University of Montana-Missoula — Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The University of Montana-Missoula (UM) invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from interested individuals with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. The search committee seeks applications from accomplished academic leaders with a compelling vision for UM’s future.

UM offers one of the richest learning environments in the country. Our liberal arts tradition and interdisciplinary focus are the foundation of undergraduate, professional, and graduate programs that foster critical thinking and integrative problem solving. A research intensive, associate through doctoral degree-granting institution, UM is an essential part of Missoula: a vibrant college town characterized by cultural diversity, scenic beauty, and a socially engaged community.

Located in the heart of the northern Rocky Mountains, Missoula offers a stunning natural landscape where five valleys and three major rivers converge. UM’s location provides a strong foundation for our world-class programs focused on the environment. UM also excels in fields such as human health and biomedical sciences, business, law, education, and journalism. As a major center for the arts and culture in Montana, UM nurtures artists, performers, and writers. The University of Montana is an NCAA Division I institution and competes in 15 intercollegiate varsity sports. The Payne Family Native American Center represents the University’s commitment to the Native American communities of Montana and houses our outstanding Native American Studies program. The University is further committed to meeting societal needs through strong programs in the humanities and sciences. The Davidson Honors College serves as the symbol of UM’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. UM’s fully integrated two-year unit, Missoula College, offers workforce development as well as baccalaureate pathway programs. Today, UM enrolls more than 13,000 students and employs approximately 900 faculty and 950 staff members.

Position Description
The Provost reports directly to the President and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of UM in the absence of the President. S/he provides intellectual leadership to the campus and works closely with the President in providing long-term direction for the University. As Chief Academic Officer, the Provost leads the implementation of the University’s strategic plan and the assessment of progress toward goals outlined therein. The Provost, in consultation with the President, has final authority over new academic programs and centers before they are submitted to the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education for review and consideration by the Board of Regents for approval. The Provost works with the Associate Provosts, Deans, and Academic Directors to promote academic excellence. S/he also leads collaboration within the statewide affiliation, comprised of The University of Montana-Missoula, Helena College UM, The University of Montana Western in Dillon, and Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte. The Provost works closely with the Vice President for Administration and Finance on budget planning, fiscal accountability, and policy development; with the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship and Dean of the Graduate School to advance the University’s research agenda, including oversight of graduate academic programs; with the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs on enrollment and retention; with the Associate Vice President for Integrated Communications on marketing and communications; and with the President and CEO of the UM Foundation to foster a culture of philanthropy at the University. The Provost additionally works in collaboration with members of UM’s shared governance and unions to strengthen academic operations on campus for UM students, staff, and faculty.

The Provost’s responsibilities include:

  • Approval of all academic appointments, promotions and tenure, leaves, and retirements that relate to the academic sector of the University budget
  • Implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan and assessment of progress towards achieving its goals
  • Administrative oversight, as delegated by the President, of cultural diversity initiatives, assessment, institutional accreditation, shared governance relations, faculty union relations, and other key activities
  • Representation of UM within regional and national academic organizations
  • Oversight of the Associate Provosts; the Academic Deans of the Colleges and Schools; the Dean of the Mansfield Library; the Directors of a number of academic centers, institutes and offices; the Registrar; and the employees in Academic Affairs
  • Leadership of Academic Affairs-related initiatives such as curriculum planning and development for all four institutions within the state-wide University of Montana affiliation
  • Extensive interaction on behalf of The University of Montana-Missoula with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
  • Dynamic communication and collaboration with campus constituencies and the broader Montana community, including alumni, business leaders, and legislators

Required Experience and Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited university or the equivalent terminal degree
  • Passion for and commitment to the ideals of higher education, an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to interdisciplinary research and education
  • Demonstrated academic leadership at the level of dean or above, including broad experience in budget management of complex organizations, program development, strategic planning, assessment, accreditation, and personnel management
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals and groups in all sectors of the University and external to the University
  • A distinguished record of teaching, scholarly accomplishments in research and/or creative activity commensurate with that of a tenured full professor

Preferred Qualifications

  • A personal leadership style that brings vision and purpose to the University’s institutional mission, values, and culture
  • A personal management style that is approachable, energetic, and willing to involve stakeholders in the decision-making process
  • A strong commitment to principles of cultural diversity, equal opportunity, and to the development of an active learning community
  • Extensive experience in generating and managing extramural funding for both academic programs and research through a variety of awards including private fundraising
  • An understanding of the broad spectrum of UM’s academic programs and research, including the liberal arts tradition, graduate and professional schools, and integrated, comprehensive two-year colleges

How to Apply
For information regarding application materials and to apply, please visit the University of Montana’s UM Jobs website at

The review of applications will begin October 1, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. Compensation will depend on the experience and accomplishments of the successful applicant and reflect the high expectations held for the position.

For additional information on the search, including a timeline, please visit the Provost Search webpage.

Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, ability and perspectives are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO/ADA/Veterans Preference Employer