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Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean

Applications are sought for the position of Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean (VP/Dean) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

As head of WHOI's Academic Programs Office (APO), the VP/Dean is responsible for Institutional educational policy, programs, and budgets. The VP/Dean oversees WHOI postdoctoral and undergraduate research programs and works with his/her counterpart at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to coordinate the graduate-level MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering. The VP/Dean works with the Development Office to identify and solicit new sources of support for educational activities, provides leadership in identifying and implementing new and creative educational directions, and is a prominent advocate on issues of oceanographic and scientific educational policy at the national and international levels.

The VP/Dean is one of five VP-level members of the WHOI Senior Administration and reports directly to the President/Director of WHOI. As a member of the Senior Administration the VP/Dean is an active contributor to all aspects of the Institution through scientific and strategic leadership, planning, and formulating policy, in addition to ensuring the successful operation of the Academic Program Office. A strong commitment to scholarship and education is essential, demonstrated by a distinguished record in research, teaching, academic leadership, and management. A Ph.D. or experience in a discipline related to ocean science is required, with credentials appropriate to appointment at the level of Senior Scientist (equivalent to Full Professor).

WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with staff and students numbering approximately 1,000. The Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and communicating this understanding for the benefit of society. WHOI conducts disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in ocean-related areas of biology, chemistry, geochemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, physical oceanography, and marine policy.

To learn more about this 12-month position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Claudia Cenedese, by phone (508-289-2696) or e-mail ( To view the position description, a brief overview of WHOI and the APO and to apply, please go online at under ‘Administrative Positions’. The review of applications will begin on March 1, 2017.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Women and Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. WHOI is sensitive to the issues of confidentiality and dual career families and will work with applicants to address these. WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V/EOE