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Director of Graduate Studies—Search #67457

The Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Graduate Studies. The position holds faculty rank.

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Georgia Southern University, classified as a doctoral/research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is a member of the University System of Georgia. As the largest and most comprehensive research institution in southeast Georgia, the University is a residential campus of more than 20,500 students representing 48 states and 89 nations.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Georgia Southern offers a comprehensive array of baccalaureate degrees and selected master’s and doctoral programs through eight colleges: Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Information Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Public Health, Science and Mathematics and Graduate Studies. With an emphasis on academic distinction, excellent teaching, research and student success, Georgia Southern offers both undergraduate and graduate students an attractive campus environment that encourages learning, discovery and personal growth.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern lays claim to being the most beautiful campus in the state. Comprising more than 900 acres, the University grounds are an arboretum-like treasure featuring gently rolling lawns, scenic ponds and soaring pines. Located in Statesboro, a safe Main Street community of approximately 30,000 residents not far from Savannah and Hilton Head Island, Georgia Southern provides the benefits of a major university with the feeling of a smaller college.

Within this setting, the mission of the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies is to develop, nurture, promote, and sustain graduate programs of the highest quality at Georgia Southern University. The College of Graduate Studies seeks to support graduate students and graduate programs at the highest level, to provide a foundation for university graduate program growth and development, and to support excellence in graduate education and the research and scholarly activities associated with it.

Position Description. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director of Graduate Studies requires administrative and service responsibilities along with a terminal degree. Primary responsibilities include daily operational management of the College of Graduate Studies, oversight of graduate student grievance and appeal processes, serving as the liaison with the other colleges on campus, and representing the Graduate College on various committees and programs. The position also holds faculty rank as appropriate to credentials. The position is a fiscal year (12 month) appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

Terminal degree in a discipline offered by Georgia Southern University. Experience in supporting graduate education in a higher education setting.

Strong understanding of academic policies, procedures, and culture along with demonstrated experience advising students and graduate faculty on highly complex, confidential matters.

Highly motivated, flexible, adaptable and service-oriented, with strong collaborative skills for team work and consensus building among staff and faculty.

Ability to work independently and cooperatively with others. Ability to set priorities and multitask.

Excellent communication, management and leadership skills.

Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience teaching at the graduate level.

Experience working with a diverse student and faculty population.

Screening of applications begins January 15, 2017, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is no later than July 1, 2017. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least five professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications and applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation.

Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Diana Cone, Search Chair, Search #67457

Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Georgia Southern University

P. O. Box 8022

Statesboro GA 30460-8022

Electronic mail:

Telephone: 912.478.5258

More information about the institution is available through or Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Associate Provost.

Last updated: 12/7/2016