Provost/Chief Academic Officer

Delaware State University Dover , DE 19903

Posted 3 months ago

Delaware State University

Vacancy Announcement - Provost/Chief Academic Officer

Division of Academic Affairs

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Applications will be accepted until position is filled

Established in 1891, DSU is one of the most diverse, contemporary Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States with a central, 400-acre campus in Dover, Delaware, and satellite campuses in New Castle and Sussex Counties. With a cumulative enrollment of approximately 5000, our university boasts a 15:1 student to faculty ratio providing our students with an academic experience that is both individually and intimately catered to their strengths, while also investing in a growing research portfolio, extensive international partnerships, and seamlessly integrated digital instruction.

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and multiple disciplinary- specific accrediting organizations including AACSB, CAEP, and ACEN, we offer a wide variety of academic tracks for student candidates of all academic disciplines including approximately 40 undergraduate programs, 15 master's degree programs, and five doctoral degree programs. Our faculty consists of over 200 members who serve passionately across 18 academic departments in five academic colleges and the Office of Student Success. Ninety percent of the faculty hold Ph.D.'s or corresponding terminal degrees in their field of research and study.

General Description of the Position

Delaware State University invites applications and nominations for an experienced, innovative leader to advance the University's academic goals in the position of Provost and Chief Academic Officer. The successful candidate will become the executive in charge of Academic Affairs functions on all campuses.

The Provost serves on the President's Administrative Council, chairs the Dean's Council, and is the Head of the Faculty; provides leadership in curriculum and program development; advances the teaching and learning environment (with special emphasis on integrated digital instruction); promotes creative and scholarly activities; supervises all academic support functions; manages the academic budget, and provides overall academic leadership that is focused on fostering student success through all phases of the academic enterprise. A successful Provost must foster innovation in teaching and learning, and champion integration and cooperation between a mix of academic strengths and the demands made by external factors. This opportunity occurs at a pivotal moment in the University's history, as the institution has just completed an 8-year-long Strategic Plan and is committed to building on its strengths as it solidifies its position as one of America's leading HBCUs.

Essential Functions

The following are the functions essential to performing this job:
1.Articulate to faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders the long-term vision for the University's academic programming in support of the University's core values: diversity, integrity, scholarship, community, and outreach.
2.Provide leadership for the strategic visioning for academic programs through innovation and creativity necessary to establish the institution's next Strategic Plan.
3.Set the strategic direction and goals for all academic programs and related units and supervise the academic administrators tasked with achieving those goals.
4.Complete the work of developing a seamless environment for digital instruction that incorporates instructional technologies to improve student learning and outcomes.
5.Integrate Experiential and Service Learning into the core curriculum.
6.Expand graduate, online and continuing education offerings and raise those program profiles nationwide.
7.Increase the institution's research profile from 20 Million to 35 Million and increase the percentage of faculty members engaged in funded research.
8.Display effective academic leadership, strong administrative oversight, prudent resource allocation, data-driven decision-making, and sound management of the academic budget
9.Mentor academic leaders at all levels to encourage leadership, professionalism, innovative teaching, and scholarship.
10. Manage the variables that support student success (retention, graduation, gainful employment, and/or continuation to graduate school), quality instruction, measurable outcomes, ROIs, etc.
11. Ensure the recruitment of core and adjunct faculty, evaluating key academic personnel, and planning for the expansion of faculty where University enrollment and/or program growth warrants it.
12. Be visible to faculty and students to create openness and understanding of the University's activities and plans.
13. Create an environment that reinforces the concept of the University as an arena for free inquiry, lively debate, and responsible scholarship.
14. Execute the academic elements of a transformational strategic plan.
15. Commit to a culture that respects and demonstrates shared governance and consensus building.

Qualification Standards
1.Ph.D. or equivalent degree.
2.5+ years of demonstrated progressively responsible and successful experience as a senior- level administrator. Experience in higher education preferred.
3.Experience with accreditations, faculty rank and promotion process.
4.Experience leading academic departments with core and adjunct faculty and working in collaboration with administrative functions such as admissions, student services, registrar, marketing, human resources, finance, and legal.
5.Demonstrated experience with business development, fiscal management, and academic program development.
6.Demonstrated strategic vision with a focus on the future of higher education and emerging trends.
7.Experience with developing and executing transformational plans with outcomes towards return on investments.
8.Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to effectively interface with all levels of the organization including the University's Board of Trustees.

Performance Standards:

The evaluation criteria for an evaluation in this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
1.Demonstrate knowledge of the University fundamentals.
2.Demonstration of transformative leadership.
3.Experience and knowledge with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and/or minority serving (MSI) institutions.

Applications and Nominations

Nominations are encouraged. Applications should include a letter of interest outlining the candidate's view of the responsibilities associated with the position, names, addresses and telephone numbers of four references and a resume/curriculum vita. Submit all entries via email to or mail to:

Ms. Irene Hawkins

Vice President

Office of Human Resources

Delaware State University
1200 North Dupont Highway

Dover, DE 19901

All communication will be held in strictest confidence including notification prior to contacting references. The expected start date is July 1, 2020, and the position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2020.

Note: The University reserves the right to change or reassign job duties as provided in policy and negotiated agreements.

Delaware State University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate because of race, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, or disability.

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Provost/Chief Academic Officer

Delaware State University