Apply Now Clicking "Apply Now" opens the link in a new window.

How to Apply

All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be treated in a confidential manner. Please apply both on-line at and submit a letter of interest describing your qualifications for this position, a c.v., and 3 letters of support no later than October 31, 2017 to:

Assistant Dean Search

Interim Dean Michael J. Solomon

Rackham Graduate School

University of Michigan

915 E. Washington St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

Applicants who do not submit all requested materials will not be considered.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Horace H. Rackham Graduate School invites applications for the senior administrative position of Assistant Dean.

The Horace H. Rackham Graduate School is the home of graduate education at the University of Michigan. With over 100 doctoral, 100 masters, and over 40 certificate programs, it offers a remarkably broad and rigorous array of graduate degree programs that are among the very best in the country in each field of study. Rackham prepares graduate students to make lasting contributions to society through successful careers in professions and academic disciplines. The Rackham community of scholars, researchers, students, and staff is engaged in the creation of new knowledge, new discoveries, and the formation of our future leaders. The University attracts a diverse and outstanding body of graduate students; Rackham furthermore supports an inclusive environment for the personal, academic, and professional development and success of students from all backgrounds. The School is an international leader in the development of best practices for graduate education and Rackham’s strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is central to its excellence.

The Assistant Dean will participate as a key member of the Dean’s senior leadership team. They will lead the implementation and ongoing work of the School’s diversity, equity, & inclusion plan by working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Rackham community. The Assistant Dean will engage with Rackham students and graduate student organizations to improve the experience of all graduate students at the University of Michigan. The Assistant Dean will pursue faculty engagement and the development of academic programs for graduate students that support Rackham Graduate School’s partnership with its graduate programs.



Specific responsibilities include:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Implement Rackham’s DEI initiative as articulated in the Graduate School’s strategic plan ( ) by partnering with stakeholders. Provide guidance and support to all Rackham constituents in promoting the centrality of DEI to the Graduate School. Foster opportunities for faculty and students to engage in conversations around diversity and equity in the University. Collaborate with stakeholders to develop innovative strategies, initiatives, and activities to enhance DEI in the Graduate School with regard to climate, recruitment, admissions, hiring, mentoring, scholarship, and professional development. Work directly with other School and College DEI implementation leads, staff, students and faculty to implement initiatives to ensure that the principles of DEI are integral to School functions, services, and business practices. Provide creative leadership in leveraging existing resources and accessing new resources for DEI initiatives in support of these goals. Provide leadership to the School regarding DEI implementation that is informed by prior experience, national models, and documented best practices. Ability to use, present, and integrate current scholarship about effective and innovative practices for DEI in graduate education. Represent the School at the University level by building collaborative relationships with other University of Michigan DEI leaders and with colleagues from various academic programs, so as to develop collaborative work when possible. Represent the School on DEI issues to external partners and constituents.

Student Engagement

Promote a safe and inclusive Rackham community, in which individuals can pursue intellectual exchanges that engage the diverse perspectives and identities of the graduate school. Work closely with students and student groups to enrich the student climate and enhance the diversity of the graduate community. Serve as advisor to student organizations affiliated with Rackham. Promote student development and enhance the Michigan experience through partnerships, connections, direct support and policy development that promotes an inclusive campus climate and facilitates students’ success. Provide strategic vision, leadership, and guidance to meet the changing demands of a highly intellectual and diverse student body. Plan and execute responses to critical incidents that impact graduate students.

Faculty Engagement

Consult and collaborate with graduate program chairs, directors, and faculty to develop and implement academic, programmatic, and DEI activities based on the recommendations of Rackham and program leadership. Assess budget implications of new initiatives/activities and advise the Dean on the impact of resource allocations and commitments. Work with other central University units and program chairs and directors to develop measures to assess outcomes of programmatic activities.

The Assistant Dean will participate in administrative and managerial functions of the Graduate School, as appropriate, and report to the Dean.

Required Qualifications*

Holds an earned Ph.D. and has 7 or more years of progressive experience in student affairs, preferably at the graduate level, as well as in the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education. Values DEI as demonstrated through personal commitment to understanding its scholarship and to its incorporation into an organization’s ecology. Exemplary interpersonal skills, characterized by the ability to work effectively with a range of constituents, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and University colleagues. Proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously. Exemplary oral and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare written reports, presentations, and professional communications. Experience with: working with graduate students and graduate student organizations; managing complex and emergent situations involving students, staff, faculty, and other constituents of a graduate community; interacting with faculty and graduate program leadership; and program evaluations and planning. High level of competence and accountability in providing service to others, including both students and faculty. Proven commitment to fostering student success, growth, and achievement. Excellent judgment, tact, discretion, and demonstrated high standards for professionalism.

Additional Information

Salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

The Assistant Dean position will be for 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon satisfactory performance and acceptable progress in carrying out the goals of the Assistant Dean role.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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