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Vice Provost for Graduate Studies

Patrick S. Osmer

Patrick S. Osmer
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School

Patrick S. Osmer has served as vice provost of graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School at The Ohio State University since 2006. A Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, he was chair of the astronomy department from 1993 to 2006. In 2009, Vice Provost Osmer was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also past chair of the Council of Graduate Schools’ Board of Directors.

Before coming to Ohio State, he was a member of the scientific staff and deputy director of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to that, he was on the scientific staff of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in La Serena, Chile, where he served as director of the observatory and head of mission from 1981 to 1985. He earned a B.S. in astronomy with highest honors from the Case Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology.

Vice Provost Osmer oversees the more than 90 doctoral and 115 master’s programs at Ohio State, with a graduate student enrollment of approximately 10,000. In 2008, he carried out an assessment of Ohio State’s doctoral programs that is the foundation for the Graduate School’s activities and has become a national model. Under his leadership, the Graduate School is providing direction for a reorganization of Ohio State’s graduate and research efforts in the life and environmental sciences. In addition, he is engaging graduate faculty directly in discussions about current national and global trends in graduate education with an eye toward making sure that Ohio State’s graduate programs are forward-looking, attractive to an increasingly diverse pool of applicants, and appropriate for the career options available to the full range of graduate degree holders.

Vice Provost Osmer chaired the national Commission on Pathways through Graduate Schools and into Careers, which is sponsored by the Council of Graduate School and the Educational Testing Service. He was also a member of the commission that produced the 2010 CGS and ETS report, The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States.

An authority on the evolution of distant quasars and their relation to their host galaxies, Vice Provost Osmer chaired the panel on optical and infrared astronomy from the ground for the national astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey New Worlds, New Horizons carried out by the National Academy of Science and National Research Council. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Primary responsibilities

  • Strategic leadership for graduate education
  • Governance of graduate education
  • Program Council, Life Sciences Network and Environmental Sciences Network
  • Graduate programs and curriculum
  • International collaborations
  • Fellowship support for graduate students
  • Career development
  • Graduate associate policies
  • Graduate faculty nominations
  • Graduate student diversity initiatives
  • Graduate student recruitment
  • Graduate student and graduate program services
  • Summer Research Opportunity Program

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