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  • The Chronicle of Higher Education Sub1
  • Normal, IL, USA
  • Sep 16, 2017
ID: 8113477 VIEWS: 2 Full time Education

Job Description

Position Summary:
The vice president for academic affairs and provost serves as
the chief academic officer of the University with responsibility
for academic and senior-level internal leadership. The provost
serves as the primary representative for the president in his
absence, working with and coordinating the team of senior staff who
are responsible for achieving the University's established major
goals identified by the president and the board of trustees. In
addition, the provost supervises and guides the work of the senior
university-wide academic staff and of the academic and college
The provost assumes a lead role in Illinois State University's
strategic planning for educational and academic programs and
support, fostering the development and enhancement of high quality
baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral-level programs through
ongoing review and assessment, raising academic standards, and
expanding research. As an important part of this process, the
provost works with the deans and development team to identify new
sources of revenue to support existing programs, as well as the
creation of new programs that are in keeping with the mission and
goals of the University.
As the chief academic officer for the University reporting
directly to the president, the provost provides leadership in the
planning, development, implementation, and assessment of all
academic programs and many service areas. This includes
responsibilities for on-campus and off-campus undergraduate,
graduate, and continuing education enrollment activities as well as
the activities of the University libraries, academic services and
support, and information technology. This position is responsible
for the development, implementation, and assessment of the
University's programs and services, particularly as they relate to
academic programs, faculty development, and student learning
For a detailed description of the opportunity, please view the
Leadership Profile at
Required Qualifications:

An earned doctorate or other terminal degree from an accredited
Record of outstanding scholarship and superior university-level
teaching, meriting an appointment of full professor with
Demonstrated success in managing complex projects, groups, or
Ability to work with and supervise others, manage significant
budgets and financial projections, plan and organize work, work
effectively with colleagues across divisions, and make difficult
decisions when necessary.
Demonstrated success in an academic administrative position in
higher education, which includes: team building and collaboration,
transparency in decision-making, respect for other opinions and
voices, an understanding of shared governance in the academy, and
the exercise of creativity, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit in
developing and achieving goals.
Successful experience leading strategic planning, substantive
and decisive evaluation of academic programs, learning outcomes
assessment and accreditation, developing interdisciplinary
programs, and the application of new technologies.
Ability to lead the University's initiative to grow
international enrollment and desire to create and support
partnerships with academic programs at universities worldwide.
Understanding of academic affairs, student services
administration, and strategic enrollment management.
Ability to recognize, appreciate, and be conversant with a
broad range of disciplines, including professional disciplines such
as nursing and business.
A successful record of creative leadership in generating
external resources including such activities as successful grant
development, partnership development, work with alumni and friends
of the institution, and constituency building.
Demonstrated experience with and understanding of the role of
libraries, academic technology support and emerging
Demonstrated experience and understanding in increasing
diversity and inclusion among students, faculty and staff.
A demonstrated and astute connection to the local, regional and
national higher education community regarding current economic and
political realities from various perspectives, and familiarity with
current research and emerging trends as well as an involvement with
national professional societies and organizations.
This position is Security Sensitive and subject to a criminal
background investigation based on University policy. Employment is
contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background
investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background
investigation results have been received and cleared by Human

Desired Qualifications:
The ability to demonstrate:

The highest personal integrity.
Outstanding listening and communication skills.
Openness in dealings with others and acceptance of diverging
Ability to bring individuals and groups with diverse
perspectives to consensus and common action.
Ability to formulate and communicate a clear vision.
Capacity to function effectively in external and internal
environments with sound judgment in the context of politics, public
relations, and academia.
Highly motivated team player who possesses a high level of
energy and who functions effectively in a fast-paced
Proficiency at personal interaction with the diverse members of
a university community, including students, staff, faculty, and
other stakeholders.

Application Process:
We invite inquiries, nominations and applications. Initial
review of applications will begin on November 13, 2017, and
continue until the position is filled.
Inquiries and nominations should be directed to:

Campus Box 1300

Normal, IL 61790

All application materials may be submitted online at
should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that
addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the
Leadership Profile, and the names and contact information of five
references. References will not be contacted without prior
knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials must be
uploaded electronically along with an application.
If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable
accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or
other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by
contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at
or .
Illinois State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state
laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and
anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy
of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual
orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression,
ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information,
unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in
employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions.
Illinois State University:
Founded in 1857, Illinois State is a coeducational, residential
university that emphasizes undergraduate study. Its 34 academic
departments in 6 colleges offer more than 160 major/minor options
in the Colleges of Applied Science and Technology, Arts and
Sciences, Business, Education, Fine Arts, and Mennonite College of
Nursing. The Graduate School coordinates 94 master's degree
sequences, 10 doctoral programs, and 33 certificate programs.
The University's academic programs are supported by the
services and collections of Milner Library, which contains more
than three million holdings.
Illinois State enjoys many points of pride. The University was
ranked number 78 in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings of
top public universities in the nation based on academic quality and
excellence. Illinois State's freshman retention rate of 81.1
percent, ranks in the top 10 percent in the nation. Students are
successful at completing their degrees on time, placing the
University's high graduation rate (73.4 percent) among the top 10
percent of U.S. universities. Illinois State is ranked 22nd in USA
Today's College Factual's 2017 Best Colleges For the Money list.
Alumni go on to successful careers, shown in the very low student
loan default rate of graduates (2.8 percent). They pay back their
student loans at rates among the top 10 percent of all U.S.
universities. Additionally, Illinois State has been named a Great
Place to Work by The Chronicle of Higher Education for the third
consecutive year.
Campus diversity at Illinois State increasingly reflects the
nation's changing demographics. This year, about one-fifth of our
freshman class comes from underrepresented groups, with a 10
percent increase in African-American students and a 9-percent
increase in Latino/a students. The University enrolls students from
throughout Illinois, 47 other states, the District of Columbia, and
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