The University of Wisconsin-River Falls seeks a talented and visionary leader to serve as the next Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the University who oversees four colleges: Arts and Sciences; Business and Economics; Education and Professional Studies; and Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. This position directs all undergraduate and graduate curricular programs; the hiring, development and evaluation of faculty and instructional staff; academic support programs and services; International Education; the Chalmer Davee Library; Grants and Research; and Technology Services.
Other responsibilities of the position include: working closely with the Deans' Council; planning and managing budgets; conducting program reviews; assessing programs; implementing and monitoring UW System policies and mandates; facilitating, monitoring and approving externally funded research programs; facilitating faculty development activities; and providing oversight for student course evaluation for each academic program. The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs reports directly to the Chancellor and serves as the campus representative in the Chancellor's absence.
UW-River Falls values academic excellence in teaching and learning. We help students attain their full potential as critical thinkers, effective communicators, and committed life-long learners by providing personalized, integrated educational experiences. We value faculty and student research collaboration, global education, inclusivity, and equity in all academic and co-curricular programs. Our mission is to help students learn so that they are successful as productive, creative, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective. This mission is grounded in the values of student-centered, academic excellence, inclusiveness, innovation, global engagement, and integrity.
The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UW-River Falls 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. The campus has a long history of leadership on sustainability-based initiatives within the UW System and across the Upper Midwest. More information about UW-River Falls can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs serves as the chief academic officer of the University and reports to the Chancellor. This person serves as chief executive officer in the absence of the Chancellor, participates in meetings of vice chancellors of the University of Wisconsin System, and represents the University's interests in academic affairs both internally and externally.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs articulates a clear vision for faculty and program development within the context of a public comprehensive university that is part of the University of Wisconsin System and actively encourages and supports the creation of learning environments that assist in fulfilling University mission, values, and goals. The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs supervises all academic programs, policies, and curriculum as well as academic services; is directly involved with institutional strategic planning; recommends allocation of academic resources and provides direction for budget development; makes recommendations to the Chancellor on appointments or renewal, tenure or promotion, and salary; monitors the policies and procedures for the evaluation of faculty and academic staff; facilitates and encourages faculty development activities; facilitates, monitors, and approves externally funded research programs; implements and monitors University of Wisconsin System policies and mandates; and serves or is represented on various committees of the Faculty Senate and the administration. The University of Wisconsin System has yearly accountability mandates. The UW System also encourages individual campuses to develop new programs and requires implementation and development of strategic plans to address particular needs.
The concept of shared governance is a long tradition at UW-River Falls and within the University of Wisconsin System. Four major governance groups participate in University decision-making: Faculty Senate, Academic Staff Council, and University Staff Senate, and Student Senate.
The following Divisions & Department report to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs:
Dean of College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Director of Chalmer Davee Library
Assistant Vice Chancellor & Executive Director for International Education
Dean of College of Arts and Sciences
Director of Grants and Research
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dean of College of Education and Professional Studies
Director of McNair Program
Executive Director of the Division of Technology Services/ Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Dean of College of Business and Economics
Director of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity
Minimum Qualifications and Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
Commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service with broad knowledge, experience, and understanding of higher education, including trends in curriculum, programs, technology, and high impact practices such as undergraduate research, international education, and active learning.
Collaborative and visionary leader with significant senior-level leadership experience who can analyze complex problems and make thoughtful, decisive, data-driven decisions.
Financial management skills necessary to ensure limited resources are efficiently and effectively allocated in a manner to achieve strategic objectives.
Strong communicator who seeks to work with diverse people and groups; can articulate complex or sensitive information with inclusiveness, candor, and transparency; and has a willingness to listen and work towards creative solutions.
Positive and energetic mindset that finds opportunities and is capable of empowering and inspiring others with a demeanor that inspires trust and confidence.
An earned Doctorate degree from an accredited university.
Record of intellectual leadership as well as teaching and scholarly accomplishments sufficient to warrant a tenured appointment in an academic unit at the rank of full professor. Evidence of collegial promotion through the ranks.
A minimum of three years of successful leadership at or above a Dean's level or equivalent. Experience as a departmental chair/head is considered an asset.
Letter of interest specifying qualifications, experience and leadership philosophy as related to the position's duties and responsibilities (cover letter).
Unofficial transcripts (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references who can specifically comment on your experience and professional preparation (references).
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by December 3, 2017. The committee will continue to review materials until the position is filled. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7). University of Wisconsin – River Falls recognizes applicant requests for confidentiality. Please be aware, candidates invited for on-campus, personal interviews will be subject to a campus open forum as part of the selection process.
UW-River Falls Diversity Statement: We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.
The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.
UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
For a copy of the UWRF campus safety information, see https://www.uwrf.edu/Police/CampusRecordsCrimes.cfm or call University Police at (715) 425-3133 for a paper copy. This material includes crime statistics (Annual Security Report) and information on crime prevention, sexual assault, and drug/alcohol issues.