Dean´s Message

The Graduate School Dean McBride Message From the Dean

The Graduate School is the place at Northwestern University where excellence in scholarship, research, creativity, and innovation come together to produce the next generation of thought leaders in academia and across a multitude of industries and enterprises that will chart our national and global futures.

The Graduate School is the entity at the university charged with three major responsibilities: 

1) Representing and advocating on behalf of graduate students and graduate studies at every level of university administration

2) Assuring the excellence and quality of our PhD and masters programs across the university (from admissions policies and procedures to the quality and caliber of our curricula)

3) Funding our graduate students and supporting them in their academic and career goals 

In addition to these vitally important missions, we at TGS also believe in educating the whole student— including encouraging students to learn a good work-life balance while in graduate school, which will serve them well beyond the completion of their studies at Northwestern.  Toward that end, we’ve established a robust set of community building engagement opportunities for our students and will continue to expand our efforts in this area.  Our Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is gearing up to set an agenda comparable to the one we have for our students—the creation of a rigorous but supportive environment that provides scholars with the skills to be successful at Northwestern and beyond.  TGS also supports training grants that extend the research mission of the university and provide training and financial support to many of our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Perhaps most importantly, diversity is an essential ingredient to any environment that has as its goal the training of the next generation of the very best and brightest thought leaders. It is my fervent belief that there can be no truly excellent environment for the training of scholars and practitioners unless that environment is made up of diverse peoples, with diverse intellectual interests, and from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Whether you are a current student, postdoctoral fellow, alumnus/alumna, or prospective student, I invite you to spend some time here with us in our virtual world and also to visit us in person at any number of TGS events and programs throughout the year.  It is my privilege to be dean of this extraordinarily distinguished and engaged community of scholars.  I look forward to working with you to continue our great collaboration.

Dwight A. McBride, PhD
Dean of The Graduate School & Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, & Performance Studies