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Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

Apply now Department: 3670020010 Arts & Sciences Dean Office
Job no: 516277
Employment type: Executive
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Education / Instructional, Executive / Director / Management, Research / Scientific / Grants
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University seeks nominations and applications for the position of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.  Arts and Sciences, K-State's largest college, has more than 4500 undergraduate and graduate students, with 45 undergraduate degree programs, 16 doctorate and terminal degree programs, and a range of other masters-only programs, accelerated BS/MS programs, and undergraduate and graduate certificates. The College's 22 departments cover the visual and performing arts, the humanities, and the social, physical, and life sciences. Arts & Sciences’ Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) expenditures were $47.9M in FY2022, and College faculty generated over $23M in extramural grant awards in FY2023. Kansas State University is a land-grant, R1 institution with an ambitious new strategic plan to lead as a “next-generation land-grant university”: Next-Gen K-State. It is situated in the growing community of Manhattan, KS, nestled in the beautiful Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas.

The ADR position has three broad areas of responsibility: 1) developing and implementing strategies for the support and expansion of research and creative activity, both across the College and between the College and other groups both internal and external to K-State; 2) coordinating graduate programs in the college in conjunction with the Graduate School and other leadership in the College; and 3) supporting and developing corporate engagement and engaged scholarship across the College. We are eager to find a successful researcher to fill this position and are open to negotiating an administrative appointment between 75%-100% that will allow a successful candidate to continue pursuing individual research. The ADR is a 12-month administrative position with appointment and tenure in an appropriate academic unit of the College.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Coordination and development of interdisciplinary research teams, grant writing efforts, and faculty research and creative activity across all disciplines represented in the College.
  • Strategic planning for increasing extramural awards.  
  • Development and oversight of corporate engagement in the College.
  • Coordination of College efforts in engaged scholarship.
  • Coordination and development of graduate programs, together with other Assoc/Assist Deans and department leadership.
  • Management of student fee funding allocations with department heads and College Fiscal/Budget Officer.
  • Coordination of College undergraduate research funding and programs.
  • Management of risk and compliance in research and community engagement in the College, in coordination with central university risk and compliance offices.
  • Working with the Asst Dean of Facilities and central offices on facilities and administrative support for research and creative activity across the College.
  • Occasional work in, or in support of, development and alumni relations.
  • Liaising with the office of the VPR, the Graduate School, and other offices across the University.
  • Supervision of Grant Specialist.

This is a regular administrative appointment with a five-year review cycle. Effective starting date of this appointment is negotiable. Please direct any questions to Associate Dean Scott Tanona (, head of the search committee.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.  The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements.  Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate or the equivalent and an outstanding research record. Experience shall merit an appointment of associate or full professor with tenure in one of the College of Arts & Science’s academic departments. 
  • Administrative experience or substantial evidence of administrative potential.
  • An understanding of the breadth of research, scholarly work, creative activity, and discovery (RSCAD) across the College.  
  • Sensitivity to the distinctive needs of the College’s many disciplines and of their respective faculties. 
  • Experience in or demonstrated potential of working productively with faculty from different disciplines.
  • Experience or potential to support and encourage faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A record of research productivity meriting full professorship in one of the College’s academic departments.
  • Demonstrated experience with engagement and corporate development. 
  • Proven record of success with faculty mentorship and development and support of faculty research and scholarly activity across a range of disciplines. 
  • Familiarity with research compliance and safety issues. 
  • Experience securing funding from multiple sources, and an understanding of the interdisciplinary research funding process. 
  • Proven record of successful leadership of multi-disciplinary teams. 
  • Experience evaluating research proposals. 
  • Experience with fundraising and alumni relations. 

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. A letter discussing relevant experiences, accomplishments, and a statement of management style
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae
  3. Names and contact information for three references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Review of applications will begin on January 5th, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.


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