Monday, March 12, 2018

Search: Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Initiatives

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For more information about the search process, please contact:

Deborah Dillon
Search Committee Chair

Associate dean for graduate education, and professor, College of Education and Human Development

Etty DeVeaux
Staff to the Committee

Chief of Staff/Assistant to the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

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Position Description

The Graduate School invites nominations and applications from University of Minnesota faculty for the position of assistant dean for postdoctoral initiatives.

This is a quarter-time, senior-level position for a tenured faculty member with administrative experience, passion for graduate education and postdoctoral research and training, and interest in and ability to foster and advance a climate that seeks and values diversity and inclusion, among other qualifications outlined in the position description.

The assistant dean will support the vice provost and dean of graduate education in advancing excellence in graduate education and postdoctoral research and training, and will be responsible for activities and initiatives directly related to postdoctoral enrichment and professional development.  

As part of the Graduate School’s leadership team, the assistant dean will collaborate broadly with faculty and collegiate leaders to shape the strategic vision for a new Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives. The assistant dean is the chief advocate for the interests of the more than 780 postdoctoral researchers and scholars at the University of Minnesota, and will oversee all administrative aspects of the Office. 

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Application & Nomination Process

Individuals wishing to nominate tenured professors for this position should submit a letter of nomination and a brief statement of the nominee’s qualifications for the position to:

To apply, please send a letter of application expressing interest in the position and addressing how your record meets the stated qualifications, your curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three professional references to

Applications will be reviewed by a search committee beginning the week of April 9th, and will be accepted until the position is filled. All nominations and applications will be held confidential and will not be made public without permission of applicants. 

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

Search Committee

Deborah Dillon, Chair

Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Professor, College of Education & Human Development 

Melissa S. Anderson

Professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, College of Education & Human Development 

Noro Andriamanalina

Director of Retention, Graduate School Diversity Office, Graduate School 

Kristina Burrack
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Center for Immunology 
Joseph Kapusta

Professor, Physics, College of Science and Engineering

Elizabeth M. Smith

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cellular and Molecular Biophysics 

Staff to the Committee

Etty DeVeaux, Professional Support

Chief of Staff/Assistant to the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

John Clapham, Administrative Support

Executive Office & Administrative Specialist