Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Marshall, MN, USA
  • Nov 26, 2019
Full time   Provost/Academic Vice President Student Affairs

Job Description

Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Salary and Terms: Full time position. Salary is commensurate with experience (MnSCU Administrator Range 13).

Appointment Date: July 1, 2020 or date to be negotiated

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin December 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Description: Southwest Minnesota State University seeks an accomplished and enthusiastic academic leader to define the academic future of the institution, advance academic excellences and distinctiveness, champion student learning and success, and develop meaningful partnerships and engagements. Reporting to the President, the Provost serves as the chief academic and student affairs officer by providing leadership for the planning and administration of all academic and student affairs programs. The Provost directs the activities of the Dean of Students/Associate Vice President for Student Affairs; Dean, College of Arts, Letters and Sciences; and the Dean, College of Business, Education and Professional Studies.


  • Provide leadership and coordinating force for developing the short and long-ranged educational goals and objectives for SMSU. Identify and develop the educational staff and operational units required to successfully attain the goals and objectives. Achieve and maintain high-quality educational programs.
  • Inspire and promote the planning of future academic programs, recommend the allocation of resources required to implement approved programs, and develop and operate a plan for the continuous evaluation of academic programs and teaching effectiveness.
  • Implement human resource policy and procedure in relation to the appointment, evaluation, promotion, salary, tenure, hiring and termination of faculty and educational staff members, as well as the application of collective bargaining agreement provisions pertaining to those employees.
  • Promote equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, inclusion and global awareness.
  • Prepare and coordinate the annual budget for education and general expenses, including instruction and research, for presentation to the President.
  • Review the educational offerings and activities of the various academic departments along with the quality of instruction and academic counseling and guidance of students.

Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate and graduate teaching/advising and strong student/faculty relationships. Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions. The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings. Marshall (pop. 14,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.


Preferred and Required Qualifications

Key Qualifications, Core Knowledge, Skills, Background and Personal Characteristics:

  • Earned doctorate with faculty rank and tenure.
  • Experience at Dean-level or higher appointment with a proven record of academic leadership and scholarly accomplishment.
  • Demonstrated commitment and proven strategies for fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion; demonstrated commitment and proven strategies teaching and working with persons from diverse backgrounds.
  • Evidence of a strong student-centered philosophy and practice.
  • Evidence of accomplishment of increasingly responsible administrative experience in academic affairs.
  • Proven ability of providing effective leadership in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Competence in financial management and planning.
  • High energy with a collaborative style, unquestionable integrity, vision, flexibility, creativity, and sense of humor
  • Commitment to student growth and development; faculty and staff development; and affirmative action, diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience in fundraising and facilitating faculty and staff grant development.
  • Sophisticated interpersonal skills and sensitivities with the ability to communicate ideas and information clearly, fairly, concisely and effectively in written and verbal form in both formal and informal settings.

Application Details

Complete the online application process at to apply for the position. Application materials include a letter of application addressing position qualifications, resume, transcripts, and the names, addresses, email address and phone numbers for five references. Additional information on Southwest Minnesota State University can be found at:

Southwest Minnesota State University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and is an equal opportunity educator and employer. The University is committed to affirmative recruitment and encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Affirmative Action Office, 507-537-6208. For TTY communications, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. This vacancy notice is available in alternative format upon request.

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