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Grad School realigns

Jim Roberts

Jim Roberts

Acting on the recommendations of a faculty and staff committee, Provost Richard Lariviere has announced a new structure for graduate education and research at the Lawrence campus.

Effective July 1, Jim Roberts, vice provost for research, will become vice provost for research and graduate studies. The move combines the existing Graduate School with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, creating a new unit with a new mission.

"Graduate programs drive research," Lariviere said, "and research drives graduate programs. The two have so much in common, it makes good sense to bring them together with a single, high-priority mandate. That mandate is growth of research and growth in the size, scope and quality of doctoral programs at the Lawrence campus."

Diana Carlin, dean of the Graduate School and International Programs, announced in March that she will step down from her position effective June 30. Carlin, who has served as dean since 1999, will take a yearlong dean-in-residence position with the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C., beginning in July.

"The pending vacancy made this an opportune time to assess the position and make decisions about how best to proceed," said Lariviere. "I envision an opportunity to integrate two closely aligned university groups for a common purpose with a unified voice."

In March, Lariviere appointed an 11-member committee to discuss options for the Graduate School. Don Steeples, vice provost for scholarly support, chaired the committee, which made its report to the provost April 20.

As part of the new structure, an internal search will begin soon for the position of associate vice provost and dean of graduate studies, reporting to Roberts.

An interim director for International Programs will be announced by late May, and a national search will be conducted to fill the position permanently.

A transition team is being organized to address issues regarding where staff will be assigned and located.

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