University of North Carolina at Wilmington — Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Faculty Affairs

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Faculty Affairs (APUEFA) serves as the senior faculty affairs officer and a champion for academic program enhancement, with particular focus on undergraduate programming, for the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Serving as a member of the Provost’s Cabinet, the APUEFA leads a team of professionals that support UNCW’s faculty in a variety of ways and supports the enrichment of UNCW’s academic programming. The APUEFA is a new position at UNCW that provides focused leadership for faculty development and welfare; supports and advances the Honors program, the University Studies program, and the undergraduate research and fellowships priority; facilitates the degree planning process; and, champions new undergraduate degree programs in collaboration with faculty, program leaders, and deans. The APUEFA works closely with Faculty Senate, deans, program leaders, and other University stakeholders to ensure that UNCW’s faculty are well supported, and the responsibilities of this position are executed in a manner consistent with institutional values, within a culture of collaboration, and demonstrating a commitment to shared governance.

The APUEFA will join an evolving Academic Affairs leadership team that is committed to structurally organizing the division to serve UNCW through the next phase of our institution’s development. To this end, the APUEFA will have the opportunity to evaluate the current structure of UNCW’s Undergraduate Education and Faculty Affairs and collaborate with the Provost and other members of the team to organize for future success. This position provides an innovative, creative, and collaborative leader the opportunity to sustainably position UNCW’s faculty and curriculum team to continue to be critical contributors to UNCW’s position in the University of North Carolina system. 

The APUEFA must be a creative, hands-on, visionary leader that will identify new strategies for supporting faculty and advancing programming within the scope of this position. In the years to come, UNCW will continue to grow the UNCW faculty, expand our research and scholarly activities, and attract and support a high-quality student body. The APUEFA will focus every day to ensure that UNCW is supporting faculty and students through our continued evolution.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Earned doctoral degree is required
  • Ten years of progressively responsible experience in higher education working with faculty or academic program administration
  • A record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure or Professor with Tenure. (Note: A successful candidate must hold or be eligible to hold a tenured faculty rank at UNCW)

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Strategic Leadership:
Demonstrated experience in evaluating and re-engineering operations and procedures and organizational structure leading to new policies and realigned roles deployed to meet strategic goals and objectives.  

  • Demonstrated experience in academic leadership roles requiring fiscal management and personnel supervision 
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures  
  • Experience with evaluating organizational structure and strategically realigning roles and responsibilities to meet strategic goals and objectives 
  • The ability to develop and deploy resources to achieve goals and enact strategy  

Managing Diverse Functions & Stakeholder Relationships: Demonstrated ability to motivate and facilitate initiatives and processes that require various stakeholders with diverse functions within and outside of unit to build consensus and successfully move through multiple approval steps to achieve goals.

  • Ability to facilitate initiatives that require convening various stakeholders, building consensus, and meeting goals
  • Ability to facilitate processes to require a variety of stakeholders, responsible parties not within your management span, and requiring multiple approval steps
  • Proven professional experience directing, motivating and managing diverse functions and activities of professional staff
  • Demonstrated successful outcomes in building professional relationships to meet goals
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies across the University

Diversity, Access, Inclusion, and Equity: Demonstrated commitment to and impact on diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts, and an understanding of its importance to the mission and richness of the University and its success.

Supporting Faculty Development: Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing a comprehensive support model for faculty development, welfare, and retention, including, but not limited to, annual reviews, reappointment and promotion activities, and grievances related to faculty personnel.

  • Knowledge of the types of activities necessary to support faculty development and welfare 
  • Experience in developing and implementing a comprehensive support model for faculty development and retention 
  • Knowledge of faculty personnel processes such as annual reviews, reappointment and promotion activities, and grievances related to faculty personnel 

Student Success & Curriculum: Demonstrated experience in supporting and championing interdisciplinary programming, student experiences, and curriculum enhancements.

  • Knowledge of the nuance of delivery interdisciplinary programming and the ability to champion interdisciplinary education
  • Experience in supporting and championing student experience and curriculum enhancements

Academic Degree Programs: Demonstrated experience with managing academic program development, approval processes, and implementation of new programs.

  • Experience with managing the approval process for new degree programs
  • Experience with academic degree program development and implementation

Technical Ability, Analysis, & Assessment: Demonstrated ability to use data and technology to evaluate program assessments and in planning and decision-making.

  • Experience with data analytics and the ability to evaluate and utilize data in planning and decision making
  • Knowledge of program assessment and evaluation
  • An understanding of the power and use of technology to deliver services and achieve goals

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Undergraduate Education and Faculty Affairs Functional Area is one of eight primary functional areas within the Division of Academic Affairs that develop and enact policies, processes and programs that advance UNCW’s academic mission through the support of the Colleges and other divisions of the institution. This functional area supports faculty development and welfare; partners with various stakeholders to promote faculty diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion; facilitates and champions undergraduate degree program development; coordinates the Quality Enhancement Plan selection process; oversees the University Studies Curriculum and Assessment process; supports and champions interdisciplinary programs; and, serves as a liaison to UNCW’s Faculty Senate.

Responsibilities for the offices/units within this functional area are as follows –  

  • The Honors College provides opportunities for undergraduates to engage in independent and creative scholarly activity. The Honors College directs the four-year Honors curriculum and Departmental Honors, offers opportunities to develop a global perspective, supports undergraduate research for all UNCW undergraduates, and mentors UNCW students through the application process for national scholarships and fellowships.
  • The Center for Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CSURF), housed within the Honors College, is a resource to coordinate opportunities and information related to UNCW undergraduate research and scholarship. In addition, CSURF manages the application and nomination process for national competitive scholarships and fellowships for undergraduates.
  • The Center for Faculty Leadership (CFL) is dedicated to developing and sustaining a high quality of academic leadership that is central to the mission and goals outlined in the University’s strategic plan. The Center serves as a resource for individuals with aspirations for academic leadership; as a training center for newly appointed department chairs, division coordinators, and program directors; and as a retooling center for current, mid-level academic leaders interested in improving the quality of their academic programs and/or advancing their professional careers in university administration.
  • The University Studies Program encourages undergraduate students to begin a life-long journey of engaged inquiry and societal contribution. As an intentionally integrated component of each student’s overall education experience, the program reflects our institution’s fundamental commitment to fostering ethical and intellectual development and to promoting the growth of well-informed, creative, literate members of society.

As this is a new functional area within the Division of Academic Affairs, the new Associate Provost will have an opportunity to evaluate the current structure of this functional area and recommend enhancements to the current structure to support UNCW’s continued growth and evolution. In addition, this position will also further develop our office of faculty affairs, a new unit in this functional area, designed to help support faculty professional development, welfare, and leadership.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

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Special Notes to Applicants
Please note all applications and any corresponding materials must be submitted no later than 11:59pm ET on the close date. Late applications will not be accepted.

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment
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