0025 Provost


TITLE Provost






The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University, providing primary administrative leadership, direction, and evaluation for all academic activities and faculty affairs of the University. The Provost conducts the duties of the office of President of the University when the President is unable or unavailable. The Provost oversees the following colleges, centers, and offices: the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Business Administration, Education, Health and Human Services, Humanities and Public Affairs, Natural and Applied Sciences, University College, University Libraries, Graduate College and Continuing Education and the Extended University; other centers and offices, including Academic Development Center, Assessment and Instructional Support, Institutional Research, Educational Technology Center, and Citizenship and Service Learning.


Education: An earned Doctorate is required.

Experience: Academic credentials consistent with the rank of professor, as demonstrated by a distinguished record of teaching, scholarly publications, and/or creative accomplishments that exhibit commitment to academic excellence is required. A history of progressively responsible, successful experience as an academic administrator at the Dean level or above involving both graduate and undergraduate programs, including responsibility for budget, personnel recruitment, and evaluation is required. Experience in strategic planning, assessment of program effectiveness, and development of policy to enhance academic units within the University and with national accrediting bodies is required. A demonstrated commitment to the promotion of diversity is required. Successful experience in university advancement and fundraising is required. Experience in developing and/or securing extramural grant and contract funding is required.

Skills: An appreciation of shared governance and evidence of strong abilities to work effectively and collaboratively with University administration, faculty, students, staff, and other constituent groups and partners, both within and outside the University is required. Strong oral and written communication skills are required; excellent interpersonal skills are required. An understanding of emerging technologies and the effective application of instructional technologies to enhance student learning is required. An understanding of contemporary issues in higher education is required. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development of faculty and academic administrators is required.


1. Fosters intellectual growth, student learning, and scholarly and creative activities by providing academic strategic planning, administrative leadership, direction, and evaluation for all academic activities and faculty affairs at the University, providing leadership in internationalizing the campus and advancing multidisciplinary scholarship, and providing leadership and guidance on diversity initiatives for faculty, staff, and students.

2. Demonstrates sound fiscal management and empirical-based decision making by overseeing program development, budgets, and facilities of all academic and academic support units.

3. Ensures an active and expanding dialogue with external constituencies by encouraging partnerships with external constituents and public organizations, engaging in effective university advancement (including alumni affairs, fundraising, and advocacy on behalf of the institution), and facilitating the Public Affairs mission of the University.

4. Implements the strategic academic vision by authorizing faculty appointments, recommending all promotions and tenure decisions to the President, making final decisions about the allocation of academic space, working closely with the Vice President for Research and Economic Development in implementing and evaluating major research initiatives of the University, working with the Vice President for Student Affairs in addressing the educational support needs and extra-curricular priorities for students, and with the other Vice Presidents and senior leadership of the University in coordinating and overseeing the overall mission of the University.

5. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required.

6. Contributes to the overall success of the University by performing all other duties as needed.


The Provost is supervised by the President and supervises academic administrators and professional and support staff.