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CUNY Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in New York, New York

Job Title: Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Job ID: 22232

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY) seeks an outstanding scholar and accomplished, innovative, collaborative leader to serve as its next Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Established in 1961, The Graduate Center serves as the doctoral degree granting institution for the largest public urban university system in the United States. CUNY enrolls more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 247,000 adult, continuing and professional education students at 24 campuses across New York City. With its main campus in midtown Manhattan and state-of-the-art Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) in Harlem, The Graduate Center is widely recognized for its highly ranked programs, world-class faculty, innovative research, affordability, and commitment to advancing knowledge for the public good. More than 2,800 doctoral students and 650 master’s students from around the world are enrolled in The Graduate Center’s 47 degree programs in the humanities, arts, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics and computational sciences. The CUNY Baccalaureate for unique and individualized studies is also based at The Graduate Center.

The Graduate Center is a unique consortium. It is home to approximately 130 core faculty, nearly all of whom are senior scholars and leaders in their disciplines. Additionally, more than 2,000 doctoral faculty from across the CUNY colleges – as well as from metropolitan cultural, academic, and scientific institutions – participate in teaching, mentoring and collaborative research with students at the Graduate Center. While earning their degrees, doctoral and master’s students have the opportunity to teach independently at campuses throughout the CUNY system, making them exceptionally well prepared for academic careers. The 2019 National Science Foundation Survey of Earned Doctorates ranked The Graduate Center #41 out of 375 institutions in the number of doctoral degrees awarded and 13th in the number of doctoral degrees awarded to students who identify as Hispanic or Latino.

Faculty and students are attracted to the more than 30 centers and institutes: among them the ASRC, the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and the Gotham Center for New York City History. The Teaching and Learning Center and Andrew G. Mellon Foundation-supported Futures Initiative provide support for current and future faculty in advancing their pedagogy and implementing instructional technologies to support inclusive student success.

As a member of the senior leadership team and reporting directly to the President, the Provost and Senior Vice President is responsible for all academic affairs, including the academic programs, initiatives and research centers, Student Affairs, Graduate Center Library, Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Research and Sponsored Programs, the CUNY BA and non-credit programming initiatives. The Provost‘s Office comprises the Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs, Dean for Sciences, Dean for Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation, Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness, and 13 full -time staff.

In partnership with President Garrell, the new provost will have the opportunity not only to strengthen the education and research enterprise at The Graduate Center, but also to shape the scope of public graduate education in transformative ways. Priorities include broadening access to graduate education and advancing inclusive success, evolving the consortium model for graduate education in CUNY, fostering research, and developing innovative academic programs to meet changing workforce needs.


Candidates should have an earned Ph.D., a distinguished record of scholarship, evidence of successful leadership and administrative accomplishments at a research university, significant experience with doctoral education in a complex research environment, and contemporary perspectives on preparing graduate students for careers within and beyond the academy. The successful candidate will have a record of achievement and commitment in: Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion • Supporting and enhancing faculty research and creative work • Using a data-driven approach to support inclusive student success and prepare students for diverse careers • Supporting staff development • Securing and administering extramural support • Guiding academic planning and resource allocation. They should also have demonstrated a capacity for creative, transparent and collaborative leadership in organizational development and strategic innovation. The ideal candidate will be open, optimistic, pragmatic, nimble, entrepreneurial, inclusive, forward-looking, and diplomatic.


Senior Vice President


Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Applicants should include, cover letter and a CV or resume and a letter of interest. Please upload all documents in Word or PDF format as separate documents.

Inquiries and nominations should be directed to: Kimberly McBryan at

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This position is open until filled. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 26, 2021.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.