Framingham State University Advertising For Provost For Academic Affairs

FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University is advertising for a Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is Framingham State University.

The position would be the University’s chief academic officer, who provides leadership and oversight for all academic programs and centers; coordinates strategic planning and initiatives; promotes faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, advising, and service; and expands opportunities for engagement and outreach in the local, state, national, and global domains.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 15.

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs reports directly to the President, is a member of the President’s executive staff and cabinet, plays a central role in institutional decisions, and leads faculty and all units within Academic Affairs to create, implement and support an academic vision of excellence and student success for the University.

The Provost currently exercises direct supervision over the following positions and units:

• The deans of the five current academic colleges: Dean, College of Arts & Humanities; Dean, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences; Dean, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; Interim Dean, College of Education; and Interim Dean, College of Business.

• The other decanal leaders of units within Academic Affairs: Dean of Graduate Studies; Dean, Whittemore Library; the Associate Provost and Dean of Continuing Education; Associate Dean, Academic Advising; and Associate Dean, Center for Academic Success and Achievement.

• The other leaders of operational and support areas within Academic Affairs: Executive Director, International Education; Executive Director, University Registrar; Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs; the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (including the Executive Director of Assessment, the Associate Director, Institutional Research/ Chief IR Officer, the Director of Systems and Efficiencies, the Director of Student Retention & Graduation Success, and the Director of the World of Work)

• The Provost also supervises three faculty leaders of program areas within Academic Affairs: • Director & Associate Director, Commonwealth Honors Program • Director & Associate Director, Center for Excellence in Learning, • Chair, Institutional Review Board (IRB) • The Provost exercises shared oversight with the Executive Vice President over the Director of Educational Technology and Instruction Design, which is part of the Information Technology department under the EVP.

• The Provost also directly supervises two administrative members of the Academic Affairs office.

The FSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs performs a wide variety of strategic and operational functions, with both internal and external orientations, as a senior leader of the University.


• Earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree

• National distinction as a scholar and educator

• Substantial senior-level administrative experience in higher education relevant to a teaching-oriented university

HIGHLY DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: Values and Leadership Talents • Ability to think strategically, to prioritize effectively, and to act decisively • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies; ability to interact in a broad range of public settings; a demonstrated consistent, collegial, inclusive, and transparent leadership style • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to serve as an effective spokesperson for the university, and to communicate effectively with all internal constituencies • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion • Evidence of inspirational, positive, creative, and problem-solving skills • • Record of delegating appropriately and requiring accountability at all institutional levels • Clear understanding of both the strengths and weaknesses of short- and long- term planning strategies, and the ability to adjust strategies for changing conditions Higher Education Leadership Skills and Experiences • Demonstrated ability to communicate the value of a liberal arts education and to advance the mission of a liberal arts institution Demonstrated commitment to student success, including a record of collaboration with student services professionals • Proven understanding of and commitment to supporting institutional diversity for faculty, students, staff, and academic programs • Demonstrated commitment to working at a public university that educates a diverse constituency of students, many of whom are first-generation college students • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to build positive relationships with faculty, staff, and students • Ability to engage in university fundraising • Success in cultivating and expanding partnerships with political and community leaders and alumni, state-wide and locally

Academic Administration Experience and Abilities • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex academic organization, work effectively with diverse constituencies, and manage change • Ability to inspire faculty and to advance their concerns and interests • Experience with institutional or academic unit-level accreditation processes • Strong skills in academic program planning for both traditional and non-traditional students • Record of accomplishments in recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students • Substantial positive experiences with shared governance and collective bargaining agreements • Demonstrated ability to lead academic and educational programs with clear goals and measurable accomplishments • Demonstrated record of commitment to advancing the teaching and research agenda of the university, with emphasis on interdisciplinary and cross-university initiatives

Nominations and applications for this opportunity are invited, and may be submitted in confidence to: FraminghamProvost@academic-search. com. Expressions of interest and requests for confidential discussions may also be submitted to that address, or by contacting one of the Senior Consultants listed below.

Review of candidates will begin promptly and will continue until an appointment is made.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, February 15, 2019.

Application materials should include a letter of interest, a Curriculum Vitae, and names and full contact information for five professional references. Calls to these references will occur only later in the search process and only with prior permission from candidates.

All submissions will be treated in confidence and must be sent electronically (MS Word or .pdf format) to:

In deference to the sensitivity of the positions presently held by many of those who will be nominated and considered, the search will be conducted in strict confidence until finalists are invited to campus.

The University is being assisted in this search by Academic Search, Inc.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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