Call for Nominations for Associate Dean for Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

May 4, 2022

The Medical School Office of Research is seeking to appoint an Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, reporting directly to the Executive Vice Dean for Research and Chief Scientific Officer (EVDR/CSO). The Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership for the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) and the Medical School’s graduate, postbac, and post-doctoral programs. This appointment is up to 50% effort.

Nominees must hold a Medical School faculty appointment at the associate professor rank or above, have a solid track record of funding, able to articulate graduate student and postdoctoral issues at the school and national levels, and demonstrate strong leadership skills.  Knowledge of the Medical School’s policies is desirable.

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your C.V. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, vision for graduate and postdoctoral training, and qualifications that directly relate to the role. Applications should be submitted as a single file to UMMS.OoR.Applications@umich.edu.

Job Summary

As a premier, research-intensive academic medical center, the University of Michigan Medical School is world renowned with more than $700 million in external research funding and top-ranked training programs. The Medical School Office of Research is seeking an Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, who is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership for the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) and the Medical School’s graduate, postbac, and post-doctoral programs.

This position has an appointment of up to 50% effort and reports directly to the Executive Vice Dean for Research and Chief Scientific Officer (EVDR/CSO). Additionally, as a member of the Medical School Office of Research leadership team, the Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will participate in shaping the broader vision and strategies for research and education as well as advise on enterprise-wide policies, procedures, and operational issues.

Responsibilities

The Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is expected to handle complex situations and multiple responsibilities simultaneously, mixing longer-term objectives with daily operations. Specific duties of the Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead the Office of Graduate and Post-Doctoral studies, including the administrative staff, Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) leadership, Office of Postdoctoral Studies, and Office of Training Grant Support.
  • Budgetary oversight and fiscal stewardship for graduate and post-doctoral studies; optimize opportunities for external funding.
  • Oversight of departmentally-based graduate and postdoctoral programs, optimizing alignment with the Dean’s Office.
  • Oversight of interdepartmental programs (e.g., PIBS, CMB, Immunology, Neurosciences, Cancer Biology, PREP, MEDPREP programs, etc.).  Provide strategic planning for targeting the optimal number and diversity of trainees in our programs; oversight of recruitment and admission processes.
  • Develop new integrated training programs and opportunities for students and postdoctoral fellows, including career and professional development.
  • Provide health and wellness resources to promote trainee success and well-being.
  • Promote activities that develop the teaching and mentoring skills of faculty with attention to establishing an inclusive, equitable and respectful culture of research training.
  • Implement and optimize methodologies and tools to track, assess, and measure the development and performance outcomes of our learners, including trainee data infrastructure and dashboards.
  • Facilitates conflict resolution involving graduate and postdoctoral trainees.
  • Provide guidance and advice to PhD and MS program directors and their operating committees, serving as an advocate in support of programs that enhance the training of graduate students and developing program activities designed to optimize the graduate student experience.
  • Provide institutional letters of support for externally funded training programs that are responsive to funding agency mandates.
  • Develop strategic relationships with minority-serving institutions that prioritize STEM undergraduate training.
  • Provide guidance and support to student and postdoctoral organizations, such as the Trainee Senate and the Association of Multicultural Scientists.
  • Work with the Office of Medical Student Education to explore opportunities for graduate and medical student program coordination and synergy; participate in the Education Cabinet.
  • Work with Global Reach to support global education partnerships in research training.
  • Serve as the strategic liaison between the Dean’s Office and department chairs and associate chairs for research on issues related to education, training, and research.
  • Represent the Medical School in its interactions with the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, including coordination with education and training programs undergoing academic review as well as optimizing collaborations with other education programs across the university.
  • Represent the Medical School in education-related interactions with Academic HR and advocate for campus-wide graduate and postdoctoral training policies that align with our training values.
  • Serve as institutional representative to key national organizations working on issues with respect to the recruitment, retention, and training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Assist with philanthropy efforts related to education.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The Associate Dean will foster an environment of teamwork and collaboration among the deans in the EVPMA/Dean’s Office, unit and program directors, and department leadership to advance Michigan Medicine as a whole. Furthermore, the Associate Dean is a member of the Medical School Academic Council as well as represents the Medical School on educational committees across U-M. The Associate Dean represents the Medical School to outside agencies and accrediting bodies as well as builds the reputation and standing of the school and university at national, and international forums.

Required Qualifications

  • Medical School tenure-track faculty at the rank of associate professor or professor.
  • Solid track record of independent basic science research.
  • Ability to articulate graduate student and postdoctoral issues at the school and national levels.
  • Proven track record of being effective and achieving results in a highly matrixed organization.
  • Ability to build strong interpersonal relationships and trust with all constituents.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion and to deal with confidential and sensitive information.
  • Possess poise, tact, diplomacy, and unquestionable integrity.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least five years of experience working with graduate training issues, including counseling, advising, and mentoring graduate and postdoctoral trainees.
  • Successful experience leading and managing a complex team of multiple professionals, including hiring and termination, setting direction and expectations, coaching and?developing, assessing, and providing formal and informal?performance feedback.
  • Demonstrated financial acumen, including operational budget development, expense tracking, cost containment, and forecasting.
  • Engagement in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine policies and procedures.

Application Deadline

All application materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on June 14, 2022.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Medical School Office of Research is firmly committed to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and belonging, which are core to the culture and values of the Medical School Office of Research.  Our community supports recruiting and cultivating a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and the world.  We strive to create a work environment where each team member feels respected, valued, and safe.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.