University of Maine — Associate Provost for Student Success and Innovation

The University of Maine invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Provost for Student Success and Innovation.  The Associate Provost for Student Success and Innovation will assist the provost in managing and leading student success and retention initiatives. This will include maintaining current successful efforts, innovating new strategies and programs, and aligning all approaches with related efforts across campus, including Early College, summer offerings, Experiential Programs Innovation Central (EPIC), Center for Undergraduate Research, to the Harold Alfond Foundation supported UMS TRANSFORMS Research Learning Experiences, Gateways to Success, and Pathways to Careers initiatives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Strategic and operational leadership of Student Success Initiatives
    • Assist the provost in the implementation of student success initiatives to align educational experiences with purposeful work and career success.
    • Work in a range of contexts with the deans and associate deans, Associate Provost for Online & Continuing Education, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development, Dean and Campus Director University of Maine at Machias, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Vice President for Student Life, Inclusive Excellence, and Dean of Students, Director of UMS TRANSFORMS Student Success and Retention initiative, University of Maine System leadership, other senior administrators, external partners/vendors (including the Roux Institute), faculty, and staff.
    • Ensure that student success initiatives are free from any implicit or structural bias that contributes to racial and ethnic equity gaps in retention and graduate rates.
    • 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.
  • Oversight of student success and strategic initiatives 
    • Advance student success, manage the implementation of curricular innovations, expand research learning experiences as a foundational element of undergraduate education, and advance strategic initiatives.
    • Work with the Deans Council, associate deans group, Division of Research, Faculty Senate, advising staff, Student Life, Enrollment Management, the Career Center, and other campus partners on advancing student success initiatives.
    • Work with the Faculty Senate’s General Education Committee on programmatic and policy initiatives. 
    • Collaborate with appropriate faculty, staff, and administration on student success initiatives at other UMS universities.
    • Work with the Office of Innovation and Economic Development and Director of UMS TRANSFORMS Student Success and Retention Initiative to facilitate research experiential learning efforts and outcomes with a network of partners from Maine business and industry, non-profits, communities, municipalities, and state/local government.
    • Build a network of partners from Maine business and industry, non-profits, communities, municipalities, and state/local government that facilitate research experiential learning efforts and outcomes.
  • Oversight of undergraduate education
    • Advance student success, manage the curriculum review and approval process, support effective policy, secure and deploy appropriate instructional resources, assist with faculty development, and further the institution’s mission of providing high-quality academic and cultural experiences for all students.
    • Work with external partners to advance 4+1 programs, bridge program, early college, etc.
    • Work with the associate deans’ group, Student Records, Student Financial Aid, Bursar’s Office, Institutional Research and Assessment, and other campus partners on seat projections/allocation, course scheduling, academic administrative policy, academic planning, program articulation agreements, credit transfer, and student academic action, including probation, suspension, and dismissal.
    • Oversee the University Program and Curriculum Committee (UPCC) on the review and approval of new and modified courses, new certificates and minors, new degree programs (with the PCRRC), course sunsetting, and learning outcomes.
    • Work with the Faculty Senate’s Academic Affairs Committee on programmatic and policy initiatives.
    • Work with the Vice Presidents for Research and Enrollment Management to support domestic and international recruitment and enrollment.
    • Work with the provost, Associate Provost for Online & Continuing Education, deans and associate deans, Marketing and Communications, and others to support core components of the Think 30 initiative, including Winter Session, the colleges’ first-year student success courses, seat allocation, and related projects.
  • Serve on Innovation and Economic Development committee.
  • Represent Academic Affairs on various committees as assigned.
  • Other responsibilities aligned with this job description may also be 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.

Knowledge and Skills 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
  • Demonstrated success in being a part of a team to advance university-wide initiatives


  • 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
  • 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 September 12, 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. Brian Olsen, Associate Provost for Student Success and Strategic Initiatives, at or 207.581.1577. 

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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.