The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is the Chief Academic Officer of the University, responsible for all academic-related affairs and leadership in the university. The Deans of all nine of the University's academic units — the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Sciences and Health Professions, the Monte Ahuja College of Business, the College of Education and Human Services, the Fenn College of Engineering, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, the College of Graduate Studies, and the School of Nursing — report directly to the Provost.
The Provost also manages a broad portfolio of duties that includes responsibility for faculty recruitment and retention, promotion and tenure, merit awards, and professional leave; the University Library; the Office of Research; and various academic centers, programs, and services.
In addition, the Provost serves as the University's chief operating officer, overseeing the operations of the University in the President's absence and serving on the President's Senior Management Team along with the senior leadership. As such, the Provost collaborates on matters related to strategic planning, budget, facilities, student affairs, human resources, institutional advancement, university relations, legal issues and information technology.
Specifically, the Provost is a highly experienced professional who:
- Promotes academic excellence throughout the University.
- Facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration among academic leadership and faculty.
- Provides dynamic, visionary, strategic leadership with effective operational implementation.
- Responsibly manages fiscal resources and budgetary processes within the University's academic units in alignment with the University's strategic priorities.
- Presides over collaborative, transparent decision-making processes among administrators, faculty, staff and students resulting in shared university governance.
- Effectively engages in collective bargaining relationships with faculty and staff.
- Drives the implementation of the University's student success strategy.
- Fosters the University's commitment to "engaged learning," including internships and cooperative learning agreements, civic engagement, public scholarship and outreach.
- Helps to design and implement innovative strategies affecting the future of higher education, including online learning and other technologies.
- Pursues global education opportunities on behalf of faculty and students.
- Works effectively with members of the Board of Trustees and other leadership boards and committees that serve the University.
- Capably represents the University and facilitates partnerships among a variety of external constituents, including alumni and donors, government and civic officials, and business and community leaders.
- Serves as an honest, trusted confidant to the President.
- Promotes diversity and inclusion in all matters of the University's affairs.
- Represents the interests and values of campus constituencies engaged in the academic enterprise—including faculty and students—to the president.
Candidates must possess a terminal degree and will have demonstrated achievement in teaching and scholarship commensurate with appointment as a tenured professor in a discipline offered at the University. Candidates will also have a proven record of leadership, collaboration, and higher education experience as Dean, Associate Provost, Vice Provost, or Provost or in a position comparable.
In addition, the Provost will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:
Personal and leadership qualities:
- A high level of integrity and devotion to ethical behavior.
- Superb oral and written communication skills.
- Broad higher education experience.
- Strong record of fiscal management.
- Deep and varied academic and scholarship record.
- Effective strategic thinker.
- Aptitude for executive, administrative leadership.
- Ability to make evidence-based decisions in a timely fashion and to verify them with assessment and evaluation practices.
- History of effective, high-caliber hiring decisions.
- Capacity to forge and nurture partnerships with private, non-profit, and public entities as well as other institutions of higher education.
Higher education and professional knowledge:
- Understanding of the operations of a comprehensive, academic institution, including professional disciplines as well as the liberal arts.
- Insights into the unique characteristics of an urban-based university.
- Demonstrated commitment to shared-governance and transparent decision-making.
- Commitment to advancing a high-level of teaching and research across disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Experience engaging collective bargaining units.
- Familiarity with effective strategies for increasing student academic success.
- Proven responsibility to diversity and inclusion practices in a higher education context.
- Awareness of innovative strategies in online learning and other technologies.
- Ability to advance global education strategies.
While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Provost is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by November 1, 2012, to our consultant at the address below to assure optimal consideration. Supplemental information will be available.
Cleveland State Provost Search
R. William Funk & Associates
100 Highland Park Village, Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75205
Cleveland State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to nondiscrimination. M/F/H/V encouraged to apply.