Associate Vice President & Dean of Students Search

A Message from Vice President Shivers

Thank you for your interest in the Division of Student Life at the University of Iowa. I am thrilled that you may be joining our vibrant and growing team. In Student Life, you will find people who are tirelessly dedicated to their work and believe we have the power to transform lives.

Having joined the University of Iowa in 2017, I know what it is like to look at new professional opportunities. I chose the University of Iowa because it is a top-tier institution with national recognition that prioritizes student life and understands the importance of a well-rounded student experience. I believe in the power co-curricular involvement has to enrich the lives of our students and found a staff at UI that shares this belief.

A highlight of working at UI is that you will be a member of three vibrant and exciting communities: the Division of Student Life, the University of Iowa, and Iowa City. Each provides a myriad of opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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The Division of Student Life

I am proud to be a part of a staff that embraces new ideas and thoughts, works together to keep our students safe, and provides them with life-changing experiences. The Division of Student Life includes 13 departments that span from Recreation Services to Student Involvement and Leadership and everything in between. We believe in working together as one team to achieve our mission: fostering student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom.

The University of Iowa

Staff in the Division of Student Life are proud to be members of the greater Hawkeye community. We partner with colleagues across campus and work hard to stay informed about issues, events, and campus-related hot topics to ensure consistent messaging and unity.

The University offers opportunities to fit every interest. From sporting events to speakers to theatrical performances, there is truly something for everyone. The leadership on campus takes our role as a family seriously, and you will find we make intentional efforts to take care of each other and provide ample opportunities for growth and leadership. 

Iowa City

While campuses are towns and communities all their own, when you branch outside of UI, you will find Iowa City to be a warm, welcoming Midwestern town with all the perks and excitement of having a major university nearby. I enjoy visiting the farmers markets and countless restaurants serving up fresh, local food. With excellent schools, vibrant neighborhoods, and some of the country’s best hospitals, Iowa City is also a great place to raise a family.

In this search packet, you will learn more about what the University of Iowa has to offer. I hope you will feel the same sense of opportunity that I did when I began exploring UI. It is an exciting time to be a Hawkeye, and I’d love to welcome you to our family.

On Iowa!

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Melissa S. Shivers, Ph. D.
Vice President for Student Life
The University of Iowa

Applications & Nominations

Review of applications will begin March 16, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. A résumé with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted to Jobs@UIOWA at this link

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Send nominations via email to Cheryl Reardon, Search Chair at:


If you have questions about the position, please contact Lori Berger at:

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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