University of Maine — Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development

The University of Maine invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development. The Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development will assist the provost in managing and leading the academic affairs of the university, including strategic planning, resource allocation, and day-to-day operations, and will have responsibility for transforming the experience and success of our faculty community through faculty development initiatives. This role will include faculty recruitment, retention, and onboarding as well as faculty mentoring, equity and access initiatives.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the position include: 

  • Faculty Development
    • Develop/sponsor programs for faculty development, especially as they relate to being a successful faculty member at the University of Maine, including topics such as: identifying and working with a mentor, creating a meaningful service agenda, promotion and tenure strategies and tips for success, bias literacy, research learning, etc.
    • Ensure that the University of Maine is a rewarding place to live, learn, and work by sustaining an environment that is diverse and inclusive and fosters the personal development of all its stakeholders. Includes serving as the provost’s representative to the President’s Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Deliver research-driven professional development and training and other relevant programs to faculty and staff to further equity and inclusive excellence goals and to inform policy development related to recruitment, retention, and career advancement
    • Connect with partners seeking to foster inclusive excellence at the University of Maine and surrounding communities
    • Develop effective strategies to facilitate beneficial mentoring relationships for faculty
    • Organize and lead the Academic Leadership Series and New Dean/Chair/Director Orientation
    • Co-Chairing the Provost’s Council on Advancing Equity (PACE)
    • Lead and work with the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) to design and deliver New Faculty Orientation to ensure a welcoming and inclusive event, and to support the instructional needs of all University faculty and instructors
    • Participate as a PI, Co-PI, or other role on grant applications relating to inclusive excellence, support of faculty and staff diversity, and related initiatives
    • Work with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment to identify, collect, and analyze data to help assess and support inclusive excellence
  • Strategic and operational leadership of Academic Affairs
    • Assist the Provost in managing the academic affairs of the university, including strategic planning, resource allocation, and day-to-day operations
    • Work in a range of contexts with the deans and associate deans, Associate Provost for Online and Continuing Education, Associate Provost for Student Success and Strategic Initiatives, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Vice President for Enrollment Management, University of Maine System leadership, other senior administrators, external partners/vendors, faculty and staff
  • University accreditation and assessment
    • Work with University of Maine System on unified accreditation issues and help lead professional accreditation at University of Maine; represent the University of Maine at NECHE events; and communicate with the provost, the president, University of Maine System, and the Commission on major accreditation issues
    • Work closely with the Assistant Provost for Institutional Research and Assessment on program assessment and General Education assessment
  • Academic and research space allocation and management
    • In coordination with Facilities Management, the Provost, the Vice President for Research, and the deans, support the campus’s needs for instructional and research space
    • Co-chair the Paint and Polish Committee
    • Co-chair the Space Management Committee
  • Supervision of academic administrative units
    • Oversee the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
    • Oversee the Office of Academic Support Services for Student Athletes
    • Oversee the Office of Major Scholarships
    • Oversee the Office of Student Records
  • Serve on the Innovation and Economic Development Committee
  • Represent Academic Affairs on various committees as assigned

About the University of Maine

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land, sea and space grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.  Further information about UMaine can be found at 

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples. 

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life.  Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live.  

Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.

Required qualifications

  • Ph.D./Ed.D.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusive excellence in all forms
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of a collaborative work ethic
  • Demonstrated record of scholarship

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated skill working effectively with stakeholders who carry diverse interests, aims, and perspectives
  • Previous success in finding, negotiating, or inventing good solutions to complex problems
  • Demonstrated consistent, measurable progress toward short- and long-term goals against the backdrop of a continuously changing environment
  • Previous success in grantsmanship
  • Tenured faculty member
  • Demonstrated experience in financial and personnel management

To apply

Requested application materials include a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional references. References will not be called without explicit prior permission. Although applications will be welcomed until a new associate provost is selected, for best consideration candidates should submit materials by August 1, 2022, when the search committee will begin reviewing applications. 

Nominations and questions about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Penny Bishop, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at or 207.581.2441. 

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The University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.