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Interim Associate Dean - Graduate Studies (Internal only)

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Non-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Deans Office/College Engineer
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience/faculty rank
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General Summary of Position:

This being an internal opportunity, only current UML Employees, irrespective of Bargaining units are eligible to apply for this position.

Under the direction of the (Interim) Dean of Engineering, this position provides day-to-day oversight and strategic development of the College’s graduate programs and faculty research, including interdisciplinary initiatives in these areas.  As part of the College’s senior leadership team, the position also provides input and support to the Dean in areas involving faculty and personnel, strategic planning & development, administrative management, and other functions necessary for the College’s growth, development, and effective operations.

Provide leadership and management related to operation and development of graduate programs within the College.  Specific duties include:

  • Working with departments and interdisciplinary groups to manage the development, approval, and deployment of new graduate degree and certificate programs within the College;
  • Serving as primary point of contact in Dean’s office for graduate program directors/coordinators; 
  • Managing initiatives related to oversight of existing graduate programs, including functions related to enrollment (i.e., marketing, recruiting, and retention), student success, resource allocation, and accreditation, as well as the closure of programs as necessary;
  • Direct web page development and management for the promotion of the research and graduate programs across the College.  Liaison with Marketing and Web Offices for the web pages.
  • Serving as College’s liaison with Vice Provost for Innovation & Workforce Development and with Division of Graduate & Professional Studies on matters related to graduate programs.

Provide leadership and management related to the operation and ongoing development of the research enterprise within the College. Specific duties include:

  • Promoting and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, including liaison with research centers based in College;
  • Developing and managing College-based research support infrastructure (e.g. grant development, administration, shared resource deployment);
  • Coordinating and managing faculty development efforts aimed at promoting research productivity within College;
  • Managing seed funding, conference travel support, and other College initiatives promoting faculty and student research;
  • Serving as College’s liaison with Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic  Development, Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation;
  • Developing and maintaining external agency and institutional partnerships in service to the College’s research mission.

Provide input and support to the Dean, in coordination with other Associate Dean, in areas including, but not limited to: strategic planning, resource allocation, space planning, advancement and alumni affairs, budget and personnel management, curriculum development, and faculty affairs.

Provide input and consultation to the Dean, in coordination with other Associate Dean, on confidential personnel matters including attending faculty and staff grievance hearings as needed, oversee placement, promotion, and management of college staff, and help resolve conflicts. Often involves coordination with HR/EOO.

Maintains engagement in research and scholarship activities, including coordination of research projects, generation of publications, and participation in professional associations activities including professional service and conference participation.  Activities may also include informal mentoring of graduate students and serving on dissertation committees. 


  • Ph.D.


  • Tenured professor at rank of Associate Professor or Professor
  • Experience in securing research funds from external sources and advising graduate student and/or post-doctoral associates


  • Strong communication skills, ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality, problem solving skills, ability to work with diverse groups

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Management and administrative experience preferred. Professional experience with project management, strategic planning, program development, budget development & administration, and external relations

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This being an internal opportunity, only current UML Employees, irrespective of Bargaining units are eligible to apply for this position.

Please include a CV and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.  

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

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