy hills to coastal shrubland.

CSUMB is just minutes away from some of the most beautiful scenic areas and amazing natural wonders in the world. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the largest of its kind in the United States, includes 276 miles of shoreline and protects one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems. Inhabitants include deep sea anglerfish, dolphins, whales and CSUMB’s mascot, the sea otter.

College of Science students have opportunities like none other because of our proximity to the extraordinary living laboratory of Monterey Bay. The university offers one of the only diving programs in the country with entry through leadership-level diving certifications, as well as scientific research operations.

About 30 miles south of campus, just off Highway 1, lies the majestic stretch of land known as Big Sur. Bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Big Sur “offers unmatched scenic beauty and is famous for its breathtaking coastline, towering redwoods and epic hiking trails,” according to the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

CSUMB sits halfway between the Monterey Peninsula, with the coastal communities of Pacific Grove, Monterey, Seaside and Carmel, and the Salinas Valley, known as the "Salad Bowl of the World" for its abundant agricultural production.

Less than 10 miles from campus, the city of Monterey dazzles with iconic attractions and famous landmarks. Places like Cannery Row and Old Fisherman’s Wharf, which inspired John Steinbeck’s novels, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium draw visitors from around the world.

Take a two-hour drive north to reach San Francisco, one of the most visited cities in the world. San Francisco brims with history, museums, famous attractions and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Chinatown, and historic cable cars.

To Apply 

For full consideration, please apply by March 6th. 

Please do not email applications. 

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vita. Ideally cover letters should not exceed two pages. All applications are treated confidentially.

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are treated confidentially.

Inquiries and questions: Please send to 
Nominations and referrals: Please send the nominees name, title, and contact information if available to 
CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389 or email All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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