Ball State University — Associate Vice Provost for University College and Student Success

We are sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives, and will offer the utmost flexibility throughout the interview process. The search committee expects to conduct initial interviews virtually for the safety and well-being of all involved. 

Founded in 1918, Ball State University (BSU) is recognized for embracing beneficence and the enduring values of excellence, innovation, courage, integrity, inclusiveness, social responsibility, and gratitude. Located in Muncie, Indiana, with satellite campuses in Fishers and Indianapolis, BSU is committed to providing an innovative, learner-centered learning experience in a welcoming, collaborative culture that inspires passion and purpose for a fulfilling career and a meaningful life. Ball State University currently enrolls over 22,500 students engaged in undergraduate, graduate, certificate, and specialist programs, and BSU prides itself on maintaining a welcoming environment for a diverse population of students of all ethnicities, genders, identities, faiths, and backgrounds. As a public research institution, BSU offers 120 undergraduate majors and 94 graduate disciplines, and boasts a 16:1 student-faculty ratio. Ball State is ranked #1 in the country in College Magazine‘s “Top 10 Campuses for Students with Physical Disabilities,” and, for the fifth year in a row, has earned the “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award” from Insight into Diversity.

The Position
Reporting to the vice provost for academic affairs, the associate vice provost (AVP) for University College and student success is responsible for developing, implementing, and assessing a comprehensive vision of student academic success, persistence, and retention, based on academic transformation, community-building, and growth, that is aligned with the University’s strategic plan. The AVP serves as the vice provost’s lead administrator for all matters related to student academic success services and manages the following departments: Academic Advising, the Learning Center, Student Athlete Support Services, and the First Year Experience. Working conjunctively with these departments, the AVP will seek continuous improvement for student success at BSU, with special attention to students who are currently at risk, on academic probation, traditionally underserved by the University system, or returning to the institution. 

The AVP proactively collaborates and partners with a network of relationships across campus to effectively support student academic success, provide a comprehensive structure of support services, and foster a culture of self-confidence and community in the student body. Additionally, the AVP leads a holistic, proactive professional advising system that functions across the student life cycle and recommends resources and solutions to academic challenges and barriers; creates, implements, and assesses a robust and comprehensive first year experience and University College curriculum that supports student engagement and community building; advocates for, supports, and intervenes as appropriate for student athletes to assist in addressing academic challenges and barriers; and promotes data-driven academic success services and programs in the Learning Center, including supplemental instruction, peer tutoring, academic workshops, and academic coaching. The AVP remains current on trends and best practices in all areas related to student success; works closely with other members of the vice provost for academic affairs’ team to establish clear, measurable goals focused on the student life cycle; creates annual progress reports and program evaluations; manages the departmental budgets under the leadership of the vice provost; and provides guidance and support for the development and maintenance of the University Core Curriculum, serving as the ex officio representative to the University Core Curriculum Committee and the Undergraduate Education Committee. The AVP comprehensively oversees a staff of 84, including 6 direct reports, 55 additional professional staff, 8 administrative staff, and 15 graduate students. 

The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree or equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education, with progressive experience working with college students in an administrative capacity and knowledge of technology that supports student success, including predictive analytics, data analysis, and student-facing software. Additional requirements include a direct and comprehensive focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the university environment; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to prioritize and manage multiple, simultaneous projects with attention to detail and adherence to deadlines; demonstrated ability to form collaborative relationships with other University offices; and experience with curriculum design, particularly core curriculum and first year seminars. Experience with innovative, engaging student success and retention initiatives in a higher education setting; proven knowledge of trends and best practices in higher education as they relate to student success, retention and support; the ability to effectively present and advocate data-driven decisions based on best practices; and a record of teaching, research, and professional accomplishments are highly preferred.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin December 11, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.