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Vice Provost/Dean of Faculty

POSITION:  Vice Provost/Dean of Faculty

Opportunities for the Vice Provost

As Point Park returns to the provost model of academic and student learning leadership, the vice provost’s work will focus in the following areas: ensuring compliance with state, federal, and accreditation regulatory standards; facilitating a shared governance structure within Academic Affairs; promoting a culture of academic quality and effectiveness; clarifying the roles and responsibilities of department chairs and supporting their development; supporting the development of the academic and student affairs leadership team; fostering a campus-wide culture of academic quality and effectiveness.

Desired Attributes of the Vice Provost

The person best suited to fulfill this role will demonstrate commitment to teaching excellence, innovative programs and delivery systems, and working with faculty and students in a culturally diverse setting.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes of preparation, experience, and ability:

A personal commitment to leadership development and mentorship with a demonstrated track record of such opportunities.

A mission-oriented scholar  whose life and work demonstrates intellectual curiosity with a commitment to the best in interdisciplinary liberal arts education at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.

An established scholar and successful teacher  who is properly credentialed, a champion of academic excellence, and well prepared to represent Point Park in the global community of scholars.

A relationship builder  who engages people with ease and comfort while exhibiting high personal integrity and ethical standards.

A skilled and effective communicator  able to give clear expressions to the many disruptive forces impacting higher education with ideas for ways in which institutions can and must respond to thrive into the future.

A collaborative manager and strategist  with a track record of effective academic administration and management skills including successful experience in planning, budgeting, and personnel work, and the ability to support, challenge, motivate, and ensure accountability among those responsible for the academic program of the university. 

A seasoned diplomat  with well-honed communication and analytical skills who is able to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty, is resilient, ambitious, and brings a sense of humor to the tasks at hand.

A knowledgeable higher education leader  committed to shared governance and the role of the faculty in a university setting, familiarity with issues related to students including student records privacy, student conduct and discipline, and opportunities for student learning beyond the classroom.

A high energy bridge builder with a venturesome spirit  who is comfortable with change and who can embrace opportunity within the context of institutional culture and values.

A problem solver and decision maker  with the ability, after careful listening and consulting, to decide firmly and expeditiously with appropriate follow through. 

A visionary leader  with a demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate with at least five years of increasingly responsible higher education leadership and management experience. An understanding of the role and place of student life programs and services within the scope of the total university student experience is preferred. 

The Application Process - Nominations and Inquiries

A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To assure full consideration, complete applications should be received by November 1, 2014, and include a letter of interest, resume, and contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for at least five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. Applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to ppu@agbsearch.com.

AGB Search has been retained to assist in this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations and referrals may be sent to Richard L. Torgerson, Ph.D. (rlt@agbsearch.com ; 563-380-4919).  

Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.