University of Wisconsin-Stout — Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

The University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout) invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Provost). The University seeks an experienced and innovative administrator committed to academic excellence, student success, and shared governance.

University Overview
The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic, and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. UW-Stout is unique within the University of Wisconsin System–it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights its combination of applied learning, real-world experiences, and an integrated liberal arts foundation. The university’s nearly 8,000 students, supported by over 1,100 faculty, instructional and non-instructional staff, can select from 47 undergraduate programs, 21 master’s degree programs, and two advanced degree programs: Ed.S. in School Psychology, and Ed.D. in Career and Technical Education Leadership. 

Collaboration with partners is central to UW-Stout’s polytechnic designation and success. At UW-Stout, all programs engage an external advisory committee and 100 percent of graduates participate in experiential learning that includes a range of options, such as capstone courses, co-ops/internships, practicum, service learning, student teaching, field experiences, study abroad, and student research. UW-Stout has a long and rich history of providing a distinctive array of innovative programs that produce graduates who are sought after in the workforce. The six-month post-graduation employment rate for UW-Stout graduates is 98.8 percent, with 87 percent of graduates working in their field of study. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/our-community.

Position Summary
The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs reports directly to the Chancellor and serves as the University’s senior academic officer. In collaboration with the Academic Deans and other members of the Provost’s leadership team, the Provost will assure pursuit of excellence through oversight of undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning; graduate mentoring; faculty development, promotion, and tenure; and by developing innovative academic initiatives at UW-Stout necessary to help lead the Wisconsin’s polytechnic university. 

The Provost must be an experienced and collaborative leader with a proven track record of promoting excellence in academics and developing and implementing university-wide student success initiatives as well as establishing operational best practices. The successful candidate will demonstrate high ethical values, creativity, energy and will be committed to student success and the mission of UW-Stout as Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University. The University is an important partner with the City of Menomonie, WI and the local community; and the Provost is a critical member of the campus team committed to accomplishing the institutional, regional and state-wide vision of the campus and the University of Wisconsin System.

Qualifications
The most successful candidate will possess solid academic and administrative experience, outstanding record of scholarship, and commitment to student success, including:

  • A demonstrated understanding of the UW-Stout’s distinct identity as Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, including its unique mission, vision, values, and educational tenets;
  • An earned terminal degree with credentials that merit appointment as a tenured full professor in a university academic department;
  • Experience as an innovative, effective, decisive leader and diplomat with strong organizational and consensus-building skills, integrity, and the ability to inspire and lead faculty and staff with varied interests and scholarly approaches;
  • Experience leading a unit or division with multiple academic programs, a demonstrated interest across disciplines and programs, and a commitment to supporting interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • A record of success in creating an environment that promotes exceptional teaching, innovative pedagogy, student research, and post-graduate placement;
  • A record of success in recruiting, developing, and retaining talented and diverse faculty and staff, including inspiring and rewarding excellence in teaching, research/scholarship/creative activities, service, and overall job performance;
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans, leading change management, initiating reforms, measuring progress, and supporting accountability; 
  • Demonstrated success developing and managing significant and complex budgets and financial projections;
  • Knowledge of and experience with accreditation processes and agencies;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience with respect to crisis-management and recovery;
  • A history of supporting shared governance, team building and collaboration, transparency in decision-making, and respect for the opinions of others;
  • Experience in developing and advancing initiatives aimed at student success;
  • In-depth knowledge of issues impacting enrollment management and strategies for addressing them;
  • Experience with fundraising, development, and efforts to expand and diversify financial resources;
  • Successful experience in working collaboratively with all members of the academic community, university stakeholders, and other constituents; 
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, and an open and collaborative style.

To view the full position profile, please visit https://www.spaexec.com/pd/UWStoutPVCAA.pdf.

Applicant and Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae; a letter of interest describing relevant experience; and a 1–2 page equity, diversity, and inclusion statement that specifically reflects on the role of Academic Affairs and the Provost in supporting university improvement and progress in these areas. Nomination letters should include the name, position, and contact information for the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Emy Cruz, Partner
Email: apsearch@spaexec.com
SP&A Executive Search
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601
Refer to code “UWStout-Provost” in subject line

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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