Job Details

Kennesaw State University
  • Position Number: 3333757
  • Location: Kennesaw, GA
  • Position Type: Deans - Education

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (The Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Job ID: 241028
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State is located just north of Atlanta, and combines a suburban setting on two metro-Atlanta campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta. As one of Georgia's largest universities, Kennesaw State offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing number of doctoral programs. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2) committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level. For more information, visit

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Department Information
With more than 425 full-time faculty and 8,500 degree-seeking students, the Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the largest college at the university, prepares the next generation of leaders in a wide array of fields to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century and become contributing citizens in a global society. The home of three Schools and eight Departments, the College offers more than 80 graduate and undergraduate programs of study in both traditional and interdisciplinary fields. RCHSS provides students experiential learning opportunities to enable them to develop leadership, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, as well as a strong sense of social responsibility through community and global engagement.

The Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences promotes diversity and inclusiveness among our students, faculty, staff, and public. Thus, we seek candidates whose experience, research, teaching, and service have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to engage audiences in higher education from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

Job Summary
Kennesaw State University is accepting applications for a twelve-month, tenured Associate Professor or tenured Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in The Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences , beginning July 2023.

KSU is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2 institution). The Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences has experienced rapid growth in student population as well as research. The Associate Dean will serve as a member of the college's leadership team. In collaboration with department chairs and school directors and the Dean, the Associate Dean will implement research enhancement strategies and oversee all RCHSS graduate programs. The Associate Dean will organize trainings and mentoring of faculty research, as needed.

The application date and start date have been updated.

The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies advances the research mission of The Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences (RCHSS) and provides oversight of graduate programs and initiatives. The Associate Dean will serve as a liaison to the Office of Research and will organize/manage inter-departmental research groups and interests. Working collaboratively with the Office of Research, the Associate Dean manages grants process in the college and maintains relationships with external entities for research and partnership development. The Associate Dean provides leadership, strategic direction, and executive oversight for all matters related to research and graduate affairs.

The Associate Dean will oversee compliance with various regulations by principal investigators and monitor safety procedures in college research, in collaboration with various units and committees (e.g., environmental health and safety (EHS), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and the Institutional Review Board (IRB)) The Associate Dean will manage research resources including working collaboratively with the Associate Dean of Operations in allocating space for faculty, staff, and graduate student researchers, and funds for graduate research and teaching assistantships. In collaboration with graduate program directors and a program administrator, the Associate Dean will help seek extramural funding to support graduate student education, and will help develop, oversee, and enforce college-wide policies regarding graduate students.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Building a strong, robust, and sustainable infrastructure for research and creative activities;
  • Elevating the college and university's R2 research profile;
  • Building and fostering a culture of sponsored research, including collaboration across the college and university;
  • Ensuring compliance to the administration of research and sponsored programs;
  • Developing mentoring/coaching programs to support faculty and postdoctoral fellows;
  • Working collaboratively with the Office of Research to develop and implement a strategic plan and set of goals for sponsored research for the college and contribute to the university's research mission;
  • Monitoring safety and ethical research procedures in collaboration with various units and committees (e.g., Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Institutional Review Board (IRB));
  • Working collaboratively with the college leadership, Chairs/Directors, and faculty in the development of new graduate programs and curricular innovation;
  • Working closely with college leadership, Chairs/Directors, and the university Graduate College to monitor and enhance current graduate programs (including GRA & GTA, recruitment, curriculum, and assessment);
  • Oversee graduate academic integrity and student issues (i.e., complaints and appeals);
  • Providing oversight of the college's centers and institutes.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D., or its foreign equivalent, and appropriate credentials to be a tenured Associate Professor or Professor in one of the College's academic departments/schools;
  • Served or currently serving as an associate dean, department chair, and/or graduate program director.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Administrative and leadership experience in an academic setting;
  • Demonstrated experience with budget management;
  • Demonstrated graduate teaching;
  • Demonstrated experience with supervision of graduate students and/or staff;
  • Demonstrated record of receipt of extramural grant-funding including federal grant funding;
  • Experience in mentoring and supporting faculty research, creative activities, and career development;
  • Record of leadership and mentorship in research and creative activities;
  • Experience fostering collaborations across departments, colleges, and/or institutions in both graduate education and research and creative activities;
  • Experience working with multi-cultural populations and in promoting inclusive excellence in research policies and practices;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain harmonious working relationships.

Required Documents to Attach
  1. CV
  2. Cover letter outlining the requirements noted above
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (Official Transcripts Due Upon Hire)
  4. Vision statement for the position
  5. Names and contact information for three to five professional references

Apply Before Date
For full consideration, please apply by November 1, 2022. This position is open until filled. This date has been updated.

Contact Information
For questions about this faculty opening, please contact Paola Spoletini, Professor of Software Engineering, 470-578-3811,

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Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

Background Check
Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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