University of Central Oklahoma

  • Dean - Jackson College of Graduate Studies

    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/4/2018 9:54 AM)
    $119,500 annually
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    Academic Affairs Administration
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    Monday - Friday; evenings and weekends on occasion
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  • College/Department Overview

    The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), in its 128th year of existence, seeks an outstanding leader for the current Jackson College of Graduate Studies. UCO’s main campus is in the community of Edmond and just north of Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area is experiencing a period of unparalleled growth and development while UCO serves proudly as Oklahoma City's Metropolitan University with several facilities in downtown Oklahoma City. This includes the CHK/Central Boathouse, the Academy of Contemporary Music, and the UCO Downtown teaching facility. Oklahoma City was chosen as one of only two cities in the nation by the Brookings Institution to work with in developing the Oklahoma City Innovation District and UCO is working to support that development with UCO Downtown, a teaching facility near the District. The UCO campus is very diverse with most of its student population from the culturally and ethnically diverse Metropolitan Area and with one in fifteen students being international in origin. UCO is an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research and hosted the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in the year 2018. UCO is a leading advocate for involving students in experiential education through an active on-campus student grants program in the Office of High-Impact Practices. UCO has also been selected ten of the last eleven years as one of the Nation’s "Great Colleges to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education with the “Honor Role” distinction in the last five years.

    Position Overview

    The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and provides leadership, planning, coordination and management for all academic, fiscal and personnel matters in the College. The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Associate and/or Assistant Deans of the College report to the Dean.

    Department Specific Essential Job Functions

    The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


    Leads and oversees the Jackson College of Graduate Studies (JCGS) and represents it in university planning and decision making. Participates in special university projects and activities, such as the preliminary advancement of a first-year experience model and the oversight of The Broncho Education and Learning Lab (The BELL). This includes the continuing transition of JCGS into an academic unit that will have the responsibilities of a university college; these include but are not limited to the enhancement of first year experiences for undergraduates.      


    Advises and supports the academic colleges and the Graduate Council in the maintenance and development of quality graduate programming, including the expansion of traditional, hybrid, and fully online graduate offerings.


    Presides over the Graduate Council and other associated JCGS Advisory Boards and Committees and provides a designee for the UCO Felony Board.


    Supervises JCGS Assistant Deans and staff in support of accomplishing the JCGS mission.


    Evaluates and makes recommendations on graduate curricular and course changes.


    Oversees and manages the JCGS budget including fiscal expenditures, budgetary projections, and plans for increasing and diversifying revenue.


    Maintains the integrity of graduate faculty credentialing, graduate policies and processes and determines appropriate exceptions, including those involving overloads, substitutions, and waivers.


    Maintains graduate records, insuring their accuracy, uniformity, and timeliness.


    Promotes graduate education through catalog, website, and other promotional materials and activities.


    Assists the academic colleges in solidifying and increasing graduate enrollment.


    Administers and provides oversight of the administration of any special JCGS internal grant awards, graduate faculty and student awards, and the 3-Minute Thesis Competition.


    Provides oversight of the development of any enhanced graduate assistantship and research assistantship opportunities and special JCGS internal grant awards, in conjunction with the deans, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs and the Office of High Impact Practices.


    Maintains the integrity of graduate programs, policies, and processes in international relationships and determines appropriate exceptions.


    Works in conjunction with the academic departments, deans, the Office of Global Affairs and the Office of Global and Cultural Competencies to coordinate, develop, and support graduate programming for international students.


    Provides oversight for emergent international partnerships related to graduate studies, such as the Swansea@UCO Ph.D. program including administering, directing, and marketing the program.


    In alignment with UCO’s metropolitan initiative, works strategically and cooperatively with campus leadership, appropriate university units, and external entities to coordinate, develop, and support graduate programming and other relevant offerings for the UCO Downtown.


    Proactively and collaboratively develops, implements, and/or oversees a wide array of programs, experiences, and strategic partnerships in the OKC metropolitan area that promote graduate enrollment at the UCO Downtown, including partnerships with other institutions or organizations across the spectrum of UCO graduate programs with emphasis on serving in a facilitative role in establishing new programs in downtown OKC.


    Maintains a broad vision for the UCO Downtown graduate programming and assists departments in strategic planning and providing support to ensure progress.


    Designs, develops, and administers graduate marketing recruitment and promotional strategies for UCO graduate programs, as well as evaluates enrollment patterns in collaboration with the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness.


    Provides oversight of academic intellectual contributions including the Journal of Transformative Learning, the TL Conference Proceedings, the Neely Book Project, and other publications, recognition, and activities vehicles associated with intellectual rigor.


    Supports and encourages grantsmanship through faculty development mechanisms within the JCGS and other venues, including pursuing external funding possibilities, especially federally funded grants, to support graduate programming or student transformative learning engagement.


    Supports, encourages, and advocates for high-impact educational practices, including UCO’s Central Six tenets of Transformative Learning.


    Maintains high visibility in the profession by maintaining personal scholarship and grantsmanship activities.

    Accepts leadership positions in the community and serves as a professional consultant.

    Serves as a role model academically, professionally, and personally.


    Comfortable and skilled in conflict resolution and decision-making.

    Maintains confidentiality.

    Encourages diversity and equity.


    Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications/Experience Required

    Earned doctorate or other terminal degree and experience as a full-time faculty member. Progressively responsible academic administrative experience at department-and/or college-level. A distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and service to qualify for tenure and the rank of Professor in a College department including recent evidence of publications/presentations/performances/exhibitions. Demonstrated, and current evidence for, success in obtaining public and/or private funding in support of student-centered learning outcomes. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in strategic planning, program and personnel assessment, budget management, and technology applications. Recognizable vision of and commitment to higher education. High energy level, dynamic leadership ability, and demonstrated outstanding facilitation, communication and interpersonal skills. Strong ethical, moral and professional values. A strong and well-documented commitment to diversity.

    Qualifications/Experience Preferred

    Evidence for the development of policies that promote High-Impact Educational Practices, including student-centered research and/or other areas of Transformative Learning practices promoted at UCO. Strong evidence of leadership in this area, including at the national level. 


    Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures. Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management. Knowledge of human resource concepts, practices, policies, and procedures. Knowledge of applicable legislation, standards, policies and procedures within specialty area. Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures. Effective interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community. Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments. Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals. Ability to supervise and train employees to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. Program planning and implementation skills. Employee development and performance management skills. Knowledge of student development theory and student personnel administration. Knowledge of student support programs and services. Strong interpersonal skills with a commitment to support public and private fundraising.

    Physical Demands

    Repetitive movement of hands and fingers - typing and/or writing. Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visually identify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate with supervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendance required. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


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