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Boise State University Dean, Graduate College
Title:Boise State University Dean, Graduate College
Boise State University
Dean, Graduate College

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Boise State University in its search for Dean, Graduate College.

For best consideration, please apply by March 6th.

Boise State University seeks an energetic and creative leader to serve as Dean of the Graduate College and provide administrative, professional, and intellectual leadership for the faculty, students, and staff of the Graduate College. 
The graduate dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the Graduate College and is responsible for institutional oversight of more than 100 distinct graduate curricula at the certificate, master’s, and doctoral levels. The graduate dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and works closely with the deans and directors of the colleges and schools, senior administrators responsible for teaching and learning, student affairs, research, extended studies, eCampus, compliance, advancement, external accrediting agencies, and representatives of the national and international graduate communities. The graduate dean is a permanent member of the Deans’ Council, the Administrative Council, the Graduate Council (ex-officio), and the Enrollment and Student Success Governance Council, and serves on ad hoc working groups that require an institutional perspective on graduate endeavors. 
The graduate dean provides a vision for the development of graduate education at Boise State University and is an advocate and facilitator for the development of new and existing graduate programs across the full spectrum of disciplines, interdisciplinary degrees and collaborations, and delivery platforms including online. The dean promotes cooperation and communication with and among graduate program coordinators and members of the graduate faculty to solve mutual problems; advises on matters of policy and procedure; and works to resolve disagreements that arise in the university graduate community. 
The graduate dean is responsible for all administrative functions of the Graduate College with the goal of achieving excellence in all aspects of the graduate experience. These functions include processes related to graduate recruiting, applications, and admissions; academic performance and degree progress; thesis and dissertation writing, editing, and processing; and production of the graduate catalog. The graduate dean is responsible for graduate student services and awards programs; administrative services for the Graduate Council; and the policies and procedures that apply to all graduate assistantships and fellowships. The graduate dean is responsible for the Graduate College budget and overseeing staff within the Graduate College. 
  • Doctorate or terminal degree in one of the disciplines at the university or a closely related field. 
  • A distinguished record of achievement in the areas of research, teaching, and service with evidence of professional distinction that merits appointment at the rank of tenured, full professor within the university. 
  • 3-5 years of administrative/leadership experience, preferably in higher education, overseeing budgets and operations of sufficient complexity to prepare the candidate to be successful as Dean of the Graduate College.  
  • Proven ability to effectively make and execute decisions, lead strategic planning and implementation and to use data analytically to evaluate strategic progress. 
  • An outstanding record of progressive achievement in teaching, academic administration, research, and leadership. 
  • Excellent written/oral communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Strong listening skills, keen intellectual curiosity, and a bold vision for the future of graduate education.  
  • Demonstrated ability and success in working with diverse groups, internal and external to the University. 
  • Evidence of supporting and promoting the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for faculty, staff, and students.  
  • Deep understanding of, and ability to grow and support funded graduate research and fellowships within the university, and associated knowledge of federal research compliance. 
  • Experience in graduate program development, implementation, and administration, and experience with the development and the delivery of online programs.  
  • Demonstrated skills as a successful leader, supervisor, consensus builder and creative problem solver. 
  • Experience in graduate student recruitment, enrollment management and program marketing. 
  • An ability to create collaborative relationships across diverse academic disciplines and among the Deans of the other academic colleges. 


Boise State University is nationally recognized for its trailblazing innovation. Often described as “Blue Turf Thinking” after our iconic football field, this mindset shapes the creative and boundary-breaking style of our academic enterprise. The university fosters a culture of innovation by inviting and rewarding the engagement of the whole community in our evolution and by building structures that incentivize creativity and bold new ideas. 
Boise State provides an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational environment that prepares students for success and advances Idaho and the world. 
The university has experienced sustained growth for decades and has a keen focus on student success. A top choice for students from Idaho and across the West, Boise State has more than doubled its graduate programming in the past 15 years and has set records for the number of graduates for ten straight years. 
Nationally recognized in the Top 50 for innovation by U.S. News & World Report and described by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a university that is “demonstrably on the move,” Boise State was also one of five universities in the nation recognized in 2017 by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities for innovative approaches to improving retention and graduation rates. 
Boise State makes a huge positive impact on our state. Home to Idaho’s largest graduate school, we also enroll more than one-third of all students in Idaho’s public higher education system, and confer nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees awarded by the state’s public universities. 
Boise State has risen on a stunning trajectory from a community college to a doctoral research university. It now embodies the best of both worlds—a strong focus on students and their wellbeing, alongside the transformative potential of research and its impacts on both student outcomes and on the world around us through discovery. Founded in 1932 by the Episcopal Church as Boise Junior College, it transitioned to an independent junior college in 1934. Later, it evolved to Boise College, then Boise State College and, since 1974, as Boise State University. It began awarding baccalaureate degrees in 1965 and master’s degrees in 1972. Doctoral degrees have been awarded by the university since 1997. Only seven presidents have led Boise State University during its 88-year history; Dr. Marlene Tromp is the current president. 
Boise State has earned a Carnegie Classification of a High Research Activity Doctoral Universities with over 58% growth in research awards over the last five years and many of Boise State’s academic programs have achieved accreditation or approval by specialized professional organizations and agencies. 
Boise State’s Mission 
Boise State provides an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational environment that prepares students for success and advances Idaho and the world. 
Boise State’s Vision 
To be a premier student-success driven research university innovating for statewide and global impact. The trailblazing, innovative character that has always defined Boise State will help us foster student success, advance Idaho, and Idahoans, and strengthen our culture of innovation and impact. 
Living in the Area  

Year after year, the city of Boise earns accolades from across the country as a wonderful place to work, play, raise a family, grow a business, and enjoy life. With a population of more than 225,000 within a surrounding metropolitan area of nearly 750,000, the capital city and its high-tech economy are driving the development of the fastest-growing state in the nation. 
Boise is one of the most geographically isolated cities in the nation and prides itself on its homegrown culture, businesses, education, and outdoor amenities. The entrepreneurial spirit that has launched and housed companies like Albertsons, the J.R. Simplot Co., Morrison-Knudsen and Micron Technology pervades today among the next generation of business pioneers. 
The Boise Greenbelt runs more than 25 miles along the Boise River past downtown and the Boise State campus. From Bogus Basin Mountain Resort to a brand-new Whitewater Park, the city’s network of parks, trails and open space to help ensure access to Idaho’s great outdoors will remain a key element of the Boise lifestyle. 
The city is home to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Treefort Music Fest, the Boise Philharmonic, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, and much more. It is one of the few cities in the nation to have a full municipal department dedicated to arts and history. 
Boise State has been recognized as one of the top three universities in the country for Outdoor Adventure and fly fishing – you can hook a trout in the shadow of Bronco Stadium. A walk or ride down the Greenbelt takes you across the city and through a variety of beautiful terrains. 
Boise hosts two farmers’ markets downtown, and a fabulous menu of local and national restaurant options from food trucks and steak houses to unique international cuisine. We’re supportive of local business and commerce while growing a healthy mix of economic development and industry.  
Families enjoy Boise’s excellent public schools – and many find comfortable homes among our diverse religious communities. Our many cultures love to share with each other: from the Jewish Deli Days to the Greek and Russian food festivals to the huge gathering of Basques from around the world every five years in Boise, the city loves to come together for special events. 
EFFECTIVE DATE:  Twelve-month appointment to commence July 1, 2023.

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 
Equal Employment Opportunity  
Boise State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Boise State University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. As a federal contractor, the University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. View Boise State's Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harrassment Policy 1060. If you require an accommodation to complete this application, please contact Human Resources at 208-426-1616.  
Background Investigations – Any offer of employment at Boise State University will be contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation and may require a credit and/or motor vehicle background investigation depending on the position. To view the University’s full Background Investigations policy, please go to
Drug-Free Workplace – It is the policy of Boise State University to maintain a drug-free workplace and campus. For more information about this policy, please go to
Jeanne Clery Statement - Notice of Availability of Annual Security and Fire Safety Report 
The Boise State University 2014 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is provided to students, faculty, staff, and the public as part of the University’s commitment to safety and security on campus, and in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. Copies of the report may also be requested through the Campus Security and Police Services located at 2245 University Drive, Boise, Idaho 83706, by calling (208) 426-6911, or sending an email to
The 2015 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Boise State University is now available online at: 
The report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Boise State; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. It also includes the annual fire safety report and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies for sexual assault, drug and alcohol use, and other matters. 

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