Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
PROVOST AND VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Bluefield State College
Bluefield State College, located in scenic southern West Virginia, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, with an anticipated start date in January 2014. As chief academic officer, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs provides dynamic leadership for the division of Academic Affairs, serves as the President’s chief advisor on academic issues, and collaborates with leaders from all facets of the college community to advance academic, student, and college success. As a senior member of the President’s team, the Provost works collaboratively with an experienced and committed group of colleagues. The Provost reports directly to the President and acts as the chief executive officer in the President’s absence.
The mission of Bluefield State College is to provide students an affordable, accessible opportunity for public higher education. An historically black institution, Bluefield State College prepares students for diverse professions, graduate study, informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service in an ever-changing global society. More information about the College is available at www.bluefieldstate.edu.
The Provost provides leadership and vision for high-quality teaching and learning, distinctive academic programs, scholarship, research, service, and outreach that embody and express the educational values and goals of the College. He/she is responsible for academic policy; curriculum development, on- and off-campus as well as online; faculty recruitment, evaluation, and promotion/tenure; accreditation; accountability reporting; assessment; creative use of technology for instruction; and creation and monitoring of academic budgets.
The Provost has primary leadership responsibilities for the division of Academic Affairs, including Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering Technology and Computer Science, and Nursing and Allied Health. Each School is led by an academic Dean who reports to the Provost. Others reporting to the Provost include Registrar, Coordinator of Off-Campus Offerings, Coordinator of International Initiatives, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is charged with the following:
- Provide campus-wide leadership for achievement of the College’s academic goals and objectives;
- Promote an environment focused on student learning and academic success for a diverse student body, including first-generation, underrepresented, adult, and international students;
- Serve as the President’s chief advisor on all academic issues;
- Lead the development and implementation of an academic plan for the College that promotes excellence in all aspects of academic programming and that assures both quality and integrity of teaching and learning in the classroom and online;
- Maintain effective channels of communication with the President, Faculty Senate, and faculty;
- Provide the vision and creative leadership necessary for innovation and the development of distinctive, mission-related academic programs and applied research, especially in response to regional and state needs;
- Lead the development and revision, as appropriate, of the College’s academic policies;
- Promote the core values of excellence, community, diversity, and continuous improvement. Foster an appreciation for diversity and cultural awareness and the development of multicultural and international initiatives;
- Collaborate with the Deans to assure recruitment, selection, recommendation, and retention of quality faculty and academic staff; assist with human resource matters involving policies and procedures on employment, retention and promotion/tenure, including performance management and professional development;
- Collaborate with campus leadership, including the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, to ensure a culture that promotes retention, progression, and completion for diverse student populations;
- In collaboration with the Division of Information Technology, lead appropriate development and implementation of online programs and academic services;
- In collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, identify and use institutional and external data and research necessary for effective academic decision-making, assessment of student learning, and federal/state accountability reporting;
- Represent the College at Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and other external meetings on matters related to academic affairs;
- Foster strategic academic partnerships with other institutions of higher education and K-12 schools;
- Assure adequate and appropriate annual and long-range budget preparation for the Division to achieve College and Division goals. Forecast budget needs, establish priorities, allocate funds, and monitor expenditures;
- Maintain a visible profile both on campus and with external constituencies; be fully engaged with the faculty, student, alumni and staff communities; anticipate and be well-informed on emerging academic issues;
- Ensure compliance with academic policies and procedures administered through the Office of the Registrar and appropriate communication of policy and curricular changes to the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and the campus;
- Ensure compliance with federal/state regulations, regional and specialized accreditation requirements, and the policies and procedures of Bluefield State College and the Higher Education Policy Commission;
- Perform additional duties as assigned by the President.
- Earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
- Strong record of teaching, community and civic engagement, research, and scholarship;
- A minimum of 5 years of documented, successful academic administration such as chair or dean;
- Proven leadership with high ethical standards that inspires trust, instills confidence, and fosters an environment of mutual respect;
- Proven commitment to a student-centered college model, incorporating strategies for academic success of first-generation, underrepresented, adult, and international students;
- Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service/engagement;
- Demonstrated commitment to collegial, consultative processes and shared governance, evidenced by successful development and implementation of academic initiatives in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students;
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, including successful recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds;
- Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills;
- Demonstrated skills in academic program planning and budgeting, including effective use of resources and creativity in developing alternate sources of revenue;
- Demonstrated skills in successful team building and effective human resources and financial management, including performance management, professional development, and effective utilization of fiscal resources.
- Proven ability to articulate and achieve a dynamic academic vision for the institution and encourage development of cross-campus initiatives in areas such as STEM;
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and effectively use data to advance the institution’s mission and achieve academic goals, ultimately increasing student success;
- Demonstrated record of openness and collaboration, with a reputation for fairness and equity in decision-making;
- Demonstrated knowledge of emerging technologies and their effective application for the advancement of student learning;
- Demonstrated commitment to increasing global awareness and international perspectives;
- Proven record of active engagement in campus and community activities.
The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, inquiries, and applications. Complete applications are to be submitted in electronic format only to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include: a letter of interest addressing specifically how the candidate’s experience and credentials intersect with the College’s mission and strategic priorities, current CV, contact information for at least five professional references, transcripts, and a completed BSC application available at http://bluefieldstate.edu/job/application. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by September 24, 2013.
DATE POSTED: August 27, 2013 (JVA #172013)
CLOSING DATE: Position will remain open until filled. Review of applications begins immediately. To assure full consideration, completed applications should be received by September 24, 2013.
Bluefield State College is an HBCU, AA/EOE/ADA employer, committed to the principle that minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The College complies with all applicable federal and state laws designed to promote equal educational and employment opportunities. Bluefield State College does not sponsor H1B Visas.