The University of Alabama at Birmingham is seeking a senior leader to continue to build and enhance successes at the intersection of two areas that transcend all of the “pillars” of UAB’s strategic plan Forging the Future: graduate and international education. The next Vice Provost for Graduate and International Education will lead both the Graduate School and the Office of Global Engagement, which have the potential for unprecedented growth, exceeding the remarkable success achieved during UAB’s first 50 years.

The new Vice Provost for Graduate and International Education will build on the momentum and human resources already in place and work with the other senior leaders at the University to inspire and empower the creation of knowledge that changes the world. The Vice Provost is a member of the senior academic leadership team at UAB, participating in the Provost’s leadership group and the Deans Council. S/he reports directly to the Senior Vice President and Provost, UAB’s chief academic officer. The Vice Provost will be designated as the University’s Chief International Officer and as the Dean of the Graduate School.

As Dean of the Graduate School, the Vice Provost will have primary responsibility for management of all human resources, financial, educational, research, student, alumni and other external relations, development, and community matters at and related to the Graduate School and will serve as the chief representative and spokesperson of the School. The Vice Provost should be willing and able to balance his or her leadership duties within the Graduate School and the Office of Global Engagement with a concurrent obligation as a leader and citizen of the larger University. As Chief International Officer, the Vice Provost will increase external awareness about UAB’s global collaborations and continue to build UAB’s global reputation. The Vice Provost should actively embrace the external aspects of the position such as student recruitment, philanthropic support, and external collaborations, local, state, national, and international. 

Professional Experience and Qualifications of the Vice Provost for Graduate and International Education

This is a full-time position and salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. The Vice Provost will serve both as an advocate for graduate and international education as well as an institutional citizen. Candidates should meet the following qualifications:

  • Academic Degrees. Possess an earned terminal degree, preferably in a discipline represented in the Graduate School.
  • Professor with Tenure and Administrative Experience. Demonstrate a distinguished record of teaching, research, and service commensurate with an appointment to a department at one of the other schools or colleges at UAB with the rank of professor with tenure. At least three years of successful leadership and managerial experience and skills in human resource and financial management in an organization of comparable complexity to UAB is preferred.
  • International Experience. Embrace UAB’s global strategy and embody what it means to be a Chief International Officer of a global university. Ideally, s/he will have had international experience such as studying or teaching abroad or working with international students/programs.
  • Graduate School Experience. Demonstrate experience with teaching and mentoring at the graduate level. S/he should demonstrate a commitment to building strong relationships and support for diverse graduate and international students.
  • Innovation and Collaboration. Facilitate the development of innovative academic programs and collaborate with the Deans, Vice President for Research, and Provost on student and postdoctoral training, curriculum, support and research. Ensure the highest quality of programs.
  • Strategic Vision. Revise and implement a strategic vision for all parts of the enterprise and demonstrate experience with strategic planning processes. 
  • Enrollment and Retention. Increase the enrollment and retention of graduate and international students.
  • Interdisciplinary Education and Research. Develop opportunities and work through obstacles for interdisciplinary educational and research opportunities for faculty and students.
  • Communication and Listening Skills. Exhibit exceptional communication and listening skills, with demonstrated experience in leading with transparency and collaborating with others to advance the goals of graduate and international education at a major research university or comparable organization.
  • Shared Governance. Demonstrate commitment to shared governance and working closely with faculty, graduate student, post-doctoral scholar, and international student organizations.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of leadership.
  • Fundraising. Display a strong commitment to strategize, support, and participate in graduate school and international education fundraising to achieve the goals of graduate and international education.
  • Integrity. Exhibit unassailable personal and academic integrity. 

Nominations, Applications, and Inquiries

Nominations, applications, and inquiries are being accepted for the position, and recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter. References will be requested later in the process but will not be contacted without the express permission of candidates. All inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to:
Greg Esposito, Partner
Isaacson, Miller

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work-life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.