University of San Francisco — Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Faculty Excellence

The University of San Francisco (USF), a diverse, urban, Jesuit Catholic university with a global mission, invites nominations and applications for the role of vice provost for equity, inclusion and faculty excellence (VPEIF).

Since 1855, the University of San Francisco has dedicated itself to offering a daring and dynamic liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. USF is committed to educating hearts and minds to cultivate the full, integral development of each person and all persons; pursuing learning as a lifelong humanizing and liberating social activity; and advancing excellence as the standard for teaching, scholarship, creative expression and service. Inspired by a faith that does justice, USF strives to humbly and responsibly engage with, and contribute to, the cultural, intellectual, economic and spiritual gifts and talents of the San Francisco Bay Area and the global communities to which they belong. In the 2022 U.S. News and World Report rankings, USF was ranked 1st among national universities for the ethnic range of its student body, 4th in international student enrollment and was ranked 103rd overall among national universities. In Fall 2021, the university employed 444 full-time faculty members and 655 part-time faculty members faculty and served more than 5,969 undergraduate and 4,065 graduate students in arts and sciences, education, law, management and nursing and health professions. 

Reporting directly to Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Julia Chinyere Oparah, the VPEIF will oversee and coordinate the vital intersections between antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion (ADEI) and holistic faculty and librarian success and professional development. The VPEIF will lead and oversee a university-wide faculty affairs strategy and implement a strategic approach to fostering faculty diversity, inclusive excellence, success, belonging and job satisfaction from recruitment through retirement.

A primary role of the VPEIF will be strengthening processes and policies that champion inclusiveness as reflected in the recruitment, retention and thriving of a diverse faculty, staff and student body. The VPEIF will advise the provost on all matters related to faculty affairs, and will lead efforts related to faculty and librarian success and excellence throughout the career lifecycle from recruitment to retirement. They will develop and implement strategies to enhance recruitment and retention, particularly for BIPOC individuals; promote teaching and research excellence; curate leadership and professional development opportunities; implement programs and awards to honor faculty and librarians; and work to ensure the effectiveness and integrity of the university’s tenure, promotion and sabbatical leave processes. The VPEIF will also play a significant role in supporting the university’s existing shared governance processes and fostering emerging structures, working closely with the provost and leadership from the collectively bargained faculty associations to cultivate a climate of collaboration and co-design in relation to academic planning and strategic initiatives.

Additionally, working in partnership with the leaders throughout the university, the VPEIF will develop a comprehensive, data-informed university-wide plan to advance ADEI that is in alignment with university’s new strategic plan and supports the university’s schools, college and library in articulating, advancing and assessing their ADEI goals. They will oversee the Office of ADEI, lead proactive campus consultation and engagement of these activities and serve as Special Advisor to the President’s Cabinet. The VPEIF will work in partnership with the Division of Student Life to steward the university’s robust programming in support of Black student recruitment and retention, including BASE, the Black Scholars Program and Marshall Riley Living Learning Community and to foster the retention and sustainability of Black faculty and staff supporting these programs. The VPEIF will also empower stakeholders across campus to develop and support academic initiatives that foster Latinx, indigenous, AAPI and international student retention and success. 

The incumbent will lead with creativity, dynamism, integrity, transparency and energy and engender a holistic, collaborative team approach. A deep attention to and understanding of Jesuit values and pedagogy is desired. The VPEIF may teach one course per annum as desired, in consultation with the provost and relevant dean.

Ideal candidates will have significant experience advancing antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion; expertise in faculty recruitment, retention and development; a proven record of creative thinking around inclusive excellence, shared governance and innovative applications of emerging and promising practices in higher education; and a record of scholarly engagement with best practices and theoretical perspectives in the field. Experience in inspiring and empowering cultural transformation, skill in motivating and unifying people around a vision, and an ability to nurture positive and collaborative relationships are core to this role. An earned doctorate or terminal degree and scholarly record consistent with tenure at USF is required. 

Applicants should submit a CV and letter of interest addressing the themes discussed in the profile available at USF is also requiring a diversity, equity and inclusion statement responding to the following prompt. The statement should be no more than two pages in length.

The University of San Francisco is ranked #1 in the nation for student diversity and is deeply committed to inclusive excellence and social justice. Please describe your approach to and experience of leading anti-racism/DEI initiatives at structural, institutional and interpersonal levels. How do you understand and apply an intersectional lens to that work?

WittKieffer is assisting the University of San Francisco in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 15, 2022.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Alejandra Gillette-Teran and Luis Bertot

The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. The University does not discriminate in employment, educational services or academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability or any other basis prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.

Staff and Faculty new hires are required to complete a COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation form.