Illinois State University — Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

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 deans.

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 outcomes.

For a detailed description of the opportunity, please view the Leadership Profile at http://illinoisstate.edu/president/VP%20Provost.pdf.

Required Qualifications:

  1. An earned doctorate or other terminal degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Record of outstanding scholarship and superior university-level teaching, meriting an appointment of full professor with tenure.
  3. Demonstrated success in managing complex projects, groups, or organizations.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Ability to lead the University’s initiative to grow international enrollment and desire to create and support partnerships with academic programs at universities worldwide.
  8. Understanding of academic affairs, student services administration, and strategic enrollment management.
  9. Ability to recognize, appreciate, and be conversant with a broad range of disciplines, including professional disciplines such as nursing and business.
  10. 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.
  11. Demonstrated experience with and understanding of the role of libraries, academic technology support and emerging technologies.
  12. Demonstrated experience and understanding in increasing diversity and inclusion among students, faculty and staff.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 Resources.

Desired Qualifications:
The ability to demonstrate:

  1. The highest personal integrity.
  2. Outstanding listening and communication skills.
  3. Openness in dealings with others and acceptance of diverging perspectives.
  4. Ability to bring individuals and groups with diverse perspectives to consensus and common action.
  5. Ability to formulate and communicate a clear vision.
  6. Capacity to function effectively in external and internal environments with sound judgment in the context of politics, public relations, and academia.
  7. Highly motivated team player who possesses a high level of energy and who functions effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  8. 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:
Lisa Mason
Campus Box 1300
Normal, IL 61790
lmmason@ilstu.edu
309-438-7487

All application materials may be submitted online at www.jobs.ilstu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=73522. Candidates 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 309-438-3383 or equalopportunity@ilstu.edu.

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 67 other countries. Students are mentored by a faculty that includes numerous teacher-scholars recognized at national and international levels, all dedicated to superior teaching.

Bloomington-Normal Community:
Illinois State University is located in the twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal, with a population of approximately 125,000 and is located within easy driving distance of the financial and business centers in Chicago and St. Louis. Expansion Management Magazine rated Bloomington-Normal as one of two metro areas with a five-star quality of life, giving the community high rankings in such areas as standard of living, quality of schools, and traffic and commute. In 2016, Huffington Post named Bloomington one of the “11 Amazing Cities You’ve Never Thought To Live In, But Should.” Bloomington was also recently placed on Livability.com’s list of 100 Best Places to Live.

The metropolitan areas of Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis are all within three hours using public or private transportation. The “twin cities” have gained a reputation for progressive town planning and green initiatives, providing an ideal location for families of all types.

For more information, please visit our website at: http://www.ilstu.edu/.

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