Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Allentown, PA

Muhlenberg College

The Dean of Graduate Studies will oversee the graduate and certificate programs offered by the Muhlenberg College School of Graduate Studies. One of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges, Muhlenberg has been providing adult education for more than 100 years. As higher education continues to experience market shifts, the College is looking to grow the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education and its offerings aggressively in the years ahead. Muhlenberg’s current strategic plan has laid the framework for expanding the reach of the Division through new career-advancing master’s programs tailored to the needs of working adult learners, as well as developing new certificate programs for those seeking to advance their careers.

Reporting to the vice president and executive director of the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education, the dean is responsible for establishing and maintaining high standards of quality for all programs to enhance Muhlenberg’s academic stature. The dean will execute other functions as assigned by the VP/ED in collaboration with the provost. The dean will attend provost senior staff meetings.

The College: Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College is an independent, coeducational residential college of liberal arts and sciences located in Allentown, the third largest city in PA. As part of eastern Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, Allentown is a diverse city of 122,000, located just 60 miles north of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City. Along with Bethlehem and Easton, the region is home to a vibrant arts scene, a nationally unique parks system, and a rich blend of cuisine and diverse restaurants.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Guide the development of policy and curricula for graduate and certificate programs that will attract new adult students and enhance the education of current students.

  • Hire faculty for the School of Graduate Studies; oversee faculty evaluation and professional development in a manner consistent with Muhlenberg standards.

  • Oversee the accreditation process for new graduate and certificate programs and on-going assessment for existing graduate-level offerings.

  • Oversee student recruitment, applications, admissions, matriculation, advising and graduation for graduate programs; advocate vigorously for graduate students and their activities.

  • Collaborate with provost, graduate program directors, academic department chairs, faculty committees (particularly the Graduate and Continuing Education Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee), and others, on matters that affect the School of Graduate Studies programs.

  • Support marketing and recruitment efforts to achieve graduate program goals.

  • Collaborate with alumni relations and career development colleagues to create engaging and effective programs for graduate students in the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Actively support and contribute to the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education strategic plan by identifying trends in graduate studies and working with the VP/ED and provost to realize plan goals.

  • Ensure periodic assessment of the graduate degree programs are completed and recommendations are implemented.


  • Ph.D.  or equivalent terminal degree.

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in academic administration at the professional level.

  • Demonstrated experience with graduate and certificate program development and accreditation standards.

  • Strong communication skills; the ability to communicate and engage effectively with a wide range of constituents inside and outside the College.

  • Excellent interpersonal, entrepreneurial, financial management and marketing skills.

  • Successful completion of background checks, including but not limited to education and national criminal background.

To apply, upload your cover letter, resume, separate diversity statement summarizing your experiences and commitment to equity and inclusion, and names/contact information for three references.  (Your diversity statement should note how you demonstrate your commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in your work, community and/or personal life. This may include, for example, work assignments, community service/mentoring, committee service, recruitment/retention activities, etc.) Please combine all application materials into a single pdf if possible.  Application review will continue until the position is filled.  For best consideration, apply by March 19, 2021. 

To initiate your application, click HERE.

An equal opportunity employer, Muhlenberg College is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff from racial and ethnic groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Please visit our Diversity & Inclusion page for additional information about Muhlenberg's commitment to inclusive excellence and the College's Diversity Strategic Plan.

Posted: 02/11/2021